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The Office set to close after season 9, while Dwight's "The Farm" promoted

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When “The Office” returns for Season 9, on Sept. 20 at 9/8c, it will be looking forward to when Rainn Wilson’s new sitcom “The Farm” begins after The Office series ends this year.

The question about the hit NBC sitcom “The Office” finally coming to and end after it's ninth season has been unanswered for years; while the show’s executive producer Greg Daniels finally confirmed – in a recent TV Guide report – how this popular and even legendary comedy series would indeed be closing its doors after Season 9 ends in 2013. “We couldn’t count on getting that many people back for Season 10. So it feels like the last change to go out together and make an artistic ending that pays off,” explained Daniels in the Sept. 9 edition of TV Guide; while also promising the final season will feature some “crazy Dwight stories we’ve wanted to tell for years.”

Daniels also previewed “lots of drama” for Jim and Pam; while also pointing to more relationship hook-ups for Dwight and Angela, as well as Andy and Erin.

However, the big news is who’s been filming the “mysterious Office documentary?” In turn, Daniels told TV Guide that “all questions will be answered” during this final Season 9 of The Office on NBC. The show returns to its regular Thursday evening time slot beginning Sept. 20 at 9/8c.

The Office to carry on with “The Farm”

Fans of “The Office” can take heart because Dwight (Rainn Wilson) has a new spinoff series in the works – simply called “The Farm” – and good old ex-Office boss Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is set to return later in season 9 to, yes, close “The Office,” according to a recent interview with Carell, when discussing if he would return to this now legendary sitcom that he helped make famous when it first aired back in March 2005.

Moreover, TV Guide also noted that fans can expect “a possible visit from Michael Scott!”

Overall, the concept of “The Office” has proven to be an international success; with this popular “mockumentary-sitcom” growing out of the Ricky Gervais version in England and now being remade in dozens of other countries with Gervais explained during his Golden Globe hosting appearance last year that The Office has an overall viewership “in the hundreds of millions worldwide.”

While the U.S. version on NBC is the longest running version – with 164 episodes as of this past Season 8 – the German version is trying to catch-up with a version of The Office that’s still in production after five seasons, states a TV Guide history of The Office.

In turn, the very first version of “The Office” was broadcast by the BBC in the U.K. back on July 9, 2001, with creator and star Ricky Gervais only producing 14 episodes during a run of two seasons and a two-part Christmas special.

What fans can expect from Season 9

The news for fans of NBC’s “The Office” when it returns Sept. 20 for its 9th Season is Dunder Mifflin branch manager Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) is back along with Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) after rumors this summer that both comedy actors were thinking of dropping out to pursue movie projects.

Still, Helms made it clear during recent TV talk show appearances that this next season would mark the ninth and last for The Office. "It's likely to be written for some of the characters as a last year," says one insider in the TV Guide report. "But if a couple new characters are introduced or other story ideas emerge, you just never know."

Adds another source: "They've had those discussions about what would happen if it were to be the last year."

Also, the TV Guide report noted how “the overall direction of the show may be in for an overhaul, as critics have been mixed on the show's first post-Steve Carell season. Michael Scott, it's been hard without you.”

In turn, the idea of “connecting with fans” has been a ratings boost for The Office since it first aired with the program’s website offering ways and means to “connect with fans” by liking The Office on Facebook, “follow The Office on Twitter,” while producers also offer various “fun” fan features on its website.

For instance, one fan Tweeted: “I kinda fell out on this one after Steve Carell left. I tried to hang out, got to about the Gettysburg episode and just couldn't do it anymore. Felt like I was forcing myself to watch. It’s sad, but I think it’s time to end it before it gets too bad. Go out on top and all that.”

Watch classic episodes now

At the same time, The Office website is offering fans on demand viewing of its classic episodes as the countdown to the premiere of its 9th and final season that begins Sept. 20 on NBC.

Some top recent episodes of “The Office” that fans can now enjoy on demand include:

-- “Free Family Portrait Studio” that first aired on 5/10/12
-- “Turf War” that first aired on 5/3/12
-- “Fundraiser” that first aired on 4/26/12
-- “Angry Andy” that first aired on 4/19/12

Also, the very funny episodes “Faces of Jim” and “Mashup: All About Angela” are being offered for on-demand viewing on The Office program website.

Moreover, since its premiere on NBC in March 2005, "The Office" has established itself as “a genuine hit,” stated a marketing statement from NBC that also noted how the show’s “earning prestigious television honors such as the 2006 Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, 2006 Peabody Award, 2006 and 2008 AFI Honors, Producers Guild Award, Writers Guild Award, SAG Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy, Ace Eddie Award for editing and a Television Critic's Association Award for Outstanding Achievement in Comedy. “

The Office features a top ensemble cast that includes: James Spader, Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson and Ellie Kemper.

The year of Dwight’s “The Farm”

While all eyes are on The Office Season 9 – that premieres Sept. 20 on NBC – it’s the show’s spinoff show “The Farm” that will return the egomaniacal Dwight Schrute played by Rainn Dietrich Wilson to yet another possible dynasty for “The Office” producers.

For instance, executive producer Greg Daniels told TV Guide that a new 9th Season episode on The Office is expected to double as a “backdoor pilot for the Dwight-centric show, set at Schrute Farms.”

Wilson, 46, was born in Seattle, Washington, and is the son of Shay Cooper, a yoga teacher and actress, and Robert G. Wilson, a novel writer and artist who wrote the science fiction novel “Tentacles of Dawn,” states Wilson’s official biography that’s also featured on The Office program blog “Schrute Space.”

In addition to his starring role on The Office, Wilson founded the website SoulPancake,” that launched in 2009 and claims to have “over 1 million visits.”
Wilson is married to writer Holiday Reinhorn. The couple have a son and “three pit bulls: Oona, Barry and Pilot.” Also, on Bill Maher’s “Real Time,” Wilson said he’s a “diverse independent, voting for Republican, Green Party and Democratic candidates.” Wilson’ is also known for his charitable work, including fundraising efforts for The Mona Foundation that pays it forward for children’s education endeavors.

The Office producers said “The Farm project’ is aimed at keep “The Office” legacy going in the say may, says TV Guide, “that Frasier served as a post-series extension of Cheers,” back in the day when most of American television was dominated by sitcoms; while today’s TV viewers seems to like reality shows about who is screwing who, or shows about four-wheelers and pigs. Thus, The Office aims to keep the “magic” going says producers as Season 9 of The Office returns on NBC Sept. 20.

Image source of Rainn Wilson at a recent “Heroes for Autism” event in Hollywood, California; while Wilson will end his nine-year run on “The Office” this season with his own spinoff show “The Farm.” Photo courtesy Wikipedia

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