Question: How long will you stay with The Office for? How many more series? How long does your contract run? Steve: Contract through next season. Question: And will you stay after that? Steve: I don’t think so. I think that will probably be my last year.“The Office” hit a new season low last Thursday but remains NBC’s top-rated scripted show:
Body Language (6.23) Written by Justin Spitzer. Directed by Mindy Kaling. Pam and Jim work on their first sales pitch together to Donna (Amy Pietz), the manager of a local restaurant. But Michael keeps misreading the signals she’s putting out. Meanwhile, Dwight encourages Kelly to try out for the minority training program.Next Week:
The Cover-Up (6.24) Written by Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky. Directed by Rainn Wilson. Michael suspects Donna is cheating on him and puts P.I. Dwight Schrute on the case. Meanwhile, Andy is frustrated when no one takes his customer’s complaint seriously.May 13:
The Chump (6.25) Written by Aaron Shure. Directed by Randall Einhorn. Michael is surprisingly cheerful after learning some bad news about Donna. The new parents, Pam and Jim, have trouble staying awake in the office. Meanwhile, Angela takes matters into her own hands when Dwight refuses to honor their contract.May 20:
Whistleblower (6.26) Written by Warren Lieberstein and Halsted Sullivan. Directed by Paul Lieberstein. Season finale.Scenes deleted from last week’s “Secretary’s Day”: 9 p.m. Thursday. NBC.
April 29, 2010, 1:35 a.m. CST
If they did it would really be a case of jumping over a nuked fridge containing a shark. Can a show that's already jumped the shark do something so monumentally crappy that it qualifies as jumping AGAIN?
April 29, 2010, 1:43 a.m. CST
just like they tried to replace Phil Hartman with Jon Lovitz. NBC loves to jump sharks
April 29, 2010, 1:48 a.m. CST
This used to be one of my favorite shows, but the last few seasons it's really lost some steam. I stopped watching at the beginning of Season 5.
April 29, 2010, 1:50 a.m. CST
by Rev. Slappy
There's no way they don't soldier on without Carrell.
April 29, 2010, 1:51 a.m. CST
it's not as if they'll let Michael Scott leave TV on a down note either. What a great opportunity it would be for him to end the show as pathetic as he started it. Say what you want about UK vs. US shows, but the depressing arc of David Brent was inspired.
April 29, 2010, 1:58 a.m. CST
that Brent's story ended on a positive, happy note, right?
April 29, 2010, 1:59 a.m. CST
Did you watch the Christmas Specials of the Office UK? Brent's arc gets even more depressing, but it does end on a higher note for him. I've always been a bigger fan of the UK version because of I could relate more to it, but I really liked how the US version got it's own identity and it turned out alright. Not too sad about this news though, I think it's had a good run.
April 29, 2010, 2:08 a.m. CST
April 29, 2010, 2:14 a.m. CST
Contract entering final year, statement that he may not stay beyond - negotiating ploy maybe? Is Charlie Sheen not doing the same thing? P.S. Saw Steve Carrell in Date Night last night (burds choice) what an absolute pile of sh!te. Her movie choices priviledge has been revoked.
April 29, 2010, 2:16 a.m. CST
I know they will try to do it without Steve, but damn will it be sad. It will be like the really shitty last episodes of That 70's Show, which were really shitty by the way. As a whole the last few seasons of the office have lacked direction and generally chose the dramatic angel over humor. NBC has two great new shows and should put them in the fore front. This show is dying quickly.
April 29, 2010, 2:32 a.m. CST
With the new company owning Dunder Mifflin, they can just write it out that the parent company rewarded him with a position at corporate. <br> That way you can bring him back once in a while as a guest.
April 29, 2010, 2:40 a.m. CST
It is not worth his time or money. He gets like $15 mil a film. 3 films = half a years of work and nearly $50 mil. I am sure NBC is not willing to pay him anywhere near that.
April 29, 2010, 2:42 a.m. CST
...but the ratings will tank.
April 29, 2010, 2:51 a.m. CST
He currently gets around 175k. They could double or triple that and keep him.
