Last week in a heartfelt and well written send off for both Steve Carell and Michael Scott, The Office as we knew it came to a close after seven seasons. While an ensemble show that by nature focuses on the entirety of the whole cast, at its core The Office was truly about the journey of three characters: Michael, Jim, and Pam. And now one tip of that triangle is no longer. So what to do?
I think it is time for a reboot, and and by that I don’t mean change over the entire show. There is really no sense in replacing Michael Scott with a similar character. If you do, you run the danger of simply rehashing everything that has come before just with a different character in the storyline. You need a new boss with a different personality that will shake things up a bit and add some new life to the show. The goal is to keep the heart of The Office intact while looking at everything in a different color of glasses.
And the way to achieve this is to cast a different kind of actor to replace Steve Carell. The list of potentials apparently is high: Ricky Gervais, Will Arnett, Ray Romano, James Spader, Catherine Tate, and maybe even Jim Carrey. Whether this list of announced actors is actually interested in the job or not remains to be seen but I’m hoping they bring in some new blood and do not simply promote one of the current characters into the boss’ chair. Because just as The Who were disappointed that the new regime was just the same as the old in 1971, in 2011 my feelings would be just the same.