'The Office' Season 9 Will Be Its Last, Confirms NBC
After nine seasons, Dunder Mifflin is closing its doors.
Original Office showrunner Greg Daniels -- who returned to the helm for Season 9 -- broke the news Tuesday that this upcoming season will be the last for the popular NBC comedy.
"This year feels like the last chance to really go out together and to make an artistic ending to the show that pays off a lot of the stuff that has mattered most to fans with the core characters," Daniels told a group of reporters. "This will be the last season of The Office. We're planning a very big exciting last season."
Bob Greenblatt, the Chairman NBC Entertainment, released the following statement to Celebuzz:
“The Office is a classic, award-winning television comedy and all of us at NBC couldn’t be prouder to have produced and telecast the series as it heads into its ninth season. Greg Daniels, the cast, and crew have some terrific storylines planned for the final season. Fans are in for a treat. It’s always difficult to see these kinds of shows come to an end, but we are honoring the cast’s and producers’ desire to make this the final season.”
Office star Angela Kinsey seemed to echoe Greenblatt's sentiment, tweeting, "It is true. This is our last season. We hope to give a real end to these characters we love to play. Thx for watching."
Daniels told reporters that he and the writers have big things in store for Jim (John Krasinski), Pam (Jenna Fischer) and the rest of the Dunder Mifflin gang -- including some familiar faces.
"We're going to Roy's wedding," he said. "David Wallace is running the show, the Dunder-Mifflin show. We have a lot of funny stories, we're telling some crazy Dwight stories we've wanted to tell for years." P
erhaps Dwight's "crazy" storylines will be the perfect lead-in for the show's anticipated spinoff, The Farm, which will center on Dwight's life on his family's beet farm.
However, the question on everyone's mind is whether or not former Office star Steve Carell will reprise his role as Michael Scott.
"We would certainly wish for it," Daniels said. "We're not going to put so much pressure on Steve by writing something that could only work if he returned. But it would be fantastic if he returned."
The Office kicks off its final season on Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. ET on NBC.
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