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'The Office' Sets Finale Date, Make Your Booze Cruise Reservations Now

By Christian Blauvelt, Hollywood.com Staff

After nine seasons, four Emmy Awards, two branch managers, and one foot roasted on a George Foreman grill, The Office is getting ready to close its doors for the last time. NBC announced today the series finale of the long-running hit comedy will air as an hour-long installment on May 16. There's no word yet on whether any special guests, including former series star Steve Carell, will appear.

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A vast expansion of the original single-camera BBC workplace sitcom starring Ricky Gervais, the U.S. Office quickly established itself as a unique entity with little relationship to its British predecessor and helped popularize the ""faux documentary"" aesthetic in TV comedy. It's given us many lessons over the years: that gift baskets can solve all your problems; Chili's is the ideal venue for any business lunch; head injuries are to be taken more seriously than foot injuries; your HR representative is to be hated and feared; moving to Costa Rica will inevitably lead to your confinement in a neck brace; and long-term pining for your receptionist is charming and not in any way creepy.

Will you be watching on May 16?

Follow Christian Blauvelt on Twitter @Ctblauvelt

[Photo Credit: NBC]

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