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Since: 25.4.03
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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.17

Entertainment Weekly (popwatch.ew.com) has a story up about Steve Carell stating in a recent BBC interview that next season's The Office may be his last.

Can't say I'm really broken up about this, only if they decide to end the series. It had a good run, but it's just not (pardon the pun) "must-see TV" for my household anymore. Now, if they try to continue the series without Michael Scott, well then that's just stupid.

Unless Todd Packer is in charge ...
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I can't see NBC giving up on The Office even if Carell bolts. They have five hours of primetime schedule to figure out for the fall after that Leno debacle. Even if I'm being generous, there's still going to be a huge amount of failure coming from NBC in 2010-11. There's no way you can give up one of your few actual primetime assets, because no matter how terrible this show has become, it still is getting ratings somehow. This has to be the only reason The Office has wasted this entire season in rebuilding mode to prepare people for a future of Andy and Erin as the leads.

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.83
    Originally posted by Super Shane Spear
    no matter how terrible this show has become, it still is getting ratings somehow.

Wow, really?



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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.67
Could be a contract ploy. But, if Carell does leave, that should logically mean the end of the show as well. Seven years is a good run for any sitcom, and while I'm not as down on this season as others are, it's the weakest season of the series thus far.
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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 9.36
"Since its premiere on NBC in March 2005"

I didn't think it had been 6 years already.




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If I recall correctly, it was a midseason replacement show...and the first season was short..13 episodes.

I think the show could continue w/o Michael Scott...not sure how, but I think the cast is good enough to make it happen.




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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.53
The first season only had six episodes.

The idea of "The Office" ending is sad to me. The characters are so familiar to me and I feel connected and want to follow them.

The idea of The Office without Michael Scott is just bizarre--if that happens.
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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.50
Might as well cancel the show. Almost every time they replace the main character on the show it doesn't last too long after he leaves see Spin City, The Pratice and others as examples.
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#9 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.58
    Originally posted by Joseph Ryder
      Originally posted by Super Shane Spear
      no matter how terrible this show has become, it still is getting ratings somehow.

    Wow, really?


The show is entering 'Seinfeld' mode where it came under criticism in the later seasons because people are used to it. It's still a good show, it's just not fresh and new anymore.
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#10 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.27
    Originally posted by djp
      Originally posted by Joseph Ryder
        Originally posted by Super Shane Spear
        no matter how terrible this show has become, it still is getting ratings somehow.

      Wow, really?


    The show is entering 'Seinfeld' mode where it came under criticism in the later seasons because people are used to it. It's still a good show, it's just not fresh and new anymore.


Totally agreed. I don't exactly look forward to it anymore, probably because most of the major "human interest" type of storylines have wrapped up, but I'm always laughing out loud several times each episode.



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#11 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.56
They should stop after next season whether Carell wants to come back or not. The series has just run it's course.

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#12 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.10
It's an ensemble comedy - Steve Carell, while telented, isn't the only actor on the cast. Many shows go through personnel changes and keep going. CSI, Criminal Minds and Law and Order come to mind when speaking of lead changes.

Sometimes a lead change is a good thing. Laurence Fishburne has become very good in CSI.

For everyone who follows the show and enjoys the antics of Michael Scott, there's those who tune in for Dwight Schrute, or Jim, Pam, or Andy. If Steve Carell leaves, and if THE OFFICE continues, I would imagine that it will still be good.



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#13 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.09
There have been shows with an Ensemble cast where even lead characters leave and it continues, and even better in some cases. MASH comes to mind, as both the Trapper John and Col Blake Characters left and were replaced by the BJ and Col Potter Characters. In My Three sons, another long running sitcom, several characters were replaces and a random new teen son showed up. Night Court swapped a few people in and out on the ensemble. at 123 episodes, The office is getting up there,



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#14 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.51
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    Night Court swapped a few people in and out on the ensemble. at 123 episodes, The office is getting up there,


It was a special case with night court. They switched out the clerk and defense attorney after the 1st season, and they lost bailiffs due to basically lung cancer/old age.

And you forgot Ferret Face leaving a year or so after Trapper and Blake and Winchester was a GREAT foil for Hawkeye.



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#15 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.71
    Originally posted by AWArulz
    There have been shows with an Ensemble cast where even lead characters leave and it continues, and even better in some cases. MASH comes to mind, as both the Trapper John and Col Blake Characters left and were replaced by the BJ and Col Potter Characters. In My Three sons, another long running sitcom, several characters were replaces and a random new teen son showed up. Night Court swapped a few people in and out on the ensemble. at 123 episodes, The office is getting up there,


I agree for a large part, but it always feels like the special situations that take place in Scranton are because of Michael. He is the catalyst for all the weirdness, confusion, themes and what not. I'm sure they could work around it (and/or purposely totally change the chemistry of the workfloor) but it is something that might be hard.




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#16 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.67
The only way I'd really be fired up to see Carell-less Office would be if Michael Scott leaves Scranton and is replaced by....David Brent.
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#17 Posted on | Instant Rating: 1.50
X-File did so well without that full season with Fox, oh wait..it sucked. It was the worst season in all of teleivsion and killed that show dead. The people you are listing as being replaced were not the stars of the show. Hawkeye was the star of MASH, Judge Harry Stone was the star of Night Court which in its second or third year John Laraquett owned for the rest of the series and My Three Sons was all about the Dad, the live in gay guy and of course, the dog. Of course my Three Sons were in an era where people were just happy sounds and images were coming out of their box instead of in depth characters or storylines. Trying to replace Steve Carroll is replacing the star of the show which never goes well and eventually leads to cancellation to which fans ask why did they go on in the first place?

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#18 Posted on | Instant Rating: 3.95
I wonder if this weeks episode is setting up for a management change down the line. Probably not, just wondering.

I'm not so sure that I'd follow this show without Michael Scott. I think that this show has a lot of great supporting actors that have graced the spotlight as leads in multiple episodes. They could probably pull it off for a short period of time.

My suggestion would be to go big and just replace him with everybody's favorite shark jumping fill in. Ted McGinley.

Funny, I cringe at the thought and really don't think that he would be a good fit. Yet, his past addition to existing shows aided in the shows ability to remain on the air. I'd riot just like everybody else though.
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#19 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.80
    Originally posted by Big Bad
    The only way I'd really be fired up to see Carell-less Office would be if Michael Scott leaves Scranton and is replaced by....David Brent.

Man, how great would that be?




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#20 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.27
Didn't they try this with Scrubs? See, I don't know for sure because I never tried watching again because I thought it was a stupid idea.



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