With Steve Carell leaving at the end of the season, big buzz has been swirling over at THE OFFICE. Â Who should replace him? Will it be an outsider? Â Will someone get promoted from inside the company? Â Should the series go on without him? Â I firmly believe the series should end with Carell’s departure; however, it appears it will go on (and on and on). Â I would like to list my own personal recommendations for five current Dunder-Mifflin employees who should be promoted. Â I will also show approval of five outsiders that I would love to see come in and change the dynamic of the show.
Part 1 of my list will be dedicated to the outsiders (not in order of preference):
1) Steve Austin
Austin may be known for his tough guy persona in action movies, but those of us who watched his WWE/WCW/ECW days know that he has a gift for great comedy. Â Plus, he’s already a part of the NBC family as a recurring guest star on NBC’s CHUCK.
2) Dwayne Johnson
Yes, I know, another former wrestler-turned-actor, but Johnson is a proven star in Hollywood right now. Â He always has a project or two (or ten) going on, because people want to see what he’ll do next. Â Why? Â He has the gift of gab, he is wonderful in his comedic roles THE OTHER GUYS and BE COOL, and would be a perfect fit for the The Office (especially if they allow him to play up his self-absorbed persona that he does so well).
3) James Marsters
That’s right…SPIKE! Â Bring in the scene-stealer from BUFFY and ANGEL, and let him go to work chewing up scenery (no pun intended). Â The man has range and could offer quite an injection of energy to a show that people have referred to as stale.
4) Kevin James
Aside from being one of the funniest comedians I have ever seen live, James is a proven film and television draw. Â Let’s bring him back to television to reboot him so that we never have to see him try to do I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY 2.
5) Jim Norton
The OTHER funniest comedian I have ever seen live, Norton would be a welcome sight atÂ Dunder-Mifflin. Between his self-deprecating humor and his raunchy humor (the raunchiest humor I have ever heard), I think this could be his breakthrough performance.
Stay tuned…Part 2 will feature my list for current Dunder-Mifflin employees who deserve a promotion.