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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Bill T you're a dick. I have problems with almost everything you said. Those are some mighty assumptions that you're making about the general audience of this show. Dimwitted classless audience? The hell is wrong with you? What a ridiculous thing to say. I think I might just hate you for it. Also you state your opinions as fact. I don't give a shit what you think. Don't tell me whats wrong with the show. You honestly don't know a thing. And frankly, I am loving what they're doing with Jim and Dwight. Its been a long time coming that they become begrudging friends, and its been quite a bit of fun watching that happen, especially during the Florida arc. And what possibly gives you the idea that the audience is incapable of accepting a British actor? Literally nothing I can think of would support that sweeping generalization. As for the future of the show, I could see it going both ways. If the writers create something new, like a reboot, then I'd be for that. But looking back over the last few seasons of the office, I don't think they have the capability to do that. I think its winding down, and I think its time to close up shop. Bill T, I still despise you for your wildly inaccurate generalization.

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I wouldn't be sad if it ended this very second. The show has been run into the ground by the pathetic writing, even before Michael left. The last glimmers of hope have all faded out in the past couple weeks. Catherine, sorry the writers don't know how to write good material (for you, or anyone besides Rainn and the absent Steve Carrell) and that most of the dimwitted, classless audience is too prejudiced to accept anyone with a British accent, and too ignorant to see where the real problem with the show lies (the writers.)

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Katherine Tate is killing this show I can't stand her character, I miss Andy! I'm always wishing for Carell to make an appearance...let's hope! ;) but in all I love this show and I think even if the 9th season is the ending then so be it we always have it on dvd collection!

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love this show but it has been sliding for a bit now. i always found i to be one of those ones that didn't really have a main character but worked because of the synergy of the core characters with a few on the side (like seinfeld). when steve carrell left it was ok but it seemed to fall a little. unfortunately american networks seem to have a habbit of flogging something to death rather than letting it go while it is still decent. can't see myself watching this show too much longer.

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Season 9 may be it for The Office? HALLELJUAH!!! I'm sorry. I too loved The Office during its infancy (Seasons 1 - 3), but then they never changed ANYTHING. Michael Scott quitting was great and that story arc could've carried them through a season, alas they brought him back after MAYBE half a dozen episodes. Hope they gun The Office, followed by The Simpsons. They are WAY past due.

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You know what, GARY COLE would make a nice addition. His stong personality would be interesting.

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I don't really mind M.Scott being gone as a character. The rest of the show's actors are picking up the pieces really well. Rainn Wilson is needed as a strong character to play off of, and the use of James Spader was really brilliant, absolutely. I hope they continue to bring people in like that. As for ending the series, I think the series has three more seasons left in it, but only if Wilson and the current cast remain. They could use one more strong character like Wilson or Spader to round out the stories, but the Michael Scott character in the form of Steve Carell is not needed and one of the current cast memebers could fill this role. Either way I'll hope for a season nine, ten and eleven. Traaxx

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No Dwight....no Office - the side characters like Kelly are great - but the show can go on without her. Not without Dwight... and get rid of Katherine Tate, she is killing the show right now. Bring back the hints of "semi" realism.. oh and GET GARY COLE from Office Space to be the manager....

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If it's the last season then bring back Michael Scott in the last episode!

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This is all just hearsay and speculation.

The Office Quotes

Michael: Did I ever tell you about the day that Steve Martin died?
Pam: Steve Martin's not dead, Michael.
Michael: I know. But I always thought that the day that he died would be the worst day of my life. I was wrong. It's this.

Guess what, I have flaws. What are they? Oh, I don't know. I sing in the shower. Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I'll hit somebody with my car. So sue me... No, don't sue me. That is the opposite of the point that I'm trying to make.

Michael
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