The CW announced its new fall schedule Thursday, pairing The Vampire Diaries with new period drama Reign, moving Beauty and the Beast and Supernatural to new nights holding Nikita's final six episodes until later in the season.
Given the fanfare with which NBC is closing The Office after nine seasons (at least two too many), you'd think it was a Cheers or Seinfeld-sized hit from the "must-see" glory days, instead of the show that presided over the slow fade of a once-powerful comedy brand on the back of too many same-seeming niche comedies specializing in preciously arch irony. At its best (the Steve Carell and early Jim-Pam years), The Office had heart as well as range, as it found comic magic in its ensemble once the show emerged from the large shadow cast by the classic Ricky Gervais original series. But now it just hits the same beats over and over to lesser effect, which hasn't stopped NBC from pulling out the stops. The celebration (eulogy?) begins with an hour-long behind-the-scenes retrospective (Thursday, 8/7c) produced by NBC News — which didn't have more pressing business? — featuring interviews from cast members and producers. The main event is a super-sized finale (9/8c) that has swelled to an hour and 15 minutes, staged as a mock reunion of the Dunder Mifflin gang several months after the airing of the mock documentary that took nearly a decade to finish.
Who will be the victor when beast Gabe and Vincent duke it out in the final minutes of the Beauty and the Beast finale Thursday (9/8c, The CW)?
"There is one character who may go down at the end and you don't know whether they survive or not," Jay Ryan, who plays Vincent Keller, tells TVGuide.com.
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Beauty and the Beast's Sendhil Ramamurthy previews an epic beast-on-beast fight in the finale