‘The Office’ Closes After One More Season

The Office of Dunder Mifflin/Sabre is finally closing. Showrunner Greg Daniels revealed that the upcoming ninth season of the hit NBC sitcom will be its last and that the end date will give the producers a chance to tie everything up nicely:

All questions will be answered this year. We’re going to see who is behind the documentary. We’re going to meet some of them… and we’re going to explore [why they were filming for so long].

Based on the hit BBC show of the same name which launched Ricky Gervais to mega-stardom, The Office remains one of NBC’s highest rated shows, even since Steve Carell left the show after the seventh season, being replaced by James Spader. The show helped launch the careers of John Krasinski, Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms, Rashida Jones, Jenna Fischer, Mindy Kaling and others since its inception in 2005. Read more of Daniels’ plans after the jump. Read More »

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There’s a load of brief TV news to offer up today, so let’s get right to it:

  • Real-life pols will cameo in Parks & Recreation‘s fifth season
  • Mindy Kaling will reprise her role as The Office‘s Kelly Kapoor
  • Speaking of which, here’s a poster for her new show The Mindy Project
  • Downton Abbey‘s third season trailer hints at the twists to come
  • Aaron Sorkin fires a lot of The Newsroom‘s writing staff
  • Patton Oswalt and Det. Kima Greggs (a.k.a. Sonja Sohn) head to Burn Notice
  • Clea Duvall joins American Horror Story‘s second season
  • Revenge casts Jennifer Jason Leigh as a presumed-dead character

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With San Diego Comic-Con just around the corner, a lot of our TV Bits are devoted to news about the cool stuff that’ll be going on there. But there’s plenty of stuff in here for the non-attendees as well, I swear. After the jump:

  • Exec producer says Dexter will “definitely” be over after Season 8
  • Breaking Bad gets a new trailer. Only 18 days left til the premiere…
  • … Unless you’re going to SDCC. Then you get to see BB a day early!
  • Speaking of SDCC, the Community panel is moving to a bigger room
  • And in still more SDCC news, the Firefly crew will also be in attendance
  • There is another Season 2 ep of Happy Endings, and it’s playing at Outfest
  • Nathan Lane will have a recurring role in The Good Wife‘s fourth season
  • Star/producer/writer B.J. Novak won’t be full-time on The Office anymore
  • Sigourney Weaver gets political in an extended trailer for Political Animals

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Controversy, casting and consensual exits are all in this edition of TV Bits. After the jump read about the following:

  • See a photo of how the George W. Bush head from Game of Thrones was fixed.
  • Rocker Marilyn Manson joins Showtime’s Californification.
  • Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Hudson will have an arc on the Broadway drama Smash.
  • Fanboys director Kyle Newman will join wife Jaime King to voice a character on Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
  • Steve Carell told the Los Angeles Times why Michael Scott won’t return to The Office.
  • Elizabeth Moss suggests a possible spoiler about her Mad Men character.

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A fan favorite creator returns to TV, Saturday Night Live gives birth to another movie star, own a piece of television history and get ready for the finale of TV’s best show all in today’s TV Bits. After the jump read about:

  • Damon Lindelof will return to television after signing a three-year deal to develop a new show.
  • Catherine Tate will be returning to The Office as a regular next season.
  • Andy Samberg will, indeed, be leaving Saturday Night Live as rumored.
  • As seen on Hollywood Treasure, the season one American Horror Story house is now on the market.
  • The third season of the acclaimed Starz show, Spartacus, will be its last.
  • Breaking Bad‘s fifth and final season gets a brand new poster and plot description.

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The good news for a lot of comedy fans today is that NBC renewed Community for a fourth season. There’s a catch, however. That season is a truncated 13-episode order at this point. And while EW reports the renewal, the site says that the returns of series creator Dan Harmon and actor Chevy Chase are still to be confirmed. Presumably there would be no show without Harmon, but given recent statements by Chevy Chase, perhaps there is still reason to be concerned about his return.

Still no word on Parks & Recreation, though that could arrive later this evening. But we do have promo pics from NBC’s new shows, renewal announcements for 30 Rock and Parenthood, and word on returning stars for The Office. Also after the jump:

  • Fox unveils a trailer for Fringe‘s fourth season finale
  • FX is developing Heartsick, about a female serial killer
  • AMC renews Comic Book Men and The Talking Dead
  • HBO drops new character posters for True Blood
  • VICE developing weekly newsmagazine series on HBO

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Forget about Tyler Perry and that $130 million he raked in last year. Even the man behind Madea would have to toil for almost five centuries at that rate to equal the $62 billion personal fortune amassed by Smaug. The Middle-earth dragon dominates Forbes‘ list of the 15 wealthiest charcters, followed by the likes of Carlisle Cullen, Lisbeth Salander, Tywin Lannister, and Robert Crawley.

As you might guess, the accounting doesn’t seem entirely scientific. It seems suspiciously convenient, for example, that most of the men, women, and creatures in the Top 15 come from pop culture franchises that are especially hot right now. But if you’ve ever wondered whether Tony Stark or Bruce Wayne would dominate in a pissing contest for the 1%, hit the jump for the rankings.

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Donald Glover may have lost the campaign to play Spider-Man, but he’ll be set to portray another great American hero: Tracy Jordan. Also after the jump:

  • The Flintstones reboot gets put on hold
  • NBC considers an Office sorta-reboot
  • Showtime sets up a Californication spinoff

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