The Office renewed for Season 8

NBC has announced that The Office has been renewed for Season 8!

Here’s the press release.

NBC has issued pickups for three returning comedy series in 2011-12 that include “The Office,” “Parks and Recreation” and “Community,” it was announced today by Bob Greenblatt, Chairman, NBC Entertainment.

“I am so pleased to renew these three outstanding comedies which are all at the top of their game creatively,” said Greenblatt. “Along with ’30 Rock,’ they represent the best of what the NBC comedy brand stands for in terms of originality, wit, and sophistication. ‘The Office’ continues to fire on all cylinders on the most competitive night of television; ‘Parks & Recreation’ has come into its own this season as the rightful companion to ‘The Office’; and ‘Community’ is one of the freshest comedies on any network and a solid foundation for Thursday night.”

“The Office” (Thursdays, 9-9:30 p.m. ET) is delivering a 4.0 rating, 10 share in adults 18-49 and 7.7 million viewers overall through the season’s first 25 weeks, ranking in primetime’s top 15 in adults 18-49 and top five in adults 18-34 (excluding NFL pre- and post-game shows), making it NBC’s #1 scripted show in both categories. “The Office” is the #2 most upscale primetime show on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox or CW in terms of its concentration of adults 18-49 living in homes with $100,000-plus incomes, behind only NBC’s “30 Rock.”

One of television’s most critically acclaimed comedies, “The Office” has been nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series every season and won the award in 2006. Its ensemble has also been nominated every season since 2006 for the SAG Award (winning in 2007 and 2008) and was also nominated for a Golden Globe Award for four consecutive seasons (2007-2010). The series received the George Foster Peabody Award in 2006.

From Deedle-Dee Productions, Reveille and Universal Media Studios comes “The Office,” the hilarious documentary-style look into the humorous and sometimes poignant foolishness that plagues the world of 9-to-5 based on the award-winning BBC hit. A fly-on-the-wall “docu-reality” parody about modern American office life, “The Office” delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin paper supply company in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Regional manager Michael Scott (Golden Globe winner and Emmy nominee Steve Carell, “Despicable Me,” “Date Night”) is the boastful tour guide.

Also starring are Jenna Fischer (“Walk Hard”), John Krasinski (“Away We Go”), Rainn Wilson (“The Rocker”), B.J. Novak (“Inglorious Basterds”), Ed Helms (“The Hangover”), Leslie David Baker (“Malcolm in the Middle”), Brian Baumgartner (“Arrested Development”), Kate Flannery (“The Heir Apparent”), Mindy Kaling (” No Strings Attached “), Angela Kinsey (“Tripping Forward”), Paul Lieberstein (writer, “King of the Hill”), Oscar Nuñez (” The Proposal “), Phyllis Smith (“Arrested Development”), Creed Bratton (former member of The Grass Roots), Craig Robinson (“Hot Tub Time Machine”), Ellie Kemper (“Important Things with Demetri Martin”) and Zach Woods (“The Other Guys”). “The Office” is executive-produced by Ben Silverman, Greg Daniels, who developed the series for American audiences, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein and Paul Lieberstein.

19 comments

  1. I’m sure we all expected it, but great news! Glad to see that Parks and Rec and Community got renewed too. Hopefully Parks gets a full season, they deserve it. Interesting that Perfect Couples and Outsourced were missing from that announcement. They’re the weakest of the Thursday line up for sure but I think that Outsourced maybe should’ve gotten another half season to prove their worth.

  2. I’m not sure how to feel about this. (Good for Parks & Rec, though; I’m just getting into it.) I’m already apprehensive about the characters they’re adding, and I feel that this new season will stretch the show too thin. I don’t mean to be negative, but I can’t shake this feeling that the show needs to end, even if I don’t necessarily want it to. Does that make sense?

  3. Awesome news! There ain’t no party like a Scranton party cause a Scranton party don’t stop!

    Also yay for Parks and Rec.

