Steve Carell’s departure from NBC’s The Office mayÃ‚Â be a week away, but the producers are keeping the halls of Dunder Mifflin well stocked with big-name comedians. Will Ferrell has been seen in the last few episodes as temporary manager DeAngelo Vickers, and now the show is getting another shot of concentrated wacky by welcoming Jim Carrey into the fold. Carrey has officially signed on to appear in the season finale, and there’s even a rumor that it may be a recurring role.
The 50-minute special, set to air on May 19th, will include numerous other celebrities competing for managerÃ‚Â of Dunder Mifflin, including Ray Romano, Will Arnet, James Spader, Catherine Tate and series creatorÃ‚Â Ricky Gervais. It’s still undecided which of them will be taking over for Carell, with even other cast members being left in the dark.
“We don’t know who will replace Steve yet,” Office star John Krasinski told HitFix.com.Ã‚Â “It might not even be a replacement of Steve, it might be more of a shift. Everybody was talking about there being a spin-off of the show years ago and I feel like this is our spin-off.”
It’s possible he was joking (when isn’t he?), but Will Ferrell is hinting that his upcoming four-episode arc on The Office as Michael Scott’s replacement Deangelo Vickers could turn into a permanent position. “That’s a very distinct possibility,” he told the New York Daily News at the Comedy Awards this weekend, similarly suggesting “a regular, full-time gig” with The Office wasn’t out of the question to Entertainment Weekly. But why would a guy who collects mega-movie paychecks bother signing on for a long-running sitcom? Isn’t that why Steve Carell is leaving?
A clue might actually be in the same article where Rainn Wilson dismissed rumors of Ferrell taking over last January. While Wilson thought Ferrell making “$20 million a film” means “he’s got other fish to fry,” Dwight Schrute’s channeler also said the show would become “even more of an ensemble show,” with the boss “more of a secondary fixture.” Ferrell would be an expensive hire for NBC, but with the focus shifted to his staff, maybe Deangelo Vickers can stay on as a more neglectful, less present father figure than Michael Scott was. It sounds like Will is enjoying himself on set, and as long as the show doesn’t ask too much of him (and he doesn’t ask too much of the budget), why wouldn’t they keep it going as long as they can?
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It’s safe to say that Steve Carell has anchored Thursday night television for the past five years as Michael Scott on The Office. He’s this decade’s Jerry Seinfeld or Bill Cosby, the leader of an ensemble cast on a major network show, a show that’s been consistently funny for as long as we’ve been watching. Sadly, Carell confirmed that he will be leaving The Office after this upcoming season.
At the premiere for his latest film, Despicable Me, Carell told E! News that “I just think it’s time. I want to fulfill my contract. When I first signed on I had a contract for seven seasons, and this coming year is my seventh. I just thought it was time for my character to go.” Carell said that his departure won’t kill the show, we’ll still have Jim and Pam, Dwight and the Nard-dog to keep us company. “It doesn’t certainly mean the end of the show,” he assures viewers. “I think it’s just a dynamic change to the show, which could be a good thing, actually. Add some new life and some new energy…I see it as a positive in general for the show.”
And with that, the World’s Greatest Boss closes his office blinds one last time to make a prank phone call to the local headquarters of Serenity by Jan.
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We’ve been a fan of Ed Helms since we first saw him do improv at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in NYC back in the day, and every lady we know holds a serious torch for the bespectacled funny guy. He’s handsome, charming, and a banjo-playing machine – the complete package, obvs. So when we caught up with Ed in the press room at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, we had to ask him what he thought about his heartthrob status. Turns out, all the lady attention makes him a wee bit tongue-tied.
“Really?” He asked incredulously, when we mentioned all our swooning gal pals. “I want all of their numbers.”
But then we, uh, made the mistake of calling Ed an “alternative heartthrob” (what can we say, we were nervous – it came out wrong!) and things got a little awkward. “I’ll try not to be insulted by the term ‘alternative heartthrob,’” he teased, adding that the lady admiration, “feels alternatively good.”
Whenever you want those numbers, let us know Ed! [Photo: GettyImages]