‘Nice Surprises’ in Store for ‘Office’ Finale, Plus Stars Who Auditioned for ‘Office’ Jobs

by | March 19, 2013 at 10:57 AM | Interviews, The Office

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After nine years, and 201 episodes, “The Office” finished filming its series finale this past Saturday. Immediately afterward, the cast and crew gathered at an elegant wrap party in Los Angeles, where they shared a few secrets about the highly anticipated episode.

Fans may get more than an hour to say goodbye to Dunder Mifflin during the May 16 series finale. “There’s a lot to write about,” showrunner Greg Daniels revealed Saturday on the red carpet. ” It’s a giant episode because we have seventeen or eighteen characters to try and wrap up so it’s very long. I think eighty-six minutes is the estimate of how much we shot. So I’m hoping to get extra time.”

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Though the plot of the finale is being kept under warps, Jenna Fischer (Pam) teased, “There are some nice surprises. We have some returning folks and some really nice guest stars… We cover a lot of ground in the finale and I think it’s going to leave fans really satisfied.”

Fischer was in such a hurry to get to the wrap party that she showed up on the red carpet wearing some of Pam’s Scranton fashions. “I accidentally left [the set] wearing Pam’s engagement ring, watch, necklace and shoes,” she admitted.

Filming the finale was an emotional experience for the cast. When the director yelled cut for the last time, “You could have heard a pin drop,” said Ellie Kemper (Erin). “There was silence. We just held hands and hugged and then we all just started to cry.”

Added Rainn Wilson, “It was very sad. This is my family, I’ve been seeing them five days a week for nine years. I know I’ll see them again but it was very sad. There were a lot of tears shed. I feel like that Office set is sacred ground, like we’re leaving an elephant burial ground of comedy.”

Wilson was still feeling nostalgic on Tuesday. He tweeted the sign-in sheet from his audition for the show, which revealed some of the other actors who nearly became Dunder-Mifflin employees. Adam Scott (“Parks and Recreation“)  tried out for the role of Jim, while Mary Lynn Rajskub (“24“) and Anne Dudek (“Covert Affairs“) were potential Pams.

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The series finale of “The Office” airs on Thursday, May 16 on NBC.