April 29, 2010, 2:52 a.m. CST
3 quarters of his movies are flops. I highly doubt he gets 15m a movie. Maybe 5m.
April 29, 2010, 3:11 a.m. CST
I can see him leaving next year. 7 years is a damn good run. My guess is that they will offer him Seinfeld money to do at least one more season after next. It is literally the only reason I watch NBC now that Conan is gone. Anyway I hope they don't try to go on without him it would never even be close to the same. At least he has decency to let the fans know ahead of time (*cough* Charlie Sheen).
April 29, 2010, 3:13 a.m. CST
Or should I say Carlos Estévez?!?!?!
April 29, 2010, 3:22 a.m. CST
i love the series. it's been on long enough that by the time you finish watching it all on dvd, you are ready to start over. :)
April 29, 2010, 3:42 a.m. CST
'Carrell's doing his last season of the Office, I still haven't watch my first season of it, and he gets money and fame to do it and doesn't want to, so you can see why I won't.'<br /> <br /> sigh <br /> <br /> Actually, I tried a couple times. When it debuted I watched the first 2 or 3 episodes and there was way too much stupid boss being a jerk for me to enjoy. Still, several members of the group I moderate said they liked it so I checked out one of those double feature 2 back-to-back episodes and there was way too much on screen vomiting for me. I'm sure a show this popular has much better episodes than the few I've seen and you're not a bad person if you like the show. I tried it several times and just hated it, though.
April 29, 2010, 3:54 a.m. CST
One of the few shows I still look forward to . It is doing well in syndication, probably one of the top shows. NBC can afford to pay him the big money.
April 29, 2010, 4:03 a.m. CST
Get up. Be funny. Then get off the stage, and leave them wanting more. <p> Don't overstay your welcome, and wait for the rotting fruit to come lobbing your way before you realise "Oh yeah, it's time to go"
April 29, 2010, 4:06 a.m. CST
Freeing Steve up to play Brick Tamland...forever.
April 29, 2010, 4:30 a.m. CST
I thought this was going to be the last season. The show does need to end, I'm a fan, but this season has been the worst of all the seasons. I just think they're running out of things to do. I mean the new company buying Dunder Mifflin and all, it just doesn't work. Hopefully since they know next season will be the last, they will go out in a blaze of glory. I don't think they'll keep going without Steve. Raine, Tim and Jenna would probably be happy to end the show and move on to just doing movies. I think it's best to end now before the show gets worse.
April 29, 2010, 4:31 a.m. CST
They try it, it probably won't work. Can't see them letting a character like Dwight just dying. While the show is still better than the other garbage on right now, the first three seasons are hands down a cut above all others. Every episode was great with "Safety Training" and "Product Recall" two of my favorites.
April 29, 2010, 4:39 a.m. CST
Then I see a new "scrubs" up ahead. Although the new Scrubs picked up steam in the last couple of epis, it could not find a stable ground to step on... plus the first few epis (of the new Scrubs) were pretty bad... not terrible, not abysmal as I read around... but pretty bad.
April 29, 2010, 5:26 a.m. CST
I hope for the final season . the filmmakers release the documentary they have been filming for the past 7 years and the final season show MIchael Scott dealing with fame
April 29, 2010, 5:53 a.m. CST
I could see 1 even 2 season going on without carell, i think the show would lose some of it's charm, but on the other hand less focas on michael's shenanagiens might give the show a much needed boost in it's later year<P>this could go either way in terms of quality, but unless next season gets heroes like rating i can't see NBC rushing to cancell it just because carell leaves
April 29, 2010, 7:10 a.m. CST
So far nothing has been as bad as that superbowl episode. My god that was awful. And the Scott's Tots episode was almost as good as the first few seasons. But by and large the show just isn't as good as it used to be. <p> Because the show has lasted so long they have essentially changed the premise. It used to be about some guy who was stuck in a dead end job with some absurd boss, but as an audience we knew he would move on to something better. Unfortunately, he never moved on to anything better. Instead of being a critique of corporate culture, the show has become a depressing version of the Horatio Algier myth.
