We thought Steve Carell had a good reason as to why his character Michael Scott wouldn't return for "The Office's" series finale - he'd already said good-bye once before, etc., etc. - so his surprise appearance on Thursday was even more poignant.
The way the creative team - which, along with Carell, played coy with the press for months - worked him in to the final episode was so fitting, we're not ashamed to admit it made us miss "The Office" before it was even officially off the air.
Along with "30 Rock," NBC's "The Office" has become one of the network's defining comedies of the aughts. And on Thursday night, "The Office" will follow "30 Rock" into retirement.
After nine seasons, the cast has begun to feel like family, and stars John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and Rainn Wilson have some touching goodbyes to share:
Steve Carell's Michael Scott already said farewell to "The Office," and the actor isn't planning on doing it again.
The reason he didn't want to join in when the series comes to an end on May 16, Carell told CNN, is because it just didn't seem to be in character.
"Iron Man" director Jon Favreau may be dabbling in the television world again.
NBC confirms that the actor/writer/director is in talks to direct an upcoming episode of the "The Office" this season. If a deal is sealed, it would be Favreau's first time on board with the comedy that mocks the awkward encounters between everyday office employees.
Favreau has called the shots behind the camera on other television shows in the past, previously directing episodes of NBC's "Revolution," Fox's "Undeclared" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"
As an actor on the small screen, the onetime comedian is best known for his role of Pete Becker, Monica Geller's boyfriend during season three of "Friends."
Fans of “The Office” might not get that in-depth look at Dwight Schrute’s life as a beet farmer, after all.
Rainn Wilson, who has played the character on the NBC series for nine seasons, recently reported that the network isn’t moving forward with the “Office” spinoff, “The Farm.”
Retirement isn't easy, and “The Office” is about to find out.
As executive producer Greg Daniels announced ahead of Thursday's premiere, this season of "The Office" will be the last. But as the series makes its exit, it's also bringing in new faces along for the ride.
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