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'The Office' series finale near

May 8, 2013


May 08--After nine years, 'The Office" is closing.

For the audience, the show will wrap up starting with a one-hour episode at 8 p.m. Thursday and then a 75-minute series finale at 8 p.m. May 16 on NBC.

For the cast members, like John Krasinski, it's -- as you would expect -- an emotional time.

Kraskinski, aka sardonic nice guy Jim Halpert on the show, said during a recent teleconference that he's saving his "tears for Barbara Walters".

"There's so much to miss," said Kraskinski, whose character started out as a sales representative for fictional Scranton, Pa.,-based Dunder Mifflin paper sales company and has risen through the ranks to become assistant to the regional manager.

"I mean, for me, and I think probably more than the other cast members, I mean I was a waiter before this show so what I miss most about the character is way too complexly intertwined in my real life. So, for me, this was a winning lottery ticket except with a winning lottery ticket you just get money and, with this, you get a whole change of your life. And everything about my life has changed and become better and I feel so lucky to be where I am."

"The Office' is a adaptation of Ricky Gervais' British TV series about the staff of a fictional company who think they are being filmed for a documentary -- a mockumentary -- that has lasted nine seasons. Its fly on the wall perspective, narrative form and dry and politically incorrect antics, made it a favorite of critics and fans and earned it more than 40 Emmy nominations while launching numerous careers. It won an Emmy for Best Comedy series once. And, it's the last NBC show in the same vein as the network's famous must-see TV lineup. The next to last was "30 Rock" which ended its series run in January.

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