“The Office” is getting ready tot launch its ninth season, and it is really quite hard to question that this is going to be a different version of the show than the one that we saw a season or two ago. Gone are the likes of Steve Carell, James Spader, and Mindy Kaling (who will be exiting early in the season to focus on “The Mindy Project”) — and in are Catherine Tate on a permanent basis along with some new characters that we have yet to meet. Hopefully, the group will provide plenty of opportunities for laughs, and also refresh the show from what felt a bit uneventful during some of the Dunder-Mifflin scenes in season 8.
There is one other change that is in many ways a return to form for the show — Greg Daniels, who was the primary showrunner for the series for the first five seasons — is back in this role. He spoke with reporters Tuesday, and he started things off by dropping a major shocker that this will be the final season:
“The reason I’ve come back to the show is that we’ve thought about what the future of the show should be, and we always felt like we have [a family here] … This year feels like the last chance to really get out together and make an artistic ending to the show. This will be the last season of ‘The Office,’ and we are planning a big and exciting last season.”
As for some of the stories that are coming up, you can expect to see Roy get married (!), some drama for Jim and Pam, and the return of a number of familiar faces that we have seen over the course of the show’s run. Daniels also promised that we would actually find out who is behind the documentary, and meet them in some capacity before the end.
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