Will Harvey Keitel run ‘The Office’?
September 2nd, 2010
11:56 AM ET

Will Harvey Keitel run ‘The Office’?

Everyone from "Eastbound & Down's" Danny McBride to Rainn Wilson to Portia de Rossi has been proposed as potential replacements for Steve Carell when he departs from “The Office,” but producer Paul Lieberstein has added an interesting choice to the fray: Harvey Keitel.

The 71-year-old actor appears to be Lieberstein’s pick to replace Carell. “He's probably the only guy who can do it, and he's doing TV now," Lieberstein told E! News.

It was Keitel’s recent turn on ABC’s “Life on Mars” as the commanding detective Lieutenant Gene Hunt that got Lieberstein seriously thinking about the Oscar nominee's potential for “The Office.”

"He's a real tough guy, but I saw him in ‘Life on Mars’ and I saw a lot more comedy in his work, just little slivers of it, little things he would do that made me think he's capable of a lot more than what [he's done],” Lieberstein noted.

But for all his enthusiasm, he’s still got to get through to Keitel's reps first.

“I haven't started any talks with his people, but Harvey would do a great job—a very different energy," the exec producer told E!. "And we don't want to bring in another Michael, having someone play a very similar character because we have such a high regard for Steve."

Do you think Keitel could do it?

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  1. odysseus14

    No, I like Harvey but I want Rhys Darby from "Flight of the Conchords" to replace Mr. Carrell – and let him keep the name Murray Hewitt as well! And when is Ricky Gervais going to do a guest appearance on the american The Office?

    September 9, 2010 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Nursehope

    Harvey would be incredible. Please cast him! As a 2nd choice, how about Eddie Izzard?

    September 9, 2010 at 5:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Angel brown

    Bring some old school funny...Danny Devito, Vickie Lawrence, Norm MacDonald, Bill Murray, Mike Myers, Rip Taylor, Gene Wilder, Steve Martin...Each have excellent timing, wit, and comedic charm...

    September 8, 2010 at 6:52 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Me

    Love Keitel, but I don't know about this. How about Christopher Walken?

    September 3, 2010 at 12:29 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mosho

    The office is a great show!! I really think they should promote Craig Robinson! And for those who think it is a bore, sucks, & unintelligent people watch it, I wonder about your sad outlook on life.

    September 3, 2010 at 11:41 am | Report abuse |
  6. Matt

    Oh, funny is exactly what comes to mind when I think of Harvey Keitel (sarcasm). If the Office thinks its going to extend the show 4 seasons by finding a good guy, they are dumb. They should be figuring out how to end the show with dignity, not add characters.

    September 2, 2010 at 5:32 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Daniel Troppy

    A perfect choice....

    September 2, 2010 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. officefan

    What about someone like Steve Martin? He can take on any role. From being serious to comedic. This could work ! THE OFFICE IS EPIC ! ! !

    September 2, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Michael Bolton

    Where is Bill Lumbergh when you need him?

    September 2, 2010 at 5:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Bolton

      Oh, and bring back 'My Name is Earl'. It was much funnier than The Office will ever be...

      September 2, 2010 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Somewhere in Houston

    Harvey Keitel will be perfect!! He would be an excellent manager.....the writers could write in some "secret, dark" past which comes out occasionally in a funny way. Harvey is a funny actor; in some ways just as much as Steve C. I think the writers need to come up with a smart way to have Dunder Mifflin come into the technology / business energy of 2011, however. If Mr. Keitel doesn't take Michael's spot.....I think they should bring back David Wallace. Or, bring in the guy who played the doctor in "Knocked Up", he was also in "The Hangover" as a gangster and currently is the Spanish teacher on "Community". He is hysterical!!!! And a talented comedian.

    September 2, 2010 at 4:51 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Ethel


    September 2, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  12. r

    Unless they turn The Office into a crime series or some twisted romantic thriller (with crime) then I say no to Harvey Keitel.

    September 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kath

    Cancel the show. There is no "Office" without Michael Scott! My idea for a slam-bang finale (that's what she said!) is to have Michael get fired, run off with Holly, and have Toby Flenderson replace him as District Manager. Oh, the irony!!! What a great way to end the show.

    You cannot replace Steve Carel. It's impossible. It will be like when they tried to replace "Darren" in "Bewitched". Everyone will know the difference and the show will never be the same. Cancel it – don't ruin it!

