Movie star Jim Carrey is the latest A-list name to be revealed as a guest-star on the upcoming season finale of “The Office” next month.
Carrey – who, for a time, was the highest-paid comic actor in movies – hasn’t been seen in an acting role on TV since “In Living Color” in 1994 (as far as we can determine). But Entertainment Weekly reports he’ll join the cavalcade of guest-stars on the NBC sitcom who will reportedly play characters vying for the job of Dunder-Mifflin regional manager.
That’s the role Steve Carell will vacate in his final episode on the series next week (April 28). The list of high-profile guest-stars lined up for the season finale is designed to take up the slack in Carell’s absence. It’s also fueling speculation about who his permanent replacement might turn out to be.
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The season finale will be an hour in length to accommodate the night’s guest-stars, who so far include series creator Ricky Gervais, Ray Romano, James Spader and Will Arnett. Will Ferrell is already on-board as a guest-star for four episodes – the second of which aired last night. Despite the best efforts of journalists on the TV beat, none have been able to learn who the “Office” producers have in mind as the replacement for Michael Scott, the character Carell played for seven seasons. In fact, NBC is being so secretive about “The Office” that a spokesperson wouldn’t comment for the EW story on the Carrey casting.
If Carell’s replacement is to come from this group of guest-stars, most observers believe Gervais, Romano and now Carrey are the least likely to commit to a TV series. Of the remaining two – Spader and Arnett, both of whom are TV stars – Arnett seems the most likely because of his background in comedy.
However, the season finale is shrouded so firmly in secrecy that it’s not even known if the replacement will be named in the episode – which means we might have to wait ’til the middle of the summer before we know how “The Office” will deal with the absence of its star next fall.