Finding The Best Replacement For Michael Scott in ‘The Office’

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The Office Michael Scott Replacement Finding The Best Replacement For Michael Scott in The Office

As many of you already know, Steve Carell will not return as Michael Scott in The Office after this season. His original contract was set for seven seasons, which he will honor before gracefully leaving the throne of Dunder-Mifflin’s Scranton branch. But who will fill the void, if anybody at all?

Most fans of the show are calling for its end once Steve Carell signs off. While his unique character has shaped the show into a truly hilarious study of moronic behavior, he just doesn’t make or break the show. There are so many other brilliantly constructed characters on The Office that calling him the most important element is almost disrespectful.

The Office would be nothing without Dwight, Jim, Pam and everybody else. But the regional manager is the glue that holds those supporting characters together. The right replacement can maintain what the show has worked so hard to establish in six seasons.

We’ve come up with a handful of potential replacements that can keep the show running smoothly, while also bringing a new brand of humor to the most beloved management position in television.

No replacement – end the show:

The Office TV show ends Finding The Best Replacement For Michael Scott in The Office

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. To most of the world, Dunder-Mifflin is Michael Scott. Without Michael Scott, there is no Dunder-Mifflin and you just have another paper company. His idiocy knows no bounds and keeps the show unpredictable.

Nobody would raise a pitchfork in the air if the show ended after the upcoming seventh season. It would be a great disappointment for many, but the writers can take advantage of an opportunity. By incorporating the end into the season’s recurring plot, the show can end in a heartwarming and manageable fashion.

Rhys Darby:

Rhys Darby in The Office Finding The Best Replacement For Michael Scott in The Office

The unrecognized star of HBO’s Flight of the Conchords is the perfect choice if a replacement must be hired from outside the show. No episode of Conchords is complete without the appearance of the band manager who just can’t seem to do anything right.

Darby’s Murray Hewitt is a character all but inspired by Michael Scott. His blend of relaxed stupidity and minimal intelligence would be a seamless transition for the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin. The Australian accent has to stay, as does the blazing red hair.

Darby’s only downfall is that he would be too similar to Michael Scott. Just like in movie remakes and reboots, a character too similar to the original feels like a copy, and it almost never keeps up. But if that brand of humor is the reason people watch The Office, Darby is undoubtedly the best person for the job.

Ricky Gervais:

Ricky Gervais The Office Finding The Best Replacement For Michael Scott in The Office

Gervais is the natural replacement for Steve Carell. As the creator and star of the original British version of The Office, Gervais’ appearance would be an easy fit with its own story arc. If NBC has the stones, they could even bring the British co-stars into the fray. While Gervais’ manager was a bit more heartless than Scott, it would keep the show going and carry over a fan base still stuck on the British version.

Gervais has been an executive producer and writer for the U.S. version, so his involvement makes this an internal hire for NBC. It is already understood his British character will make an appearance on the show this season. Could this be a preemptive strike to the upcoming loss of Carell?

Michael Emerson:

Michael Emerson in The Office Finding The Best Replacement For Michael Scott in The Office

One of Lost‘s most respected actors would bring a level of creepiness to the head position at Dunder-Mifflin. Emerson, who portrayed Ben Linus on Lost, has already experienced the leadership role on television. Just imagine those frightening eyes bearing down on Pam Beesley Halpert as she counts her jelly beans.

Emerson’s soft voice and small stature would add that little bit of innocence to a character who could scare the Kitten Mittons off any cat. The humor wouldn’t come from awkward situations or misunderstood sayings – a la Michael Scott – but rather the hilarity of fear that comes with the actor.

Hire from within:

The Office cast Finding The Best Replacement For Michael Scott in The Office

John Krasinski or Rainn Wilson would be great fit if NBC decides to hire from within the show. Some have called for Pam to take the reigns, but frankly, that would be a boring show – she has long been the “straight man” of the show.

Krasinski has been groomed for the role for some time now, but I’m not sure he can hold down an entire season on his own. Rainn Wilson has the attitude and the persistence to bring Dwight Schrute to the top of the food chain in the paper industry. The character’s ambition is fitting for such a rise and he would relish in the limelight. But the season would still rely on supporting characters and guest stars to egg on Schrute’s madness.

