They really are doing a good job of keeping us guessing, but it's making us effing anxious!
Steve Carell only has a few more episodes left as Michael Scott on The Office, before his character departs from our hearts forever with new fiance Holly Flax, and despite a few names having come up as his full-time replacements, recent news announcements are throwing some serious wrenches in our theories!
As you all probably know by now, Will Ferrell will be joining the cast in a few weeks as Deangelo Vickers, the apparent successor to Steve's position. Then it was announced that Will Arnett would be appearing the finale, along with Ricky Gervais, who has already cameo'd this season as his original, British version character, David Brent!
SO…there's three potential replacements - now, let's break it down:
Will Ferrell was originally signed for a four episode arc, ending with the season finale. HOWEVER, he recently made some comments that suggested that he may be taking on the series full-time, leaving many to wonder if his original plans had changed!
NOT SO, says producer Paul Lieberstein, who explains:
"Will was joking. But he commits to his jokes so fully that we're hoping he's with us long term, just as a [comedy] bit that won't end."
All right, so he's out of the way…
Will Arnett seemed to be the biggest contender for the spot, as his announcement came along with rumblings that he had struck a deal to take over for Carell full-time, before it was made public yesterday that he had signed on to co-star in the new Christina Applegate NBC comedy pilot, essentially nixing any plans he may have had for the former, which leaves us with…
WE KNOW. He's said he wouldn't do it.
But between his cameo, and then news that he'd be returning as David Brent for the finale…we feel like the only person fans would truly respond to positively as the successor to Michael Scott would be him!
Think about how amazingly full-circle the entire franchise will have come! One last season - let's face it, that's about as much life as the show has left - with the ORIGINATOR of it all!
Call it wishful thinking…but we honestly can't thinking of anyone else that could do it, so our fingers are staying crossed!
What do U think?? Who will replace Steve Carrell??
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