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?


The Office Quotes

Sometimes I'll start a sentence, and I don't even know where it's going. I just hope I find it along the way. Like an improv conversation. An improversation.


When I was in college I used to get wicked hammered. My nickname was Puke. I would chug a fifth of SoCo, sneak into a frat party, polish off a few people's empties, some brewskies, some Jell-O shots, do some body shots off myself, pass out, wake up the next morning, puke, rally, more SoCo, head to class. Probably would have gotten expelled if I had let it affect my grades, but I aced all my courses. They called me Ace. It was totally awesome. Got straight Bs. They called me Buzz.