Greg Daniels, the original show-runner of NBC's long-running sitcom "The Office," announced the workplace comedy will end next season. Daniels, who ran the show during its hey day from Seasons 1 to 5, will once again head up the show for its ninth season, taking the place of Paul Lieberstein, who pulls double duty portraying HR head Toby. Lieberstein stepped down to work on Rainn Wilson/Dwight's upcoming spin off, called "The Farm," in March.
"This year feels like the last chance to … make an artistic ending for the show," Daniels said in a conference call. “This will be the last season of 'The Office,' and we’re planning a big exciting last season … all questions will be answered this year. We’re going to see who’s behind the documentary."
This is probably the best news for the dying sitcom, which ran its course after emotional center Steve Carrell left after its seventh season. The eighth season saw series low ratings for the show, and longtime fans were worried after cast stalwarts, like Mindy Kaling, were set to defect to greener pastures.
We've reached out to Ardmore native Kate Flannery, who plays office mess Meredith, for comment and will report back with her sentiments.