Greg Daniels Finally Putting The Office Out Of Its Misery Because All Its Actors Are Fleeing

If you, like me, have watched the last few seasons of The Office wondering how much crappier your once favorite show is going to get before someone has the empathy to take it out behind the woodshed, here’s your vindication. Creator Greg Daniels has just announced that the next season of The Office will be the last, but not because it sucks or anything.

“We thought about what the future of the show should be,” he told reporters earlier today. “This feels like the last chance to really go out together.” According to Vulture, he cited “the changes planned this season” (?) and the fact that “it didn’t seem to me we could get” all the cast members to come back as reasons why it’s going off the air. In response to a question about NBC’s role in the decision (i.e. did they cancel it?) he said this:

“We’re not leaving for any reasons other than the ones I’ve described. The show is healthy and valued at NBC. I’m actually a little surprised how supportive they’ve been.”

If you think that show is healthy, you should probably check and see if you’re the doctor from 30 Rock. Regardless, I’m glad that Mindy Kaling and friends forced his hand in the matter, because it was getting painful.

I am, however, still naiively hopeful that the ninth season will see one last push to make the show entertaining again. There’s a small chance Steve Carrell will return (they are pushing for it!), and these plot points sound at least somewhat amusing:

“David Wallace sent Andy to Outward Bound training over the summer to make him more decisive and confident, and he decides while eating bugs on solo to aggressively go after Nellie and hound her out of the office … Jake Lacy and Clark Duke will play two guys in their twenties, Pete and Clark,  who are hired to go through the back log of over 4,000 unanswered customer complaints that Kelly leaves behind when she leaves … We’re going to find out who the Scranton Strangler is … We are tabling a Halloween episode this week, and breaking the Christmas episode now.”

A girl can dream.

(Via Vulture)

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    • Amber Murray

      The show was only ever “quirky-funny”. It was never HILARIOUS. It did get a bit off the beaten path in the season 7, but found its groove again in season 8. It’s no longer peaking, so it’s good to see it finally end, but it wasn’t as “painful” as this author seems to suggest. Frankly, the previews for Mindy’s new show seem very painful indeed.

    • BonerChamp

      I didn’t even realize Mindy Kaling’s character had left until I had read this article. That character was so ungodly annoying, it’s one of those subtle improvements.

    • Benjamin Irby

      The office is a comedy right?? I really need to be reminded sometimes because of the boring yawn fest of drama involving Jim and Pam. Does anyone even like those two characters?

    • Team Halpert

      What this author doesn’t seem to get is that just because she no longer likes the show, she in no way speaks for everyone. Many of us still adore it and are absolutely devastated to see it ending. For the commenter asking does anyone like Jim and Pam? Are you serious? There’s at least one very large online community dedicated to them. Had the writers that took charge when Greg Daniels left kept Jim and Pam front and center, given them great storylines and better story arcs, the show would not be in it’s last season. Jim and Pam will go down as one of if not THE best TV couple ever. The chemistry, sexual and otherwise between John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer is so real it’s difficult to believe they are not a couple in real life. So when you are all begging for a show to end, try to remember, just because you don’t care for it any longer, that doesn’t men that there aren’t still many viewers who live for Thursday nightfact that you don’t want to watch just means that you shouldn’t not that the show should go away because you don’t watch it. I wish we could have at least 10 more seasons of Jim and Pam and The Office!

    • office is still great!

      I am finally getting around to continuing watching the office. Stopped after season5 simply because I didn’t own the 6th season DVD and forgot to buy it for years. Now nearing the end of season8 and I am astounded that ppl don’t like it. I still laugh just as hard as season1, tho I do miss pulling the blanket up over my eyes due to Michaels antics. That said, I’m thoroughly enjoying the manager spars. Nellie still owns the title without earning it, Meredith is still being picked on and James spader is as ambiguous as ever. Love it! I wholeheartedly believe that the only reason the series has been cancelled is due to aforementioned reasons–actors leaving NOT fleeing. No other series has amused me after two or three seasons as the office has after 9, save for maybe Parks and Rec.