The Office Ratings Stumble Amid Reboot Rumors
Last week’s episode of The Office had thelowest ratings in series history, according to CNN. The news comes at a particularly bad time for the series, as NBC is reportedly debating replacing almost all of the regular cast when their contracts expire at the end of this season.
Deadline reports rumors that executive producer Greg Daniels is considering letting go John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, and Ed Helms as contract negotiations are going slowly. Other cast members (and characters) might remain and be “fused” with new ones, though Mindy Kaling is developing her own series for Fox, and NBC is considering a Dwight Schrute spin-off for Rainn Wilson.
The Office has fared much better this season, after the departure of Steve Carell, than many expected. But a bigger problem might be the closure of all the romantic entanglements that were believable and dynamic for a few years: Jim and Pam’s will-they-or-won’t-they; Ryan and Kelly’s self-destructive tendencies; Michael and Holly; and now Andy and Erin might be tying things up. Will Darrell and Val have to fill the void? And how much longer will that delay the inevitable?
What do you think? Would a totally “rebooted” Office work?