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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The Office Quotes

Dwight: What is my perfect crime? I break into Tiffany's at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No, I go for the chandelier. It's priceless. As I'm taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It's her father's business. She's Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico but I go to Canada. I don't trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he's the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting: I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris, by the Trocadero. She's been waiting for me all these years; she's never taken another lover. I don't care, I don't show up. I go to Berlin. That's where I stashed the chandelier.

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