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NBC's "The Office" Will Close Its Doors After Upcoming Ninth Season

Hemera/Thinkstock(LOS ANGELES) -- Greg Daniels, the executive producer of NBC's The Office, revealed on Tuesday that the series will end after its upcoming ninth season, reports. 

Daniels says creative closure is the primary reason behind the decision to end the popular series.

"This year feels like the last chance" for The Office to have "an artistic ending," Daniels said.  "It was a hard decision, but this is going to be a real gangbuster season."

The Office is currently NBC's highest-rated scripted series, and Daniels says he was surprised when the network supported the decision to call it quits.

Daniels says the core cast, including Ed Helms, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski, are all back for the final season, and a lot of stories will be wrapped up.  The executive producer says the identity of the documentary crew that has been filming the employees in Scranton, Pa., will also be revealed.

When asked if Steve Carell, who left the series after season seven, would make an appearance as his character Michael Scott during the final run, Daniels said, "We certainly wish Michael Scott would return, but we're not going to put pressure on Steve to write something only he could do." 

Daniels says they have some ideas for the ending, but nothing has been written yet.

The season premiere of The Office is Sept. 20.

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NBC Sets Record for Olympic Viewers

Oli Scarff/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- According to statistics from Nielsen, the London Olympics drew an Olympic-record 219 million unique viewers across all of NBC’s platforms, surpassing the 215 million who watched the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and the 209 million who watched the Athens Games back in 2004, according to Variety.  NBC claims it was the most-watched event in TV history.

Over 17 days in primetime, the Olympic coverage averaged 31.1 million viewers, seen across NBC, Bravo, CNBC, MSNBC, NBC Sports Network and Telemundo, as well as online at  The opening ceremony was the most-watched event, picking up 41 million viewers.

Despite many complaints regarding NBC’s decision to air major events on tape delay, there appears to have been little in the way of damage to ratings, reports Variety.  NBC made the claim that even more people tuned in at the end of the day after they had discovered results via other sources.

The Olympic coverage had a positive effect for other NBC shows, including Today, Access Hollywood and NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, which posted record viewing figures.  The highest-rated city during primetime was Salt Lake City.

NBC bid $4.3 billion for the rights to air the next four Olympic events, including the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, and the 2016 Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro.

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Summer Games Score Olympian TV Numbers

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Not surprisingly, the London Summer Olympics dominated the TV ratings in the past week.

The opening of the games, which featured an elaborate celebration of all things British -- including a parachuting James Bond and Queen Elizabeth II -- scored record numbers, and NBC's coverage of the Summer Games made up the top three of the top 10-rated shows for the week of July 23-29. 

Two installments of NBC's America's Got Talent came in at number four and five for the week.

Here are the top 10 primetime programs for the week of July 23-29, according to the Nielsen Company:

1. Summer Olympics Opening Ceremony, NBC, 40.65 million
2. Summer Olympics Coverage (Sunday), NBC, 36.05 million
3. Summer Olympics Coverage (Saturday), NBC, 28.72 million
4. America's Got Talent (Tuesday), NBC, 10.43 million
5. America's Got Talent (Wednesday), NBC, 8.76 million
6. The Big Bang Theory, CBS, 7.88 million
7. NCIS, CBS, 7.22 million
8. Wipeout (Thursday), ABC, 6.85 million
9. Two and a Half Men (Thursday), CBS, 6.64 million
10. Hell's Kitchen (Monday), Fox, 6.46 million

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NBC Sets Records for Olympic Coverage

MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC’s coverage of Friday's opening ceremonies of the London Olympics averaged a record 40.7 million total viewers, according to the Nielsen Company, the Los Angeles Times reports.  The previous record was set at the 1996 Atlanta Games, which averaged 39.8 million viewers.

Friday’s night telecast averaged 17 percent more viewers than the opening ceremonies of the Beijing Games four years ago.

NBC’s first night of competition coverage on Saturday also set a record for viewers, 28.7 million, making it the most-watched opening night on record for a summer edition of the Olympics.  The audience was 20 percent larger than the first night of competition in Beijing in 2008 and 45 percent bigger than Athens in 2004.

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Jennifer Lopez on "Idol" Job: It May Be 'Time for Me to Go'

Michael Becker/FOX(NEW YORK) -- Rumors that Jennifer Lopez won't be returning for a third season of American Idol have been running rampant and during an appearance Thursday on NBC's Today show, the star herself seemed to indicate it's not a rumor -- that she may indeed be nearing the end of the road as a judge on the hit Fox series.

