Dear NBC, Please Do Not Revive 'The Office'

Dear NBC, Please Do Not Revive 'The Office'

I'm such a perfectionist that I'd kinda rather not do it at all, than do a crappy version.

Rumors of a reboot of the much-beloved show "The Office" have hit a fever pitch on social media as of late. There are many reports circulating online that NBC is discussing a revival of the show for as soon as next the next fall season. This might be seen as an exciting thing to many, but to hardcore fans like myself, I see it as a very bad idea for many reasons.

First off, the character of Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, would not be brought back. Carell left the show after the seventh season to pursue other roles and was replaced for a short time by Will Ferrell. This loss was seen as the beginning of the end for many fans, and the show was never the same without him.

If even someone with comedy chops like Will Ferrell couldn't fill the hole that was created with Carell leaving, writing a new character and finding an actor to live up to the hype is next to impossible.

"The Office" wasn't the same without Michael Scott and reviving the show without this key character would be a grave mistake.

Another key feature of the series was Jim and Pam's relationship, which was almost broken up in season nine and was eventually resolved with them moving to Austin, Texas. Pam persuaded Jim to move so he could pursue new ventures for his company, Athleap.

How writers would bring Jim and Pam back to Scranton, Pennsylvania is unclear. However, speculators have discussed a few different ways. Athleap could fail, forcing the Halperts back to Scranton where they resume their positions at Dunder Mifflin.

Or, a la "How I Met Your Mother," Jim and Pam could divorce, and Pam moves back to Scranton to be with her family again. There is nothing more sacred to "The Office" fans than Jim and Pam's relationship.

The only way to bring them back to Scranton would require some shoddy writing that would turn fans off to the new show even more than when their marriage was originally threatened by writers. I don't foresee a way writers could do justice by Jim and Pam and to the fans with a revival of the story.

The series finale of "The Office" was brilliantly written and gave most fans closure for all of their beloved characters. The finale is highly acclaimed by critics. Hillary Busis from Entertainment Weekly said "for anyone who's stuck with "The Office" through thick and thin ... [the] 75-minute-long finale was pretty much perfect."

*Spoilers* Michael returns to Scranton to be the best man at Dwight and Angela's wedding, Kelly and Ryan run away with each other at long last, Andy accepts a job at his beloved Cornell, and Stanley finally gets to retire to Florida.

Every character was given a fitting and well thought out ending. Bringing back the show with old characters would ruin all of that careful planning done by writers in 2013.

There is a long history of companies trying and failing at reviving old shows.

For a few examples, "Arrested Development" redeveloped by Netflix, "Fuller House" again, redeveloped by Netflix, and any type of "Sex and the City" continuation were all considered awful by the original fanbase.

Revivals, for the most part, do not work, because it's almost impossible to bring back every actor or writer from the original. Without the key characters and story writers, the essence of the original series can never be matched.

Companies revive shows because there's already a fan base that will come back to the show, lessening the fear of low ratings. In short, a revival of "The Office" equals easy money for NBC. Bringing back "The Office" is a selfish thing for NBC to do, especially since the finale did such a good job at tying off all loose ends.

Finally, would Dunder Mifflin even exist in 2018? As the world enters a new digital age, companies like Dunder Mifflin would most likely be pushed out of business already. This notion was addressed and became a big plot point during the original series.

Corporations like Staples and Office Max were lowering profits for Dunder Mifflin, which was solved with a merger between Dunder Mifflin and Sabre, which focused on selling printers and other new technology.

This is why most of the characters were written to be exploring different things by the finale. Most of the characters fans care about don't work at Dunder Mifflin anymore, and the thought of the company being the same as it was when the series ended is unbelievable during current times.

Bringing back "The Office" would be a great disservice to fans who enjoy the show and have accepted the series finale at the end of the story.

In my opinion, there is no way that writers could bring back the show in the same glory as it ended without angering its hardcore fanbase. The Office was great because of the characters, the actors that played them, and the writers and producers that put everything together. Missing any of these integral parts would be a great disappointment and would ruin the original series for fans old and new.

My advice to NBC, develop a new series that is as good as "The Office" once was, with new characters and a different plot. We've all moved on, and so should you. However, if you want to revive "Parks and Recreation" in which Leslie Knope is president, instead of Donald Trump, you have my full support.

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35 Major Life Facts According To Nick Miller

"All booze is good booze, unless it's weak booze."

Fact: If you watch "New Girl," you love Nick Miller.

