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It’s been so many years since we’ve seen Steve Carell’s Michael Scott sitting backwards in chairs and showing off his Dundy Awards on The Office. But there was almost a very different actor in the role before Carell came along.
Lorne Michaels has spoken out about the comedians who he wishes he had hired on Saturday Night Live. During the segment Michaels also insisted he wished he had hired Steve Carell. Unfortunately, the Foxcatcher and The Office actor never actually auditioned for NBC’s late night series. Here's what may have happened.
Well, folks — that’s a wrap of the Jay Leno era of The Tonight Show. Not that you could tell by the bevy of jokes made at the expense of Leno’s first adieu-bidding to the series. But unlike the last time we were at this juncture, Leno actually seemed ready, or at least, he had come to accept it. Because, as he himself said: it’s time. So with his friends Billy Crystal, Garth Brooks, and a bevy of special guests, he finally said goodbye.
That's exactly how The Office needed to end, with the most emotional "that's what she said" of all time, with the reunion of the Regional Manager and Assistant to the Regional Manager who meant more to each other than they probably should have, and with a return cameo that was expected but perfectly executed in its surprise
Bringing Michael back into the mix for the big reunion show might cause some reminiscing, and some awkward reaction shots when they play back some choice scenes from over the years (I'm basing this off a lot of years of watching Top Chef reunion shows). But if we're lucky, we might get a few shots of what happens behind the reunion episode, where Michael is returned to the fold of the people he loved-- and might not have that much to say to him
Carell will appear on screen for a cameo during next week’s series finale. Exactly how long his part might be or whether there will be any real character development is unclear, but regardless of those answers, this news, if true, should bring a smile to plenty of fans’ faces. After all, many see a direct correlation between a perceived decline in quality after Season 7 and the main character’s exodus.
Is Steve Carell going to be back for The Office finale after all? Nothing has been confirmed yet, however the latest rumors do hint that there may be a chance that we'll see Michael Scott back at Dunder Mifflin, which suggests the situation is a bit more promising than it was a few months back.
Carell and Gandolfini recently appeared together in The Incredible Burt Wonderstoneand they apparently had such a good time, they are ready to work together on an equally oddball project. The two men have signed on for HBO’s Bone Wars, which will fittingly follow two paleontologists.
Many fans of The Office may be hopeful that Steve Carell would return to the comedy for the anticipated series finale, however from what NBC Chairman Robert Greenblatt said at the TCA, it doesn't sound like that's a sure thing. In fact, he doesn't sound especially optimistic that one last appearance by Michael Scott will happen on the NBC comedy series.
Did Steve Carell make a disguised appearance on The Office last week? A quick glimpse at one of the tables of trivia competitors reveals a man that may very well the former king of Dunder Mifflin Scranton, disguised behind a beard. Is it really him?
Season Seven of The Office will be known as the season Michael Scott left Dunder-Mifflin and moved to Colorado with his soul mate, Holly. It really should be known as the series’ final year. Forget Michael leaving, this show, one of my all-time favorites, is declining, despite flashes of brilliance. They should have gone out on a relatively high note instead of milking it for a few more years with James Spader. Season Seven is not their best season, but humor and emotion are still available in quantity.
The Office usually goes above and beyond with extras, but the Season 7 packet shows that somebody, somewhere has run out of steam. Not that there aren’t several special features. Most of the basic format The Office has used in the past -- deleted scenes, commentary, webisodes -- are present, just in smaller numbers.
The Office wound up its recent season with the departure of Steve Carell's Michael Scott and a parade of celebrity guest stars as his potential replacements, including Will Ferrell, Ray Romano, and Will Arnett. Now Spader is in talks to join The Office next fall, but not as the new head of the Scranton branch. Instead, Spader's character would take over as the new CEO of Dunder Mifflin.
NBC's tentpole The Office saw a serious drop in the numbers last week when they aired the first Michael Scott-less episode, and even the presence of interim manager Deangelo Vickers, aka Will Ferrell, couldn't do much to slow the slide. But for this week's season finale they've brought in loads of big-name cameos to curb the drop.
That kind of extension has ripple effects on the rest of the Thursday NBC schedule, of course, so now Parks & Recreation will also benefit from an extended episode; The Office will run from to 9:50, Parks & Rec will air at 9:50 until 10:30