Closing “The Office” for good

August 23, 2012 – Is it a sign of a tough economy, or simply the natural order of things?

Yesterday, NBC officially announced that the upcoming season of “The Office” will be its last, and our favorite paper company will be closing its doors forever.

It’s time to say goodbye to Jim, Pam, Dwight, Andy and the rest of the gang, and the news is bittersweet. Over the years, the show provided groundbreaking comedy that every office worker related to, even in the extremes. It gave us such gems as faxes from the future, office supplies in vending machines and in Jell-O, and my favorite line of all time from the hilarious Andy Bernard, “Michael, am I gay?”

The show was once NBC’s highest rated comedy, and it fell to all-time low ratings last year following the exit of the bumbling Michael Scott (Steve Carell). Although he wasn’t my favorite character, and he began to annoy me in the last few seasons, the show wasn’t the same without him.

So what can we expect from season nine’s swan song?

Writer, producer and director Greg Daniels, who helped create the show and controlled most of the production in seasons one through five is retaking control for its last hurrah.

‘We’re planning a very big exciting last season,” he announced to reporters on Tuesday. “We’re going to have a lot of faces coming back … There are a lot of things that I’ve personally been wanting to do since season two … All questions will be answered this year. We’re going to see who’s behind the documentary … Now that we know we have an end date we can blow things up and take some chances and it will be very freeing, creatively.”

As for old faces, surely Daniels is referring to some of the old Dunder Miflin gang; season eight ended with Andy, who is now running the office, talking previous CFO David Wallace into buying back the company from Sabre. Here’s to hoping there are also appearances from Michael and Holly, along with a youngster, since that’s what he always wanted.

This sounds like it could be a lot of fun.

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