The eighth season of the American television comedy The Office commenced airing on NBC in the United States on September 22, , and concluded on May 10, , consisting of 24 episodes. The series is an American adaptation of the British comedy series of the same name , and is presented in a mockumentary format, portraying the daily lives of office employees in the Scranton, Pennsylvania branch of the fictitious Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. This was the first season without Steve Carell as Michael Scott in the lead role and the only one to not feature the character in any capacity. Despite debuting with moderate viewing figures, the departure of Carell affected the show's ratings, which fell as the season progressed.
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The season ranked as the eighty-seventh-most watched television series during the —12 television year and saw a dramatic decrease in ratings from the previous season. Critical reception was polarized. Many critics argued that the series should have ended after the departure of Carell; many also felt that the season recycled storylines from past episodes. Other critics were more positive, complimenting various actors and their characters.
It marked the first time since season one that the show did not receive any Emmy nominations. In addition, the two are executive producers on the show. Novak ; the latter two were both also credited as executive producers. The series was renewed for an eighth season on March 17, ,  began filming on July 25, ,  and the season concluded filming on March 9, Cody Horn , who guest-starred in the seventh season as Jordan Garfield , was originally supposed to be featured as a recurring character this season,  but she did not return.
The eighth season introduced several new characters.
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Stephen Collins , Dee Wallace and Josh Groban were cast as Andy's father, mother and brother, respectively, and appeared in the episode " Garden Party ". California ", playing California's wife. Despite reports that she would also get romantically involved with Robert,   this never occurred. At the time, this season marked the final year that some cast members—notably Helms, Fischer, Novak, and Krasinski—were signed on for the show, as their contracts expired at the end of the season; this caused speculation that several members of the main cast would leave the series following this season.
NBC also announced that Catherine Tate would become a series regular. The Office employs an ensemble cast.
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Most of the main characters, and some supporting ones, are based on characters from the British version of The Office. While these characters normally have the same attitudes and perceptions as their British counterparts, the roles have been redesigned to better fit the American show.
The show is known for its large cast size, many of whom are known particularly for their improvisational work. The twenty-second episode, " Fundraiser " received only 4. The season ranked as the eighty-seventh-most watched television series during the —12 season, with an average of 6.
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In this category, the show was viewed by an estimated 4. This means that, on average, the season was viewed by 3. The eighth season of The Office received mixed reviews. While some critics felt that the show was still humorous in its eighth year, many others argued that the program should have ended after the departure of Steve Carell.
Club reviewer Myles McNutt criticized Robert California's role, noting that he is a character that "the narrative reacts to as opposed to something actually involved in the narrative". Sepinwall also expressed disappointment that many of the supporting characters were seemingly transformed into mere caricatures of their former selves. Bret Fetzer of Amazon. This vacillation between extremes meant that the episodes "sometimes" work. California" to deliver cringe humor without Carell. McNutt noted that "regardless of how down I was on this or any other episode, Ellie Kemper really has been tremendous all season.
In retrospect, many members of the cast and crew felt that the season was not the show's best. Rainn Wilson said that the season made some mistakes "creatively"; for instance, he argued that the chemistry between Spader and Helms was "a bit dark" and that the show should have gone for a "brighter and more energized" relationship. In the following table, "U.
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The score is available on Amazon. Michael Yezerski - Blindspotting. Composer Michael Yezerski shares the story behind the creation of the first piece of music he wrote for the film which was created to simply rediscover the sound of Oakland, California.
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They can be found on digitally on Amazon. Starting his career writing music for advertising, he shortly moved into other forms of media; from television to film, and from film to video games. Robot: Exfiltration. Entrenched in a beautifully sunkissed and handcrafted world, the player embarks on a heartfelt journey interwoven with lighthearted and pressure-free puzzle solving.
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He scored the The Great Human Odyssey, a mini-series that explores the roots of human kind for which he received a nomination in the Best Documentary Score from the International Film Critics Association. In Equus, Anthropologist-turned-filmmaker Niobe Thompson takes viewers on an epic journey across eleven countries on three continents and back in time to the mysterious beginnings of the horse-human relationship. Over three spectacular hours of cutting-edge science and gripping adventure, Thompson explores the evolution of horsepower, discovers how our ancestors tamed the horse and learns fascinating new insights into the body and mind of this unique animal.
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Moss brings together classic components of a great game — characters, combat, and exploration — with the exciting, interactive opportunities of virtual reality.