After nine seasons, The Office is finally ending in May. Much has been said about the show’s declining quality over the past few years and most of it has been merited.
The show should not have continued without its star Steve Carrell, but unfortunately it carried on for another two years.
Carrell recently stated that he does not expect to make a guest appearance on the show before NBC finally stops beating the dead horse. There has been little mention of Michael Scott since he departed for Colorado with Holly toward the end of season seven. This comes as a fairly big surprise, given the tendency for old shows to bring back former stars for one last hurrah.
The Office has essentially been on a farewell tour for the past two and a half years. While Scott was the first major departure (depending on how important you consider Rashida Jones), the show has brought back nearly every recurring character from the shows history including Jan, Roy, David Wallace, and Todd Packer. Past stars B.J. Novak and Mindy Kalig are expected back at some point, though both appeared in this season already.
It seems odd that The Office would end without one last pointless conference room meeting held by Michael Scott. The abscence of Ed Helms from the majority of the season has left the show without anyone in the leadership role, which would increase the impact of Carrell’s return. Even just a small cameo would be nice.
Carrell owes much of his success to The Office and his character is synonymous with the show. If a big name like George Clooney can make time to return to the silver screen to pay homage to the show that launched his career, so can Carrell. While there’s little that can be done to erase the foul stench of the past two seasons from the carpets of Dunder Mifflin, the naiveness of Scott would certainly help.