Last night’s episode of The Office may have been a tearful goodbye to one of television’s favorite characters, but as it turns out, we may not have seen the last of Michael Scott.
Speaking with The Office producer Randy Cordray on FusedFilm’s FusedTV podcast, Marc Vibbert, Justin Vactor and I discussed anything and everything related to television production with Cordray, including the evolution of the single-camera comedy and, most importantly, The Office.
While Cordray was quick to reveal that it costs $150,000 a day to take ‘The Office’ on location to film, the television veteran made sure not to reveal any SPOILERS of what’s to come. Fortunately, while talking in-length about Steve Carell’s final days on The Office, and the wrap-party that followed (including a cake shaped like Michael Scott’s “World’s Best Boss” mug), Cordray did reveal one small thing: Steve Carell may not be completely done with The Office.
"We created a #1 jersey for Steve Carell [to honor the fact that Steve Carell is #1 on the call sheet]… and gave that to him. We retired #1… in hopes that [Steve Carell] will return some day and do a guest spot for us. We haven’t killed the guy; we haven’t killed his character."
"…I can’t say that he will, but [Steve Carell] hasn’t ruled that out; he hasn’t said that he wouldn’t come back and do another episode for us in the future."
So, what does this mean for Dunder Mifflin and NBC’s tent-pole series? If Michael Scott does return, it would realistically make sense - for it to be Michael and Holly's wedding. Considering Michael and Holly were just engaged, perhaps an appearance in season 8 isn’t out of the question.
As for the new boss on The Office? Well, Cordray wouldn’t reveal who would be taking over for Michael Scott, but he did sound really excited for what’s to come:
"I think the Office is in an exciting transition period, and I really believe in the future of the show. The writers, and Paul Lieberstein, and Greg Daniels are very, very brilliant people and will reinvent this show in an exciting way. There are a lot of scenarios being played out."
With the season finale being titled “Search Committee,” Dunder Mifflin will be seeing a cavalcade of guest stars appear: Ricky Gervais, James Spader, Jim Carrey and Catherine Tate. Perhaps by the time the season comes to an end, Dunder Mifflin’s new boss will have been chosen
If you're a fan of The Office (or television in general), I encourage you to check out the complete FusedTV podcast with The Office producer Randy Cordray.
The Office airs Thursdays @9pm on NBC
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Source: FusedFilm, FusedTV