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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.63
http://www.eonline.com/uberblog/watch_with_kristin/b187949_steve_carell_confirms_hes_leaving.html

Steve Carell confirms he's leaving after this season. Sad indeed. Time to pull the plug.
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It's time to just wrap this thing up. They've been stalling for time anyways, might as well let it all hang out and go out with a bang.

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.97
    Originally posted by BigDaddyLoco
    might as well let it all hang out and go out with a bang.


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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.42
I'm in the End the Series camp. NBC probably doesn't see it quite that way, since they continue to be ratings and hit-starved. The Office is one their highest rated shows and maintains a lot of popularity and pop culture cache.

One idea I'd toss out there, if NBC decides to continue The Office without Steve Carell, would be to reach for an outside hire as Regional Manager. My suggestion (I expect some boo-urns for this one): Ricky Gervais.

Gervais keeps it "in the family", he's a "proven manager", it bridges a gap with the UK Office fans who STILL claim (erroneously so, I think) that the American Office is inferior, and there is a lot of comedy to be mined by a complete foreigner attempting to run Dunder Mifflin (especially if they play the "some of this seems awfully familiar" card). It's a crazy idea, but it could work. Or fail miserably. And if it fails miserably, then The Office would be canceled, which is sort of what I'd prefer anyway. So win-win?

I apologize for the fantasy Office hiring.




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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.71
That fantasy Gervais scenario is pretty much the only way I'd like to see the show continue on without Carell. Any other outside hire wouldn't fit in, and we've frankly already seen too many of the other cast members in leadership roles already (Jim as co-manager, Ryan as VP, Dwight as temporary boss, Pam as the person who basically runs things, etc.)

Given that Gervais and Merchant both seemed pretty firmly committed to not continuing on their own Office series, it's hard to see why Gervais would want to go back, though. That said, if it was just for ONE season (to bookend the entire Office series) it would be a fun capper.
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I think they should just wrap it up. I think the cast is talented, but without Carell, it won't work. Even if you got an awesome replacement, you'd always have the comparisons.
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Still think this is about five years too late.

They've been barely funny since the second season anyway. This is NBC, though, so they'll probably just tap Jay Leno to be the manager and keep the show going for twenty more years.
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    Originally posted by wannaberockstar
    Still think this is about five years too late.

    They've been barely funny since the second season anyway.
Oh, come on.

    This is NBC, though, so they'll probably just tap Jay Leno to be the manager and keep the show going for twenty more years.
Oh, come ON.



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Future news: Steve Carell receives record contract to return to The Office
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.45
    Originally posted by wannaberockstar
    This is NBC, though, so they'll probably just tap Jay Leno to be the manager and keep the show going for twenty more years.


Oohh snap!

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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.55
    Originally posted by John Orquiola
    So win-win?



Win-win-win.

I'm hoping for a spin-off with either Toby or Ryan. Jim, Pam, Andy and Dwight (besides Michael) are possible bankable stars on the big screen, so they are not likely candidates. I also like Darrell in his own role but he might be in the same boat as the others. I like Ryan's current character so maybe there's something there.

It's been a good run, and will remain one of my all-time favorites. It's given us Dwight Schrute, and that will never be forgotten.
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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.29
Would NBC really keep The Office going after Steve Carrell departs? Did they not learn ANYTHING from what happened to Scrubs?




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    Originally posted by It's False
    Would NBC really keep The Office going after Steve Carrell departs? Did they not learn ANYTHING from what happened to Scrubs?
CBS kept the original CSI going after a few cast members left. THE OFFICE is as such - it's an ensemble cast. Carrell will leave, but everyone else will step up and fill the gap.



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.92
    Originally posted by Oliver
      Originally posted by It's False
      Would NBC really keep The Office going after Steve Carrell departs? Did they not learn ANYTHING from what happened to Scrubs?
    CBS kept the original CSI going after a few cast members left. THE OFFICE is as such - it's an ensemble cast. Carrell will leave, but everyone else will step up and fill the gap.
If we want to use Bill Lawrence shows as examples, what about Charlie Sheen replacing Michael J Fox for 1/3 of Spin City's existence? It's not super-memorable or anything, but it lasted fine.

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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 10.00
NBC's not exactly overflowing with shows people want to watch right now. Maybe this'll change by next spring, but if they have as many holes to fix as they do this year, it's a lot easier to give this show another year to fail (or not fail!) than to add the 7th or 8th best new show to the lineup.

(edited by thecubsfan on 28.6.10 2313)


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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.35
    Originally posted by wannaberockstar
    Still think this is about five years too late.

    They've been barely funny since the second season anyway. This is NBC, though, so they'll probably just tap Jay Leno to be the manager and keep the show going for twenty more years.

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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.70
Serious suggestion....Michael Emerson.

Not-serious-but-still-awesome suggestion....Stephen Root reprising his Jimmy James character from Newsradio
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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.13
    Originally posted by hansen9j
      Originally posted by Oliver
        Originally posted by It's False
        Would NBC really keep The Office going after Steve Carrell departs? Did they not learn ANYTHING from what happened to Scrubs?
      CBS kept the original CSI going after a few cast members left. THE OFFICE is as such - it's an ensemble cast. Carrell will leave, but everyone else will step up and fill the gap.
    If we want to use Bill Lawrence shows as examples, what about Charlie Sheen replacing Michael J Fox for 1/3 of Spin City's existence? It's not super-memorable or anything, but it lasted fine.

    (edited by hansen9j on 28.6.10 2148)
Hindsight being 20/20 - replacing cast members doesn't always work. Remember the shitfest that was Newsradio season 5? Jon Lovitz taking over for Phil Hartman after he was murdered by his wife? Baaaaaaaad.

Spin City was excellent with Charlie Sheen. Sheen has great comedic timing.



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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.72
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    Serious suggestion....Michael Emerson.

    Not-serious-but-still-awesome suggestion....Stephen Root reprising his Jimmy James character from Newsradio


That would be awesome indeed.
Or Dave Foley would work great for that matter too.







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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.41
If they spin-off the show, they should do it with certain people and not just one. Frasier is one of the few shows where you took one person from a popular show and ran with it for a long time. Angel, DS9, and other spin-off shows who tend to take two or more characters tend to last a bit longer since a certain dynamic is still familiar with the audience. Either way, as with most first seasons of spin-offs I expect a lot of cameos. Changing the main character around rarely leads to a better show. Sin City was much better and more successful with Fox then Charlie. Law and Order as well as CSI has the ability to change characters in and out without too much of a problem due to subject matter being the star. I am curious to see what CSI's ratings what they are now compared to what they were with two years ago.
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