The 40-minute finale special will see all the series regulars return for a long-awaited wrap-up to the popular series.
The IT Crowd was a British sitcom about a couple of dudes (and later, a woman) working in the basement that is the IT department of a major company. It struck a lot of chords with the geek crowd, utilizing clever references that were actually well written into the script, unlike some other "geek culture" TV shows (*cough*Big Bang Theory*cough*). Anyone who ever worked tech support will attest to the accuracy of Roy's catchphrase: "Have you tried turning it off and on again?"
The show ended in 2010, and didn't really give any closure to a few major events that had transpired during its four-year-run. Rumors had been swirling for several years about a fifth season, to end things on the note that creator Graham Linehan always wanted. He tweeted in 2012 that he had written a script but was waiting on the cast members' schedules to open up. It looks like all four major players: Chris O'Dowd (Roy), Richard Ayoade (Moss), Katherine Parkinson (Jen), and Matt Berry (Douglas) have now found enough free time to get together for one last 40-minute finale special.
The show achieved some pretty high ratings and had won several awards by the end of its forth season, including a BAFTA and several comedy prizes. An American adaptation starring Joel McHale (as Roy) was in the works in 2007 but seems to have completely vanished (*phew*).
Since the show aired, star Chris O'Dowd has become a fairly recognizable face in America, with parts in Bridesmaids and Girls. His schedule was most likely the one Linehan was waiting to free up so he could make the special.
According to a Q&A featuring Linehan in Germany earlier this month, shooting for the finale will begin in just a few weeks. There's no word on when (or if) it will come stateside, but seeings as the rest of the series is available on Netflix, we can probably assume we won't have to wait too long.
Source: Entertainment Weekly