I guess this has been the question ever since Steve Carell announced that he was leaving “The Office” after the upcoming season.
It seems that there is a list of possible replacements, internally and externally…aside from Rainn Wilson (Dwight) I don’t agree with the other two and I’m very much against Dwight becoming the boss because he needs to always be one step away from that.
Image Credit: Albert L. Ortega/PR Photos; Robert Prezioso/Getty ImagesThe Officeâ€˜s short list of possible replacements for Steve Carell just got a little longer.
Sources confirm to me exclusively that producers of the NBC hitcom have quietly reached out to rising comic-actors Danny McBride (the breakout star of HBOâ€™s hilarious Eastbound & Down) and Rhys Darby (late of HBOâ€™s Flight of the Conchords) to gauge their interest in joining the cast later this season.
Office showrunner Paul Lieberstein confirms that theyâ€™re â€œhaving discussionsâ€ about introducing a new salesman into Dunder Mifflinâ€™s Scranton branch, but he wouldnâ€™t say whether this person was being groomed to necessarily replace Carellâ€™s Michael Scott. â€œWe havenâ€™t settled exactly who will take over,â€ says Lieberstein, adding that promoting a current staffer to the top job remains a viable option as well. (Coexecutive producer Mindy Kaling recently endorsed Rainn Wilsonâ€™s Dwight for the gig.)
Recruiting McBride could prove difficult considering that HBO just renewed Eastbound & Down for a second season. â€œDanny is very happy on Eastbound & Down,â€ confirms his spokesperson.
Darby, on the other hand, is a free agent now that HBO has grounded Conchords. Reps for the New Zealand-born funnyman were unavailable for comment.
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