Tomorrow marks the end of an era: NBC’s The Office is coming to a close after nearly a decade on the air. While the show’s definitely had its highs and lows over the years (particularly since original “World’s Best Boss” Steve Carell left at the end of season seven), anyone who’s stuck with the series for this long is surely hoping to see things wrap up in a satisfying way. The big question is, what will leave most fans satisfied?
For many, only the return of Carell’s Michael Scott–along with love interest Holly, played by Amy Ryan—will suffice. NBC’s still playing coy as to whether or not they’ll appear… but thanks to Mark Englert and the folks at Bottleneck Gallery, fans will have a chance to glimpse Michael and Holly one last time tomorrow even if NBC totally screws the pooch on their cameo. Meet me after the jump for the details, folks.
If you’re a fan of NBC’s The Office, tomorrow evening’s going to be bittersweet. On the one hand, one of the best comedies to air on NBC since Seinfeld is wrapping up (in a one-hour “supersized” episode), and goodbyes are always tough. On the other hand—and I say this as a dude who’s seen every last episode of this series—the finale doesn’t feel like it’s happening “too soon”. In fact, it’s hard not to feel as though the show should’ve wrapped back when Carell left two seasons ago.
But let’s not get hung up on all that. You’re here for details on Mark Englert’s latest piece, and—as we predicted earlier in the week—the “mystery print” Bottleneck Gallery was teasing this past weekend is, in fact, a print based on NBC’s departing sitcom. Let’s take a look:
- World’s Best Boss by Mark Englert
- 18×24” giclee print
- Edition of 100
Yes, that’s Michael Scott and Holly holding hands on the bank of the…well, we’re not sure what body of water that is. Doesn’t matter. What’s worth mentioning is, the design for the print is based on a framed piece of art that Office fans will recognize immediately:
Yup, the framed piece of artwork that used to hang in Michael Scott’s office has been interpreted by Mark Englert for this print. I’m not sure if it’s 100% accurate—kinda hard to tell given the lack of solid reference photos—but if it isn’t, it’s very close. The inclusion of Holly and Michael is definitely Englert’s embellishment, and serves as a thoughtful, emotional little easter egg for any fans of the series who pick this up.
With only 100 copies to go around, though, you’re going to want to keep your eyes peeled over at the Bottleneck Gallery Twitter feed for an announcement as to when the prints have gone on sale; you can also follow me via @LimitedPaper (we’ll retweet the news once it comes in). Good luck to everyone who’s going out for one of these tomorrow, and an even bigger dose of good luck to all the Office fans out there who are hoping against hope for a solid end to this nine-season journey we’ve been on. As long as the cast doesn’t end up in a church that exists inside some sort of pseudo-religious limbo-place, I think we’ll be just fine.
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