The hit sitcom “The Office” is ending after its upcoming ninth season and producers are promises that all questions will be answered, and NBC is hoping for a Steve Carell return after a ratings hit after he left the show.
Series developer/executive producer Greg Daniels said that “The Office” will end after next season, which premieres on Sept. 20.
“It was a hard decision but this is going to be a real gangbuster season,” said Daniels, who served as “The Office” showrunner for seasons 1-5 and returned for season 9, according to Deadline.
Daniels said that the final year will be exciting and memorable and will take creative chances. And it will reveal who’s been making the mock documentary that has provided the show with its format.
“I think endings can be very powerful,” he added.
Will former regional manager Michael Scott return as a guest? Daniels says he hopes Steve Carell will reprise his role as the socially inept boss, but he isn’t counting on it. Carell left in 2011.
The sitcom was adapted from its British predecessor and premiered on NBC in March 2005.
While its ratings have slipped, it’s still NBC’s highest-rated scripted series.
“This year feels like the last chance to … make an artistic ending for the show. This will be the last season of The Office, and we’re planning a big exciting last season,” Daniels told EW. “All questions will be answered this year. We’re going to see who’s behind the documentary.”