By the end of the season, both new bosses were out, and so was the Sabre plotline with old Dunder Mifflin executive David Wallace (Andy Buckley) buying back the company.
It was the first time since the show's truncated, poorly-reviewed first season that it didn't receive any major Emmy nominations.
For the ninth and final season, the focus was back on the ensemble of paper company employees inside the office, with longtime cast member Ed Helms (as salesman Andy Bernard) ostensibly serving as the boss.
NBC's critically-acclaimed but low-watched comedy had no plans to replace one of its characters and best-known star, but tragedy forced the producers' hand.
No longer a show about a cranky dad, it became one about a family trying to pick up the pieces after the death of its patriarch (Paul was said to have died of a sudden heart attack). In its first season (2002-03), 8 Simple Rules fared a respectable #46 in the TV ratings.
She thought it was time to move on, later telling that she felt she "really wasn't needed that much," as Mrs.All of a sudden, Carell was in demand as a movie star, but he stayed on with The Office as intolerable Dunder Mifflin Paper boss Michael Scott.During hiatuses, he kept up his film career, starring in films as varied as Little Miss Sunshine, Dan in Real Life, Date Night, Get Smart, and The Way Way Back.He wanted to take on other roles (before he could get typecast) as well as perform music (he's collaborated with the Flaming Lips, among other acts), and also, as he joked, "I knew I wasn't gonna be doing children's television all my life, mostly because I refused to lose my hair on a kid's TV show, and it was happening.Fast." Nickelodeon hired actor Donovan Patton to be the new host of Blue's Clues, a character named Joe.