NBC announces the end of “The Office”
Executives with NBC have officially announced that their blockbuster hit, “The Office,” will come to an end after one final season, making the ninth season its last, executive producer Greg Daniels said on Tuesday.
Daniels promises that each and every question fans have put forth regarding the series will be answered before the final curtain call. He also said fans should expect ever increasing creativity, since writers will be taking more chances with the series than ever before.
“This year feels like the last chance to really go out together and make an artistic ending for the show that pays off a lot of the stuff that has mattered most to fans with the core characters,” Daniels said.
“This will be the last season of ‘The Office’ and we are planning a very big exciting last season. We are going to have a lot of familiar faces coming back,” he added.
The show is still the most popular aired by NBC, even though it declined greatly in ratings after comedian Steve Carall left the series in 2010.
Danies said one problem with continuing the show was getting the cast back year-after-year.
“It didn’t seem we could count on getting that many people back for a Season 10,” Daniels said.
“We had debated whether to reboot it. It was a bit of a difficult decision. The format is a very strong format,” Daniels said, but the potential loss of key characters would mean “the show would be changed to such a degree it wouldn’t be the same show.”
“Certainly we are not leaving for any reason other than the ones I have described. The show has been healthy and valued by NBC,” he added.
The producer, however, hinted at hopes that Carall would return to the show at some point during its final run, which will last 22 episodes including the series finale. However those hopes are just that for now – hopes – since Carall has not agreed to make an appearance.