The Ninth & Final Season Of 'The Office' Will Finally Reveal Who Is Making The Documentary

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by Kevin Jagernauth
August 21, 2012 4:18 PM
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To put it plainly, "The Office" has never really recovered after the departure of Steve Carell. In fact, one could argue the show peaked during season five, his third to last run on the show, and began a downward decline that was only exacerabated by the hunt for a new office manager and a switch in corporate ownership for Dunder Mifflin. It has long retreated for the sharp and funny early seasons, and it is now ready to say goodbye as executive producer Greg Daniels has revealed that the upcoming ninth season will also be the last.

"At some point you have a choice: to always tell the beginnings of stories and the middles or to allow a story to end, and I think endings can be very powerful and meaningful pieces of the story," Daniels told reporters, as he revealed he pitched the network on ending the series. "If we didn't let it end this year, I don't know if we would have been able to tell the endings for so many characters that I really want to know the endings for."

And while just what the fate of Jim, Pam, Ryan, Kelly, Erin, Dwight, Stanley, Phyllis, Oscar, Kevin, Andy, Angela and the rest might be, and we'd guess they'll be keeping that under lock and key until the finale, we will get the answer to one question everyone has had since the very beginning. "We'll see who's behind the documentary, and we'll meet some of them," Daniels teased.

We have to admit, that alone is making us curious to tune in for season nine, even as awful as the show has become. And as for Michael Scott, don't count out his return just yet, but the ball will be in Steve Carell's court. "We have ideas for the ending, and obviously if he would participate, we would have a lot of good times. The idea will fly without him if he can't make it. He is pretty busy," Daniels shared. And if he does come back, we really hope that means the return of Holly Flax and the awesome Amy Ryan as well. And we'd also love some more David Wallace by the underrated Andy Buckley.

And while we'll have to wait and see what will happen to the cast once they scatter after "The Office," plans continue to move forward for the Dwight Scrute spinoff no one seems that enthused about, "The Farm." So are you ready to say goodbye to "The Office"? Any favorite episodes? [THR]

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7 Comments

  • james | August 22, 2012 1:15 PMReply

    I’m really not sure how I feel about them revealing the identity of the documentary makers. I was talking this over with one of my Dish co-workers and we both thought it could end up being more disappointing than anything. I’ve been faithfully watching this show since it first came on, and even though it has been mostly dreadful the last couple of seasons, I can’t give it up. I just got onto the night shift at my job, so I’m glad I can rely on my Hopper to have everything recorded for me when I get home. Hopefully this last season will be a return to form. I miss the days of the first five seasons, but I’m sure I’ll miss The Office once it’s over. It’s definitely time for it to end though.

  • Berk | August 21, 2012 6:20 PMReply

    Money is on some of the cast of the UK Office to be the documentary crew.

  • Berk | August 21, 2012 6:20 PMReply

    Money is on some of the cast of the UK Office to be the documentary crew.

  • Tom | August 21, 2012 6:05 PMReply

    Favorite prank: Jim sending Dwight faxes from future Dwight.

  • rodie | August 21, 2012 5:54 PMReply

    Use the documentary angle to get Carrell back for a 3 episode arc to end the series as production on the documentary ends and the footage starts getting released. You could have them becoming reality stars. Kelly, Michael and Ryan would eat that up!

  • Nolan | August 21, 2012 4:54 PMReply

    The chance for a good, emotionally resonant ending has passed them by. They should have accepted Carrell leaving as the end, and tailored that season towards building a nice finale for everyone involved. What we got instead was a strange, emotionally hollow departure for Carrell, and the rest of the cast left to suffer through forced, uninteresting plotlines. They want so badly to make us care about Erin and Andy, but we don't. I like them both just fine, but their relationship has no real dramatic grounds. This last season really was a trainwreck, because Carrel exited and the show runners have had no idea what to do with the people they had to replace him. They had no idea what to do with Will Ferrell, and his character was awful. They had no idea what to do with James Spader, so his character made no sense (and was awful.) They have no idea what to do with the British woman, so her character is completely unbelievable. The idea of revealing the documentary aspect is nice, but at this point it just seems like an attempt at attention-grabbing. Again, it would have worked better with Carrell still in place. Bringing him back would be admitting defeat, and difficult to work into the actual story. WALLOFTEXT!

  • gfgfgfg | August 22, 2012 4:07 AM

    I agree about Andy and Erin -plotline, it was just painfully stupid. We didn't care about the relationship the first time, and then they rebooted it three times for no reason. We still didn't care at all. It was also stupid to add 5 or 6 musical episodes that made very little sense. Andy (who was popular because of Hangover) was singing in every damn episode (because singing is popular thanks to Glee).

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