Last Episode of 'The Office' Extended an Additional 15 Minutes

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May 7th, 2013


via press release:


Series Finale Will Now Air 9-10:15 p.m. on May 16, Giving Fans Longer Chance to Say Goodbye

UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. — May 7, 2013 — NBC is extending the length of the final episode of “The Office,” with a running time that will now extend from 9-10:15 p.m. ET on Thursday, May 16.

Drama “Hannibal” will follow the series finale of “The Office,” airing from 10:15-11 p.m. ET with limited interruption.

As for the final episode … months after the airing of the documentary, the workers of Dunder Mifflin, past and present, gather for a wedding and a final round of interviews. Mysteries are solved, hatchets are buried, pranks are prunked. Guest stars include Mindy Kaling, BJ Novak, Rachael Harris, Dakota Johnson, Joan Cusack, Ed Begley Jr., Malcolm Barrett, Matt Jones, Andy Buckley, Mike Schur and Bobby Ray Shafer.

The series Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, Catherine Tate, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nuñez, Phyllis Smith, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Clark Duke, and Jake Lacy.

Since its premiere on NBC in March 2005, “The Office” has established itself as a genuine hit, earning prestigious television honors such as the 2006 Emmy Award for comedy series, 2006 Peabody Award, 2006 and 2008 AFI Honors, Producers Guild Award, Writers Guild Award, SAG Award for performance by an ensemble in a comedy, Ace Eddie Award for editing and a Television Critics Award for achievement in comedy.

“The Office” presents a hilarious documentary-style look at the humorous, and sometimes poignant, foolishness that plagues the 9-to-5 world. Based on the award-winning BBC hit, “The Office” is a fly-on-the-wall “docu-reality” parody of modern American office life that delves into the lives of the workers at Dunder Mifflin, a paper supply company.

“The Office” is executive-produced by Ben Silverman and Greg Daniels, who developed the series for American audiences, as well Paul Lieberstein, Ricky Gervais, Stephen Merchant, Howard Klein, Brent Forrester and Dan Sterling.

  • Dan

    Figures that they would extend the finale, for the best possibly a Steve Carell cameo.

  • rob253460

    who cares.

  • Morgan Wick

    Who wants to bet this’ll trigger a round of Fan Excuse Bingo regarding Hannibal and the other 10PM shows?

  • Oliver

    I wonder how they will cut it up for syndication.

    Wonder if the exposure will help Hannibal.

  • Ultima

    For anyone who hasn’t been paying attention, this is the third episode of The Office that’s been extended this season.

    In addition to the larger than normal 25 episode season, they extended an episode to an hour in February, the extended an episode to an hour last week, they extended the finale to 75 minutes and have an hourlong retrospective as well.

    It’s like Friends all over again. Only with much, much, much lower ratings! ;)

  • Bram

    A decision will be made on Hannibal before this, but I’m still batting my eyes at a basically commercial-free Hannibal. Ratings wouldn’t even matter.

  • Bill Gorman

    Trading low value Hannibal ads for high(er) value Office ads.

    A good move!

  • Mon

    That’s about 30 minutes of ads. Oh wow

  • Oliver


    Imagine how many they would have made if Zucker was still in charge!

  • Miss Kiki

    This show’s run has been extended about 6 years too long, what’s another 15 minutes…

  • Ultima

    That’s about 30 minutes of ads. Oh wow

    They’re actually extending the episode, not just adding 15 minutes of commercials…

  • RW

    There was a petition, which over 20,000 people signed, to supersize the finale to two hours. When it was announced that a retrospective would be airing before it, an extra 15-30 minutes made more sense than 60.

  • Tyson

    The American Idol finale is May 16 is scheduled from 8 to 10:07. People can now watch the end of The Office after Idol finishes.

  • igwell

    Good for Hannibal.

  • Anna Bones Clarkwood

    So, by 15min extended that means 1 commercial or 2 btwn 10 & 10:15?

    Also, unless they cut scenes from Hannibal, these days hour long shows vary from 41-44 minute meaning, at most from 10:15-11, we are taking limited commercials is only 4 minutes of commercials. If only 4 minutes, for the advertisers sake, I hope it’s 4, 1 minute breaks, that way the viewers stay seated and watch the show and thus the commercials as well.

    FOX with Idol has 7 minutes pre-planned to go into local news. I guess NBC local news affiliates didn’t want Hannibal to eat up any minutes of their time, even if not the full 15 minutes, some more would be nice for the Hannibal advertisers. Which leads me to believe that Hannibal’s advertisers aren’t all that happy with their slots & NBc would be selling cheap slots to fill up the regular amount of ads, so not that much loss to go with limited interruption esp vs getting the advertisers to pay for th 10-10:15 ad slots of The Office.

    Thursday May 16th for Live TV viewers is hard decisions.

    The Last Office Ever from 8-10:15 (possibly TBBT then Office) or
    Which Girl Wins AI from 8-10:07 or
    The Season Finale of TBBT & then season finale of Grey’s Anatomy 8-8:30 & 9-10 or
    The penultimate of The Vampire Diaries & then stay on CW or switch to NBC/ABC/FOX or
    CBS 1st half hour Idol 2nd half hour then Elementary s1 2hr season finale.

    And, this is all with this Thursday the 9th ending Community, TAAHM, POI & Glee.

    Next toughest season finale day is Wednesday but I think that is staggered better than Thursday. Tuesday, Monday & Sunday are a lot more easier to handle.

  • JayZ

    fingers crossed for a Michael Scott cameo !!!


    Stupid finale without Michael Scott. BTW it was smart move for the some of the cast to leave before the season started- this show has ran it’s course. Shows can still be good in its 9th season- but the writing (esp. Last ssn) was awful.

  • TheFrenchGuy

    No ads during Hannibal ?

  • Bitter Ringer Fan

    yay! extra 15min. of The Office! i’ll be watching everything, including the retrospective

  • igwell

    TheFrenchGuy, almost none.

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