Greg Daniels and Michael Koman Collaborate on The Office Follow-Up

The legacy of "The Office," a beloved sitcom that transformed the landscape of television comedy, continues to intrigue and excite its legion of fans with the possibility of a new series set within the same universe.

by Faruk Imamovic
Greg Daniels and Michael Koman Collaborate on The Office Follow-Up
© Getty Images/Kevin Winter

The legacy of "The Office," a beloved sitcom that transformed the landscape of television comedy, continues to intrigue and excite its legion of fans with the possibility of a new series set within the same universe. Spearheaded by Greg Daniels, the architect behind the American version of the show, this new venture hints at a fresh narrative frontier while maintaining the charm and quirky office dynamics that captivated audiences worldwide.

Earlier this year, entertainment industry insiders were abuzz when it was revealed that Daniels had opened a development room for a potential follow-up series. Unlike a direct sequel or reboot, this project aims to carve its own identity, albeit within the iconic setting of Dunder Mifflin. Details remain scarce, but the concept has already started to take shape, promising to deliver a new slice of life from the same comedic world.

Collaborating with Daniels is Michael Koman, a seasoned writer known for his work on "Late Night with Conan O’Brien" and "Nathan for You." Koman, who is also married to "The Office" alum Ellie Kemper, brings a unique comedic sensibility that could very well define the new series. Their partnership is poised to blend nostalgic elements with innovative storytelling, aiming to capture both old fans and new viewers.

The Office Cast
The Office Cast© Getty Images/Kevin Winter

Casting the Net Wide

Adding intrigue to the development, the show has started casting its leads, with notable names already attached. Domhnall Gleeson and Sabrina Impacciatore, known for their roles in major films and series, are set to bring their talents to this new venture. The inclusion of such diverse actors suggests that the show’s setting could diverge significantly from the familiar confines of Scranton, PA, offering a fresh backdrop for the series' anticipated scenarios.

Impacciatore, an Emmy-nominated actress known for her role in "The White Lotus," and Gleeson, recognized for his part in the "Star Wars" saga, promise to bring depth and variety to the series. Their involvement signifies the show's commitment to quality and its ambition to maintain the high standards set by its predecessor.

Securing a Spot on Screens

One major piece of the puzzle that remains is finding a network or streaming platform for the series. With the original American series still enjoying immense popularity on Peacock and various cable reruns, the stakes are high to secure an appropriate venue that aligns with the creative vision of the project. Daniels and Universal Television are meticulously crafting the show’s premise before presenting it to potential platforms, ensuring that the series will be a perfect fit for its eventual home.

Steve Carell Says The Office Revival Is a Bad Idea

While the new series promises fresh faces and storylines, fans of the original "The Office" have had their share of mini-reunions. Members of the ensemble cast have occasionally come together, most recently for a promotional ad featuring Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, and others, which showcases their lasting chemistry and the enduring appeal of their iconic characters.

Actor Steve Carell and actress Jenna Fischer
Actor Steve Carell and actress Jenna Fischer© Getty Images/Frederick M. Brown

Despite these reunions and the ongoing love for the series, a full revival remains unlikely. Steve Carell, who played the unforgettable Michael Scott, has voiced his reservations about revisiting the show in today’s cultural climate. In recent interviews, Carell emphasized that much of the original show’s humor derived from its unapologetic portrayal of inappropriate workplace behavior—a concept that might not resonate with contemporary audiences in the same way.

“Because The Office is on Netflix and replaying, a lot more people have seen it recently. And I think because of that there’s been a resurgence in interest in the show, and talk about bringing it back. But apart from the fact that I just don’t think that’s a good idea, it might be impossible to do that show today and have people accept it the way it was accepted 10 years ago. The climate’s different. I mean, the whole idea of that character, Michael Scott, so much of it was predicated on inappropriate behavior. I mean, he’s certainly not a model boss. A lot of what is depicted on that show is completely wrong-minded. That’s the point, you know? But I just don’t know how that would fly now. There’s a very high awareness of offensive things today—which is good, for sure. But at the same time, when you take a character like that too literally, it doesn’t really work, " Steve said. 

Embracing Diversity and Modern Themes

One of the promising aspects of the new project is its commitment to diversity, as evidenced by the casting of international actors like Domhnall Gleeson and Sabrina Impacciatore. This move not only broadens the geographic and cultural scope of the series but also reflects contemporary global office environments more accurately than the original. By potentially setting the series outside of Scranton, the show can explore new cultural dynamics and social issues, giving it a modern edge and relevance.

Nurturing New Talent

Another exciting element is the involvement of fresh creative talents like Michael Koman, whose comedic style may inject a new flavor into the beloved franchise. Koman’s experience in creating humor that is both intelligent and offbeat could prove crucial in setting the tone of the new series. By nurturing new talent, the show not only promises to honor the legacy of "The Office" but also paves the way for the next generation of comedy writers and performers.