The Office Is Coming Back! But With One Major Change, That Will Not Please the Fans
The Office fans your wish come true! Melora Hardin, known for her role as Jan Levinson in the beloved NBC sitcom, expressed her keen interest in a potential reboot more than ten years after the show concluded. In an interview with The US Sun on Friday, the 56-year-old actress spilled the beans about the future reboot.
Rumors of a reunion have been circulating for almost six months.
According to insiders, writer Greg Daniels, who maintains strong ties with the show’s stars, has been in talks with Netflix and NBC about potential show options. Melora hinted that Greg, with whom she frequently discusses potential storylines, is actively working on follow-ups for the show.
Hardin disclosed her enthusiasm for the idea of return, stating, “That is up to Greg, because he is the maestro. I would certainly show up. I think a lot of us would.”
While embracing the concept of a reboot, Hardin also hinted at the possibility of a single film reunion, emphasizing its efficiency. “I would love to make a film because then it would just be quick, and we would do it. It would take three months, six months, whatever, to get it done. And it would be so fun. I think we could bring everybody back for that,” she added.
The actress spilled the beans about the future of her character.
Speculation about a revival originated from industry journalist Matthew Belloni’s revelation in Puck last September that The Office showrunner Greg Daniels was set to helm a reboot. Though not directly addressing this report, Hardin did share her discussions with Daniels about potential storylines for her character in the event of a reboot series or film.
“I actually have talked to Greg about some ideas,” she revealed, envisioning a humorous angle where Jan becomes a self-help guru due to her character’s inherent flaws. “At the end, when you last saw her, she was sort of pretty hard. And what if she’d just gone and had a major midlife crisis that made her completely transform, and she’d learned how to become a coach. Michael dealing with that would be hilarious,” the actress opened up.
Melora maintains close friendships with cast.
Melora maintains close friendships with her fellow The Office cast members and stays in touch with all of them. Expressing her gratitude for the ongoing enthusiasm from fans, she shared, “I feel just so thrilled when they see me. They give me hugs. I have so many people come up and say, ’You’ve got me through my divorce and hard times.’ I am grateful to be on a show that brings that much joy to people.”
Speaking at the Critics Choice Awards, where Mr. Monk’s Last Case: A Monk Movie was nominated for best lead actor and TV film, Melora also expressed her love for working on “Monk” and playing the character Trudy. She praised co-star Tony Shalhoub, describing him as an excellent actor and a wonderful person, emphasizing the enjoyable experience they had working on the movie.
The writer Greg Daniels offered the possibility of a complete replacement of the cast.
However, Greg himself has previously contemplated a revival, suggesting it might involve an entirely new cast. In a 2022 interview with Collider, he pondered the audience’s appetite for more content, proposing an extension of the universe rather than a continuation of the same characters.
“I can’t tell whether fans would want more of it, and when I say more of it, I don’t think it would be the same characters. I think it would just be sort of like an extension of the universe, you know what I mean, like the way The Mandalorian,” Daniels reflected. “But I don’t know if that would be something people would want or not, it’s hard to tell.”
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