You can't help it. He's an adorable, lovable mess of a man and you look forward to seeing him and his shenanigans each week. While living the infamous and incomparable life of Nick Miller, and obviously Julius Pepperwood— he has learned many valuable laws of the land. And, although Nick refuses to learn anything from anyone besides his mysterious, old Asian friend Tran, he does have a few lessons he'd like to teach us.

Here are 35 facts of life according to 'Nick Milla Nick Milla':

1. Drinking keeps you healthy.

"I'm not gonna get sick. No germ can live in a body that is 65% beer."

2. Dinosaurs never existed.

"I don't believe dinosaurs existed. I've seen the science. I don't believe it."

3. A paper bag is a bank.

"A bank is just a paper bag but with fancier walls."

4. Having sex is similar to delivering mail.

"I'm like a mailman, except instead of mail it's hot sex that I deliver."

5. Moonwalking is a foolproof way to get out of any awkward situation.

Jess (about Nick): "Now he won't even talk to me. I saw him this morning and he just panic moonwalked away from me. He does that sometimes."

6. Using a movie reference is also a great way.

Cece: "Come on, get up!"

Nick: "No, I don't dance. I'm from that town in "Footloose."

7. There's no reason to wash towels.

Nick: "I don’t wash the towel. The towel washes me. Who washes a towel?"

Schmidt: "You never wash your towel?"

Nick: "What am I gonna do? Wash the shower next? Wash a bar of soap?"

8. Exes are meant to be avoided at all costs (especially if/unless they're Caroline)

"I don't deal with exes, they're part of the past. You burn them swiftly and you give their ashes to Poseidon."

9. IKEA furniture is not as intimidating as it looks.

"I'm building you the dresser. I love this stuff. It's like high-stakes LEGOs."

10. You don't need forks if you have hands.

Jess: "That's gross. Get a fork, man."

Nick: "I got two perfectly good forks at the end of my arms!"

11. Sex has a very specific definition.

"It's not sex until you put the straw in the coconut."

12. Doors are frustrating.

"I will push if I want to push! Come on! I hate doors!"

13. All booze is good booze.

"Can I get an alcohol?"

14. ...unless it's weak booze.

"Schmidt, that is melon flavored liquor! That is 4-proof! That is safe to drink while you're pregnant!"

15. Writers are like pregnant women.

Jess: "You know what that sound is? It's the sound of an empty uterus."

Nick: "I can top that easily. I'm having a hard time with my zombie novel."

Jess: "Are you really comparing a zombie novel to my ability to create life?"

Nick: "I'm a writer, Jess. We create life."

16. All bets must be honored.

"There is something serious I have to tell you about the future. The name of my first-born child needs to be Reginald VelJohnson. I lost a bet to Schmidt."

17. Adele's voice is like a combination of Fergie and Jesus.

"Adele is amazing."

18. Beyoncé is extremely trustworthy.

"I'd trust Beyoncé with my life. We be all night."

19. Fish, on the other hand, are not.

“Absolutely not. You know I don’t trust fish! They breathe water. That's crazy!"

20. Bar mitzvahs are terrifying.

Schmidt: "It's a bar mitzvah!"

Nick: "I am NOT watching a kid get circumcised!"

21. are blueberries.

Jess: "So far, Nick Miller's list of fears is sharks, tap water, real relationships..."

Nick: "And blueberries."

22. Take your time with difficult decisions. Don't be rash.

Jess: "You care about your burritos more than my children, Nick?"

Nick: "You're putting me in a tough spot!"

23. Getting into shape is not easy.

"I mean, I’m not doing squats or anything. I’m trying to eat less donuts."

24. We aren't meant to talk about our feelings.

"If we needed to talk about feelings, they would be called talkings."

25. We're all a little bit too hard on ourselves.

"The enemy is the inner me."

26. Freezing your underwear is a good way to cool off.

"Trust me, I'm wearing frozen underpants right now and I feel amazing. I'm gonna grab some old underpants and put a pair into the freezer for each of you."

27. Public nudity is normal.

"Everbody has been flashed countless times."

28. Alcohol is a cure-all.

"You treat an outside wound with rubbing alcohol. You treat an inside wound with drinking alcohol."

29. Horses are aliens.

"I believe horses are from outer-space."

30. Turtles should actually be called 'shell-beavers.'

Jess: "He calls turtles 'shell-beavers."

Nick: "Well, that's what they should be called."

