Hit sitcom The Office has lived a fulfilling life and is registered as one of the longest-running of its kind in terms of episode numbers, and while it has been known for a while that 2013 will be the last time viewers can watch regular new installments, broadcasters NBC have yesterday confirmed that the show will be ending on the nice rounded figure of 200, with the broadcast date and initial details of the mockumentary’s final episode now revealed.
While plot information for this ending installment has not yet been revealed, it is known that the director will be credited as Ken Kwapis (He’s Just Not That Into You), and that original star of the series Steve Carell (Evan Almighty, Get Smart) will not be making a comeback as ‘Michael Scott’ character for the finale, claiming that ‘it wouldn’t feel right’ for the show’s storyline.
While it is unconfirmed, some of the show’s former stars and writers (including B.J. Novak and Mindy Kaling) have expressed their desire to return, while John Krasinski (‘Jim Halpert’) has promised fans of the series a ‘satisfying’ conclusion to the series.
Based on the original English The Office series created for in 2001 by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, the NBC version had long-since surpassed the BBC version’s 14-episode run, but will the American format manage to let the brand go out on a high?