Officepichiressized_2Don’t you get the feeling that this good-clean-absurdist-fun moment from last week’s episode of "The Office" is how NBC’s Kevin Reilly and his crew must be feeling right about now with the clock ticking down to Monday afternoon’s upfront presentation at Radio City Music Hall. It’s never easy being the first into the drink.

But at the end of the annual Monday-Thursday marathon of network dog and pony shows, NBC has kindly scheduled a treat that should help take the edge off nicely for many of us. Thursday’s hourlong season finale of "Office" may or may not settle the questions of whether Michael gets the big promotion to corporate and what that might mean for the Scranton branch. But that’s really beside the point (though it appears that the show will have at least six more hourlong episodes next season and shift to the brutal 9 p.m. Thursday slot). A double-length dose of "Office" antics after a grueling week of non-stop work ought to be just the tonic for those in the biz who will inevitably be questioning their career choices, at least temporarily, by the time Fox wraps up the last of the presentations on Thursday. (In a humanitarian gesture Fox has promised to keep the pace moving as fast as "American Idol’s" open audition days on the road.)

Speaking of NBC season finales, it’s kinda funny given Sunday’s news about "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" moving over to USA Network next season (here’s the low down on that and the mothership show’s renewal from Variety’s Michael Schneider) that the show’s last final original episodes on NBC are titled "Endgame" and "Renewal." Looks like "the networks of NBC Universal," as NBC U likes to call its bouquet of broadcast and cable webs, got the hint.

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