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Thursday
Jan172013

Steve Carell Not Returning for "Office" Finale

NBC Photo: Mitchell Haaseth(LOS ANGELES) -- Greg Daniels, the executive producer of NBC's The Office, confirmed on Wednesday that Steve Carell’s character, Michael Scott, would not be making a re-appearance during the show’s current final season or the series finale.

Speaking at a Television Critics Association panel in Los Angeles, Daniels said Carell “was very much of the opinion that the ‘Goodbye Michael’ episode and the story arc that we did leading up to it was his goodbye to the fans and the show...”

Carell left the series after season seven.  Daniels said Carell believes the current final season “is the goodbye that the rest of the show gets to have, so at the moment we don't have any plans for him to come back."

Daniels did say that other series regulars and guest stars, including Mindy Kaling, may return, and “there’s still a lot of good things that we have planned for the rest of the goodbyes.”

Daniels said next week’s episode is “the beginning of the end” of the current 24-episode season.  He said on the 15th episode, which is scheduled to air on Feb. 14, “someone is fired.”

Daniels confirmed to Deadline.com that he had received no push from NBC to end the series, and predicted that the network would have been happy to have the series remain on the air.  The executive producer said last August that creative closure was the primary reason behind the decision to close The Office after nine seasons.

Daniels said on Wednesday it’s nice to be able to plan the end of a series instead of simply being canceled because it gives the writers a chance to tie up loose ends of story lines that have been part of the series since the show debuted.

The two-part Office finale will air in May.

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Wednesday
Jul202011

Steve Carell Thinks James Spader Is 'Excellent' Addition to 'The Office'

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(LOS ANGELES) -- The former star of The Office, Steve Carell, approves of fictitious paper company Dunder Mifflin's latest hire. He tells Access Hollywood that James Spader as Robert California will be an "excellent" addition to the sitcom.  He added, "I think it's great and he will infuse all this new energy into the show."

Carrell noted that he's also been in touch with his former co-stars from The Office.

"In talking to the cast, everyone's very excited and I know it'll be a good season," he said.

Carell's latest movie, the comedy Crazy, Stupid, Love, opens nationwide on July 29.

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Friday
Apr292011

Tears, Laughs as Steve Carell Leaves 'The Office'

Charles Eshelman/FilmMagic(NEW YORK) -- Thursday night marked Steve Carell's final episode of The Office.

During the 60-minute send-off to his character, the lovably clueless Michael Scott, Michael hid a secret from his co-workers.  Unbeknownst to them, he planned to leave a day early to start his new life with Holly in Colorado.

While the party planning committee worked on plans for his farewell party, Michael imparted a final gift, whether an actual present or words of wisdom, to each of his co-workers.  Michael gave Dwight the recommendation letter he'd been craving -- despite Dwight feeding Michael bull's testicles out of spite in the belief he'd been overlooked for Michael's job -- before meeting him for a final paintball duel.  However, Michael can't find Pam, who was supposed to be pricing out paper shredders but in reality went to see The King's Speech.

Jim figured out that Michael is leaving early but kept his secret, except to Pam.   After confronting Michael about his deception, the two say their emotional non-goodbye goodbyes, with each pretending Michael will be back the following day.

Michael arrived at the airport, finally shedding his microphone the documentary crew had been using for years to record his voice.  He asked the crew to let him know "if this ever airs," just before Pam finally caught up with him.  The pair shared a long embrace, and Pam then watched as Michael's plane took off.

Back at the office, Michael's co-workers stood around the conference room, which was decorated for Michael's farewell party, not knowing Michael was already gone.  His temporary replacement, formerly obese manager DeAngelo Vickers -- played by Will Ferrell -- attacked the cake with his bare hands, shoveling fistfuls into his mouth.

NBC also aired a tease of upcoming episodes of The Office, hinting at possible replacements for Carell.  The tease included footage of Ray Romano, British actress and comic Catherine Tate, Will Arnett, James Spader, Jim Carrey and the creator and star of the original British version of The Office, Ricky Gervais.

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Monday
Apr112011

Will Ferrell Arrives at 'The Office' This Week

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Image(LOS ANGELES) -- Will Ferrell’s four-episode stint on NBC’s The Office begins this Thursday, when the actor’s character arrives at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton office as a temporary replacement for boss Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell. As already reported, Carell's leaving the show this year. 

In two clips released by NBC, Ferrell’s character is revealed to be named DeAngelo Vickers, a man with a debilitating peanut allergy who proclaims that he's just as comfortable at a ball game as he is at the opera. 

The Office airs Thursday at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.

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