April 29, 2010, 7:11 a.m. CST
spin-off with dwight is the way to go. it's worked in the past when done right (not trying to imitate the original). But it's NBC, and they'll probably go the x-files/la law route and beat the dead horse w/o the main character(s)
April 29, 2010, 7:39 a.m. CST
I also want to see Jim become infamous after this documentary they've been filming shows him to be a colossal, smug douche to his co-workers, and a stalker who eventually wore his quarry down. Who the fuck buys an engagement ring after the first date? Crazy people, that's who!
April 29, 2010, 7:47 a.m. CST
The only way to do a good finale for a series is to plan a last season. When they rush out an episode that COULD be the last episode when a show is canceled late in the season, it does not work. Can anyone think of a show that ended well in those circumstances. I think the show is still funny, but I think we've reached the point where there's a good opportunity to end gracefully.<p>With Carell starring in movies, I've assumed that the only thing keeping him there is a contract. But really, one more year will make seven seasons, which is a great run for any TV show.
April 29, 2010, 7:53 a.m. CST
I don't think any series should attempt to go past the seventh season. Look what happened to the X-Files.
April 29, 2010, 7:57 a.m. CST
by A G
The characters pursuing roughly the same plot lines with the same recycled jokes. All meaningless and without substance. Good enough for a couple of episodes? The popular ones go on for HUNDREDS.
April 29, 2010, 8:07 a.m. CST
Have his character from the UK show end up in Scranton PA. While about have of Steve Carell's movies are bomb's every Ricky Gervais movie seems to have bombed. Have him assume the mantel at Dunder Mifflin for a year or 2 and perhaps North America will finally see him as a true star. Just please do not put Jim back in charge, they almost ruined his character by having him in an authority position. Also they could promote Dwight and have him drive all of Sabre into oblivion or bring back a humbled David Wallace. Anything but Jim.
April 29, 2010, 8:15 a.m. CST
April 29, 2010, 8:35 a.m. CST
Have it end in a way similar to the original Office, with the documentary they've been filming finally released and Michael having to finally face hard truths about himself.
April 29, 2010, 8:39 a.m. CST
On a slightly different note: I knew they were making Erin the receptionist a little goofy so as to relate to Andy, but I had no idea they were going to turn her into a freaking mental patient. What the hell was all of that about?
April 29, 2010, 8:53 a.m. CST
But I stopped thinking so hard about it, and started enjoying it a whole lot more. It's a different show from seasons 1-3. After Pam and Jim got together they needed to experiment a bit with the focus and tone. Once Carrel leaves, the others will probably want to leave too. Seven seasons, topped off with the documentary being released and Michael getting married to Holly. Done and done.
April 29, 2010, 9:22 a.m. CST
Last week's terrific episode notwithstanding, Season 6 has easily been the show's worst. I can probably count on one hand the number of episodes this year that come even close to approaching the brilliance of Season 2. There's simply nowhere left to go with this cast of characters. Find Michael a soulmate and pair up Dwight and Angela for good, but otherwise it's played out.
April 29, 2010, 9:30 a.m. CST
this interview occurred 2 weeks ago!
April 29, 2010, 10:14 a.m. CST
Not good for NBC'S Thursday night comedy lineup?
April 29, 2010, 10:28 a.m. CST
now they might have to create decent shows that people want to watch.
April 29, 2010, 10:34 a.m. CST
This is good because I think The Office should end at some point and Carrell leaving will at least give an ending to his character. It is bad because NBC will inevitably try to keep the show going and it probably won't work. If they just use this opportunity to create a really solid last season and end it that would be awesome. I still love the Office, but I'd rather they end it then continue it past a logical ending point.
April 29, 2010, 10:48 a.m. CST
ok we get it. every series has hit a new low
April 29, 2010, 10:53 a.m. CST
But there was never enough Creed. Also: the show could totally go on without Carrell. He's a huge part of the show but there's a lot else going on and the dynamic of having somebody become manager would be interesting.
April 29, 2010, 11:12 a.m. CST
I've been super curious about the foreign language versions of "The Office." If anyone here has seen some of them, please post your opinion?
April 29, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST
It's had so much more success than could have been expected and it's still entertaining. Seven seasons is a fair shake. I just feel sorry for Gervais who will make a few less million every year...
