THIS is brilliant!
And frankly, it's the only plausible way to keep the show going after Steve Carell signs off in May!
Now that the actor plans to retire his character, Michael Scott, on the HIGHlarious show The Office, producers are scrambling to figure out how exactly to continue the series in his absence, and they're reportedly toying with the idea of bringing in the man that started it all - Ricky Gervais' horiffically uncomfortable David Brent from the original, UK series!
Effing AMAZING! Inspired!
And think about the built-in fanbase that would tune in just to see Gervais play that awful character again! It would COMPLETELY revive the series!
Executive Producer Paul Lieberstein is toying with the idea, and says:
"We talked about it today for a while. It's not the leading idea… [but] it's not a dead idea. I don't know how David Brent could take Michael Scott's place because it would be a little bit too much of a coincidence that a documentary crew was also following him. He was also fired for incompetence [in the U.K. Office], so we'd have to create some back story for what happened. There would be some things to deal with. On the flip side, you have someone who's incredibly talented and who has played with a level of realism that's the same as our show. It wouldn't be like we would be taking a character from Cheers, like Norm, and putting him in the show. If Dunder Mifflin needed to replace Michael Scott, they'd consider both internal and external candidates. And we will show them considering both. We'll kind of start [the replacement process] and put it in motion. I don't want Steve to go, and if he decides he wants to stay, I will be very happy with that."
And Gervais himself seems to be against it, but who the eff knows if he's serious or not when he says:
"As David Brent would say, 'Been there, done that, bought the T-shirt …' As I would say, 'Why would I get up at 6 a.m. five days a week for seven years when I can hire someone else to do that and still get my syndication money?'"
We think they SERIOUSLY need to consider this option if they want to keep the show alive!
And now that this is out in the ethos as a possibility, we just don't think anything else will compare!
What do U think?? Do U want to see David Brent replace Michael Scott in The Office??