The Office’s Series Finale Tackles Another Reality TV Convention

THE OFFICE – “Couples Discount” Episode 916 – Pictured: (l-r) Angela Kinsey as Angela Martin, Phyllis Smith as Phyllis Vance, Oscar Nunez as Oscar Martinez, Ellie Kemper as Erin Hannon, Brian Baumgartner as Kevin Malone, Rainn Wilson as Dwight Schrute, Ed Helms as Andy Bernard Photo: Byron Cohen/NBC

The New York Times has a long retrospective piece about The Office’s finale and its nine-year run on NBC. A lot of it is “how did we get from there to here?” boilerplate material, but there’s a new tidbit about the series finale being “a reunion show, in the fashion of the post-competition cast rehashes familiar from reality shows like Survivor.” Greg Daniels says he even approached Jeff Probst at one point. TVLine also has some stills from the finale.

Office Finale Tackles Another Reality TV Format