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January 19, 2009 |

By Daniel Carlson | Industry | January 19, 2009 |

One of my favorite TV pastimes is conducting “The Wire” Alumni Watch, which isn’t so much an organized watch as much as it’s me screaming at the TV when I see Vondas and Herc on “Entourage” or Maurice Levy eating some Arby’s. (And don’t get me started on how sad it is to watch Prez shill for Burger King.) I always like seeing them get work, even if it is on understandably lesser outlets than David Simon’s masterpiece.

But Variety is reporting that Idris Elba —¬†Stringer Bell himself —¬†will appear this season on “The Office” in a six-episode arc playing a rival to Steve Carell’s Michael Scott. This definitely puts Elba in the lead when it comes to former “Wire” castmembers working on shows you can be proud of; I was as terrified of Jamie “Marlo” Hector as the next guy, but he went from “Wire” to “Heroes,” which is like downshifting from filet mignon to week-old Pizza Hut dipped in hobo vomit. There aren’t a lot of details yet about Elba’s role on “Office” other than that he’ll be a corporate-level foil for Michael. I’m just happy to see the guy working. And call me crazy, but I’d love it if his character led meetings like this one (no spoilers, dialogue N remotely SFW):

I Hope Michael Scott Respects Robert's Rules of Order

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