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No Steve Carell in the 'Office' series finale? Producer Greg Daniels discusses the last episode

There will be no Steve Carell appearance in the series finale of the NBC comedy 'The Office,' according to producer Greg Daniels. Steve Carell's absence is partially because he didn't want to overshadow the other characters' endings, said Daniels.

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There will be no Steve Carell appearance in the 'Office' series finale, according to 'Office' producer Greg Daniels.

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Award-winning comedy "The Office" is hoping to get an extra-long episode for the series finale later this month, but Steve Carell's bumbling office manager Michael Scott won't be joining the farewell party, the producer of the TV comedy said on Wednesday.

Greg Daniels, executive producer of the U.S. mockumentary workplace comedy, said the May 16 finale will be patterned after the original British version, in which the characters reunited after becoming famous as reality TV stars.

"After attempting to beat that (British) ending in a number of different ways, we ended up doing something very similar," Daniels told reporters on a conference call, adding that he was hoping to stretch out the finale beyond its scheduled one-hour running time.

"We are trying to get more time and the network (NBC) is being very creative about scraping some more time without us having to start the finale at a weird time that will cause half the audience to miss the first 10 minutes.

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