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Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth: 'The Office'

by Isabelle Carreau, posted Mar 31st 2011 5:00PM
Spoilers AnonymousThis is Spoilers Anonymous In-Depth, a weekly column here at TV Squad where we discuss and give our two cents on recently released spoilers and how they may affect the storylines, shows and fans.

This in-depth version of the column goes hand-in-hand with our weekly spoilers column, in which we supply you with the dirt on some of the more popular shows on the air.

This week, we discuss spoilers about upcoming episodes of 'The Office,' more precisely: who may step in to replace Steve Carrell.

When the news first broke more than a year ago that Steve Carell would more than likely leave 'The Office' at the end of the series' seventh season, fans, TV critics and bloggers wondered if the show could go on without its breakout star. But once NBC ordered an eighth season, speculation turned to who should replace the actor.

I don't know about you, but what I love about the series is not just Carell's portrayal of Michael Scott but the entire ensemble cast. Yes, Carell exiting the show will leave a big wacky and goofy space at Dunder Mifflin, but the rest of the cast and their characters are more than capable enough to keep us entertained on a weekly basis. Plus, Carell's exit means that a new wild character can be introduced, which may lead to even crazier scenes around the office.

So what do the spoilers say?

In the April 14 episode, titled 'Training Day,' Michael trains his replacement -- none other than Will Ferrell!

Even if NBC's teaser does confirm Ferrell will play Michael's replacement, it doesn't mean that he'll be a series regular next season. Although the latest gossip hints that Ferrell may join the series full-time, he's only signed on for four episodes. Ferrell has too big a career to join a TV show permanently. Plus, I always have a hard time seeing past his previous roles to focus on the current one.

Possible ways to get rid of the new boss: Ferrell's character could quit or be relocated to another branch. It wouldn't be surprising if Dwight is partially responsible for the new manager's exit considering that Dwight will probably want the position for himself!

Ricky Gervais and Will Arnett will guest-star in the season finale.

In a not-so-scientific poll done last July, TV Squad readers voted for Ricky Gervais to join NBC's 'The Office.' This casting would make sense considering Gervais created and starred in the original British version of the show. Heck, he even guest-starred a few weeks ago on the U.S. version, so the door for his character to join the NBC series is open.

Should Gervais join the U.S. 'Office' and play his British 'Office' character, David Brent? This casting stunt could lead to very funny scenes of a British manager trying to run a U.S.-based company with all the cultural and language differences it entails. Just imagine David Brent and Dwight having to work hand in hand -- hilarious, no?

No matter how cool it would be to have Gervais join the U.S. 'Office,' my first pick is Will Arnett. He has great comedic skills and can definitely fill the empty spot left by Carell's exit. Not so sure? Visit Slashcontrol.com and watch 'Arrested Development' and the '30 Rock' episodes Arnett guest starred in (including last week's episode). Gervais even mentioned that his pick for Carell's replacement is Arnett. My opinion is moot though, since today came the news that Arnett has signed to star opposite Christina Applegate in an NBC pilot.

Which actor should step in as the new manager? Let your voice be heard in our poll below or in the comments section!

Which actor should step in as the new manager?
Will Ferrell99 (19.3%)
Will Arnett129 (25.1%)
Ricky Gervais168 (32.7%)
One of the current characters should be promoted97 (18.9%)
Another actor (please specify in the comments section below)20 (3.9%)

'The Office' airs on Thursdays at 9 PM ET on NBC. The series returns with new episodes on April 14.

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I have a great suggestion for the new manager, here's a hint he's good friends with Ed Helms, (Andy ) he has a Michael like weirdness about him and I think could bring some real new hilarous scenes with the existing cast members. Who is this man of mystery? Why none other than ZACH GALIFINAKIS, Ed Helms buddy from The Hangover movies and who could not resist a throw down of Dwight and Zach? Comedy Gold I think! What do you Office Drone's think? I would love to see this happen, Galifinakis is one of the most sought after comic actors in the buisness and I think would take the series to a new level of humor and fill a void left behind by the wonderful Michael Scott character aka Steve Carell. This would be as Laugh In's Arte Johnson used to say, "VERY INTERESTING!".

May 10 2011 at 7:32 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Not only are these not spoilers, they're not even up-to-date. Paul Lieberstein (Toby) confirmed a few days ago that Ferrell will not stay with the show permanently. Gervais has made it clear that he's not going to come to show full time, only wanted to step in for another cameo. And Will Arnett is attached to Lorne Michaels' new project next fall alongside Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph.

April 01 2011 at 9:55 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

ALso..how about an episode or two of R. Lee Ermey?

March 31 2011 at 10:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Paget Brewster
Jonathan Slavin
Michael Emerson
Alexis Denisof
Andre Braugher
Avery Brooks

March 31 2011 at 10:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Michael Breslin

I've never read this column because it usually lists some show that I don't want to actually know spoilers for. Looks like I could have read it after all since you've written absolutely no new information.

There are millions out of work and yet someone is getting paid to write this non-article. I hope you know you're getting away with something Isabelle.

March 31 2011 at 6:09 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
stephen p.

so not so much spoilers has news items that were officially announced weeks ago. i'm not sure why i bother reading this column anymore

March 31 2011 at 5:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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