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THE OFFICE: With Steve Carell Bouncing, Who Will Take the Lead in Season 8?

June 28, 2010 by  

A few months back, THE OFFICE star Steve Carell announced that he wouldn’t be returning to the show once his contract expired.

And, over the weekend, while promoting his new movie, DESPICABLE ME, Carell reiterated that he would indeed be leaving THE OFFICE once this season wraps.

And since NBC is unlikely to cancel any sort of hit on their current roster, the odds of the comedy series continuing post-Carell is pretty high. Sad, but true.

However, this got us thinking… With Michael Scott on his way out, where will the show’s main focus lie? Will Jim (John Krasinski) take the lead? Dwight (Rainn Wilson)? Would they cast someone new to fill Steve’s shoes?

Vote in our poll below and please let us know why you feel the way you do in the comments section…

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11 Responses to “THE OFFICE: With Steve Carell Bouncing, Who Will Take the Lead in Season 8?”

  1. Hilary on June 28th, 2010 4:54 pm

    As horrible as this is to say, I hope The Office is cancelled by then. Actually, I wish last season was it’s last, but NBC is never going to stop.

    From crazed fan to be severely disappointed over the years.

  2. Laila on June 28th, 2010 5:05 pm

    They tried Jim in a position of power before, and it didn’t work. They’ve done Dwight in a position of power before, and it worked for the brief time that they did it, but it won’t work again.

    Someone new. Possibly, multiple new persons, who can be played off each other by the office characters we already know. Or multiple persons in sequence, each trying (and failing) to impose their will on the office.

  3. Katrina Petrovich on June 28th, 2010 5:26 pm

    I don’t like the way the poll is set up… who should The Office focus on? EVERYONE! It’s so much better when it’s not the Michael show and when everyone gets a little bit of the action. Who should be the new regional manager, however, is a poll I can get on board with.

  4. Katrina Petrovich on June 28th, 2010 5:29 pm

    Also, I think the reason Jim didn’t work out as manager was because he wasn’t really the manager. He had the title of co-manager, but Michael tried as hard as he could to make that mean as little as humanly possible, and succeeded. That little run of co-managing, unfortunately, might have soured the other workers on his position as a superior, since they were able to get to him so easily, especially in The Promotion. We might not get to see how Jim really would’ve run the office. HIS way, not Michael’s.

  5. Gat on June 28th, 2010 5:47 pm

    My money is actually on Darryl. As soon as they gave him an office in THE office and started giving him more screen time I thought he might be taking Michael’s place.

    I think they could set that up to be pretty funny with or without bringing a new person on.

  6. neptune0909 on June 28th, 2010 6:59 pm

    This hurts to say but the show’s been missing the mark for a while now, it needs to be cancelled.

  7. Canakatydid on June 28th, 2010 7:03 pm

    I don’t want to see The Office turn into Scrubs 2.0 (valiant effort but paled in comparison to the brilliance of the original!) but if it does continue, I think they should bring in a new boss and let the supporting cast of crazies stay doing what they do best!
    What about you Korbi? Marisa?

  8. Kath (GMMR) on June 29th, 2010 6:24 am

    I never thought about it before but I like what @Gat was saying about Darryl. I wouldn’t mind a shift in the focus of he show and have it be more about the warehouse workers. There’s a whole world down there 🙂

    Carell is the heart and soul of the show, and as much as I would miss seeing my Dunder Mifflinites without him, it pains me to know the show will continue on without Steve.

    I would imagine that John Krasinski, Ed Helms and Jenna Fischer, are looking to focus on movies full time.

    Despite my overwhelming love for THE OFFICE and how important the show has been to me, I think it should have ended two seasons ago. It shouldn’t continue on without Steve.

  9. Nicole on June 29th, 2010 12:57 pm

    I’m of the opinion that the show should wind down next season (even before Carell’s annoucement, I thought that letting them build towards and end could have rejuvenated the show for the last season). But since that’s probably not going to happen, I could see Gabe (new Sabre guy) taking over, but being terribly ineffective (and funny). I also like the Darryl idea, but it would be really unlikely that someone with zero sales experience would be given the job of Regional Manager of a sales office. Maybe if he managed distribution/warehouse/inventory and Gabe managed sales/accounting/customer service? They could be a hilarious duo actually.

  10. Marisa on June 29th, 2010 9:35 pm

    I’m with you guys. I wish THE OFFICE would end when Steve goes. Let’s be honest…I’m guessing very few of the other major cast members (John, Jenna, Ed, maybe even Rainn) will resign once their contracts expire. Plus, it would be nice for the show to actually plan out their final season knowing it was the final season, instead of finding out late in whatever year it is they do decide to end the series. It deserves the respect of a proper send-off.

  11. Dietrick. H on January 4th, 2011 2:57 am

    I think Jason Bateman from, Arrested Development, would be a great replacement!