• Thu, Apr 26 2012

Why It’s Time To Finally Cancel The Office

Lots of changes are happening now behind the scenes of The Office that will be just as detrimental to the show as Michael Scott’s departure last year —  and that’s why it’s time to finally cancel the show. Put it out of its misery, let its talented actors move on to better projects and help its former fans feel less guilty about removing it from their DVR list.

The latest news from the set reports that showrunner Paul Lieberstein, who also plays Toby Flenderson on the show, is leaving to work on the Dwight Schrute spin-off. Yes, the Dwight Schrute spin-off. Because no one remembers the hard lesson we learned from the quickly canceled Friends spin-off Joey — ridiculous characters are funny in small doses and not 30 minute comedies. It makes them go from entertaining supporting characters to incredibly annoying  main characters.

So yes not only is Paul Lieberstein leaving the show, but Rainn Wilson is also potentially leaving if his spin-off gets picked up.  James Spader, who played the slightly creepy Robert California this season, asked to bow out for the 9th season and up-and-coming superstar Mindy Kaling will also be leaving if her new show on Fox does well.

While the show could easily continue on without Robert California, it can’t continue without Dwight Schrute and Kelly Kapoor. And there’s no real reason it should try. These are all signs that it’s time to call it quits and cancel the show.

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  • Leah

    Completely agree! If Kelly and Dwight really leave the show, it will be so pointless.

  • Megan

    I actually hate James Spader’s character. I don’t find him funny at all and I think he’s really uncomfortable to watch.

  • NotThumper

    Completely agree! I think Steve Carell’s exit last year was the perfect note for the series to end on and they just didn’t take it. While I still love some of the characters and there is the rare laugh out loud moment this seasons’s show has just been off its mark and appears to be dying a slow, painful death. Time to pull the plug already.

  • LCT

    Yep. I just deleted it from the DVR list after 2 episodes this season.

  • Maggie

    I’m one of those people who keeps watching in hopes that it’ll get better… sadly, it hasn’t. It’s almost painful to watch the characters I’ve grown to love have unoriginal, re-occurring story lines that just aren’t funny anymore. Andy and Erin should get hitched, and then they should call it a day. I’m also in agreement with Megan; Robert California was funny for one episode, and now he’s just creepy and awkward. And not in the good Michael Scott way!

  • Janice

    I actually love Robert California, he’s so deliciously creepy! Agree though that the show or at least the writers have reach their expiration date. Without Dwight, and with no Robert I really have no reason to watch. Kelly I could care less about. If she is not in the show I wouldn’t even notice.

  • Yogizilla

    I don’t see Kelly Kapoor as a high-impact departure, TBH.. I think I’ve known enough psychotic women in my life so I may be biased. She’s good in small doses and the whole thing between her and Ryan is rather played-out now.
    Maybe it’s just me but I still enjoy the show but it’s also because I just wait for the seasons to post on Netflix, rather than watch them as they come along. The hopeless romantic in me is happy that Michael and Holly finally reconnected.
    In an ideal world, the show could survive without Michael Scott at the helm. I mean, maybe being with Holly will finally cure his need to have so much attention and be well-liked. Not that it matters since Steve Carrell left and all.. But I think they still have a nice cocktail of interesting characters.
    Things are not quite as bleak as folks seem to write.. But I can understand that it may be better to end a show before it does hit rock bottom.

  • shepard145

    The writing collapsed about 2 years ago.

    The producers lost control of the show,
    failed to replace writers who were clearly so clueless and desperate that they
    detonated show’s vibe by writing all the characters into dead ends. They had nowhere to go. Jim was supposed to be young, bright, romantic
    and funny so they made him into a cowed daddy, afraid of what his wife thinks
    of him. The Pam character was young,
    vulnerable, uneducated, needy and endearing so they made her a over weight mom
    with multiple kids yammering on about babies, sleep and nursing!? Yuck. Even
    creepy Dwight hit a dead end – they clearly had no idea what to do with him –
    making him the building owner with some cash then dropping that line all
    together. The Kelly character was one of
    the best – young, clueless failure who loved to shop and gossip – they turned
    her to character a confusing mush. The
    Ryan character was also fun but all but abandoned …again, no ideas. Obviously Carell saw the disaster in the
    making and walked away before it became an embarrassment. They should forget the last season – they have
    nothing to say.