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NBC news: This season will be The Office's last and the network picks up the new Michael J. Fox sitcom

Aug. 21, 2012by:

After nine seasons, NBC will be airing the final episode of THE OFFICE in 2013. Based on the Ricky Gervais BBC hit (which only lasted 14 episodes), the US version of the show will complete its run with just about 200 episodes. No word on whether Steve Carell will return for the finale, but showrunner Greg Daniels did reveal some details about the final season.

Final season plot points: "David Wallace sent Andy to Outward Bound training over the summer to make him more decisive and confident, and he decides while eating bugs on solo to aggressively go after Nellie and hound her out of the office … Jake Lacy and Clark Duke will play two guys in their twenties, Pete and Clark, who are hired to go through the back log of over 4,000 unanswered customer complaints that Kelly leaves behind when she leaves … We're going to find out who the Scranton Strangler is … We are tabling a Halloween episode this week, and breaking the Christmas episode now."

Focus of the final season: "For one thing, the last few years we didn't do arcs so much. We were pursuing episodic comedy. But the real heart of the show is these arcs that let characters have continuing stories. There's so much to pay off from nine seasons. My biggest concern is packing (all the stories) in."

Personally I think the show has been weak for the last three or four seasons, even before Carell left. As much as I like Ed Helms, he is no Michael Scott. With the Rainn Wilson spin-off THE FARM in the works, NBC is already looking at the future after losing THE OFFICE as well as 30 ROCK and COMMUNITY. That plan will include a new sitcom starring Michael J. Fox.

NBC won a bidding war with several networks to air the new Fox sitcom, which will feature the BACK TO THE FUTURE star as a husband and father of three from New York City dealing with family, career, and challenges including the degenerative nervous system disorder, Parkinson's disease.

Fox got his start at NBC on the sitcom FAMILY TIES. He left his hit show SPIN CITY when he revealed his Parkinson's diagnosis. Since then, he was won an Emmy and appeared in edgy, funny parts across the spectrum of television, including the shows THE GOOD WIFE, RESCUE ME, and CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM. The fact that NBC gave the show a 22 episode order shows they have some confidence that Fox can bring in the viewers like he used to.

What do you think about losing THE OFFICE and getting back Michael J Fox?

Extra Tidbit: Daniels also promised that we will meet the documentary filmmakers who have been filming the Scranton branch since the first episode.

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9:42AM on 08/22/2012

The Office and M.J. Fox

I thought the Office was a great show but I think now is a good time to wrap it up so I will be looking forward to seeing how they do that! I love Michael J. Fox and I welcome any new show that he is a part of (he was great in Curb Your Enthusiasm)..
I thought the Office was a great show but I think now is a good time to wrap it up so I will be looking forward to seeing how they do that! I love Michael J. Fox and I welcome any new show that he is a part of (he was great in Curb Your Enthusiasm)..
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5:22AM on 08/22/2012
Anyone else think Michael Moore will be the documentary fimmaker?
Anyone else think Michael Moore will be the documentary fimmaker?
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2:03AM on 08/22/2012

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that could be quite interesting
that could be quite interesting
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1:20AM on 08/22/2012
Great news on both accounts. As far as the Office, when its time its time, and its definitely time.
Great news on both accounts. As far as the Office, when its time its time, and its definitely time.
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11:57PM on 08/21/2012
I still love The Office for the great variety of characters.
I still love The Office for the great variety of characters.
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10:20PM on 08/21/2012
I love Michael J Fox. Happy to see him returning to TV.
I love Michael J Fox. Happy to see him returning to TV.
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8:11PM on 08/21/2012
I like the Office, but its time to end. It was a few seasons ago. The problem was the writers didn't know what to do with Jim and Pam once they got together. Two of the most interesting characters in that show quickly became two of the weakest. Then the writers tried to repeat the same "will they, won't they" formula with Andy and Erin, but with less success. Hopefully Carrell comes back for the last episode.
I like the Office, but its time to end. It was a few seasons ago. The problem was the writers didn't know what to do with Jim and Pam once they got together. Two of the most interesting characters in that show quickly became two of the weakest. Then the writers tried to repeat the same "will they, won't they" formula with Andy and Erin, but with less success. Hopefully Carrell comes back for the last episode.
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10:15PM on 08/21/2012
I agree with everything you said.
I agree with everything you said.
7:42PM on 08/21/2012

Scranton Strangler Kills Nellie?

All will be well if the Scranton Strangler kills Nellie. And for the record I think the documentary is going to be by Ken Burns.
All will be well if the Scranton Strangler kills Nellie. And for the record I think the documentary is going to be by Ken Burns.
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10:16PM on 08/21/2012
Nellie is the Office's equivalent of Jar Jar Binks.
Nellie is the Office's equivalent of Jar Jar Binks.
7:03PM on 08/21/2012
I used to love this show but you're absolutely right about it being sub par for the past 3 seasons and I don't blame Ed Helms as two of those seasons still featured Steve Carrell, I'm so glad they're taking this opportunity to include more arcs instead of standalone episodes. I always enjoyed the hour long episodes that were character drive and/or focused on continuity. Props to Michael J. Fox for coming back to TV and not letting his condition get in the way of being happy and doing what he
I used to love this show but you're absolutely right about it being sub par for the past 3 seasons and I don't blame Ed Helms as two of those seasons still featured Steve Carrell, I'm so glad they're taking this opportunity to include more arcs instead of standalone episodes. I always enjoyed the hour long episodes that were character drive and/or focused on continuity. Props to Michael J. Fox for coming back to TV and not letting his condition get in the way of being happy and doing what he does best. He was great on the season 8 finale of Curb Your Enthusiasm and showed that he still has great comedic timing. Fingers crossed for a guest appearance from Christopher Loyd.
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