As a television viewer, there’s nothing more frustrating than watching a good show get cancelled (especially when you look at some of the poorly written ones that have been on forever). Over the years I have seen some of my favorite shows like “Heroes,” “Reaper,” “Pushing Daisies,” and “American Dreams” get dropped from their networks without any warning. I understand that ratings are everything, but as a fan it’s upsetting to watch episodes of these programs knowing that eventually you’ll be left hanging….forever.
There is no closure. You will never know what could have been.
So when I heard about all of the changes taking place on “The Office,” I will admit that I got a bit nervous.
The past few months have brought a number of surprising news about the cast and showrunners, making the future of “The Office” questionable. TV Guide posted an article covering all of the changes that will be taking place.
So what’s the scoop?
*Ed Helms (Andy) will be shooting the Hangover 3 (and has a spot in Mindy Kaling’s new pilot). So while it sounds like he will definitely be back, it may only be part-time. Does this mean another new boss? (No Nellie, please!) It’s more likely that the shooting schedule for the show will just be adjusted around Helms’ other commitment, much like they did with Steve Carell.
*The article says John Krasinski (Jim) might have to miss a few episodes, as well. However, the movie that was mentoned is being filmed next month, so I doubt it will interfere with the show.
*James Spader (Robert California) won’t be returning. I never cared for the character, so I can’t say I am at all disappointed. Bring Kathy Bates back!
*Mindy Kaling (Kelly) had her pilot picked up by Fox. Does this mean her character will be gone for good?
*Rainn Wilson has confirmed that the Dwight Schrute spin-off is a guarantee, but it is uncertain how it will fit in with the rest of the show or when/if it will even air.
*Executive producer Paul Lieberstein (Toby) is stepping down from the show to focus on the spin-off. The search for a new showrunner has begun. Who will take his place?
There was also some contradictory news…
Before all of the above information surfaced, Jenna Fischer (Pam) gave a little teaser to E! regarding next season.
Directly from the article:
Should the show come back next year, she says, “It’s going to be a big year for Jim and Pam with…some stuff I’m not allowed to say!”
So naturally I assumed that despite the issue with contract renewals, John and Jenna would at least be back. (still no official confirmation on that yet!)
And my prediction for the actual spoiler? Probably something career-related.
Or maybe Pam is pregnant with triplets. Or Jim is gay. Or my mother’s guess: the Halpert babies are actually Schrutes. (kidding!)
Finally, Rainn Wilson was on “The Tonight Show” last evening and basically confirmed that “The Office” will be back next season.
Okay, so the show isn’t quite what it used to be, but that tends to happen as a program ages. Even the last couple of seasons with Michael had some pretty weak episodes.
All that matters to me is that we get closure.
Hopefully season nine will be the last, and that the showrunners/writers will know that right from the beginning. This will allow them to develop some nice arcs, tie up any loose ends, and decide on what the series finale will be.
While there isn’t official confirmation of renewal from NBC yet, I will take Rainn’s word. The only question that remains is….
Who will be back at Dunder Mifflin in the fall?