the-office-finale-guest-stars.JPGThe series finale of “The Office” will bring back several familiar faces, but it also will feature a host of new guest stars.

The finale will also jump ahead in time a little bit. NBC has released a description of the hour-long finale, which airs May 16, and the logline says the episode takes place “months after the airing of the documentary” — which the show has previously established as running in May. That’s a bit of a departure from the show’s tack of unfolding more or less in keeping with the real calendar, and it also harkens back to the British “Office” Christmas special, which caught up with David Brent (Ricky Gervais) as he tried to cash in on his TV notoriety.

The full description of the finale is as follows: “Months after the airing of the documentary, the workers of Dunder Mifflin, past and present, gather for a wedding and a final round of interviews. Mysteries are solved, hatchets are buried, pranks are prunked [sic].”

Past and recurring stars returning for the finale include former regulars Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak (side note: How great would it be if the wedding everyone attends is Kelly and Ryan’s?), Andy Buckley (David Wallace), Bobby Ray Shafer (Bob Vance), former EP Mike Schur (Mose Schrute) and Matt Jones (Dwight’s cousin Zeke). Other guest stars include Rachael Harris, “Ben and Kate” star Dakota Johnson, Joan Cusack, Ed Begley Jr. and Malcolm Barrett (“Better Off Ted”).

The finale will be preceded by an hour-long special looking back at the nine-year run of “The Office.”

Posted by:Rick Porter