With Steve Carell hitting the talk show circuit over the past week or so to promote Dinner for Schmucks, there is one topic that almost never fails to crop up: the fact that he is only doing one more season of The Office. Carell recently confirmed rumours that he would give up his role as Michael Scott once his contract expires in 2011, stating that he would prefer to spend more time with his family instead. Perhaps he wants to go out on a high note, as the show still seems to be consistently funny after six seasons. Unfortunately, the show is also at the height of its popularity now, having just recently started syndication last year. Can NBC continue the show without this iconic character, and more importantly, should they?
Currently they do seem committed to keeping the show going without Carell, stating that it will remain in the coveted 9 pm Thursday slot. While it’s true that Carell is not the sole reason for the success of the show, his character is the driving force behind most of the story lines. Greg Daniels has already proven that he can create a successful spin-off with Parks and Recreation, so perhaps that is another alternative? All I know is there are a lot of people who will be sad to see Steve Carell go (not that we won’t be seeing plenty of him on the big screen still). What do you think? Is The Office no longer The Office if Michael Scott leaves? Could they find another actor to replace him in the same role? Would you still be interested in seeing the rest of the cast continue on without him, or should they just end it now before it goes downhill? Give us your thoughts here on Open Forum Friday.