Season 9 Will be the Last for The Office

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Speculation has been in the air since Michael Scott said goodbye, but now it is official, The Office will end this season.

It has been a long road for the Scranton branch since the spring of 2005. Next May, the documentary crew that has been following them around for nearly a decade will roll the cameras for the last time.

The cast is getting a huge shake-up for the final season. Mindy Kaling, who plays Kelly, left to go work on The Mindy Project over at FOX. B.J. Novak, who plays Ryan, is expected to have a greatly diminished role this season. Paul Lieberstein, who plays Toby and also took over as showrunner after the fourth season, left after season eight to work on the future spinoff for Dwight. Speaking of Dwight, he is expected to leave for his spinoff half way through the season.

Catherine Tate, who joined last season as Nellie, will become a regular. Two other new cast members include Jake Lacy and Clark Duke. One key returner will be David Denman, Pam’s former ex-boyfriend Roy.

Now let’s talk about why the show should end…

As the reviewer for The Office on this site and a long time fan, the end is a bit overdue. The episode where Michael left at the end of season seven would have made a fine series finale sans Will Ferrell. Nevertheless, the show was able to send him off right before slumping into the crap that was season eight. Last season was bad. Very bad. But Greg Daniels is back as showrunner. He has been promising a lot of interesting things such as bigger character arcs and meeting the documentary crew. Could The Office save itself with this final season. Tune in this fall to find out. I know I will be.

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