(LOS ANGELES) — Greg Daniels, the executive producer of NBC’s The Office, revealed on Tuesday that the series will end after its upcoming ninth season, Deadline.com reports.
Daniels says creative closure is the primary reason behind the decision to end the popular series.
“This year feels like the last chance” for The Office to have “an artistic ending,” Daniels said. “It was a hard decision, but this is going to be a real gangbuster season.”
The Office is currently NBC’s highest-rated scripted series, and Daniels says he was surprised when the network supported the decision to call it quits.
Daniels says the core cast, including Ed Helms, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski, are all back for the final season, and a lot of stories will be wrapped up. The executive producer says the identity of the documentary crew that has been filming the employees in Scranton, Pa., will also be revealed.
When asked if Steve Carell, who left the series after season seven, would make an appearance as his character Michael Scott during the final run, Daniels said, “We certainly wish Michael Scott would return, but we’re not going to put pressure on Steve to write something only he could do.”
Daniels says they have some ideas for the ending, but nothing has been written yet.
The season premiere of The Office is Sept. 20.
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