Post by Mike Spadoni on Aug 21, 2012 19:50:27 GMT 1
Back in April, I wrote on these pages about the creative and audience decline for the American version of "The Office." I ended my piece with these words: But if NBC is really serious about turning its fortunes around, it will give other potential candidates a chance, give a proper farewell to the folks in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and close the Dunder-Mifflin branch for good. Call it a mercy killing. Mercy for fans of the series, that is. Somebody must have listened. Executive producer Greg Daniels is returning to the series as show runner (he helmed the first five seasons). On top of that, "The Office" will end its long run next year: "The real heart of the show are these arcs that allow these characters to have ongoing stories. It's all going to be set up in the premiere. There's so much to pay off from nine seasons, so many great characters that my biggest concern is just tacking in these great ideas that the writing staff has on the walls and making sure we hit all of them or at least squeeze as many into the ending." And Daniels has opened the door for a return appearance by Steve Carell, whose Michael Scott character departed during Season Seven: "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." Overall, a good call. Let's hope the final season leaves "Office" fans satisfied.
"Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some."--Alfred Hitchcock