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)