May 20th, 2011
01:41 PM ET
Thursday night's season finale of "The Office" gave us the brief, insane tenure of Creed as acting manager of Dunder Mifflin in Scranton (with Pam brilliantly handling his attempt to steal clients); Andy turning Erin down for a date (no!!!); the long overdue exit of Gabe (good riddance); plus one of the sweetest moments ever with Phyllis letting Erin believe that she was her mother, just a little longer.
While all of this was going on, the search committee, consisting of Jim, Toby and Gabe (and later Kelly, whom I guess is out of the running now), continued looking for Michael's permanent replacement. Here's a quick take on all of the applicants:
Fred Henry (Will Arnett) – It would be good if he knew what he was applying for. No, it's not Vance Refrigeration (plus, Arnett will be busy on the NBC show "Up All Night").
Nellie Bertram (Catherine Tate) – Probably the closest one to Michael Scott of them all. She brings just the right level of madness, without being creepy.
Robert California (James Spader) – And here's your creepy. Spader definitely deserves an Emmy nomination for this role. He made the biggest impression of anyone, but the character is all wrong for "The Office," unless they make some tweaks. I love the fact that he kept looking at the camera.
Merv Bronte (Ray Romano) – A nervous wreck. He would be great for the show, but Romano also has his own series, "Men of a Certain Age."
Warren Buffett – Why not?
Andy Bernard – He was actually my favorite going into this, and I still like Ed Helms in the role (I imagine NBC might, as well, if "The Hangover Part II" is a hit).
Darryl Philbin – Craig Robinson is also a big name now, thanks to "Hot Tub Time Machine." I think he would be hilarious, but Darryl made a few mistakes in the interview process, not least of which was using his cute kid to make the case for him.
Dwight Schrute – I can't believe I'm saying this, but I'm pulling for the guy. Kelly is right, he acquitted himself pretty well. Don't count him out.
"Finger Lakes" Guy (Jim Carrey) – Just crazy.
So the search committee (and NBC and the producers) have their work cut out for them. A lot of good candidates out there.
As a side note, Jo is really growing on me. I hope we'll see more of her, despite the renewal of "Harry's Law." Her first "interview" with Dwight was one of the biggest LOLs of the season.
Which applicant are you pulling for? Will you keep watching next season, or does it all depend on who gets the job (or have you stopped watching already)? Share your view on iReport or comment below.
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