The countdown is on until Steve Carell makes his highly (high as the heavens!) anticipated exit from The Office at the end of this season, and UK Office creator and star Ricky Gervais has officially made his suggestion for Michael Scott’s replacement at Dunder-Mifflin: Will Arnett.

“Had a little meeting with NBC about various things and recommended Will Arnett for a regular in The Office. Thoughts? I think he’s amazing,” Gervais wrote in his blog.

My thoughts: Like most of Gervais’s ideas, I like it! So he didn’t say “Michael’s replacement” in so many words, but it’s hard to imagine Arnett in another “regular” role than as the bossy, hapless and hilarious new regional manager. He’s just too big a personality, and a talent, to play second-string to a different new character, don’t you think?

Arnett is probably available, since his FOX show Running Wilde was canceled earlier this year, and we know he’d fit right in on NBC Thursday nights: He recurs on 30 Rock as closet-case Devon Banks, and made a delightful cameo last season opposite his real-life wife Amy Poehler on her show (which is killing it again this season), Parks and Recreation. Isn’t The Office the next logical step? (And then, if he showed up on Community, would he win some sort of awesomeness bingo?)

What do you think? Could Arnett go from his iconic role as Arrested Development‘s GOB Bluth to replacing another TV icon by the name of Michael Scott?

Think you know someone better to fill Michael’s shoes? Let the couch-casting begin in the comments!

Related: Read about Will Ferrell’s upcoming guest stint on The Office season 7.

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Meghan Carlson

Senior Writer, BuddyTV

Meghan hails from Walla Walla, WA, the proud home of the world’s best sweet onions and Adam West, the original Batman. An avid grammarian and over-analyzer, you can usually find her thinking too hard about plot devices in favorites like The OfficeIt’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, and How I Met Your Mother. In her spare time, Meghan enjoys drawing, shopping, trying to be funny (and often failing), and not understanding the whole Twilight thing. She’s got a BA in English and Studio Art from Whitman College, which makes her a professional arguer, daydreamer, and doodler.