The Office (US)

Ricky Gervais will be returning to The Office for the comedy’s season finale this year.

Joining Gervais on the episode will be Arrested Development’s Will Arnett, who’s making his debut on the series.

Earlier in the year Gervais guest-starred as David Brent alongside his American counterpart Steve Carell, who will have left the series by the time Gervais and Arnett appear.

Carell’s last appearance will screen in the US in April.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Flight of the Conchords comic Rhys Darby has had his name added to the list of potential replacements for the departing Steve Carell on the American series The Office.

Entertainment Weekly has confirmed that the New Zealand star has been tentatively approached by producers of the American comedy to gauge his interest in joining the cast as a possible replacement for Carell.

Several names have been bandied around as the producers look to fill the gap soon to be left by Carell, with another early frontrunner being Danny McBride, who has featured in the likes of Pineapple Express and HBO series Eastbound & Down.

The Office showrunner Paul Lieberstein confirmed to EW that they are “having discussions” with several rising comic-actors, including Darby, to gauge interest.

Whether or not the replacement will directly fill Carell’s character’s position as boss on the show is yet to be defined, with the possibility of an existing cast member being promoted still in play.

Source: EW

NBC has confirmed that The Office will lose the services of Steve Carell following the next season of the comedy.

Carell had hinted earlier in the year that when his contract expires next year he was thinking of ending his term as Michael Scott and now it has been confirmed.

NBC primetime entertainment president Angela Bromstad has said that Careel will continue on to the end of the upcoming seventh season but that’s it.

Bromstad said in a statement: “We’ve been lucky to have had him as long as we’ve had. These things happen when you have such a major movie star in a show.

“Not to diminish the departure of Steve, because that will impact the show, but we have tremendous faith in the writers and actors to keep it alive.”

There has been talk of another big-name star stepping in to take on the vacant lead role but at this stage that is just an idea.

Source: Digital Spy

 

Thursday, May 15 at 9pm ET/PT

Toby leaves Dunder Mifflin, and Michael plans a huge goodbye party—out of joy. Angela refuses to help with it, so Michael turns to Phyllis. Dwight and Meredith harass Holly, their new HR representative.

Thursday, May 8 at 9pm ET/PT

Michael is busy manning a job fair at Pam’s alma mater, trying to find a summer intern. In an attempt to woo a major client, Jim, Andy, and Kevin go golfing.

Thursday, May 1 at 9pm ET/PT

After Stanley snaps at Michael, he decides that Stanley needs an attitude adjustment. Dwight buys Andy’s car. After spending the night at Jim’s, Pam has an unexpected problem.

Thursday, April 24 at 9pm ET/PT

Ryan gets the surprise of his life when Michael and Dwight travel to NYC to go clubbing with him and his friends. Back in Scranton, the staffers are upset that they have to spend Saturday working on Dunder Mifflin Infinity, and Jim’s attempt to rescue them doesn’t go as planned.

Thursday, April 17 at 9pm ET/PT

Michael gets fascinated by a chair model in a catalogue, which causes confusing feelings to surface. Kevin and Andy use this distraction to their advantage, teaming up to gain parking spaces back for Dunder Mifflin – leading to a showdown with the other tenants of the business park.

Thursday, April 10 at 9pm ET/PT

Out of excuses, Jim and Pam join Jan and Michael for a dinner party. Things get complicated when Andy and Angela are asked to join, and Dwight’s jealousy gets the best of him.