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Director Paul Feig Shares Non-Spoilery Secrets of Steve Carell's Exit from 'The Office'

by Maureen Ryan, posted Apr 27th 2011 2:00PM
In the victory lap that has preceded his exit from 'The Office,' Steve Carell once again proved how vital he has been to the success of the NBC comedy.

Now that 'The Office' is in its seventh season, it's not as consistently funny as it was in its earlier years, but Carell is the reason that season 7's best moments worked so very well. Because Carell made us root for this incompetent Dunder Mifflin manager, Michael Scott's proposal to Holly Flax -- and even his worshipful groping of her -- provided the show with its most memorable moments in ages.

The actor leaves the show for good in Thursday's super-sized episode, and Paul Feig, who directed the episode and many other fine 'Office' outings, recalls the evolution of the character and talks about Carell's exit in the Q&A below.

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Michael Scott's Most Outrageous 'Office' Moments (VIDEO)

by Kim Potts, posted Apr 25th 2011 6:00AM
Steve Carell, 'The Office'We've loved to hate him at times and hated to love him at others, and when you think back on Michael Scott's most memorable moments on 'The Office,' that pretty much sums up the character.

He can be maddeningly self-involved and petty (like, say, when he suffered a little burn on his foot via the George Foreman Grill, but thought his injury was worse than Dwight's concussion), but he can also be sweet and goofily charming, as his entire relationship with the like-minded -- if slightly less dorky -- Holly (Amy Ryan) has shown.

The bottom line: As Emmy-nominated Steve Carell bids adieu to the show that made him a household name (April 28, 9PM ET on NBC), he does so having created one of the greatest TV characters of all time.

And in honor of his many (many, many) shenanigans, please enjoy our mash up of Michael's most outrageous 'Office' moments.

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TV 101: Can 'The Office' Perform a Televisual Magic Trick?

by Dr. Ryan Vaughan, PhD (no, seriously), posted Apr 22nd 2011 4:00PM
'The Office' - 'Training Day'
'The Office' is treading on treacherous ground, whether they realize it or not, as they plan to move forward with the series even after Steve Carell's departure. The litany of shows that have attempted such a coup in the past is a diverse one, with wildly varying results, but that's not to say that it can't be done. It can.

The better question is: Should it be done? For the sake of the show itself, its legacy, and our ability to watch it without saying "do these people think that I'll just watch anything simply because it's on television?" They're right, of course, but I'm not proud of it.

The case of 'The Office' may be moot, for the basic reason that it probably should have ended about three or four seasons ago, making anything it has done since into the cold lumpy gravy smothering what were once some steaming creamy mashed potatoes with chives.

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'The Office': 'Michael's Last Dundies' Preview (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 18th 2011 3:30PM
The Office, Michael's Last DundiesIt's Michael Scott's last Dundies ceremony on 'The Office,' but he's not leaving without one heck of a show.

If these promo clips from the appropriately titled 'Michael's Last Dundies' (Thursday, 9PM on NBC) are any indication, the episode will be one to remember.

Watch for Meredith's big win and surprising kiss, a war of words between Ryan and Pam (over crack and breadsticks, naturally) and a very, very nervous DeAngelo (Will Ferrell).

Will DeAngelo be able to fill Michael's shoes?

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'The Office': Steve Carell's Exit Gets 20 Extra Minutes

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 11th 2011 2:00PM
Will Ferrell, Steve Carell, The OfficeMichael Scott will walk the halls of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch for the last time on April 28. But to make Steve Carell's exit from 'The Office' a little easier, NBC announced today that Carell's final episode will be a full 20 minutes longer.

According to NBC, 'The Office' will run from 9PM to 9:50, allowing for an extra 10 minutes to be tacked on to 'Parks and Recreation,' which will now air from 9:50 to 10:30, pushing '30 Rock' to 10:30 and bumping 'Outsourced' from the Thursday-night schedule.

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Will Ferrell Meets 'The Office' Characters (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Apr 8th 2011 10:30AM
Will Ferrell, The OfficeNBC is doing its darnedest to make Michael Scott's (Steve Carell) exit from 'The Office' one to remember. Case in point? Bringing in Will Ferrell to be the new manager (for four episodes, at least).

When Ferrell makes his 'Office' debut on Thursday, April 14, you can expect, well, hilarity.

In the promo clips below, Ferrell's character, DeAngelo Vickers, introduces himself to our favorite Scrantonites. Look for a "meet cute" interaction with Kelly, Kevin's toupee and a bitter Dwight.

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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?

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Will Ferrell Hints He Could Be the New 'Office' Manager

by PopEater Staff, posted Mar 29th 2011 7:35AM
Will FerrellThe rumor mill's been working overtime as the hunt is on for Steve Carell's replacement in 'The Office.' Last week we heard reports that Ricky Gervais would be taking over, and now Will Ferrell's thrown his hat into the ring.

According to UsMagazine.com, the funnyman hinted he might stay at the Scranton branch longer than his scheduled four-episode arc, which begins with the April 14 episode. He admitted it's "looking good" for him to join the series after Carell's exit.

Ferrell, who will reportedly step in as temporary branch manager after Carell's Michael Scott leaves the show, claims he has what it takes to fill his friend's shoes. However, he revealed he does have some changes in mind should he join the series regularly.

