‘The Office’ Season 8 Premiere: And The New Boss Is… [Spoilers!]

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The Office Michael Scott Replacement The Office Season 8 Premiere: And The New Boss Is... [Spoilers!]

After months of wondering who would take over Michael Scott’s (Steve Carell) position on The Office, it was finally revealed in the season 8 premiere who will be serving as the new regional manager for Dunder Mifflin. But he wasn’t the first choice.

As it was presented in the premiere, Robert California (James Spader) was originally given Scott’s old position. Unfortunately, upon walking in to the office for his first day, he quickly left in disgust of its inhabitants and headed to Florida – where he talked Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates) out of her old job and became the new CEO of Sabre, Dunder Mifflin’s parent company.

So who is the new boss? Cornell alum Andy Bernard (Ed Helms). Even though Andy was presented as the second choice for the fictional position, the real-life, behind-the-scenes decision about which actor would take Carell’s lead spot is one that has been going on for quite some time.

As soon as Steve Carell announced his plans to depart The Office, producers began to search for someone that could fill the large comedic hole that Carell would leave behind. In August 2010, it was rumored that producers were talking to Danny McBride and Rhys Darby about taking over the position.

Eventually, the rumors regarding McBride and Darby were replaced by ones of Ricky Gervais reprising his role as David Brent on the series. With Gervais jokingly noting that he would never wake up early in the morning, when he currently gets paid on The Office for not doing anything, the search for a new boss began to look within the series’ current cast.

At the end of The Office season 7, a flurry of guest stars were brought in to hint at who might possibly take over the position. While it may have been entertaining, the real-life search was down to three people: Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, and Ed Helms.

Despite having it narrowed down to three candidates, producers didn’t know who would take over as the boss when the seventh season came to a close. It wasn’t until they began to plan out The Office season 8 that a decision was made.

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Say hello to the new 'Office' regional manager

Considering Ed Helms’ rise to fame with The Hangover, he always appeared to be the most likely choice. With an ever demanding schedule, there was always a worry that Helms might depart The Office for something more lucrative.

While it’ll take a few episodes to see how Helms fills the role of the new boss, there’s no denying that he certainly has the comedic chops for the position. Let’s just hope that they’re fully taken advantage of by the writers.

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The Office airs Thursday @9pm on NBC

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  1. Probably the best choice. I kinda wanted Darryl.

  2. I wished it was James Spader , but Ed is a good choice.

  3. I never laughed so hard then I did with the explanation of Robert California taking Jo’s CEO job. But, the rest of the episode fell short for me. I think Ed Helms was the right choice if they were only using people from the show.

  4. My only concern with Andy taking over is that it may start to feel like Michael Scott light, and last night didn’t do much to change my concern. After finding out that he took over, he over reacts and shows poor management skillsfor the first 20 minutes, then in the last couple minutes he shows that as bad a manager as he is, he’s a good guy that cares about his people by arguing “the list” and defending everyone with Spader. Sure it was a sweet moment, but it reminded me of the episode where Michael was the only one from the office to show up for Pam’s art show and he bought the drawing of the office building. I hope Helms can make the role his own and seperate it enough from Michael Scott.

  5. The whole episode was 1 plot (as opposed to multiple plots) and not a very good one beyond the reveals. I think it’s the worst episode I’ve ever seen. Just awful. So much for the series. I won’t watch again.

    • I agree 100%. This new episode was terrible. You can tell that they tried way too hard to compensate for the loss of Steve Carell by giving bigger roles for the other cast members. Don’t get me wrong, I loved Season 7; they didn’t push the other cast members in front of the camera too much or too little, just the right amount. But this season was simply crap. What was the whole Stanley’s “Shove it up your butt” spiel!? That had nothing to do with Stanley’s character throughout Seasons 1-7. And Robert California was somehow able to convince Jo to give him her CEO job? Cmon… I loved the goofy realism The Office portrayed because anyone could relate to it. Yet this past episode was completely OVER THE TOP. Towards the end of Season 7, The Office looked like it was able to move past Michael Scott without too much damage, but this premiere was AWFUL.
      THE OFFICE WE LOVED IS NO MORE

      • I’m pretty sure that Stanley has a terminal illness which will be revealed later on this season…that’s the only explanation for his drastic personality change.

  6. I think the new episode of the office was awesome. It showed the same humor as the seasons before with the planking but also showed the bond between the cast. Even though it will be hard to replace Micheal, this episode showed that the show will move on and still be great. If I could suggest something show more Creed that guy is the man, just a one liner an episode would be awesome.

  7. The season 8 premiere is the first new episode I’ve seen of The Office since season 4. I’ve read about what happens in the other seasons, so going into this episode there were no surprises. That being said, I’ve never found the character of Michael appealing. I know he was a big part of the show and I respect that, but I’m kind of relieved he’s gone, which is why I watched this episode. It wasn’t bad. It had several really funny parts I didn’t see coming.

  8. I do NOT like the new season! Its definately missing Steve Carrell. In my opinion, the ONLY person, and the one I was hoping for, is Ricky Gervais!!! Its the ONLY way the show will survive! I’ve watched all episodes, but now I don’t know if I’ll watch anymore….its not funny. Bring in Ricky Gervais and I promise it will be a hit again!!

  9. So far, the new season of The Office is disappointing. It’s easy to see that the glory days (seasoon 2, 3, 4) are gone along with the attractively awkward style of comedy. We can already tell that Season 8 is going to be full of desperate attemtps at straightforward humor, forced plot twists, and character depreciation. What made The Office so popular and freaking hilarious, was not “planking”jokes or “ass tattoos”. It was the little things that Michael, Dwight, and Jim made possible. And Michael, serving as the awkward hub everyone fed off of, can never be replaced but especially not by Andy

    • Whole heartedly agree. I’m convinced that the people that enjoy the show now did not think it was funny in the early seasons. I’ve tried watching the new episodes, but I can’t even make it to the 1st commercial break. Aside from the cast, it’s like watching a totally different show.