Andy Richter:

Andy Richter The Office Finding The Best Replacement For Michael Scott in The Office

I’m not sure NBC is ready to dive back into Conan O’Brien’s pool just yet, but Richter deserves an opportunity to shine. Whether he still cares about an opportunity as a leading man or not, this role screams his name. The brand of humor that Richter brings would be a great blend of sarcasm and mindlessness.

Few people have anything against Richter, but there’s just no way NBC goes this direction. He would most likely keep his game close to Conan O’Brien as the latter heads to TBS for his new late-night special. Loyalty goes a long way with Richter, but then again, that is Michael Scott’s strong suit – or so he claims.

Who else would you like to see in the Regional Manager position at Dunder-Mifflin’s Scranton branch? The Office needs a strong personality if it hopes to continue for multiple seasons without Steve Carell’s Michael Scott.

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  1. y not just have an episode where michael scott interviews each of them and let them interact with the characters and start possible story lines then let the fans decide who should be the new manager?

  2. What about Michael’s old flame, Holly?? I think she would be a great choice!

  3. Amy Polher i think is the most capable of handling michael scotts job. she plays the female version of michael in parks and recreation.

  4. Jason Alexander would be the perfect fit. And you could even bring him back as George Constanza, NBC has to have the rights. George also has much office experience.

  5. H. Jon Benjamin. He’d be good while keeping it fresh.

  6. without michael scott show must end no other way to go about it.
    they better make the best damn finale. ever.


  8. I think that Michael Chiklis would be an amazing replacement for this show is his other show No Ordinary Family doesnt continue

  9. Ricky Gervais,Zach Galifianakis, or Colbert would be all be great fits. If Amy Polher were to get the job, it would completely ruin The Office, I would stop watching.

  10. Will Ferrel, Pauly D or George W. Bush. OR Chris Rock yeah i hadnt thought about him Chris Rock could be good.

  11. Mike Meyers would be perfect. He’s not done anything but voice over work and he can bring the off the wall improv that a replacement for Michael Scott needs.

  12. Jack Black would be perfect to replace Michael Scott! I can totally see him in the role, with all his crazyness!!!

    • It’s not craziness that Michael Scott brought to The Office. The ensemble has enough crazy as do ordinary office, business, and work-life situations.

      The Office needs a special character with an understated, heartfelt attempt at being good…but then falling short for some reason. In Michael’s case it was lack of foresight or maturity. (Michael Scott’s outlandish ideas usually had a element, albeit really small, of truth/reality in them).

      Or the show needs a complete about-face such as a James Spader’s character in Boston Legal (a creep who suspects he’s a creep but who grows each week).

      If the writers Ricky Gervais et al…) attempt to replace Michael, they will miss the mark and fail. If they try to upstage the ensemble, the result will be the same. It’ll take a clever, never-saw-it-coming replacement choice to continue the show’s success.

    • ewwwww, i’d rather see hypnotoad (futurama) then jack black, he s just bad, shallow hal and schol of rock where good, but other then that he s just terrible, you see him in community, they couldnt even write him in he did so bad, he belongs on the scary movie franchise with his lack of subtlety and talent.

  13. I vote for Zach Galifianakis to replace Steve Carell.

    • FINALLY! Someone that has thought the same thing as I! Zack would make a perfect replacement boss for The Office!

      • no no no no no no no no no ono nononononononon please no ill boycotte NBC,
        ill start watching all the crappy fox shows and buy glee albulms if that happens

  14. Will Ferrel is the best replacement ever

    • Will Ferrel hasn’t done an ounce of decent comedy since Old School.

  15. What about Jeremy Pivens? His role as Ari on Entourage is ending this season, and he often plays these funny, jerky characters. I think he would be a good replacement.

    • a good idea but wont happen. NBC goes with the more traditional comedians, the type of ones that could just as easily be on SNL

  16. Darryl would be an ideal choice

  17. zach galifianakis would be perfect!!

    • not at all, he was great in the hangover but showed an obvious inability to add anything on to his character, the hangover, dinner for schmucks, due date, all one character and with very little depth, he’s a poorman’s scott micheal, the show should just go in a new direction with the boss and rely more heavily on the ensamble, hire a new boss, but maybe dont have he/she dominate the show the way corral did

  18. bring in a black guy that would be interesting….

  19. I would have to say these actors would make a good fit, Adam Scott, Danny McBribe, Will Arnett, Zach Galifankas, or Jason Bateman. All of there comedic styles are the dry, awkward style.