NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt has spoken about the public’s appetite for what he calls the “reboot genre”, discussing his openness to the possibility of reviving much-loved shows such as The Office or West Wing.
Speaking at the Hollywood Reporter’s 12th annual Power Lawyers breakfast, Greenblatt specifically listed The Office as a possible reboot – although with the caveat that this would most likely not include the full cast – with The West Wing another distinct possibility; Greenblatt stated that West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin would be behind a revival, “if he weren’t busy doing 10 other extraordinary things”.
There does appear to be a limit to NBC’s reboot appetite, though, with Greenblatt noting “We can’t just reboot everything.” Shows which are unrebootable, in his eyes, include both Friends and Seinfeld, with Greenblatt also mentioning that it’s potentially too late for a Cheers reboot, something he says he’d have considered “20 years ago”.
In addition to talking about reboots, Greenblatt also aired his thoughts on the steady move to streaming services such as Netflix, and “direct-to-consumer” content like CBS All Access, saying that he “doesn’t care” where consumers watch NBC shows as long as they’re watching them; he also acknowledges that NBC will at some point most likely head towards something similar to All Access.
He also broached the subject of the recent #MeToo and Time’s Up movements, using the revived Will & Grace as an example thanks to the four leads all receiving equal pay. “This is a reckoning moment,” he said. “I think it’s only going to improve.”
It’s important to note that this is all part of a speculative conversation and shouldn’t be taken as an indication of any forthcoming announcements; an Office revival was previously rumoured for the 2018/19 season but didn’t pan out.
Matt Davidson is a freelance writer for IGN – he’s also on Twitter!