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Michael Scott's Replacement on "The Office" Very Well Could Be ...

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 19, 2011 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | May 19, 2011 |

Word from The Hollywood Reporter is that the lead contender for the replacement of Steve Carrell’s departed Michael Scott is … Catherine Tate. We knew that she, along with a slew of others, would be guest starring in the finale, presumably as one of the many interview candidates, and I’d expressed hope over on the Twitters that she’d land the gig, although I presumed it was a long shot. Apparently, not so. She is the producers top pick. The catch is a scheduling conflict — she’s doing Much Ado About Nothing over in England with David Tennant (!), which could prevent her from taking the gig.

Apparently, Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms, and Craig Robinson have also expressed interest, and of those, only Robinson makes any sense, but even then, I’m not sure how his laid back management style make jibe with “The Office” sense of humor. James Spader is also still under consideration, but his sense of humor is far more suited to dark comedies or dramas. Will Arnett apparently was a real possibility until his sitcom got picked up.

Catherine Tate could be an excellent addition: Brash, vulgar, and a little dim could complement Michael Scott’s style without upending it. She’s also very funny. Here’s a taste of what she might bring to “The Office”:

Tit Wank, indeed.

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