    September 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • JImmy

      agreed. i think this show has run its course. Since last season it has become the Jim & Pam show. When Carrell quits, cancel it. Dont worry, life will go on. I say go out on a high note like Seinfeld.

      September 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  14. chris

    Yeah Harvey could "Wack" some office workers giving it a whole new direction!

    September 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  15. robert

    I know it's a long shot and just wishful thinking but you do you know who's deceptively funny and intimidating all in one swoop... Rober de Niro!!! How cool would that be if he joined the growing list of A-list Hollywood stars going to hit TV shows?!?

    September 2, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  16. JB

    Murray from Flight of the Conchords...Perfect!

    September 2, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
  17. sinbad

    I agree. just cancel the show when steve leaves. leave a spot for a more entertaining program.

    September 2, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  18. USMC8829

    Please, just last year Dwight set fire to the office in a failed fire drill attempt causing Stanley to have a heart attack. One of the funniest moments on the show! It's still funny! Ricky Gervais is the only suitable replacement.

    September 2, 2010 at 3:41 pm | Report abuse |
  19. The_Dude

    I don't watch the office because I am not gay. Thanks!

    September 2, 2010 at 3:36 pm | Report abuse |
  20. My nominee

    Jack Bauer and he brings Chloe

    September 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Bunny

    Send in "The Wolf". Awesome. I think he'd be great but I also the the show ends when Steve leaves no matter who takes over.

    September 2, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  22. Chazz

    why don't they just promote darryl, and make craig robinson the office head honcho. now that's comedy!

    September 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  23. CFTres

    Glenn Beck

    September 2, 2010 at 3:26 pm | Report abuse |
  24. robbie

    the office was and still the funniest show on tv but please get danny its hes type of comedy anyway

    September 2, 2010 at 3:15 pm | Report abuse |
  25. sam

    "You called the Wolf!? Sheeeeeit, thas all you had to say neegro!" Samuel L. Jackson

    September 2, 2010 at 3:14 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Sharks

    Is it time to jump the shark?

    September 2, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Jim

    The Bad Lieutenant is going to do comedy...now that is funny. 😀

    September 2, 2010 at 3:06 pm | Report abuse |
  28. JT in Pgh

    Harvey Keitel would be an interesting twist! Someone in another msg board suggested Shatner, and right now he is my favorite for a replacement. The show is still funny, but not as funny as it once was. They have turned Jim and Pam into total boors lately.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:58 pm | Report abuse |
  29. RP

    Winston Wolfe in "Pulp Fiction". Enough said

    September 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
  30. EricLr

    They're calling in Mr. Wolf?!?!?

    September 2, 2010 at 2:34 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Jen

    The show is funny & HAS been since its inception. I am a long-time fan of the show & if the people complaining about the show had bothered to watch the last couple seasons, they'd realize the show is still very entertaining. It ranks very high with the coveted 18-49 demographic, so that's why its been around so long. I hope its on forever! And for the record, I do NOT want Harvey Keitel on the show. Love him to death, but totally unsuitable.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  32. bones

    The person they choose has to improvise well and be funny. Danny McBride would be hilarious.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:24 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Harvey

    Mr. Orange will kill everybody off in the show during the big heist planned for next season.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  34. zombies6

    I agree that they should end it now. It used to be really funny – remember the episode with the bat flying around? Hysterical. Sadly it has not been that funny in quite a long time.

    September 2, 2010 at 2:00 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Maltheus

    Oh that poor horsey. Would they please stop beating it?

    September 2, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Chris

    Will you just hurry up and be done with it? That's what she said!!!!

    September 2, 2010 at 1:46 pm | Report abuse |
  37. kitty

    Heck ya u can see the funny humor in his eyes.. I'd start watching the program.

    September 2, 2010 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Kristin

    I would love to see Andy Samberg on the show!

    September 2, 2010 at 1:29 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Jeffrey

    Please no! danny mcbride or the guy from flight of the conchords are the only 2 that should be considered. This show will fade away if they enlist harvey in the cast.

    September 2, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Melinda

    For god's sake, just get Ricky Gervais as David Brent to do it and call this the last season.

    September 2, 2010 at 1:17 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Lori

    Either try to get Rick Gervis from the British version of The Office for a final season, or I agree with the others let the sun set with Steve Carell's departure. Steve IS The Office and it was major funny, and I agree it has seen it's funnier days. It was my favorite show.

