August 22, 2012

It will be the final season for "The Office" — and "all questions will be answered."

Including who's been making the documentary. Who are the people on the other side of the fictional camera that the characters have been talking to all these years? And why would any documentary about a relatively dull and unimportant office keep filming and filming for 9 years?
The news has no impact on the possible Dwight-centric spin-off The Farm, which will be introduced in an episode of The Office to air this fall.
Via Throwing Things, which says "Do we care about Schrute Farms, which is apparently going to make its first appearance as a backdoor pilot during this season?" and which also notes:
Starting next January, ABC is flip-flopping Nightline and Jimmy Kimmel Live, with Kimmel going head to head with Letterman and Leno.  I'm not a huge Kimmel fan, but will be interesting to see how folks respond to a younger option in the timeslot.
I think it says something about American politics that the run-up to a presidential election seemed like the right time to make it harder to watch the serious news analysis show. (Cue the comments that Nightline is more comedy that Kimmel could ever hope to be.)

17 comments:

EMD said...

This would have been great 4 years ago.

ricpic said...

Speaking of hell: since so many people spend most of their lives in an office and an office is hell most people must want to be in hell.

rick rogers said...

I wish that the UK version of "The Office" had run for as many seasons as the US version. The UK version was so much better.

LarsPorsena said...

Blogger rick rogers said...

I wish that the UK version of "The Office" had run for as many seasons as the US version. The UK version was so much better.
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Me too. The American version is a pale imitation.

Crunchy Frog said...

I think it says something about American politics that the run-up to a presidential election seemed like the right time to make it harder to watch the serious news analysis show.

Because there are of course no cable alternatives dedicated to news coverage on a 24/7 basis.

Shana said...

I tend to prefer British TV, but in this case I prefer the U.S. version. I mean c'mon, Michael cooked his foot on the George Foreman Grill.

Lyssa said...

I've never been able to really get the appeal of The Office. I wanted to like it; people who like a lot of other comedy that I like seem to like it, but I've given it a few opportunities, and it just doesn't strike me as funny, at all.

Never seen the Brit version, though.

Shanna said...

Were people actually super worried about who the documentary team is?

I like the show but I really, really don't care. This isn't a mystery that needs to be solved.

Curious George said...

US The Office was great...but jumped the shark mid last season.

tim maguire said...

Nightline is more comedy that Kimmel could ever hope to be!

jeff said...

I feel bad, I didnt really have any questions.

Thorley Winston said...

I tend to prefer British TV, but in this case I prefer the U.S. version.

Agreed on both counts. I tried watching the UK version (saw the Pilot and the Christmas special) and just found it boring and depressing. Even though the last two seasons have been kind of lackluster, the US show still had better writers, better comic timing and I found that I still cared what happened to the characters.

Probably won’t watch the Dwight Schrute spinoff though.



EMD said...

I wish that the UK version of "The Office" had run for as many seasons as the US version. The UK version was so much better.

That's the reason it's better. The Brits are smart about cutting a series (season) down to six or 10 shows.

Twenty-two episodes a seasons means the writers and producers are out of gas by the time they hit the end of the second season.

One hundred is a magical number in American programming. It's the threshold for syndication, which means a ton more money.

Crunchy Frog said...

Nightline is more comedy that Kimmel could ever hope to be!

And Kimmel is more politically relevant.

sane_voter said...

Never liked The Office. For my taste it was either way too excruciating or too stupid to be remotely believable. Pam was cute, though.

Shawn L. said...

All the things that made Nightline unique when it debuted are now commonplace… excepting Ted Koppel.

Amusingly enough, on Wikipedia I just came across Koppel's last words from his last night as Nightline's anchor:

"You've always been very nice to me, so give this new anchor team for Nightline a fair break. If you don't, I promise you the network will just put another comedy show in this time slot. Then you'll be sorry."

Not that one needed to be Nostradamus to see it coming.

Taylor Lourdes said...

I really hope they deliver something awesome when it comes to who the documentary crew has been all this time. One of my co-workers at Dish suggested maybe they’ll be people from the original British version of The Office, and now I can’t imagine what else they could come up with that would be better than that. I’m planning to record this last season with my Hopper, since I just got onto the night shift at my job and won’t be home to watch it live. It’s nice to be able to count on the Prime Time Anytime feature recording everything on all four major networks every night so I can get caught up in time for the next day. As much as The Office may have overstayed its welcome, it’ll still be weird to see it off the air.