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'The Office': Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate All Linked With Manager's Job

by Catherine Lawson, posted Apr 6th 2011 6:15AM
James SpaderSince Steve Carell announced his departure from 'The Office' the race has been on to find a replacement for his character, Michael Scott, as the manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin.

Speculation's rife about who will step up to the plate, and just about every guest star in the current season has been linked with the top job. Most recently, we reported that 'Office' creator Ricky Gervais could be taking over from Carell, but now even more names have been added to the ever-expanding list of nominees.

The upcoming Season 7 finale was already set to be a star-studded affair, with Gervais, Will Arnett and Will Ferrell all having booked guest slots. However, according to TVLine.com, yet another comedic trio has signed on for the episode -- Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate -- and now they're all being linked with the top job.

Is there a grain of truth in the rumors, or is it all just smoke and mirrors?

Although details of the finale remain sketchy, Gervais recently let slip that his character, David Brent, would be interviewing for the manager's position. Could all the guest stars be playing interview candidates? And which one, if any, will get the coveted manager's job?

Gervais hasn't denied reports that he'll be taking over, despite previously saying he's not interested.

The two Wills seem to be out of the running. Arnett's been on a losing streak recently with his lead role in the quickly cancelled 'Running Wilde' so network execs may not be willing to risk handing 'The Office' over to him. Plus, he's just signed on to costar with Christina Applegate in NBC's Lorne Michaels comedy pilot.

Although Ferrell has said that he'd love to increase his current guest-starring story arc to a fulltime role for Season 8, his reps have denied reports that he will.

Romano seems unlikely as he's currently committed to a fulltime gig on his TNT series, 'Men of a Certain Age.' However, no premiere date's been announced for Season 3 yet, so he could be a possibility.

On the other hand, both Spader and Tate seem to have lots of time on their hands. Spader's role on 'Boston Legal' exposed his previously underused comedic talents, and since the series ended in 2008 he's largely been absent from TV screens. Similarly, 'Doctor Who' star Tate has popped up in only a handful of guest appearances and seasonal specials since she handed back her key to the TARDIS in 2010.

Or, this could all be misdirection on the part of the writers and actors, and Carell's real replacement could be none of the above. For now, it seems that we'll have to wait and see what happens in the finale.

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

Who would you like to see take over from Steve Carell in 'The Office'?

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ostrawberryjam

Give me a Brit. I think Gervais' David Brent would be brilliant, but if not, Catherine Tate is AMAZING and I would love to see her break into US pop culture

April 07 2011 at 1:39 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
Leo Castillo

James Spader was in Boston Public? I think you mean Boston Legal.

April 06 2011 at 12:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John C. Baker

I would love to see Catherine Tate replace Steve Carrell on "The Office." Anyone who's seen her eponymous show knows she can play the dull boss role very well.

April 06 2011 at 11:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Scott

Since when was "The Increasingly Poor Decisions of Todd Margaret" cancelled?

April 06 2011 at 10:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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Bobby

It wasn't, it was actually just renewed:

http://www.tvguide.com/News/IFC-Renews-Onion-1030988.aspx

This article is wrong, the author should have done their research

April 06 2011 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Bobby

It wasn't, it was actually just renewed:

http://www.tvguide.com/News/IFC-Renews-Onion-1030988.aspx

This article is wrong, the author should have done their research

April 06 2011 at 11:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Elias

Can't wait to see who replaces Michael Scott. I think of all those listed, since Ferrell is likely out of the running, I think Spader would be awesome, and kind of seems like he'd be a good fit. He can do sly and understated extremely well, and his humor can be of a certain perfectly dry variety that would contrast well against Carell's over the top portrayal, the kind of humor where you're never one hundred percent sure if the guy making the joke is a comedic genius or just complete lacking in self-awareness. As a DISH customer and employee I've been catching up with the last few weeks at DISH Online, and I had to watch Threat Level Midnight at least twice. It's kind of a bummer to see Carell go but hopefully the show will find a new rhythm and new success after his departure. I'd love to see them go another two or three seasons as long as they can still bring the funny which, deep into the seventh season, I think they're still doing.

April 06 2011 at 8:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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