Farewell Dunder Mifflin employees. Don't let the door hit you on the way out.
In news that doesn't inspire surprise so much as relieve, Greg Daniels has announced that he's finally putting The Office out of its misery at the conclusion of its ninth season, which kicks off on September 20. "This year feels like the last chance to really go out together and make an artistic ending to the show that pays off a lot of the stuff that matters most to fans," Daniels said on a call with reporters earlier today. Most of those fans would probably say that Steve Carell's final episode "Goodbye Michael" was actually the best way to achieve an "artistic ending" but hey -- we're just glad it's ending at this point.
ABC's late-night series Jimmy Kimmel Live! turns 10 this year and to celebrates its birthday, the network is moving Kimmel on up to the 11:35 PM timeslot, where he'll go head-to-head with David Letterman and Jay Leno (who recently took a pay cut to keep the fading Tonight Show from another round of cuts). We think we should celebrate by having sex with Ben Affleck. Or was it Matt Damon?
Having already brought back former Friend Matthew Perry, NBC has an invited an even older buddy to rejoin the network -- Family Ties star Matthew J. Fox. The actor (who recently appeared in a memorable guest turn on Curb Your Enthusiasm) will star in a semi-autobiographical family sitcom that will premiere in the fall of 2013. Tina Yothers, get your agent on the phone.
Jeff Probst has finally tweet-revealed the names of the three returning castaways (all of whom were previously evacuated for medical emergencies) who will be joining the contestants on Survivor: Philippines. The returning not-champions include Michael Skupin (who almost burned his hands off way back in Survivor: The Australian Outback), Jonathan Penner (who departed Survivor: Micronesia due to an infected knee) and Russell Swan (who almost died on camera of dehydration in Survivor: Samoa). The absence of Colton Cumbie suggests that even Jeff Probst doesn't want to spend any more time talking to that maroon again.
After his season-long stint on Justified's third season, Neal McDonough trades down with a guest spot on CBS's CSI: NY a.k.a. The CSI series that doesn't star Ted Danson. Fortunately for McDonough, it's just a one-off appearance for now, leaving him plenty of time to get back to the set of Frank Darabont's period crime drama L.A. Noir, should TNT decided to turn the pilot into an ongoing series... a decision that seems like a no-brainer quite honestly.
Finally, we'll leave you with another teaser for Season 2 of American Horror Story, which just hit the web today. At least Ryan Murphy we'll have one series on the air this fall that we'll actually give a damn about.
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