"I am thinking that it's time for me to go," Lopez said on Today.  "I've loved it so much. I've enjoyed the show so much. I enjoy just the whole process of the show ... It's a tough decision either way, but I have to say there are so many things I do that I put on hold for that."

But Lopez stopped short of saying she was through with American Idol.  When asked if she had made up her mind, she told Today's Natalie Morales, "Little by little I am ... I love everybody, I love all the guys on the show, I love the family that's there ... but I am thinking it's time for me to go and do other things I love to do."

Some American Idol watchers have opined that Lopez's seeming indecision about whether or not to return to Idol is part of a ploy to land a larger salary for next season.

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Report: Savannah Guthrie to Be Named New "Today" Anchor Friday

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Savannah Guthrie will replace Ann Curry on NBC’s Today show Friday morning, according to TMZ.  She will be anchoring with Matt Lauer, and they will most likely announce that she has joined the morning team in Curry's place.

Lauer is scheduled to be on vacation all next week for the holiday, and the network reportedly wants to make the announcement while he’s still there to show a united front.  

Curry said goodbye on Thursday.  She will now serve as a natinoal news correspondent for NBC News.

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Ann Curry Says She Will Say Goodbye to NBC's "Today" on Thursday 

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Ann Curry has confirmed the worst-kept secret in the TV biz: she's being forced out of her anchor position on NBC's Today show.  But the surprising part: her last day on the program is on Thursday.

In what USA Today describes as an emotional interview with the newspaper, Curry says it will be a "bit of a tough day" for her, adding, "I'm going to have to tell our viewers.  That's what makes me more emotional than anything.  I don't want to leave them.  I love them.  And I will really miss them."

There's been speculation that Curry is the reason why the Today show now finds itself in a neck-and-neck ratings battle with ABC's Good Morning America after many years on top, but she denies that's the case.

She declares, "I know I am not to blame for the ratings worries."

Curry also scoffs at the idea that she and co-anchor Matt Lauer lacked on-air chemistry, though she says, "In every single co-host's first year, there have been kinks to be worked out, and perhaps I deserve as much blame for that as anyone."  She says she doesn't think she was given enough time to work out those kinks.

Curry says the information leaks to the media over the past week regarding her status on Today have "hurt deeply."

USA Today says Curry has signed a new multi-year deal with NBC News under which she'll serve as a national and international correspondent and contribute to the organization's many news programs.  She denies reports that she was previously making $10 million per year as a Today anchor.

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Report: Savannah Guthrie Formally Offered Ann Curry's "Today" Spot

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- NBC appears to be one step closer to replacing Ann Curry on the Today show.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Savannah Guthrie has formally been offered Curry's current position as co-anchor of Today alongside Matt Lauer.  Guthrie co-anchors the third hour of Today.

The Hollywood Reporter also notes that NBC executives are close to giving Curry a "substantial" role within their news organization.  The trade paper denies a report that Curry is trying to negotiate a departure from the network.

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Report: Giving Ann Curry the Boot Will Cost NBC

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- If and when NBC reassigns Today co-anchor Ann Curry to another position, as has been rumored, it will be a costly move, network sources tell TMZ.

The website says Curry's contract guarantees her $10 million a year.  It appears that Curry will be owed that amount for each of the next three years.

TMZ also claims that the 55-year-old’s next job will be foreign correspondent for NBC News.

Curry replaced Meredith Vieira as co-host of Today last June.

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Report: NBC Made Offer to Meredith Vieira to Replace Ann Curry

Stephen Lovekin/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- Last year, Ann Curry replaced Meredith Vieira as co-anchor of NBC's Today show.  If the network had its way, it reportedly would've hired Vieira this month to replace Curry. reports NBC offered Vieira a "big contract" about two weeks ago to take over for Curry, who is rumored to be close to losing her current gig on the Today show.  The website says Vieira rejected the deal because she is not interested in returning to the program.

The New York Times reported earlier this week that NBC executives have been engaged in talks with Curry to reassign her to another position.  Current Today show personality Savannah Guthrie reportedly is among the potential replacements for Curry.

Coincidentally, Curry appears on the cover of the August issue of Ladies' Home Journal, and she tells the magazine, "I've been at Today for 15 years and I'd love to make it to 20."

In regards to the Today show's neck-and-neck ratings battle with ABC's Good Morning America, Curry says, "It's hard not to take it personally.  You worry, Am I not good enough?  Am I not what people need?  Am I asking the right questions?  When people say negative things or speculate, you can't help but feel hurt."

The interview was conducted before the New York Times report was published.

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