12:05 PM EDT 05/20/2013
Originally posted 05/17/2013 08:45AM
The series finale of The Office took up an hour and 15 minutes of NBC's prime-time schedule Thursday night. The last quarter-hour had a special sentimental magic, as we got parting moments with each of the characters at the Dunder Mifflin paper company of Scranton, Pa.
The rest you could have fed into a shredder.
After a season that carefully worked out significant narrative strands – the ultimately inevitable ascension to manager of the insufferable Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), the unexpectedly tender travails in the marriage of Jim and Pam (John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer) – this episode was poorly conceived and clumsily structured.
It really wasn't worthy of all the years of affectionate humor that had gone before it.
Originally posted 05/16/2013 06:00AM
"I know I'll cry," the actress tells PEOPLE about watching the series finale
Originally posted 03/13/2013 06:00PM
Steve Carell knows just how his friends on The Office feel now that the series is winding down – a lot like he felt when he left the sitcom in 2011.
"I just hope they savor it, because it was such a special thing for me and a really moving transition in my life. And it was hard to say goodbye," the actor, 50, told PEOPLE at Monday's Hollywood premiere of his new movie, The Incredible Burt Wonderstone.
Carell, who played Dunder Mifflin branch manager Michael Scott for seven seasons, says he's been in touch with all of his old castmates recently, and he feels their pain.
Originally posted 03/08/2013 03:00PM
After clocking in at at the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company for nearly 10 years, Brian Baumgartner knows a thing or two about mixing work and play.
But even as The Office prepares to wrap its ninth and final season, the Kevin Malone actor is still not sick of his colleagues, who make the series' finale a bittersweet goodbye.
"Mine and, really, everyone's life has changed so much over this decade," Baumgartner, 40, told PEOPLE after serving as the grand marshal at Sunday's Subway Fresh Fit 500 race. "We've all grown up together. Our lives have all changed together. We've seen weddings and divorces and kids, success and failure."
Originally posted 02/13/2013 04:30PM
The Office Star discusses dating as a single mom and her Valentine's Day plans with her daughter, Isabel
Originally posted 01/24/2013 07:00PM
It was love at first audition for Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski.
Fischer, who plays Pam to Krasinski's Jim on The Office, isn't sure their characters would have become the fan-favorites they are if he hadn't been chosen to play her husband.
"I was paired up with John often and I thought this was good because he was my favorite Jim," Fischer explains of the final round of eight actors – four Pams and four Jims – on Thursday's episode of The Jeff Probst Show.
"On the second day, John whispered to me, 'You're my favorite Pam. I hope you get it.' "
Originally posted 07/07/2012 06:15PM
Ellie Kemper has finally swapped her bridesmaid dress for a wedding gown.
The actress, who stars on NBC's The Office, married longtime boyfriend Michael Koman Saturday in New York, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
Kemper, 32, who also memorably shared screen time with Kristen Wiig and Maya Rudolph in 2011's Bridesmaids, confirmed her engagement to Koman in December on Conan. (Koman, a writer, previously worked for Conan O'Brien.)
Originally posted 12/08/2011 01:00PM
It looks like Ellie Kemper will need some Bridesmaids of her own.
The actress, 31, who starred in the hit comedy earlier this year, is engaged to Michael Koman, her boyfriend of a few years, she confirmed to Conan O'Brien on Conan Wednesday night.
"I want to mention something," O'Brien said to Kemper, who also has a supporting role on The Office as Erin Hannon. "It's sort of a big deal around this office. You got engaged."
Originally posted 10/03/2011 01:50PM
Life has imitated art for Jenna Fischer: The actress, whose character on The Office is pregnant, is now a mom herself.
Fischer, 37, and husband Lee Kirk welcomed son Weston Lee on Sept. 24, her rep tells PEOPLE exclusively.
"Mom and baby are doing great," the rep says.
Fischer, whose character Pam has a daughter and is expecting a son with TV husband Jim Halpert on the show, first revealed she was pregnant in May.
Originally posted 08/19/2011 10:15AM
James Spader isn't the only big name heading to Dunder Mifflin.
Josh Groban will make an appearance on the upcoming eighth season of The Office as the brother of Ed Helms's character, a cappella crooner Andy Bernard (no word on whether the Bernard brothers will perform a duet).
Groban, 30, will appear in an episode about Andy's family coming to Scranton for a visit. Their parents, it was previously announced, will be played by No Ordinary Family's Stephen Collins and E.T. mom Dee Wallace.
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