4. Bring Back Jan Levinson — With Andy and Erin gone, and David Wallace running the company from up high, bringing back Jan Levinson (Melora Hardin) as the new branch manager makes practical sense. The new office dynamic would closer reflect the early seasons of “The Office,” minus Michael Scott. Jan Levinson could also serve as one of the new focuses of the show, a single-working mom with a drinking problem dealing with running an office and dating. She’s also smart enough to be the voice of reason on the show, a voice that the show has been missing for several years.
5. Hire Writers Who Have Actually Worked in an Office — The biggest single problem with “The Office” over the last several seasons is that it’s lost its relatable appeal. Early seasons of the show fell under the “funny because it’s true” category of office life. Lately, nothing in Dunder Mifflin bears any resemblance at all to an actual office. A writer with some actual office experience to pull from could get the show back to its comedic roots.
6. Hire Mike Judge as the New Showrunner — Greg Daniels is working on a new show, Michael Shur is preoccupied with “Parks and Recreation,” and the current showrunner, Paul Lieberstein, is on his way out. Who knows how to satirize office life better than Mike Judge, the man behind Office Space? His feature film career never really took off, and all he is doing of late is “Beavis and Butthead.” This could be a positive career move for Judge and the shot of creative energy the show needs. It would also make practical sense, as “The Office” creator, Greg Daniels, has a relationship with Judge from their work together on “King of the Hill.”
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