April 29, 2010, 11:35 a.m. CST
Whoever suggested structuring the final season around the meta concept of the characters finally viewing/reacting to the years of documentary footage..... +1 internets to you sir. Fantastic idea.
April 29, 2010, 11:48 a.m. CST
Jim, Pam, and baby move to Philadelphia. Dwight turns up to be their pesky new landlord.
April 29, 2010, 12:21 p.m. CST
I've never thought Michael Scott was that great. The show could easily replace him with some other mindless boss. The greatest part of the UK version was the fact that David Brent was a believable boss. Michael Scott is way over the top.
April 29, 2010, 12:29 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . I think it would be the first time a sitcom pulled it off since Cheers switched leading ladies.
April 29, 2010, 12:30 p.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
. . . since I quit watching about a season and a half ago.
April 29, 2010, 12:33 p.m. CST
Don't get me wrong, ROBRAM89. I get that the huge draw to the show is the strong ensemble cast. However, I also think that part of this show's winning formula is Michael Scott's innocently insipid antics. Trying to replace him, even if only for one season would be a disaster. <p> <p> How many of you were you Facts of Life fans? Don't lie. Lots of you were. I know it. So, did you remember how much harm it did to that show when they replaced Ms. Garret with Cloris Leachman's character. It was a nightmare. The show, which was originally pretty fun if a bit saccharine, turned into a painful, painful experience. The same would happen if they replaced Michael.<p> <p> This is the way they should end it:<p> <p> - Sabre's head honcho (Kathy Bates) decides that Dunder Mifflin isn't the investment that she envisioned so she decides to make some changes.<p> - She phases out paper sales completely, trims staff, and rolls the rest of the employees into Sabre proper. She literally fires half the staff. <p> - Michael gets fired because he couldn't get Dunder Mifflin to meet Sabre's expectations.<p> - Kevin, Kelly, & Erin are deemed redundant and expendable. <p> - Jim's pranking finally catches up to him and he gets fired too.<p> - Creed is fired because..... Nobody even knows what he really does.<p> - With the mass firings, the office is left in chaos. Realizing that somebody needs to take control of the situation, Jim takes a page out of Pam's book and makes a daring suggestion to Michael. ... Reform the Michael Scott Paper company. <p> - Jim figures out that the reason why it didn't work last time was because they were understaffed. They needed people from every department.<p> - In a Stand and Deliver moment, the remaining DM employees quit and they all agree to become equal partners in the New Michael Scott Paper Company.<p> - Without enough money to start a new company, Dwight agrees to lend Michael a huge sum of money that he's made over the years from Schrute Farms and his B&B. Dwight insists that his contribution makes him more important than Jim. Jim uses backward logic and suggests a BS title for Dwight that makes him happy, but just another equal partner. - Even Toby quits. He throws an uncharacteristically Toby fit and storms out in support for Michael. Too bad that Michael has already found his new head of HR..... Holly. <p> - Fade out on the closing of Dunder Mifflin. The end of one era and the start of something new.<p> <p> Anyway, that's how I'd end it. DM closes and everybody co-ops to reform their own, new company. One last fuck you to Toby. Michael + Holly. One last scam on Dwight. The DM family lives on.<p> <p> This show should just go out on a high note. This season has had some great moments. Make the last season as wildly funny and true to the original concept as possible. End it there.
April 29, 2010, 12:35 p.m. CST
Familiar and fun, yet missing its heart.
April 29, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST
April 29, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST
Michael is beyond insufferable now. Really, there's a reason Ricky Gervais retired David Brent after 8 or 9 episodes: THE CHARACTER WAS PLAYED OUT. Jesus. And there will be *another* season? Talk about beating a dead horse.
April 29, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST
How about having 3 or 4 of the staff come into the office one day with shotguns and shoot the place up. All independent of one another. That's the only ending I can think of for this series.