    September 2, 2010 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  42. real deal

    dont forget his portrayal in The Bad Leutienent!...lol...but he could revive a disheartening show...never liked stever carell and the show had too many twist ....weird show....seinfeild it was not....who knows he may make it better...

    September 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Sky

    How about ricky gervais?

    September 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  44. T Weeks

    I don't see the connection. Hopefully Lieberstein knows what he is doing. We need Gervais back.

    September 2, 2010 at 1:13 pm | Report abuse |
  45. nancy J

    Wishful thinking that he could bring the show back to its original hilarity, but if their is frontal nudity as in the Piano, ill be your biggest fan

    September 2, 2010 at 1:06 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Suzy

    Epic Fail.

    September 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • y2daddy

      Epic Fail? Hello, the 00's want their cutesy Internet catchphrases back....

      September 2, 2010 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
    • HJ

      As much as I agree with the reply, someone with the name of y2daddy can't be picking on 00's cutesy Internet catchphrases. The show is still brilliant. It's not new or as fresh as it was, but the writing is still well done and continues to be funny. You have to remember, The Office was really something new when it first came about. And if you argue that it wasn't new, then I'll clarify that by saying it wasn't like anything that was on TV at the time. It really did make a splash when it came about and I don't think anyone expected it to succeed to the level that it has.

      September 2, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Donna

    Harvey will bring the show back to life...I love Harvey ....He's a Brooklyn guy and been around...He deserves this..

    September 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Rob

    Harvey is a great actor (loved him in Pulp Fiction as Mr.Wolf and Mr.White in Reservoir Dogs) He's an ex-jarhead who earns respect. But the office is finished and it should end with Steve's departure. Hasn't been funny in a couple years like the earlier days. Know when to say when. End it...

    September 2, 2010 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Richard

    Keitel is a brilliant actor... and I would love to see him take on this roll... but I would prefer it, if he continued to make quality films instead of doing more TV.

    September 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  50. Hideyoshi

    He's Winston Wolfe and he solves problems.

    I see this going places.

    September 2, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  51. Jeepers

    He showed full frontal in The Piano. Will he do that again?

    September 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  52. Kevin

    Yeah, the show was great in its day... but that day has long since passed! Its gone on for WAYYYY too long. Call it quits, guys!

    September 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  53. aj

    Apparently, Leiberstein never saw Harvey in "Be Cool". Funny? Sorry...

    September 2, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  54. rupert

    This will be a great way to epically sink the show for good. Why fly off into the sunset when you can plow into the earth in a ball of fire?

    September 2, 2010 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • susan

      loves it.

      September 2, 2010 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • b_dubb

      maybe that's why they want a 'tough guy'. harvey's character comes in to shut down dunder mifflin and dismantle operations

      September 2, 2010 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  55. erik

    That show stopped being funny a long time ago. They should just cancel it.

    September 2, 2010 at 12:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tcity

      If you dont think the show is funny then you either do not have a sense of humor or the humor is over your head and you just dont understand it. The show is awesome.

      September 2, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
    • DC

      That is your opinion, Why would NBC cancel a show that produces such solid ratings? Stick to your day job and let The Office keep entertaining its audience.

      September 2, 2010 at 2:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Office isn't funny

      The show actually isn't funny, ANYONE could get the sense of humor because it's so lame, people who don't like The Office are the intelligent ones. There is nothing to understand. The UK version is way better and THAT takes intelligence to enjoy, something the average US viewer doesn't get.

      September 2, 2010 at 2:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • @ Office isnt funny

      You may be right, but was all that negative commentary necessary? Too bad some "intelligent" people don't have class.

      September 2, 2010 at 2:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • CR

      If I wanted to do something that requires the use of my intelligence I'd read a book, not turn on the television.

      September 2, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Geena

      OMG! Harvey would be great! Can't wait to see what he bring to the Office!

      September 2, 2010 at 3:44 pm | Report abuse |
    • Nate

      Quiet! All of you! They're approaching the tyrannosaur paddock.

      September 2, 2010 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
    • Michael Scott

      Kenny Powers for Office Manager. Kenny Powers is the man.

      September 2, 2010 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
    • Muldoon

      Nate, that obscure Jurassic Park reference was better than most of the office's entire season last year. Kudos to you.

      September 2, 2010 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |

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