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.
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.
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.
Originally posted by Super Shane Spearno matter how terrible this show has become, it still is getting ratings somehow.
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.
Lloyd: When I met Mary, I got that old fashioned romantic feeling, where I'd do anything to bone her. Harry: That's a special feeling.
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.
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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Originally posted by AWArulzThere 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.
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?
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.
JD and Eliot will be gone in a few weeks, they're only signed on for six episodes to transition the show into the new format. Carla is not signed up at all, and will likely appear, if ever, only as a sporadic guest star.