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“This will be the last season of The Office, the series’ developer/executive producer Greg Daniels just announced. Daniels, who ran the veteran NBC comedy from season one through five and has returned for the upcoming season nine, made the announcement on a conference call this morning. “It was a hard decision but this is going to be a real gangbuster season,” added Daniels. The producer stressed that creative closure was the primary reason behind the decision to end the series. “Certainly we’re not leaving for any reason other than that one,” said Daniels. “This year feels like the last chance” for The Office to have “an artistic ending.” With The Office still ranking as NBC’s highest-rated scripted series, Daniels said he feared the network might want to “cling to it” when he approached NBC executives with the idea of ending the show. “It’s actually a big surprise to me that NBC was so supportive of this decision,” he said. “We all had a lot of passion for it and persuaded them.”
The Emmy-winning comedy struggled to recover from the exit of its leading man Steve Carell at the end of Season 7. After his anointed successor James Spader exited this May, word was that Daniels had a plan to reboot the long-running series heading into Season 9, which premieres Sept. 20. The series was able to secure its core cast, with Ed Helms, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer all coming back, joined by Rainn Wilson, who will reprise his role with an eye toward jumping onto spinoff The Farm, which the actor created with former Office showrunner Paul Lieberstein.
Daniels said that a lot of stories would be wrapped up and the identity of the documentary camera crew that been filming the employees of Scranton, Penn. would be revealed. To bookend the series, Daniels said he wanted to get Ken Kwapis, who directed the pilot, to also direct the finale. “There is so much to pay off from nine seasons of great characters and the core cast are all going to be there,” he said. “Now that we know we have an end date, we can take some chances and blow things up.”
Ed Helms’ Whiskey Sour Radio Hour is BACK! For those of you who missed out catching the show during The 3rd Annual LA Bluegrass Festival in May, don’t wait to get tickets to this fantastic show on Friday, August 17. Ed hosts his own twisted take on the old-time, radio variety show. Music and comedy have long been separate pursuits for Ed, but here they collide in a dastardly mash-up that can only be described as Prairie Home Companion on crystal meth and moonshine. Past Special Guests have included Steve Martin, Will Ferrell, Jackson Browne and MORE. Tickets are available ONLINE ONLY. Click here to purchase tickets.
Friday, August 16: Ed Helms Presents The Whiskey Sour Radio Hour. Seats will be assigned beginning at 6:30pm, Doors open for drinks at 7:30pm, Showtime 9pm. Click here to purchase tickets.
We kid, but The Office funny man is serious about boycotting Chick-fil-A for being anti-gay.
“Chick-fil-A doesn’t like gay people?” Helmstweeted earlier today. “So lame. Hate to think what they do to the gay chickens! Lost a loyal fan.”
Helms’ outrage stems from comments that the company’s chief operating officer Dan Cathy recently made to the Baptist Pressabout not supporting same-sex marriage.
“Guilty as charged,” Cathy said when asked about the company’s support of what the Press describes as “the traditional family.”
“We are very much supportive of the family—the biblical definition of the family unit,” Cathy explained. “We are a family-owned business, a family-led business, and we are married to our first wives. We give God thanks for that.”
“The Office” Season Eight, available onBlu-ray™ Combo Pack and DVD on September 4, 2012.
“The Office” Season Eight includes 24 episodes to enjoy back-to-back and uninterrupted in a five-disc set, with outstanding bonus features including extended episodes, more than 100 minutes of deleted scenes, webisodes and more! TheBlu-ray™ Combo Pack features perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound, a DVD version of the season, plus UltraViolet™. UltraViolet™ is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows in the cloud to instantly stream and download to televisions, computers, tablets and smartphones. Now, consumers can truly enjoy their favorite television show anytime, anywhere, on the platform of their choice.