May 22

The Office Space


With Steve Carell gone, will The Office go the way of Scrubs or The X-Files or That 70s Show, an empty shell with their main characters gone? Will the show be retitled Michael Scott's Family (and then, a season later, The Halpert Family)?

The Office's supporting cast can carry the show just fine without him, thank you very much. I'd even watch seven seasons of Creed Bratton sitting alone in a room.

But who will take the manager position?

Of all the guest stars in the seventh season finale, James Spader is the only one that could use a job. He's not funny-haha but he's definitely funny-strange.

Barring the fact that Andy Bernard is a buffoon and completely ill-equipped to manage, Ed Helms's high visibility in The Hangover makes him a strong contender. He's a movie star I suppose, and that recognizably could lead to new viewers.

But my personal pick is Pam. To see her character go from receptionist, to sales, to Office Administrator, and finally to Scranton Branch Manager would be a fantastic arc.

Bill Lumbergh need not apply.


  • mgroves mgroves 9 years ago They should drop the stupid reality show premise already, bring in Charlie Sheen (ala Spin City) to manage, along with a studio audience.
  • Jon Plante Jon Plante 9 years ago A laugh track? Even for the maudlin moments? Didn't M*A*S*H teach you anything?
  • mgroves mgroves 9 years ago Oh yeah, and drop the maudlin moments too. Some episodes are more depressing than they are funny. In fact, just cancel the show (and Parks & Rec) altogether and show an hour of Seinfeld and Wings reruns.

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