The upcoming ninth season will be the final one for the NBC comedy, executive producer Greg Daniels confirmed on a conference call with TV reporters on Tuesday.
“This will be the last season of ‘The Office,’ and we’re planning a big exciting last season,” Daniels said. He added that viewers will finally see who is behind the longrunning camera that's been filming the show for a “documentary” since its inception.
“The Office” is coming off its lowest-rated year — except for the six-episode first season in 2005 — with an average of 6.5 million viewers, ranking No. 78 in total viewers for the 2011-2012 TV season. The show is, however, still NBC’s most-watched comedy series, and the network’s highest-rated scripted show in regards in the all-important category of viewers age 18-49.
This was going to be a trying year for “The Office” regardless — multiple cast members are planning to move on to other ventures, such as producer/writer/actress Mindy Kaling getting her own show on Fox. Plus, actor Rainn Wilson and showrunner Paul Leiberstein are heading off to the ”Office” spin-off, starring Dwight Schrute (Wilson) and his wacky family.
Daniels, who was the original showrunner, is returning to helm the show for its final season.
The series had also gone through a series of replacements for Carell, who exited in April 2011, trying to find a new boss character who fit, ranging from Will Ferrell to James Spader.