April 29, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST
...Is gonna write ryan into the position of office manager... i really dislike ryan (and i guess bj since its his character)
April 29, 2010, 2:43 p.m. CST
I think is way more sympathetic and tolerable now than at any other point in the series. He was really at his worst when he was his most David Brent-like. He became his own character in season two, and it's hard not to root for him now. Even David Brent became sympathetic in the final episode of the British version. And they allude to him finally finding some happiness. Michael doesn't really need that last second redemption because I have a feeling that most viewers don't really loathe him anymore. He's a silly and annoying guy that shouldn't be the boss. But he's also a bit of a genius in his own bizarre way.
April 29, 2010, 2:59 p.m. CST
by Samuel Fulmer
The show is practically running on empty at this point.
April 29, 2010, 3:19 p.m. CST
I still love the show, but everyone is just becoming a character of themselves. Michael can't be THAT stupid and run an office. Dwight can't be THAT anal and not be on serious meds. IN that regard the show has lost its way.
April 29, 2010, 3:26 p.m. CST
I'd say he's several seasons overdue for splitting this pale imitation of the VASTLY SUPERIOR BBC version.
April 29, 2010, 3:27 p.m. CST
She's average at best.
April 29, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST
by Six Demon Bag
April 29, 2010, 3:29 p.m. CST
The NBC version is basically a dumbed down, slapsticked up version of the BBC show. I suppose they felt they needed to dumb it up for the 'Mericans.
April 29, 2010, 5:24 p.m. CST
End the show next year. Seven years is enough anyway. Yes, you could peter out a few more good scripts, I'm sure, with Dwight or Jim as boss, but don't bother. It's not like we got two years of Seinfeld without Jerry.
April 29, 2010, 5:30 p.m. CST
But there's no way that's happening, especially with that Warwick Davis show going on. On a somewhat related note, I finally got around to re-watching season 5 of NewsRadio, and it's not as awful as I remember.
April 29, 2010, 5:57 p.m. CST
Carrell sucks. He's like the annoying kid in high school - wait - maybe junior high - endlessly mugging before, during and after each joke. He's always ON and never disappears into the role. Shallow.
April 29, 2010, 6:05 p.m. CST
I still really like the show, but it is running out of steam. End on a high note NBC. Don't make to make this The Simpsons.
April 29, 2010, 6:10 p.m. CST
Especially considering the fact that they could use his massive writing talents to make the show relevant again. Face it, all the best parts of the first few seasons were ripped directly off from Gervais' British office. Fact.
April 29, 2010, 9:14 p.m. CST
I don't know maybe that wouldn't work.... Parks and Rec. finally got good this season, so maybe I shouldn't ask for something you can't unask for.
April 29, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST
Of course it won't happen but man that would be awesome.
April 29, 2010, 10:56 p.m. CST
I catch it in repeats but find Carrell's character to be unfunny most of the time. I'm assuming that's his shtick? I really hated him in the pilot, but I guess i need to watch a bunch of the first episodes before making a judgement.
April 29, 2010, 11:32 p.m. CST
by Wolverine's Dad
I could see them doing a storyline of Gervais taking over, but only if it was the ending of the show.
April 29, 2010, 11:51 p.m. CST
by Ka Dargo
Most people do sales over the phone miss boob shirt....HA! Nice rack on that chick!
April 30, 2010, 1:13 a.m. CST
in the opening minutes. She is so much fun in that whole "I doubled my sales." "What? From one to two?" "YEP!" mode
April 30, 2010, 5:29 a.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
I love the way that dude tells "his secret story" every chance he gets.
April 30, 2010, 6:43 a.m. CST
Is easily the best new character on the show. I love how they brought that joke back.
April 30, 2010, 9:10 a.m. CST
It really is the bottom of the barrel. And it's not about being actually funny or clever, it's about repetition. NBCs The Office hasn't been funny in YEARS, and yet it hangs on, repeating the same stale jokes and situations over and over and over and over and over again and the lemmings lap it up. DE-EVOLUTION IS VERY REAL and it started in 'Merica.
April 30, 2010, 9:26 a.m. CST
But reality tv was perfected elsewhere and exported to America. Reality TV is the enemy and is responsible for the decline in quality tv. The filth on our airwaves isn't The Office. I wish there were more long running scripted television shows like it.
