Two of NBC’s most popular comedies have only been off the air for four years, but there is already talk of reviving them.
No official deals are in the works, but NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt has expressed interest in resurrecting a handful of series, including “The Office” and “30 Rock,” Deadline reported this week.
“We often talk about ‘The Office,’ I’ve talked to (series creator) Greg (Daniels) four times over the past few years. It’s always, ‘Maybe some day but not now,’” Greenblatt told Deadline during a press tour. “If he wants to do it, I would do it.”
Greenblatt, who is reportedly nearing a contract extension with the network, has also talked to Tina Fey about continuing “30 Rock,” with answers to the tune of, “I don’t know maybe,” according to Deadline.
It’s not just comedies, either. Greenblatt has shown interest in series like “The West Wing” (ended 2006) and “ER” (ended 2009). All four shows mentioned earned best series Emmy awards during their original runs.
As an A.V. Club headline phrased it, “NBC wouldn’t mind bringing back every popular show it’s ever had.”
NBC has already decided to bring back “Will & Grace,” an Emmy-winning series that ran from 1998 to 2006, for not one but two seasons, the first of which airs Sept. 28.
Reviving or rebooting series has been a trend for networks over the past couple of years, with series like “Gilmore Girls” and “The X-Files” finding new life in 2017 after a decade off the air.