In March of 2005, Ricky Gervais' critically acclaimed satirical take on the middle-class professional world was brought to the United States, resulting in a hit far and beyond what many had anticipated: the NBC sitcom The Office launched a new wave of single-camera comedies, not to mention the careers of Steve Carell, John Krasinski, Rashida Jones and Ed Helms, among others. And now, the world of Dunder-Mifflin is being set up for its conclusion: Deadline reports the upcoming ninth season of the series has been confirmed by Executive Producer Greg Daniels to be the final season.
This shouldn't be much of a surprise. After Season 7, Carell took off, bringing central character and the show's driving force Michael Scott to Colorado to live happily with his soul mate, Holly Flax (Amy Ryan). Additionally, production has been announced on The Farm, a spin-off series centering on the character of Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), which will bring former showrunner Paul Lieberstein (who also plays Toby) along with it. And finally, there is The Mindy Project, which will set Office star/writer Mindy Kaling at the center of her own sitcom.
So, the doors are closing on that Scranton paper company with which we've all grown quite familiar. With Jim and Pam happily married and attentive young parents, Andy and Erin finding new love, and Creed successfully escaping being found out as the Scranton Strangler (it's possible...), the stories do look like they are ready to end.
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