Struggling in the wake of Steve Carell’s departure, “The Office” is considering a complete reboot of the series, launching a new version of the show if it’s picked up for a ninth season.
The NBC sitcom, now in Season 8, went through a significant transformation this year, replacing head doofus Michael Scott with Ed Helms’ Andy as the new boss, and hiring James Spader (who’s leaving at the end of his one-season stint) as the CEO, moves that haven’t exactly taken charge of the ratings (it fell to 4.4 million viewers for Thursday’s episode).
Now the show is facing another possible exodus of several key original cast members, including John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and B.J. Novak, whose contracts are up at the end of this season — and whose negotiations have recently stalled, according to Deadline. Additionally, Mindy Kaling has a pilot in the works at Fox and as previously reported, Rainn Wilson’s Dwight Schrute is getting his own spin-off.
The report claims producer Greg Daniels is therefore contemplating the idea of an “Office 2.0″ that would feature some existing cast members from its stellar supporting ensemble but also bring in a bunch of new ones. He is expected to present the idea to NBC executives in the near future.
“The Office” has not yet been renewed for next season but is likely to return for at least one more.
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