'The Office' Goes All In

Via Vulture, it looks like Jim Carrey (among others) is joining the cast for the finale. I watched Will Ferrell's premiere last week. I thought he did a really good job working with what he had, but the writing still felt rudderless to me. I guess, at some point, it's silly to ask these questions of television, but I kept asking myself, "Creatively, why does this show exist?"


Feh, I'm a curmudgeon. Contra Scott Meslow, I hate that April and Andy got married. I felt like I was watching a room full of writers, all at once, throw up their hands and say, "Now what?" I like stasis. Like, I know at some point Leslie and Ben will get together because it's the only way these things work. But I like just watching them be awkward around each other. 

But entertainment is premised on the notion that somewhere in this world, someone's life is better than yours. No matter if that world is imaginary.
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Ta-Nehisi Coates is a national correspondent at The Atlantic, where he writes about culture, politics, and social issues. He is the author of the memoir The Beautiful Struggle.

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