‘The Office’ Headhunters Add Spader, Romano, And Brit Catherine Tate To The Shortlist

Tuesday, April 5 by

Lots of big names are willing to relocate to Dunder-Mifflin’s Scranton branch. They must have an excellent dental plan or something. Today it was announced that three new candidates will appear on the show as possible successors to Steve Carell‘s Michael Scott in the season finale of”The Office” on May 19. In addition to the previously-mentioned Ricky Gervais and Will Arnett, we will also get graced with the presences of Ray Romano, James Spader, and British comedienne Catherine Tate.

I like the way the producers have set this up, so the actual candidates are competing on the show as they are certainly competing in real life. It brings a bit of an organic reality show component to a show that, everyone agrees, was due for some inspiration. I think Steve Carell’s departure (and ____’s arrival) has helped the show find its heart again, and bring it back to its relevance of earlier years.

That said, I think Spader and Romano really stand out here. Arnett would stick out like a sore thumb in the dry Dunder-Mifflin environment. He seems to flourish in the more outlandish”30 Rock” or”Arrested Development” ensembles. Ricky Gervais just won’t do it. Frankly, I think it’s a little silly that he’s even involved. Catherine Tate I don’t know, so I will reserve judgment. Spader and Romano both make me uncomfortable without much effort, so I see them fitting in pretty well. Also, it would be pretty nice to see Romano in a comedy role that didn’t make me hate him, as he was once a pretty funny dude. (TV Line)

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  1. April 5, 2011 4:25 pm


    i think the show’s still funny. not as inspired, but still funny. we’ll see what happens with the new boss.

  2. April 5, 2011 4:25 pm


    Man, I completely agree with the Spader vote of confidence. He has such a huge amount of talent, and he would fit in perfectly here…I can really see him ratcheting up that comedic awkwardness and just flat out uncomfortability that the show does so well. We can basically count out Ferrell and Gervais, though I am looking forward to their turns on the show, and Will Arnett has another pilot in the works. As for Ray Romano, his stand up was funny years ago but his turn on Everybody Loves Raymond soured me on the guy for life, I once thought, but this could be the thing that brings him back. I should have saved the last few weeks on my DVR instead of deleting them after I watched, but as a DISH customer and employee I’ve been able to go to DISH Online and re-watch the last few weeks. My favorites this Season have been Garage Sale and of course, Threat Level Midnight.

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