The Office posts closing notices after season 9
Story by Jack Foley
HIT US comedy The Office is to end after its upcoming ninth season.
The decision was announced during a press call on Tuesday, August 21, when returning executive producer Greg Daniels also confirmed that he would be overseeing the final episodes.
He told reporters: “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.”
Describing the final episodes as the “last chance” for the crew “to go out” the way he had envisioned, he also hinted that that “familiar faces” will be coming back… refusing to rule out a return for Steve Carell.
“We’ll see,” he replied to a question on that one. “We have ideas for the ending, and obviously if he would participate, we would have a lot of good times. The idea will fly without him if he can’t make it. He is pretty busy.”
Daniels is also keen to keep any of the storylines’ big surprises as secret as possible, and talked of a yearning “to try to get back to the world where the world is surprised” by the story instead of reading about it three weeks before.
But he promised: ““All questions will be answered this year. We’ll see who’s behind the documentary, and we’ll meet some of them.”
As a result, the last season will differ from recent seasons in that it will focus on story arcs rather than episodic comedy.
And commenting on the decision to bring the show to a close on its own terms, Daniels – who ran the show for its first five seasons – explained: “At some point you have a choice: to always tell the beginnings of stories and the middles or to allow a story to end, and I think endings can be very powerful and meaningful pieces of the story.
“If we didn’t let it end this year, I don’t know if we would have been able to tell the endings for so many characters that I really want to know the endings for.”