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Steve Carell Ditching "The Office"?

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 29, 2010 |

By Dustin Rowles | Industry | April 29, 2010 |


  • In an interview with BBC America, Steve Carell conceded that his days were numbered at “The Office.” “[I have a] contract through next season,” he said, and was asked if he’d stay on after. “I don’t think so. I think that’ll probably be my last year.”

    My guess, actually, is that next year will be the last of “The Office,” too (really, seven years is long enough). I say give “The Office” and “30 Rock” one more year, while “Community” and “Parks and Recreation” build a base, and then send them out to pasture before they completely nuke the fridge. Tina Fey and Steve Carell can make Date Night sequels for decades.

  • Likewise, word is that Patrick Dempsey doesn’t want to stay on “Grey’s Anatomy” past next season, either. I think somehow the world will survive. Although, Dempsey: You just went through basically two decades of obscurity. Are you confident enough in your post-“Anatomy” world that you won’t return to it? Those Enchanted sequels aren’t going to last forever. (Deadline)

  • Despite a mixed critical reception, the Ricky Gervais-hosted “Golden Globes” were up 12 percent year over year in 2010. So, the Globe people have invited Gervais back to host again in 2011. (THR)

  • Siobhan Magnus was booted off of “American Idol” last night, in case you missed it. And man: That lady was screechy, yelly, and weird. I’ve fallen back into the habit of watching “AI” passively (while working) mostly because it makes Dan’s recaps even more fun to read. Every single week, though, I’ll look up at most of the performers and wonder to myself, “How is that person still in the competition?” I’ve been saying that since the beginning of the competition, it seems, about everyone but Crystal and Lee. I kind of want Lee to get the upset at the end of the season, though. Crystal is a little to sure of herself. It irritates me. It’s cool to believe that you’re a little too cool to be on “American Idol,” but if you really thought that, Crystal, then you shouldn’t be on “American Idol.”



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