Who should replace Michael Scott on “The Office?”

2 Aug

As most fans of “The Office” know by now, the seventh season will be Steve Carell’s last and with him will go the primary draw to the show. With such a central character leaving it would seem to behoove the show to come to conclusion before it fades into oblivion like lesser shows (i.e. “Scrubs” and “That 70’s Show”). Watching “The Office” without Michael Scott would be like drinking non-alcoholic beer. Yeah it seems to kind of taste like beer, but what’s the point in drinking it if it tastes second rate and it doesn’t have any kick to it?

Non-alcoholic beer is on the rise, just like A.M. Radio

But, despite my opinions and desires, “The Office” writers say that they will continue with the show post-Steve Carell and work a mystery arc into the storyline of the upcoming season as to “Who will replace Michael?” I must say that while I have heard B.J. Novak (Ryan on the show as well as one of the producers) say that Dwight is the most likely candidate to replace him, there are some rumors coming out now that it will be an “outside hire” which I think is a much better idea. The show is a great ensemble, but none of them really have the ability to anchor the show. We have already seen Dwight and Jim run “The Office” and neither of them would make a great replacement for Michael in terms of the comedy of the show. Andy, while one of the best new characters introduced to the show, is nowhere near capable of filling those shoes. Ryan….not a chance.

So, who would be a good candidate then if they introduce a new boss? Who would you like to see play him? I have heard one source that Ricky Gervais might have a cameo on the show as Michael’s British counterpart, David Brent, but I hope that they don’t work him into the main storyline. While David Brent was hysterical, he doesn’t have Michael Scott’s heart, which has made Michael (despite all odds) a sympathetic character at times.

One of the better rumors that I have picked up on from The Chicago Tribune is that Rhys Darby, who played Murray (or Mur   ray if his assistant Greg wrote it) on “Flight of the Conchords”, could be in the running to be on the show as a potential outside hire. I think Rhys is a great pick if anyone were to replace Steve Carell. His antics are very similar in “Flight of the Conchords” and he can play the sympathetic loser at points as well, which put him on the top of my list of people I would like to see replace Michael Scott.

Plus, he is already really good at making charts and graphs, as well as matching his ties with his shirts.

I think because of the mystery that has been placed upon this upcoming season, I will watch with greater interest than I have over the past two seasons. The show needs a spark and the end of this season will be a vital turning point in the show’s timeline. Let me know what you all think in the comments!

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4 Responses to “Who should replace Michael Scott on “The Office?””

  1. Daniel Yoder August 2, 2010 at 9:38 am #

    Will Arnett. Replace some of Gob Bluth’s creepiness with naive humanity and it might work.

    • Chris Petersen August 2, 2010 at 10:12 am #

      Yeah, he would be a pretty good pick, plus I can see him being a little malevolent too which might prove humorous.

  2. Andrew K. August 4, 2010 at 12:44 pm #

    Will Arnett would be amazing. I agree that the show does need a kick in the pants. The show has stayed entertaining, but I think the focus has been too strong on Jim and Pam. There was too much “How are we going to start our lives together?”, which really hasn’t been all that funny. Now that they’re married, hopefully the focus will return to the office and Michael’s replacement.

    • Chris Petersen August 4, 2010 at 1:00 pm #

      Yeah, the show lost a lot of steam after the third season when they tried to keep Jim and Pam in the focus after everything was going great for them. I am interested to see what direction they go now. I’ve got my fingers crossed.

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