  4. Of course excited about The Office (watching a rerun right now and it’s still the best thing I’ve watched all week) but really happy to hear Parks and Rec and Community will be back as well. Say what you will about NBC, they’ve been pretty great about giving their Thursday comedies a chance.

  5. I’m kind of surprised. I can’t imagine the show without Steve Carell — and Michael Scott is not my favorite character on the show. In my opinion, “The Office” would have never been renewed without the success of “The 40 Year Old Virgin.” Carell saved the show — and now that he’s leaving, I kind of hoped that NBC would find a way to end the series on a high note.

    That said, it should be interesting to see what direction the show goes in from here.

    And before anyone freaks out, I love “The Office.”

  6. It says that The Office has been nominated for the Emmy for best comedy series every season, but the six-episode first season wasn’t nominated, was it?

  7. I really don’t want several new characters to be added either, as i don’t think that’s the solution. But it would take a serious, drastic downfall in the overall feel of the show to ever make me think it should end.

  8. Eh, disappointment. I was hoping for a last minute saving grace.

    I still can’t get behind this next season.

  9. No surprise about The Office, but I’m thrilled that Parks & Rec and Community will be back.

  10. #4- I know exactly how you feel. I actually felt that about mid-way through season 6. The stories were getting dull, the laughs came about a quarter of the time as normal, and the creative staff was divided amongst this and other projects. This season, though, has reinvigorated my love for the series. Despite mixed reviews, I think season 7 is the best season since season 3 (I know, that’s not long) Season 5 was close but season 5 for me was almost like a “turd sandwich” with a bad middle (Moroccan Christmas…blech) but a great start with Holly and end with MSPC.

    So, i guess what I’m saying is: if they approach it in a unique way and FOCUS ON THE TASK AT HAND (I feel the creative staff seems much more focused with it being Steve’s final season) they can still do great things.

  11. I was also hoping for a graceful end this season to a great show. I’m not sure how they’re going to pull off the same chemistry without Michael Scott in the office everyday. I’m too addicted to stop watching, though, and I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Season 8 will have some of the charm of Seasons 2 & 3!

  12. I hope they don’t decide to pull a “Randy” (A term I use to describe That ’70s Show season 8.) When That ’70s Show’s 2 main stars left the show for film careers, they brought in Josh Meyers (MADtv) to fill the role of the main character of Eric. Now Randy was the WORST character that could have been added to the series and he just completely killed the show.
    I hope they don’t bring in some character(s) that everyone will react negatively to that would make the season the worst and finally have to cancel it. But Allison Jones is a great casting director, so I hope she knows what she’s doing.

  13. I’m so relieved! I read on the spoiler page that the last episode after Michael’s goodbye would be the end of the series and I started tearing up but I scrolled up the page and found the link to this!!!! I’m so very happy to hear this!

  14. @DelegateFromIceland, of course we want the office to stay the same. But Steve Carell is leaving. So replacing him with an actor who is going to imitate him wouldn’t work out. If it was a guy… If they replaced Michael with a woman the entire dynamic would be changed! They could get a few seasons from that! There would be jokes about how women aren’t dominant! Perverted jokes from Kevin! Just plain weird stuff from Creed! Ryan might try to make him and boss woman a power couple so he could be a leader once again! Dwight would fight and fight to get her job! Jim and Pam would eat it up! Also, hopefully Phyllis and Erin are mom and daughter so there is more story! The office can have a few more seasons if people just think!

  15. Season 7 reinvigorated my hope. Now, whether the writing talent creates another cohesive season (which they whiffed on in season 6) or drops the ball and shows last season was all for Steve is yet to be seen. That said, I’d rank the Office seasons as follows, giving me hope:

    1. Season 2
    2. Season 3
    3.TIE- Seasons 5 and 7
    4. Season 4
    5. Season 1
    6. Season 6

    Season 6 is the only lackluster season to-date. A couple great episodes among a typically dull campaign. Season 1 is low, but it had classic moments (the alliance in the box and diversity day, to name a couple) that helped fans overlook the show lacking a clear identity of its own.

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