The Office Season 9: New Showrunner, Final Run?

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It's looking more and more likely that the ninth season of The Office will be the last for this sitcom.

The signs are all there: Mindy Kaling will soon film a new Fox pilot; talk of a Rainn Wilson spinoff continues to heat up; and now sources confirm that the series is seeking a new showrunner because executive producer Paul Lieberstein is planning to focus his time on that new Dwight Schrute project.

Andy and Dwight

Yes, B.J. Novak (Ryan), already a producer, could easily receive a mini promotion, but an insider tells TV Guide about season nine of The Office

"It's likely to be written for some of the characters as a last year. But if a couple new characters are introduced or other story ideas emerge, you just never know."

Ed Helms and John Krasinski are on the verge of signing new contracts, but both will also require breaks to shoot upcoming movies: The Hangover 3 for Helms and Promised Land (with Matt Damon) for Krasinski. Indeed, almost everyone appears to be moving on.

Are you ready to do so? How do you feel about The Office this season and are you prepared to say goodbye in a year?

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Two words: DON'T GO!!!! I've been a fan since the beginning and I might just cry when it ends.

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I will miss Jim Halpert, Dwight Shrute, and Pam Beazley (sp?). Those characters have stayed gold this entire time and I am so sad that this is the last season. However, I liked the couple before the kids, they lost a lot of their humour :(.

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The show is going okay. The writing isn't as smart or witty as the beginning, but there are some clever plotlines floating right now that can really go somewhere. I mean, Andy and Erin are back together, that's perfect for some corny antics like the "Closing Time" pre-title jingle. I feel like they're starting to understand what's been missing and I for one would love to see where they go from here. But, all these negative comments are gonna put it in the grave. This is 2012, the big wigs actually do read these posts, you know...

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It has become garbage and it needs to stop. Shows are not meant to go on forever

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This shouldn't be the last season.,. they could do more,, In every tv show there would always be ups and downs., you'll never know.. but for the show to pick it self up., we need Michael Scott back since it shows that david wallace is.,. lol hopefull... I love the Office., jim and dwight and andy issues are always funny.,

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At the end of the day, if you don't like The Office or The Simpsons, don't watch them. It's quite simple really. Unless you're in some kind of self-hate thing and force yourself to watch programmes you dislike.

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Sorry the last bit of my message doesn't seem to have posted.
RE The Simpsons, I said rather than slagging it off, maybe try watching it properly instead of being pre-determined to hate it.

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I think The Office could go a couple more seasons at least. It went downhill slightly during season 6, I think, but season 7 had some really classic moments. Season 8 has been a bit "touch and go" I would say. It's had some quite funny episodes and a couple that I just couldn't find a laugh in at all really. The pre-titles scenes nearly always used to make me laugh and I think it was almost like a warm-up act for the show but they have been a bit flat this year. Except for the last episode which was quite funny. Poor Oscar.
Andy was almost Michael-like in a way with his complete obliviousness to other people worrying about their pay (with the changeover from Sabre back to Dunder Mifflin) because he wanted to make a big speech about him becoming manager again and I thought that was classic Office.
I would like to see more of the series. As for whoever it was that said The Simpsons should be axed as well, it's gotten much better since Season 20. If people actually tried watching it rather than just being pre-prepared to slag it off, they might actually have a laugh once in a while.

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The office is the best show ever made! Season 8 was just as funny as the rest, I really hope they keep making the show.

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I love this show and I love the way they are going with it! I laugh at every episode! I do not want it to end! I was actually hoping Steve Carell(Michael) would do another episode bringing Holly and maybe some kids up to visit the Scranton Branch!! I can only hope:-)