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NBC’s The Office will end after this upcoming season, its ninth.
Exective producer, Greg Daniels will return for the final year, taking over for Paul Lieberstein who is in the works of creating a possible spin off of the show explains The Hollywood Reporter. Daniels was part of the show for the first five seasons.
Daniels told reporters in a conference call, “As we head into the homestretch, we have a lot of exciting things I’ve been wanting to do since season two, the end should be pretty cool.” He also revealed that familiar faces will be coming back as well as welcoming new ones in the last season.
The plan for the final season is to instead of making each episode simply humorous with mild plot line, give each character and arc story to carry out of the entirety of the season. Finality for each of the characters has been promised as “all questions will be answered” including the reveal of who’s behind the documentary itself.
The New York Times notes that NBC will be losing its reputation for sophisticated comedies when The Office ends. The network is also losing 30 Rock which ends this season.
The decision to end the series did not come lightly and was not because there is a lack of viewers. Writers and producers for the show say they’ve given a lot to these characters and their fans of the years and feel that this season will be their chance to end it with integrity. The final season returns to NBC Thursday Sept. 20 at 9pm.