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The List: Who will replace Michael Scott?
Question of the Day
There's a new boss coming to "The Office" to replace Michael Scott. Steve Carell's successor will be revealed on the May 19 season finale of NBC's highly rated sitcom. The show will be packed with guest stars. This week, the List looks at possible candidates to replace Mr. Carell, who has left the show after seven seasons.
- Ricky Gervais — Why not Mr. Gervais? The creator and star of the original, British version of "The Office" is well-known to Americans, and with his biting wit, he would do just fine. However, Mr. Gervais has said he is not interested in playing the role again. He's collecting far too much money from the several international versions of his brainchild; why would he ever want to work again? He will be in the finale, however.
- Rainn Wilson — We know Mr. Wilson's character, Dwight Schrute, has always wanted the job. If Dwight got the promotion, imagine how Jim Halpert would feel and the sparks that would fly.
- Will Arnett — The "Arrested Development" star would be a perfect replacement and appears to be the favorite to get the spot. Mr. Arnett was cast in an NBC comedy pilot, and he will be in the finale. Ricky Gervais said on his blog in February that Mr. Arnett should be on the show permanently.
- Nick Offerman — He auditioned for the role of Dwight Schrute, which was won by his friend Mr. Wilson. He finally found a role as an office manager in the "Office" copy "Parks and Recreation."
- Warren Buffett — The billionaire is slated to appear in the final show this season, but we're not sure NBC would be able to pay him enough to keep him on full time.
- James Spader — The former "Practice" and Boston Legal" star will portray a man named Robert California in the "Office" season finale.
- Will Ferrell — While Mr. Ferrell has been in four episodes recently playing replacement boss Deangelo Vickers and will be in the finale, don't expect him to take the role of Michael Scott when he's earning $20 million a film.
- Catherine Tate — The English actress, who has starred in "Dr. Who," will be in the finale.
- Jim Carrey — Mr. Carrey will be in the finale as a candidate looking to replace Michael Scott, but don't expect him to give up his lucrative movie career for the small screen.
- Ray Romano — The former "Everybody Loves Raymond" star will be in the finale.
- Alec Baldwin — Mr. Baldwin could play the role perfectly, but is he lovable enough?
- Ken Jeong — The role is crying out for "Pineapple Express," "Role Models" and "The Hangover" actor Ken Jeong.
- John Krasisnki — Will Jim Halpert, played by Mr. Krasisnki, take Michael Scott's old job and drive Dwight crazy?
- Fred Willard — He might be a little older than the Michael Scott character, but Mr. Willard, 71, would be a novel pick. He received three Emmy nominations for his recurring role on the TV series "Everybody Loves Raymond."
- Thomas Lennon — There is strong Internet speculation that "Reno 911's" Mr. Lennon will get the job.
- Seth Rogen — Mr. Rogen, who starred with Mr. Carell in the "The 40-Year-Old Virgin," has been linked with the role on some websites.
- Lewis Black — Why not give the role to a local comedian? Mr. Black, a regular on "The Daily Show With Jon Stewart," grew up in Silver Spring and is a graduate of Springbrook High School.
- Charlie Sheen — After losing his job on "Two and Half Men," Mr. Sheen could use a good part right now.
- Steve Martin — Mr. Carell gave an amazing and funny tribute to Mr. Martin at the 2007 Kennedy Center Honors. We need Mr. Martin back on the small screen.
- Kathy Bates — She needs a new office. Miss Bates is a down-and-out criminal defense lawyer running her office out of a shoe store in NBC's "Harry's Law."
Compiled by John Haydon
Sources: The Washington Times, Calgary Herald (Alberta), hollywoodreporter.com, thenetwerk.com, mtv.com, boston.com, insidetv.ew.com and realtvaddict.com
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