A search committee takes shape on “The Office” this week to find a new regional manager, but they won’t finish the job before this one-hour season finale is over.
That’s the word from NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt, who disclosed Monday at the NBC upfront presentation in New York that the new “Office” boss will not be revealed in tonight’s season finale episode. “There will definitely be a new boss in ‘The Office’ come fall,” he said, “but we won’t be revealing that until after the season.”
Translation: We’ll likely learn who the new boss is going to be some time this summer, when “The Office” starts filming new episodes for its eighth season (production on new fall shows customarily begins in August).
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Of course, that bit of casting news depends on whether the “Office” producers intend on starting the new season with the new boss in place. For all we know at this point, they could wait ’til several episodes into the new season as a way of setting up the long-awaited introduction of the new manager. All we do know is that this person will not become apparent Thursday night as “The Office” ends its seventh season, which saw series star Steve Carell make his departure a few weeks ago.
We also know that this week’s episode – titled “Search Committee” and starting at 9/8c on NBC – will feature a mini-parade of guest-stars playing candidates for the job. At the risk of repeating ourselves, they are: Jim Carrey, Ray Romano, James Spader, Will Arnett, Ricky Gervais and Catherine Tate. And financier Warren Buffett even shows up for a job interview. Of these guests, Spader and Arnett have been considered by some observers as viable candidates who could stay with the show in the job as boss, while The Hollywood Reporter claims Tate is a “top choice.”
But Arnett is now committed to another NBC sitcom, the new “Up All Night,” co-starring Christina Applegate and Maya Rudolph.