'The Office' to End After Next Season

by 11:44 AM PDT, August 21, 2012
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NBC's comedy The Office will turn out the lights for good after the upcoming ninth season.

The news came during a call with reporters by the show's executive producer Greg Daniels, who will take over as showrunner during the final season from Paul Lieberstein.

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"As we head into the home stretch, we have a lot of exciting things I've been wanting to do since season two," Daniels said, according to The Hollywood Reporter. "The end should be pretty cool."

The Office was adapted from a British version and premiered on NBC in March 2005. It fell to an all-time ratings low last season following the departure of Steve Carell, and Daniels said it's possible the star could be persuaded to make an appearance on the the finale. "We have ideas for the ending and obviously if he would participate, we would have a lot of good times," he said

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