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It's hard to say goodbye. But it's interesting to guess how producers of your favorite shows will take their last bow. Here are four beloved shows with series finales on the horizon.
The Office, NBC
Series Finale: May 2013
When The Office closes up shop after nine seasons, fans can expect a funny resolution to the show's central conceit: "We are…bringing an end to a show that's been filmed by a fake documentary crew," John Krasinski tells The Insider. "So, to play with characters who think they're really on camera is going to be fun to break down." In other words: "The documentary gets shown," Rainn Wilson tells Entertainment Weekly. "And the characters get to watch it and see what effect it has on their lives." The cast and crew remain mum on the big question -- will Steve Carell return for the final episode? But doesn't it seem likely that Michael Scott would have to show up to see his star turn on screen? We think so.
30 Rock, NBC
Series Finale: Jan. 31 at 8 p.m. ET
"I certainly think Liz has earned her happy ending," Tina Fey says in this NBC video, which features various cast members' predictions about the show's hour-long series finale. "She's taken so many lumps over the years. She's had a fair amount of disappointment and worked hard and I think when she becomes the president of Spain in the final episode -- Oh no! I gave it away! -- I think we'll be happy for her."
Series Finale: Jan. 18 at 9 p.m. ET
"It’s massive, really big," says producer J.H. Wyman of the final, two hour episode. "I wanted to go out like, 'Wow, how did they do that?'" This dimension-shifting show has already provoked that question many times. But how exactly do you wrap up a sci-fi show that's opened up an entire parallel universe? You don't, necessarily. "The film is very possible down the line," said producer John Noble at Comic-Con 2012. And star Joshua Jackson added, "The show will live on in some form or another."
Private Practice, ABC
Series Finale: Jan. 22 at 10 p.m. ET
If you've been rooting for Addison Montgomery (Kate Walsh) for six seasons, you'll be happy when the show delivers its final episode. "After all Addison has suffered and struggled with throughout the series -- all the heartache and hardship -- [producer] Shonda Rhimes really wanted to have her find a meaningful relationship," Walsh told The Hollywood Reporter. "And she got to have her child and find a guy that was her match." And her match just happens to be Benjamin Bratt! Talk about a happy ending!
There's probably at least one show on this list that you'll miss. But hey, we'll always have syndication!