“The Office’s” recent engagement episode was not just highly anticipated for the payoff of the Michael Scott/Holly Flax storyline, but was dreaded for the fact that it made Steve Carell’s departure from the show all the more real.
“Yeah, we knew for a while of course, but that just made it real for the fans out there. It was a good and tough episode,” Kate Flannery (who plays Meredith on the NBC sitcom) told xfinityTV.com at the 10th Annual Comedy for a Cure to benefit Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance Hollywood Sunday night.
“I’m so sad,” she continued. “I’m very sad, but I’m also really grateful because he’s given us seven great seasons. He’s a person who gives 375 percent. He is such an amazing actor and just a really great human being. It’s bittersweet. It’s hard to say goodbye because I’m happy for him and he has such a great career and we are blessed to have had him run our ship for so long.”
Preview Ferrell’s Dunder Mifflin Arrival:
With Michael Scott following his new fiancé Holly Flax to Colorado for family business, and leaving Dunder-Mifflin’s Scranton, Pennsylvania offices, comes a new manager – they say temporary for now – in the form of Will Ferrell’s mysteriously named D’Angelo Vickers.
Flannery fills us in on D’Angelo’s April 14 arrival…
Do you know yet if Will Ferrell will do more than the four episodes planned?
I don’t know. My mother keeps asking me and I have nothing to tell her. We really don’t know.
The cast would want him for more, right?
Yes. He’s a great guy. What a funny guy. He’s just another good human being. We’re so lucky. He’s such a sweetheart and such a nice surprise for all of us. He’s like the shiny object that was distracting us when Steve leaves. He was there an extra week after Steve left, and then he left and it felt like, Oh my gosh, two kicks in the stomach.
Describe Will’s character, D’Angelo Vickers.
He’s like another typical manager. When I say manager I have in my head all the managers I ever dealt with when I temped or worked at restaurants. It’s sort of like the inmates running the asylum. The manager is always getting us all into trouble. There’s always too much power for someone who really can’t handle it.
So is he like a super-manager? Is he a better manager than Michael Scott?
Sort of, yeah, well, I’d say along those same lines.
Does Dwight love or hate him? I can expect funny scenes between Rainn Wilson and Will.
I can’t tell you!
Might we see Steve and Amy back in a wedding episode with Michael and Holly?
I have no idea. That’s a great idea…get everyone together.
How afraid are you that the show won’t do as well with Steve gone?
I have not put my property on sale yet. I’m trying to have a little faith. No, I think it’s good. Our fans are very loyal. I think NBC is really behind us and we have great writers who have a lot of great tricks up their sleeves. So, we’ll see what happens. I have a lot of faith.
Other than “The Office,” what’s the funniest show on TV right now?
I’m addicted to “Shameless.” Even though it’s so dark, it’s so funny. It’s so dark and so twisted. Is it a comedy? Is it?
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