‘The Office’ Will Ferrell Promo; More Guest Stars Added to Season Finale

Published 4 years ago by , Updated March 3rd, 2014 at 7:06 am,

Will Ferrell Guest Star The Office The Office Will Ferrell Promo; More Guest Stars Added to Season Finale

Will Ferrell and Steve Carell scored comic gold as co-stars in the 2006 film Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. Now, the pair are reuniting on the small screen as Ferrell joins the cast of The Office for a four-episode guest stint. Will the results be equally hilarious?

Following in the footsteps of other notable season seven guest stars – including The Office creator Ricky Gervais who reprised his role as the original clueless office manager David Brent – Ferrell lends a heavy dose of star power to Steve Carell’s final season on the show.

In related Office news: Ferrell isn’t the only big name helping the show close out its season: Ray Romano, James Spader and Doctor Who‘s Catherine Tate will all be guest starring in the hour-long season finale.

We covered the announcement of Ferrell joining The Office back in January, but now NBC has released a short promotional video showing the actor in action as the new manager of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton office. Check out the video below.

It’s not much of a promo video, but if you’re a Ferrell fan, there’s definitely enough in there to pique your interest. Above all else, it just looks like Ferrell and Carell are having a lot of time together, which usually means great comedy.

While Will Ferrell is appearing in four episodes, the actor will not be joining the show full time as some fans may have hoped. However, Arrested Development star Will Arnett (who also returned as a guest on NBC’s 30 Rock this season) is still rumored as the lead candidate to replace Carell for the long term. THR reports that Romano, Spader and Tate are also potential candidates to replace Carell – an idea that will likely be explored in the finale episode (I’m seeing a job interview premise forming here…).

In my opinion, while he could never truly replace the lovable doofus that is Michael Scott, Will Arnett would actually make a very good permanent replacement for Steve Carell. He’s a skilled comic actor with a (mostly) successful track record and he’s perfected the type of obnoxiousness necessary to sustain the dynamic of the show. However, Spader would be a great dark horse pick if the showrunners are going for maximum weirdness/awkwardness in regards to the comedic tone of the show. See the movie Secretary for a good example. 😉

In reality, however, it’s unlikely that The Office will carry on much longer no matter who replaces Steve Carell. It’s rare for any show to last seven seasons, and, while The Office had a great run, I suspect Carell’s departure will hasten the show’s demise. Maybe if he had stayed on, it could have made it to 9 or 10 seasons (Seinfeld, MASH, and Cheers territory), but that simply wasn’t meant to be.

That being said, if NBC can squeeze out one or two more quality seasons of the show with someone else at the lead, more power to them. I’m a big Will Arnett fan, and I think that if he does become a series regular, it has the potential to be very funny. Do any of you Office-loving ranters agree?

The Office airs Thursdays @ 9/8c on NBC; The hour-long finale will air on May 19th.

Source: THR

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  1. I’m really iffy on both Will Farrell and Will Arnett. Especially Arnett after “Running Wilde.” But I LOVE James Spader and “Secretary” is fantastically dark and funny. I’d like to see how he would do.

    • Look at Arnetts work outside of “Running Wilde” though. His guest spots on “30 Rock” have been hilarious and he was a stand out on “Arrested Development”, and with both of those shows he’s had a solid comedic cast around him. He’d have that with “The Office” cast as well. I don’t think he’s ok when he has to carry a show like he did with “Wilde”.

      • @ Chiguy: I’m OK with Arnett’s earlier body of work. But with his last foray into lead actor of a show, he failed. That’s what has me worried.

  2. This is a quote directily from Entertainment Weekly. I just got the issue last night.

    “Will Ferrell hinted to EW that his new character on The Office may stick around for longer than the previously announced four episodes. (Dunder Mifflin: Meet your new boss, Deangelo Vickers!) “Yes, I’m taking over,” Ferrell says of his role, which he claims will be a “regular, full-time gig.” Don’t celebrate just yet, Anchorman fans: Though Steve Carell’s replacement has not been named, show insiders say it’s unlikely that Ferrell – who has made as much as $20 million a movie – will commit to a full season. Stay tuned.”

  3. This late announcement of three additional “candidates” has me nervous. I understand the showrunners desire to keep the reveal a secret until the end, but it seems they’re trying to cram as many recognizable names in such a short period that I think anything they try to do with them will just feel forced. I agree with the author that Will Arnet could provide a similar wackiness without feeling like a Carell ripoff and it might be what the show needs, some fresh blood to get the show back to the form of some of their middle seasons.

  4. Oh yeah, the guy in the $6,000 suit is going to tae over as boss of a dying paper company. COME ON!

  5. Spader, boston legal loving it :)