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Will Ferrell Goes to Work at 'The Office'

by Catherine Lawson, posted Jan 27th 2011 3:12PM
Will FerrellIs Will Farrell stepping up to take the top job at 'The Office'? As Steve Carell prepares to bid farewell to the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, it's been announced that his 'Anchorman' co-star is joining the cast.

According to deadline.com, Ferrell has signed on for a four-episode story arc. Although NBC hasn't said when his episodes will air, it has confirmed that he "has committed to one episode beyond Carell's finale, to help create a bridge."

Ferrell, who's a big fan of 'The Office,' apparently called up the producers and offered his services as a way of commemorating his good buddy Carell's departure. He'll play a Dunder Mifflin branch manager from the home office who, according to NBC, is "just as inappropriate" as Steve Carell's Michael Scott character.

Could his character be leading the search for Scott's replacement? Or could he be Scott's replacement?

Ferrell launched his TV career in the mid-1990s on NBC with 'Saturday Night Live,' and although he's since gone on to movie stardom he still makes regular forays back to the small screen. He's recently guest-starred in series such as '30 Rock' and HBO's 'Eastbound & Down,' which he also produces.

Speaking about Ferrell's casting, 'The Office' exec producer Paul Lieberstein (a.k.a. Michael Scott's arch-nemesis Toby Flenderson) joked, "We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star. ... We are proud to continue 'The Office''s tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they'll see what we see, tremendous raw sexuality."

Ferrell's obnoxious manager won't be the only Dunder Mifflin exec marking Scott's departure. Watch out for Slough's most oblivious boss, Wernham Hogg general manager David Brent, in tonight's episode. 'Office' co-creator Ricky Gervais will reportedly reprise his role as the hapless Brent in a small cameo, during a scene with Michael Scott.

'The Office' airs Thursdays, 9PM ET on NBC.

Do you think Will Ferrrell would be a good replacement for Steve Carell? Leave your comments below!

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Jim M

Another thing Ferrel sucks at, taking lead TV roles. If he stays on the Office, the Office is going down! Why can't they just bring the show back to what made it funny when it premiered? Everyday real life people without ridiculous plots. Why can't they leave a good idea alone?

May 03 2011 at 3:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

That would totally rock!

March 08 2011 at 11:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


February 01 2011 at 9:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Office is yet another UK RIPPED OFF SHOW that had Success across the pond before we here ever saw it, thinking it was our own! First there was COUPLING which we stole and called it "FRIENDS" and THE OFFICE starring Ricky Gervais was hilarios 9 tears ago before we stole that one too. Go to www.hulu.com to see THE OFFICE UK and groan as you see all the same bits [stapler in Jello, same relationships, etc.] only it was done nearly a decade earlier. Netflicks has every "Coupling" show which was brilliant, even compared to "Friends"

No Original thoughts very much from Hollywon't

January 29 2011 at 2:48 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

big will ferrel & office fan but this sentence worrys me
"according to NBC, [Ferrel] is "just as inappropriate" as Steve Carell's Michael Scott character."

i feel like it will be overwhelming and ruin the show but who knows i sure hope not

January 28 2011 at 3:54 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Two of the least funny people in Hollyweird.

January 28 2011 at 3:04 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Steve Carrell isn't that funny to begin with. He can play one role, being the idiot/loser.

January 28 2011 at 2:59 AM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

Everything Will Ferrell does is hilarious! The Office just signed the Michael Jordan of comedy!

January 27 2011 at 11:24 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

I never thought that Steve Carrell could be replaced....until now!! Will Ferrell is the only person who could ever do as good a job as Steve did!

January 27 2011 at 9:45 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

That could have potential to be awesome!!

January 27 2011 at 9:29 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

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