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Sunday, July 26, 2021

I’m sure the Peacock Network intends to squeeze a couple more years of running-on-fumes revenue out of “The Office” before canceling it. Instead of unceremoniously dumping it in mid-stream, here’s how I think the ideal series finale should fade to black:

There’s one last documentary-camera confessional from one of the characters (probably Michael Scott), at which point there’s a pan-out to reveal a TV monitor in some other office, being watched by a couple of suits. Close-up on one of the suits reveals that he’s none other than Ricky Gervais.

Gervais has a dumbfounded look on his face. He turns from the now-dark monitor to face his companion, and says, “That’s it? That’s what we filmed in bloody Pennsylvania, for six bloody years? How are we supposed to make a movie, or a show, out of any of that? It’s all rubbish, innit?”

Closing credits. Goodbye.

Really the only way to play it. Not only does it provide a perfect inside-joke connection with the BBC Britcom original series, it also somewhat salvages the now-untenable premise of a documentary film crew chronicling the Dunder-Mifflin workplace (although that’s been out the window for a while now, unless you believe that the cameraman’s tailing employees on trips to Canada, home dinner parties, etc.). It would also put a nice stake in the heart of the comedy verité milieu that’s been overplayed on American television.

Do the right thing, NBC! And hit me up for my PayPal account info for my creative-consultative fee for this…

by Costa Tsiokos, Sun 07/26/2009 12:50pm
Category: Comedy, Creative, TV
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