EW.com reports that NBC has “quietly reached out to” Danny McBride (Eastbound & Down) and Rhys Darby (Murray from Flight of the Conchords) about joining the cast of The Office:
Office showrunner Paul Lieberstein confirms that they’re “having discussions” about introducing a new salesman into Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch, but he wouldn’t say whether this person was being groomed to necessarily replace Carell’s Michael Scott. “We haven’t settled exactly who will take over,” says Lieberstein, adding that promoting a current staffer to the top job remains a viable option as well.
This story is sounding more and more like an actual company hiring an actual new boss — if this thing got any more meta, I’d haveta take some of this.
As for the news, while I stated my preference for The Office to end gracefully (meaning soon), if they’re determined to prolong its life at the risk of fully Simpsonsing themselves, McBride and Darby certainly aren’t bad names to be throwing around. Assuming McBride is tied up with Eastbound (and HBO doesn’t pull another, like, 2 episode season), and assuming NBC has a limited language-bleeping budget, Darby seems like the far more likely candidate.
He’s actually a perfect fit — Darby is awesome, he’s more likely to be available full-time and not as a 4-6 episode cameo character, and best of all, he already has plenty of managerial experience: