‘The Office’ Producers Interested in Danny McBride and Rhys Darby

Published 3 years ago by , Updated July 11th, 2013 at 11:50 am,

With Steve Carell’s imminent departure from The Office hanging over NBC, producers have already begun laying the groundwork for a seventh season that acts as a fitting farewell to the Michael Scott character and also secures the future of the show. Inevitably, this means bringing in some new blood and according to EW, the top two actors in consideration to join the Dunder-Miflin team are Danny McBride and Rhys Darby.

Both actors have been asked if they’d be interested in joining the show later in the upcoming season, but not necessarily as Carell’s replacement.

Showrunner Paul Lieberstein insists they “haven’t settled exactly who will take over” and discussions regarding the addition of a new salesman to the Scranton branch seem to indicate that’s the role McBride or Darby would be filling, should one of them choose to sign on.

In an interview with HitFix last month, Lieberstein (who also plays Toby on the show) indicated that the real life search for Carell’s replacement is something that would be mirrored on the show with the company’s search for Michael Scott’s replacement. As fans of The Office debate whether or not someone new should be brought onboard or an existing member of the ensemble get promoted, the same issues will be addressed within the show.

So don’t expect a definitive statement on the matter for quite some time. I’m sure they’re going to have a lot of fun letting us speculate about who’s going to win the job and milk this moment for all its worth. It seems possible they could also use this approach to gauge the audience’s approval and support of certain characters over others.

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When our own Mike Eisenberg contemplated Michael Scott’s best replacement, Darby was one of his top picks due to the actor’s hilarious work on Flight of the Conchords. HBO’s decision to cancel that show leaves the actor’s  schedule relatively open.  McBride, on the other hand, is busy with the second season of Eastbound & Down and his spokesperson confirms he’s “very happy” there.

I suppose we can expect the list of possible replacements to continue to expand rather than get narrowed down in the immediate future.

While we know Ricky Gervais will appear as his character from the original UK version of The Office on at least one episode of the upcoming season, and that his name has also come up as a possible replacement for Michael Scott, I’m just not sold on that idea. I love Gervais and I love the original Office (considerably more than the American version in fact) and it almost feels beneath him to come in as someone else’s replacement. I’m not saying he couldn’t do it, just that I think there are better strategies. Not to mention how many elements were borrowed from the original show, which would leave the inclusion of Gervais’ David Brent character with something of a ‘been there, done that,’ feel.

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In my opinion, the only way for The Office to avoid a jump the shark moment with Carell’s departure is to embrace a branch manager with a completely different personality who has a totally different dynamic with the other characters. As a matter of fact, I’d sort of love to see Michael’s reaction to the news that Toby is taking his job.

Of course, my real preference is that they end the show completely but with NBC’s recent struggles there’s no way they’re going to drop one of their biggest shows if they don’t have to. Still, for me the show peeked in its third season and it hasn’t been as witty or charming since then. There’s also the realization that even at its worst, The Office is probably still better than whatever NBC would replace it with.

Source: EW, Hitfix.

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  1. I just saw this on EW. Rhys Darby seems to me the better choice of the two.

  2. Love Rhys Darby, he would be the better choice if they are going to continue the show.

  3. i like the american version of the office more, but thats just the humor im into

  4. i never cared for mcbride lol

  5. No matter what they do, the Office is done without Carell!

  6. I still want Andy Richter to jump on board, but you guys said it yourself. Won’t happen!

  7. Rhys Darby!!!

  8. we all know it wont be the same without carell, but perhaps if the writing staff step it up a notch it might not necessarily be as bad as everyone might think, it’d be cool to see McBride or Darby on the show, although i think darby will be the most likely choice since conchords is finished and eastbound and down has a second series.

    P.S. DWIGHT FOR DUNDER MIFFLIN REGIONAL MANAGER YO!

  9. i say Paul Rudd or Ben Stiller for the role, both are comedians and both are in a high point in their careers. so taking a show wouldnt be a abd thing cuz even carell managed to do movies still, some of his best at that. id rather rudd take the job and plus hes already done a major tv show with friends so he has the experience and stiller is just amazing. id be happy with either of them. even though neither one had been in talks yet.

  10. Rhys Darby should play Murray in the new series of the office!! It would be the ultimate comedy cross-over, and it would be a perfect fit, and believable.

    • Now *that* idea is brilliant! Make it happen NBC!

  11. i would love to see Rhys Darby get on this show. he was rediculously hilarious on flight of the conchords and i think he would bring the office into a new element of hilarity.

  12. Ok I loved the idea of Darby, but McBride is even better! His style of comedy fits the hole that Steve’s departure will leave. Either of those two i would love to see.

    As to Rudd and Stiller, they aren’t energetic enough to be the replace imo.

    Bill Murray is someone that would fit well too.

    Too bad Tracy Morgan and Alec Baldwin are caught up in 30 Rock cause they would both be awesome

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