April 30, 2010, 10:50 a.m. CST
...They been talkin bout him all season and i believe the sabre guy is it
April 30, 2010, 12:02 p.m. CST
people can ooze."...leave it to Creed. Let me repeat myself, one Creed-centric episode before this series implodes entirely.
April 30, 2010, 12:05 p.m. CST
Maybe they can somehow pull out great season and end it on a pretty high note.
April 30, 2010, 12:10 p.m. CST
His Jimmy James on NewsRadio was one the best TV bosses ever.
April 30, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST
I came to that show pretty late,( despite my school girl crush on Donald Glover from the Derrick days ) but I thin kit's been pretty good... I certainly look forward to it and 30 Rock much more so than the Office these days.
April 30, 2010, 1:59 p.m. CST
...And whats derrick days? but yea, community gets love here... schmitty...
April 30, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST
by David Cloverfield
It goes without saying.
April 30, 2010, 4:37 p.m. CST
the show's are nowhere near as good as they once were but still watchable (at the very least) due to those guys.
April 30, 2010, 6:28 p.m. CST
There were some laugh out loud bits, primarly involving Dwight but the show came off as if whomever wrote it never watched the rest of series. First off, unless they are going to explain it away with post-partum hormones, what's the deal with Pam now nearly a female Michael when it comes to cluelessness (though some of Jim's 'who the fuck did I marry' looks were gold)? Second, in an earlier ep Oscar was excited at the idea of joining a minority executive recruitment program but last night he didn't want to, apparently because the writers were too excited at the idea that Kelly was going to be the only possible candidate. Finally, I've really, really, had it with the idea that Michael keeps getting really hot women despite having the social skills of a retarded teenager. It's gotten to the point where the marriages on "King of Queens" and "According to Jim" look positively realistic.
April 30, 2010, 7:51 p.m. CST
April 30, 2010, 7:52 p.m. CST
That's why in these two seasons, the Pam character is entirely different. Sweater Pam of S1 -S4 is gone and now we are seeing Evil Pam. The one who is sarcastic and annoying. Then we have Evil Jim...in other words, Jim without his bangs in S5 and S6 is the flash sideways Jim. Hopefully Desmond can come to the rescue so we can get our old Jim and Pam from the first seasons back together again. Stay tuned folks!
April 30, 2010, 8:52 p.m. CST
With a sense of humor... not much humor, but some. Sorry to let you down, I'm not gay or female. <BR><BR> But more importantly, if you haven't heard of Derrick Comedy, you are hereby ordered to hit up Youtube for Derrick Comedy<BR><BR> http://www.youtube.com/user/derrickcomedy <BR> ( mind the space ) <BR> Watch "Girls are not to be trusted". :) ( and the other ones too, but that one is required viewing.
May 1, 2010, 9:39 a.m. CST
and you are a fat, ugly, cheetos eating virgin
May 1, 2010, 11:24 a.m. CST
This show has needed to think about ending for about a year or so. I'm not as down on it as some people are; I've enjoyed it pretty thoroughly up until the end of last season, while still acknowledging that the earlier magic has faded a bit. Still, I enjoy it, and continue to enjoy it. The real problem, as some have noted, is there's really nowhere else for the characters to go, and they've tried to compensate with some deadends or stuff that should be peripheral (Sabre, Erin). Promoting Jim was an interesting idea I thought, but they restored the status quo in like five episodes without really running it anywhere. The show used to be telling a reasonably tight story and now it's just not. Still, I think if you commit to wrapping up, there's still loads of interesting places you can take it for another season. The documentary angle is obvious if you want to borrow from the British version; I always personally thought it would be great to simulate checking in on them in the future, or having the office totally close and having to track everybody's new lives separately. I don't know, just do something to break the formula and make one more season interesting by giving it a little dramatic direction.
May 1, 2010, 1:34 p.m. CST
Didn't crack a smile. Not once. I've been hesitant to jump on the bandwagon, but this show is hurtin'. We need more Flenderson - stat.
May 1, 2010, 4:17 p.m. CST
I didn't think he was type that gays prefer, but whatever floats your boat.