Carell Leaving The Office?!

04/28/2010 at 2:15 pm | Posted in Net/Spec | Leave a comment
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Normally, rumors are not things I discuss on this site.  However, when the rumor starts from the mouth of the one it’s about – and it’s one of my favorite shows – I can’t let it slide.

There’s a good chance that next season of The Office will be Steve Carell’s final season on the show.

Movieline.com made me aware of a BBC interview Carell did for Date Night where he was asked how long he’s be on the show.  He stated that his contract was up after next season; and that he doesn’t think he’ll stay after that.

Words cannot express how upset that makes me with the thought of that show going on without Carell.  No Michael Scott = No The Office.

While The Office started out meekly on NBC its first season, the show has grown to be the #1 scripted show on the network.  So while I could see them trying to keep the show going without Carell, it will for sure get hit in the ratings.

NBC will probably try to either incredibly jack up Carell’s strategy – which seems like their first strategy – or come up with an end date/season (a la Lost), so Carell would feel compelled to se the show through.  Unlike Sheen, this comment on leaving the show is not believed to be a public way to negotiate salary; it is probably more Carell wanting to focus on his film career.

Creatively, I don’t think the show could go on.  Yes, the show has a great ensemble; but Michael Scott is the center of the show’s universe.  It would be like That 70’s Show‘s final season.  Like Carell might do, Topher Grace left after the seventh season.  Even though the show had a great ensemble, without their show’s center (Eric Foreman), the show had no focus.  Its quality took a dive bomb, and even when going over that season on my DVD copy of it, it was VERY hard to get through.

What are YOUR thoughts on this?

Here’s the upsetting link to where I found out this news.

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