"I'd throw it out the window," he joked about the whole outline of the show. "I don't know what they were thinking when they originally cast [Carell]. No, I shouldn't say that!"

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'Office' Preview: Steve Carell Gives Will Ferrell a Backwards Hug (VIDEO)

by Alex Moaba, posted Mar 26th 2011 12:15PM
NBC has released a first look preview clip from Will Ferrell's upcoming four-episode 'Office' arc, and although the video's only sixteen seconds long, it's clear that the Michael Scott Farewell Tour is about to get kicked up several notches of awesome.

In the clip, Ferrell, playing an as-yet-unnamed Dunder Mifflin branch manager, shares an exceedingly awkward backwards hug with Steve Carell.

Ferrell is set to make his 'Office' debut on April 14th. Check out the clip after the jump.

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Ricky Gervais to Interview for Steve Carell's 'Office' Job

by Catherine Lawson, posted Mar 24th 2011 8:45AM
Ricky GervaisPrepare yourself for one of the most squirmingly uncomfortable -- and hilarious -- scenes you'll see on TV this year: David Brent interviewing for Michael Scott's job in 'The Office.'

We reported earlier this week that both Ricky Gervais and Will Arnett will appear in the season 7 finale on May 19. Details of the finale have been sketchy, but Gervais let slip a few tidbits during an interview with BBC Radio 1 in the U.K.

Asked about the beard he's been sporting recently he said "I'm shaving it into a goatee because I'm popping up in the American 'The Office' ... But that was a top secret."

And, although NBC has so far refused to comment on which character will take over as full-time boss of the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin, one U.K. newspaper is reporting that it is David Brent.

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John Krasinski Talks Steve Carell: Nobody Can Replace Him on 'The Office'

by PopEater Staff, posted Mar 20th 2011 4:00PM
John KrasinskiIt's almost that time, 'The Office' fans! Time to say goodbye to Steve Carell's Michael Scott and hello to his replacement. Thankfully, we have a few more episodes left. However, the cast and crew bid farewell to the actor already.

John Krasinski is the featured interview in the upcoming issue of Parade, where the shaggy-haired actor reveals how he really feels about Steve Carell's impeding departure from their beloved TV show, 'The Office.'

"[It's been] completely bittersweet," Krasinski told the magazine. "It's an insanely special relationship we have with each other on the show, and Steve's leaving is the first time we've been snapped out of it and had to think about how much we all rely on each other."

Carell, who shot his last episode of 'The Office' earlier this month, is leaving to pursue his movie career. "No one can replace him. That goes for him as an actor, because no one has the sense of humor he does, but also there's no person who has his incredible positivity and professionalism, and just a really good heart," he continued. "So we're losing a friend first and foremost."

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Ted Danson Shares 'Office' Farewell Video Made for Steve Carell (VIDEO)

by Aimee Deeken, posted Mar 16th 2011 4:20AM
Ted Danson Shares Video for Steve Carell on 'Late Night'To reduce his carbon footprint, Jimmy Fallon decided to turn the lights down off for his interview with Ted Danson on 'Late Night' (weeknights, 12:37AM ET on NBC). Under the beam of a flashlight, Danson shared that he and wife Mary Steenburgen made a special video honoring Steve Carell as he prepares to leave 'The Office.'

In the clip, Steenburgen wore her Dunder Mifflin bathrobe in solidarity. But when the camera panned to Danson, he was clutching his two Emmys from 'Cheers' and gaping longingly at the television. 'Cheers' clips played, accompanied by the series' famous theme song at full blast.

"Beware, Steve Carell. This could happen to you," Steenburgen noted somberly. Back in the 'Late Night' studio, Fallon decided it was time to turn the lights up to get their bearings. Danson suddenly had a guest-couch buddy: Pee-Wee Herman.

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Place Your Bets: Who's Going to Replace Steve Carell's Michael Scott on 'The Office'?

by Jason Hughes, posted Feb 10th 2011 12:00PM
Steve Carell, 'The Office'Speculation has run rampant ever since Steve Carell announced he was leaving 'The Office.' With the show still a solid hit for NBC, the producers immediately started talking about continuing the show without Carell's Michael Scott.

'The Office' has blossomed into one of the great ensembles in television history, so there's no reason it couldn't continue without its leading man. But there's been no word yet on who might take over as the Regional Manager of Dunder-Mifflin Scranton.

There's a camp that believes a name actor will be brought on as a new character (even creator Ricky Gervais wants Will Arnett to join the cast).

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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?

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Steve Carell to Leave 'The Office' Before Finale

by Chris Harnick, posted Jan 14th 2011 12:00PM
Steve Carell, The OfficeSteve Carell has only three more months on 'The Office.' Michael Scott will leave Dunder Miflin before the season 7 finale in May, the show's producers announced yesterday.

According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, Carell's character will depart in late April as part of a plan to ease the transition to a new boss.

Executive producer Greg Daniels said candidates for Scranton branch manager will begin jockeying for the position in the final four episodes leading up to the finale.

Both new characters and series regulars will be up for the job. HitFix reports among the current characters Darryl, Dwight and Andy are on the short-list.

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