The news that Will Ferrell will guest star
at the end of this season of The Office
, just as Steve Carell makes his much-discussed exit (along with lady-love Amy Ryan/Holly Flax), led many fans to theorize that perhaps Ferrell would not just be stopping by to ease the pain or distract from the extraction, but that his "inappropriate branch manager" character might instead be Michael Scott's replacement.
Though the news that his arc would only span four episodes didn't bode well for this theory, Carell and Ferrell's comic similarities and co-starring history were enough to give the theory legs--at least in our imaginations.
Alas, no dice, Ferrell fans: EW spoke with Office star Rainn Wilson
, who assures us that Ferrell is a guest and only a guest:
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"Will is coming in as a possible boss but everyone knows he is not
going to stay because he makes $20 million a film. He's got other fish to fry. He called us up. He
called the producers and said 'I heard Steve's leaving and I would like
to be a part of his exit some how. I'd like to be there for it.' So they
were like, 'Hells yeah!' I think it will be great because Will's sense
of humor is very much in line with our show's sense of humor."
So the new boss is still a mystery. As are two new characters the show is looking to cast for next season, in addition to the new boss. Reports EW
"One role is for a woman described as "Scranton hot." She's hired as
an assistant to the office manager. Her former job was at an old folks'
home and she seems "pleasant and smart."
The second role is for a man who's fresh on the job market who joins
the Dunder Mifflin's accounting department. The guy used to work at a
golf course, probably went a community college and is just happy to have
a real job in this tough market. He's "good looking, but not WB
They're also reportedly looking for an actress to play Stanley's older daughter, who may become a series regular. None of these characters are set in stone, but one thing's for certain: there will be lots of changes afoot at The Office
between seasons 7 and 8, starting with Michael Scott's replacement. Who do you think should fill his clown shoes?
Speaking of good ol' Mike, here's a preview of his "bad day" coming up this Thursday on The Office
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