The Office will have some extra time to say farewell: NBC has extended the series finale scheduled for May 16th from 60 to 75 minutes, The New York Times reports. The episode will air from 9 to 10:15 p.m. EST.
Executive producer Greg Daniels had spent weeks asking NBC for extra time to make room for all the farewell scenes he said would have been difficult to edit down to fit into one hour (including commercials). NBC will make up for the extra time by airing the show that follows, Hannibal, in 45 minutes with fewer ads.
The Office finale will wrap up the fictional nine-year documentary shot at Dunder-Mifflin with one last round of cast interviews. Although NBC and Daniels have said that original star Steve Carell, who left after the seventh season, would not return to reprise bumbling boss Michael Scott, TV Line reported yesterday that Carell will make indeed a cameo in the finale. Carell’s rep denied the actor would appear.