The Office has had mixed reviews for the past couple of seasons now especially with Steve Carrell’s character “Michael Scott” leaving the show after last season. While the show without Michael Scott has allowed the writers to focus on other characters such as Rainn Wilson’s “Dwight Schrute” and Ed Helms’ “Andy Bernard”, this current season has been a bag of all sorts of mixed emotions. I’ll admit I was ready to give up on the show within the first couple of episodes this season but they won me back when half of the cast went down to Tallahassee, Florida on a business excursion.
So I’m a little sad when I read that the show’s chief writer-producer Paul Lieberstein, who plays “Toby” on the show, is leaving after this season. Lieberstein will be helming up The Office spin-off show starring Wilson’s “Dwight Schrute” with the running name of The Farm. NBC is actively looking for a new showrunner to replace Lieberstein, although the character of “Toby” will be making reappearances in the show’s ninth season.
The Office is in limbo enough as it is right now as NBC has announced that James Spader, who plays Dunder Mifflin CEO Robert California, will not be returning next season. I was among those watchers who were excited when it was announced that Spader was joining the cast but I think he was incredibly under-utilized so it’s no surprise that he won’t be coming back. Mindy Kaling, better known as “Kelly Kapor”, is also rumored to be leaving the show to focus on her new FOX television show.
Either way you stretch it, it might be time for NBC to hang up The Office for good.