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Should Dwight Replace Michael on 'The Office?'

by Rich Keller, posted Jul 12th 2010 1:30PM
Should Dwight Schrute be the logical replaement when Michael Scott leaves 'The Office' at the end of season 7?Dwight Schrute -- Regional Manager, Dunder Mifflin. If star Mindy Kaling had her way, this could be a reality as soon as Steve Carell leaves 'The Office' at the end of this upcoming season. Of course, being a co-executive producer of the NBC comedy, she has some additional pull. And that's why Dwight is definitely in the running as Michael's replacement..

In fact, according to Entertainment Weekly, Rainn Wilson, who portrays the slightly manic Dwight, is at the top of the succession list. The reason, says Kaling, is she likes to promote from within rather than pull an unknown factor into the role. With enough grooming this upcoming season, Kaling thinks Dwight could become a terrific boss.

We're not too sure about that.

Dwight is a fantastic character -- solid, passionate, able to brush off constant bullying by Jim and Pam and, if treated with some dignity, truly dedicated. He's one of the stronger characters on the show. Unfortunately, that's just it: he's a character.

Yes, he certainly has grown over the last six seasons. A true sycophant at the beginning of the series, Dwight has grown enough to realize he doesn't always need to hang on Michael's coattails. And there are moments where you can relate with the character, but those are far between. For the most part, Dwight is still arrogant, manipulative and egotistical.

Some of the same things could be said about Michael Scott. However, while those traits are on Michael's surface, he has something that Dwight doesn't: deep humanity.One of the best examples of this is from the second season episode 'Booze Cruise.' Though excruciatingly embarrassing for most of the episode, Michael showed true compassion when Jim revealed his crush on Pam. Just from those few moments you could see that Michael was a caring (sometimes too caring), sad and somewhat lonely individual who just wanted to be liked -- making him, surprisingly, a fair manager.

Dwight doesn't have, or doesn't show, those types of traits. In fact, Dwight reminds me of Major Frank Burns of 'M*A*S*H.' Obnoxious and snide, Frank was one of those over-patriotic, under-thinking individuals who couldn't leave well enough alone. As soon as Colonels Blake or Potter left camp for some reason, Frank was ready to remove the Surgical Hospital out of the M.A.S.H acronym. These actions made him a very unlikeable person and a poor leader.

This, I fear, is what the Scranton, Penn. branch would become if Dwight took over as manager in season 8. Without many of the people skills Michael has (maybe inadvertently) gained over the years, Dwight would just be a joke trying to mold the office into his own image while Jim and Pam slowly tried to edge him towards the brink of insanity. Unless the writers of 'The Office' plan to totally reform the character, Dwight would be a manager both disliked and not respected by his office staff.

Do you think Dwight should take over Michael's position? We await your thoughts.

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Allison

Ricky Gervais! Ricky Gervais!

September 08 2010 at 11:46 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
flatline151

Holly!

July 13 2010 at 6:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Xolus

Creed. Bratton.

July 12 2010 at 8:15 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
anthony

Remember, nobody in sales wanted to be Regional Manager because they were making more money in commissions once Sabre took over. That might play into who will replace Michael....

July 12 2010 at 6:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Boblement

I think Dwight should take over only to be usurped by a new person, this would bring out the bedtime and worst in Dwight.

July 12 2010 at 5:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Boblement

Darn iPad, is was best and worst, not bedtime, that would be Dwight new Cinemax show.

July 12 2010 at 5:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jimmy

I do think that Rainn Wilson will eventually be the lead in his own prime time sitcom, but does it really make sense for him to become the boss on The Office? I think it would be damaging to his career, and the success he's had up to this point.

July 12 2010 at 4:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

Personally I say the show should end right after Michael Scott leaves

July 12 2010 at 2:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
puffin

Gareth Keenan replaced David Brent in the original Office so it should work with Dwight replacing Michael.

July 12 2010 at 2:49 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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cindy

I agree, Dwight would be in keeping with the original Office narrative. And Michael popping in from time to time because he just can't let go .. I can't wait to see what Dwight would do as boss .. Schrutebucks anyone?

July 17 2010 at 10:20 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
David

I liked Dwight when he was the nerdy sycophant in earlier seasons. Not a big fan of how his character has evolved.

The last episode with Steve Carell will be the series finale of The Office as far as my household is concerned.

July 12 2010 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Gazzoo

I think they're grooming Darryl...

July 12 2010 at 2:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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