31. Trench coats are hot.

"This coat has clean lines and pockets that don't quit, and it has room for your hips. And, when I wear it, I feel hot to trot!"

32. Sparkles are too.

"Now, my final bit of advice, and don't get sensitive on this, but you've got to change that top it's terrible and you've got to throw sparkles on. Sparkles are in. SPARKLES ARE IN."

33. Introspection can lead to a deeper knowing of oneself.

"I'm not convinced I know how to read. I've just memorized a lot of words."

34. It's important to live in the moment.

"I know this isn't gonna end well but the middle part is gonna be awesome."

35. Drinking makes you cooler.

Jess: "Drinking to be cool, Nick? That's not a real thing."

Nick: "That's the only thing in the world I know to be true."

Cover Image Credit: Hollywood Reporter

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The End Of An Odyssey: My Time As A Writer

Like all chapters in life, there has to come an end. This ending is by no means easy, but rather one that is bittersweet. But, like all odysseys, it is time for this one to end.


When I first decided I wanted to write for the Odyssey, I was going into my senior year at the University of Maine. I had always been an avid reader of Odyssey articles, whether it was to seek advice, comfort, or sole entertainment. I was always inspired by how raw and honest each article was, and I really wanted to have the chance to write such types of articles as well. When I applied and later got the call that I had made it onto the Odyssey team at UMaine, I was ecstatic! I felt like now was finally the time I could share my innermost thoughts and feelings publicly and work on becoming a better writer.

I have always loved to write. Since the day I first picked up a pencil, writing has been a passion of mine. Now as an Odyssey member, I knew this was my chance to be truly heard.

I began by writing solely political articles, as I was a political science student and loved to shed light on controversial topics. My first article was about the then-recent presidential election. I was full of nerves the day it got published, and rightfully so, as my post drew in many critics. Facebook is a shark-tank of sorts, everyone there is waiting for just the right bait to come out and attack. However, I loved the fact that my opinions were being formally materialized for everyone to see. Pretty much anyone in the world could read my article, which served as an inspiration to keep writing.

What started as a political-only "blog" of sorts slowly evolved into a diary-like platform. I found that writing about whatever hardship I had been going through at the time helped me process it and move forward. Writing is very therapeutic, and I wasn't ashamed or embarrassed to put my private emotions out in the open, though I had received much backlash for it from many.

Yet what kept me motivated to keep pushing the envelope and staying true to my word-literally, was my amazing, influential Odyssey team. We all would share our topics for the week and vent about any criticisms we may have received after one of our articles had been published. I have been very fortunate to have such a supportive, caring team of Odyssey writers, else I likely would've regressed back to writing neutral articles.

So as weeks turned to months, writing for Odyssey felt like second nature. The pride I would feel once an article went public was indescribable. Looking back now at the 70+ articles I wrote, I can literally be transported back to a certain point in my life with every past article. I can see how much I've grown as a person and can acknowledge that I successfully was able to overcome certain obstacles I never thought possible.

Writing, just like time, heals everything.

The Odyssey saw me through the toughest times of my life, and no matter how uncertain things may have seemed at the time, what was for sure was the fact that I had the written word to fall back on. With each article that I wrote, I felt like a weight had been lifted. And not only that but also knowing that any particular article may have served to help someone else who may have been going through a similar situation, only inspired me more.

So, my decision to stop writing for the Odyssey came with great difficulty, as it has become such a huge part of my life. The adult world is very hectic, and responsibilities pile up as fast as bills. Lately, I just felt like I haven't been putting the time and effort into writing articles like I did during college. I owe it to the Odyssey community to be honest, as a privilege like this should never be seen as a chore.

I am so unbelievably grateful to have had this experience for the past year and a half of my life. Now, I have a permanent online library that represents who I truly am, and for the rest of my life I can look back at these articles and relive some of those memories. The Odyssey helped me to grow emotionally, and I met so many amazing, inspiring people along the way.

But, like all odysseys, it is time for this one to end.

Thank you to everyone who has supported my writing and read my articles. You have no idea how happy it made me feel to hear someone say how much they loved a certain article or how relatable another one was. Thank you to my Odyssey team for always encouraging me to write from the heart and never be too afraid to speak my mind.

And lastly, thank you to Odyssey, for serving as a safe, encouraging place for young people to voice their opinions and ideas freely. I will forever be thankful for this journey of growth, reflection, and expression.

Off to the next odyssey.

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