Bye Bye!!

‘The Office’ to mark close of business on May 16

During its ninth season, veteran NBC comedy has been introducing plot lines leading up to the finale, including revealing the people behind the documentary footage.

The Office plans to go out with a bang in a one-hour, May 16 finale that also will mark the NBC comedy’s 200th episode, the network announced Thursday.

The Emmy- and Peabody-winning series, in its ninth season, has recently been advancing story lines leading up to the finale, such as revealing members of the documentary crew who have been filming the lives of the Dunder Mifflin paper company’s employees.

During a recent on-set interview, Rainn Wilson, who has played assistant to the regional manager Dwight Schrute since the show’s beginning, said he didn’t expect this kind of longevity when the show started.

“I had no idea it would be lasting 200 episodes,” he said. “I really thought we would do six or 10 or 12 or 17, be something like Freaks and Geeks or Arrested Development and have a season or two and have it live on DVD. No idea it would go on nine years.”