It’s Steve Carell’s last season of The Office, but if you think his successor is going to be announced anytime soon, you might want to make sure you’re not holding your breath about that.
The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed blog has details about NBC’s plans for Carell’s final season and the show’s future beyond that, and they’re not exactly what you might expect, with a first half of the season devoted to spotlighting existing characters in an attempt to see if they could shoulder the weight of carrying the show moving forward, and a guest-star-filled second half concentrating on Carell’s leaving and who will replace Michael Scott as manager. Whoever gets that gig – and it definitely won’t be Harvey Keitel, the blog confirms – won’t necessarily be the star of the show next year, as the show’s producers are considering changing the comedy’s focus to another character, allowing for a plot that’ll see the new boss of the Scranton branch fail and get fired mid-season, creating another PR opportunity as an even newer boss is searched for.
My take? Give the manager position to Dwight. Isn’t that what everyone wants, anyway?
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