It looks like the doors of Dunder-Mifflin will soon be closing. Executive producer Greg Daniels said today that season nine will be the last for the US version of The Office.
In a conference call, Daniels said, “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… We’re planning a very big exciting last season.”
He continued, “We’re going to have a lot of familiar faces coming back. We’re going to Roy’s wedding. 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.”
Will Michael Scott also be back? Daniels would be very happy to see Steve Carell return but isn’t counting on it.
“We would certainly wish for it. 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. I think for him, he really loves how he was exited and is probably anxious about not messing up such a stylish exit. That’s a perfectly legitimate point… We haven’t written, we just have ideas for the ending and obviously, if he would participate, we would have lots of good times. The ideas that we have will fly without him if he can’t make it. He’s pretty busy.”
Daniels noted that the final season will focus on arcs rather than episodic comedy. He also promised that “all questions will be answered this year.” This will include the identity of the Scranton Strangler, who exactly is behind the documentary and why they’ve been filming for so long.
Responding to the news, actor Rainn Wilson tweeted, “A sad & interesting day on set as it was officially announced Season 9 would be the last for @theofficenbc.”
Though the ratings have fallen quite a bit over the years, The Office was still last season’s highest-rated scripted series in the coveted 18-49 demographic. This was no doubt a difficult decision for the network.
Season nine of The Office debuts on September 20th at 9pm on NBC. The series finale will air in May.
What do you think? Is it time for The Office to end. Should it have ended earlier or keep going?