“The Office” Will End in 2013

NBC’s The Office will wrap up business at Dunder Mifflin Paper Company at the conclusion of the upcoming ninth season.

The series’ original executive producer, Greg Daniels, will return to oversee the final season. Daniels told reporters in a conference call from the program’s set Tuesday:

“As we head into the homestretch, we have a lot of exciting things I’ve been wanting to do since season two. The end should be pretty cool…I think endings can be very powerful.”

According to Daniels, The Office finale will be exciting and memorable and will take creative chances. And it will reveal who’s been making the mock documentary that has provided the show with its format.

“There’s so much to pay off from nine seasons, so many great characters, that my biggest concern is just tacking in these great ideas that the writing staff has on the walls and making sure we hit all of them or at least squeeze as many into the ending.”

Will former regional manager Michael Scott return as a guest? Daniels says he hopes Steve Carell will reprise his role as the socially inept boss, but he isn’t counting on it. Carell left the show in 2011.

“We’ll see. We have ideas for the ending and obviously if he would participate, we would have a lot of good times. The idea will fly without him if he can’t make it. He is pretty busy.”

The Office was adapted from Ricky Gervais’ British predecessor and premiered on NBC as a midseason replacement in March 2005. While ratings have slipped, the show is still NBC’s highest-rated scripted series.

The final season of The Office — a full 22 episodes — will kick off Sept. 20.

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