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. HEAR* ME OUT not HERE me out. Several other grammatical errors, but that one seems like the result of ignorance and not laziness. lol.

  2. I really like the idea of Michael Emerson, surprisingly. He never entered my mind as a possibility but as shown through a few scenes in Lost with Jorge Garcia, he’s got perfect deadpan comedic timing. Great picks overall. I’d personally love to see Paul Rudd in the role, but suspect he’s got far too much film work coming his way to be the main-player on a TV show.

    • lmao. Damn guys. Someone could have AT LEAST HUMORED ME or addressed how ridiculous it sounded, instead of simply ignoring my “out there” first suggestion all together? lol. I guess the VERY FEW people in this world who could make the Eminem/Scott comparison/connection, don’t frequent this site, and if they DID stumble upon it, they wouldn’t click on the “Michael Scott Replacement post.” Oh well. It’s off of my chest now. I feel better. ha.

      That wasn’t a retraction of my idea. I stand by it. I’m willing to bet the house that everyone would go ape s**t if they found out Eminem was cast as a replacement, but after his FIRST performance, he’d win over even the most stubborn of critics. I’d be the guy who was stoned to death for my wicked ways of thinking, but then solemnly mourned and revered after it was discovered that i was right! lol. But for the sake of “fitting in” i guess, i’ll say that my next (politically correct?) pick (and that’s going along with the idea that Scott even COULD be successfully replaced) would HAVE to be Andy Richter. He controls the universe after all?

  3. We’ve all see the result of a show going on longer than it should *coughs “X Files, X Files”* i love the Office, i think they should just use this chance to tie things up and end the ride.

  4. Michael Scott leaves, show should end. Thats it. They have already done SO MUCH and while there still are some things they can do, people will lose interest and ratings will drop without Carell -substantially.

  5. Meh the show is over when he leaves as far as I’m concerned his last apperance is my last viewing. Micheal or Jim leave and there is no point in the show going on. If they are going to continue I say promote Jim. Seven seasons is plenty.

  6. I think the show is over. Promoting within would be ok, but just not the same. Ricky, would be a little weird that he is playing his old character. Rhys would be awesome, but I don’t see them doing that. Michael, don’t know the man. Andy, wont happen with all the Conan nonsense, which is way too bad. Marshall Mathers….. yeah… no, not close.

  7. Still love the show, not as great as it used to be but when it does hit, it’s still one of the funniest shows on tv. I think the best suggestion given is Richter. His brand of humor is almost perfect, he’d be enough of Carell to feel comfortable but still have enough of his own touch to not feel like a copy. I don’t think he’d break off from Conan though. Gervais would feel too forced, haven’t seen Conchords or Lost so don’t know about Darby or Emerson (although he sounds like the wrong version of Dwight if he were put in place).

    One thought I’ve had since this news broke is to bring back in David Wallace (the old corporate head). If they went this route I’d like them to emphasize some of the non-regulars (Creed, Meredith, Kevin) who don’t get a lot of screen time normally. I think it would be funny watching him come in and having to deal with all their “uniquness”.

  8. I was going to write in caps lock “ANDY RICHTER” as a comment, but I see you already thought of that! Must be the best possible choice, then!

    • I completely agree. Promoting Dwight would completely ruin everything that makes his character funny.

      Plus, he’s such an authoritarian freak that he would fire everyone once he was promoted.

      Jim’s probably the most obvious (and best) choice, but my preference would be for him to finally quit Dunder Mifflin and find a career that he would be proud of. This, of course, would be the end of the show, which I support. 7 years is a good run, TV execs really need to learn the art of quitting while you’re ahead.

  9. There is no OFFICE without Michael Scott. Period.

    Let it end with dignity. Don’t make this another X-files/That 70′s Show.

    But then again, the ratings for the show are good and some fat old exec will probably make the decision to keep it alive until they milk it for all it’s got.

  10. Seriously, I think the ideal internal candidates are Oscar or Daryll.

  11. RICKY GERVAIS!!! The only way I would continue to watch the show.

  12. i cant see any success in the show after he leaves, as you said he´s the glue. whilst all the characters are awesome, its his stupidity thats makes it entertaining. That said, getting the original David brent in would be hilarious, watching him try and win the staff and americans over with insecure erratic behaviour would be hilarious, then get garth over for a christmas special, where he finds out on a one of those family tree websites that he´s related to dwight after some serious laser tag battles. could be epic

  13. I was gonna say Charlie from it’s always sunny, but the I saw anX-files comment. And I think David duchovny is awesome/hillarius.

  14. Ricky Gervais would be the perfect replacement, but he would never do it. He also wouldn’t fit in very well with the cast of the current US Office.

    • I heard Larry King is available.

  15. Last night, I got this crazy idea – Albert Brooks. He’d probably never do it, but it’s an idea, nonetheless.

    I would also like to see Kristen Schaal join the cast at some point, or at the very least make a guest appearance.

  16. Stephen colbert, will arnet, or jason bateman are my favorite canidates. I think their styles of humor would compliment the rest of the charactors

  17. Louis Black would reinvigorate the show

    • Yes!!! (and I believe it’s ‘Lewis’ Black btw…)

      He would be quite an interesting boss…

  18. Colbert, Darby, Bateman in that order are the best options. I think Jim Carrey would be good too but maybe a little too over the top

  19. The only person I could see making this show as good as it is is Colbert. That would be hilarious.

  20. This conversation ends with the name ZACH GALIFIANAKIS. I cant think of anyone who matches Steve Carell’s humor better while at the same time giving the show the shot of energy that will be needed once Carell leaves.

    And The Hangover 2 is done filming so he is free!

  21. Michael Sheen would be brilliant.

  22. Can’t replace Michael Scott. The should end it.

  23. Will ferril definatly

  24. Creed or Chris Parnell

  25. Rhys Darby would be amazing for the role. He’s proven he’s hilarious as a manager in F.O.T.C, which has the same type of humor as The Office. :D