Wednesday, May 1, 2013

No Steve Carell: 'The Office' producers say no Carell in the series finale

No Steve Carell: 'The Office' producers say no Carell in the series finale, Fans of the hit television comedy The Office are looking forward to the Season 9 and series finale, and the big question is, will Michael Scott, as played by actor Steve Carell, be making a return?

As reported by newsday.com on May 1, the answer is no, the producer of the TV comedy said on Wednesday.

The award-winning comedy will close out its episodes on May 16 without the bumbling antics of former office manager Michael Scott.

Greg Daniels, executive producer of the U.S. “mockumentary” workplace comedy, said the finale will be patterned very much akin to the original British version, in which the characters, now famous reality TV stars, are reunited.

"After attempting to beat the British ending in a number of different ways, we ended up doing something very similar," Daniels said, adding that his hopes are for an hour-long finale.

"We are trying to get more time and the network (NBC) is being very creative about scraping some more time without us having to start the finale at a weird time that will cause half the audience to miss the first 10 minutes,” he said.

As to why Carell would not be joining his previous office mates in the last episode, Daniels offered this:

"I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the 'Goodbye, Michael' episode was his goodbye and he didn't want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved," said Daniel.

Since the departure of Carell from the show in 2011, audiences have fallen from a high of around 8 million at the show's height in 2007 / 2008 to about 5 million this year.

Audiences are curious about the relationship between Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer), which started to show signs of cracking this year. Daniels declined to give any spoilers but suggested their future would be largely resolved before the finale.

"My hope is that people will treat the last several episodes as the finale and not force us to do everything in the last episode. We didn't want there to be such anxiety over Jim and Pam that you could think of nothing else in the last episode," Daniels said.

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