Earlier today, we pointed out that NBC was making a night out of the finale of The Office, first with an hour-long "retrospective" special set to air at 8:00 p.m., and then following that up with the hour-long series finale. Well, tack an extra fifteen minutes onto the Dunder Mifflin festivities. NBC announced today that the series finale will run an extra fifteen minutes over the hour.
The series finale of The Office will air on Thursday, May 16 at 9:00 p.m. and wrap up at 10:15 p.m. Hannibal will air immediately afterward at 10:15 p.m.
The final episode of the office will take place months after the airing of the documentary. Much in the way many reality shows feature a reunion special, the NBC comedy will reunite all of the "characters" of the documentary that's been filming for nine years to follow up with them. They're gathering for a wedding and a final round of interviews. So it sounds like the special will not only serve as a follow-up, but maybe a last bit of story wrap-up, if we factor in this mystery wedding. Is it Dwight and Esther's wedding? And if so, will Angela put a stop to it?
The finale will feature guest appearances by Mindy Kaling (Kelly), BJ Novak (Ryan), Rachael Harris, Dakota Johnson, Joan Cusack, Ed Begley Jr. Malcolm Barrett, Matt Jones, Andy Buckley, Mike Schur (Dwight's cousin Mose) and Bobby Ray Shafer. And hopefully Steve Carell will show up for one last Michael Scott appearance.
NBC's been running a "Farewells" webseries, featuring some of the cast as they talk about their experience with the show. Here's the one featuring David Koechner (Todd Packer).
Watch the "Farewells" episode featuring Melora Hardin (Jan) here.