Guess who's coming to 'The Office'?
April 7th, 2011
08:00 AM ET

Guess who's coming to 'The Office'?

Who's the boss? That might be the question "The Office" fans are left asking when Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate guest star on the hour-long season finale in May.

As fans of the NBC series know, Steve Carell will finish his seven-year stint as Dundler Mifflin office manager Michael Scott on April 28, leaving a vacancy in the position. Enter Romano, Spader and "Doctor Who" alum Tate, who will appear as candidates for the job on the show's May 19 finale, according to TV Line.

The entertainment site says that of the three, Spader and Tate are most likely to be serious contenders to take Carell's spot. Romano is already committed to another TV series, TNT's "Men of a Certain Age."

Though, Will Ferrell, Will Arnett and Ricky Gervais โ€” star of the original, British version of "The Office" โ€” will also appear in the episode, it is unlikely any of them will join the series full-time, according to TV Line.

Who would you like to see as the new Dundler Mifflin office manager? Tell us in the comments below.

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  1. kp

    seems logical at this point that Jim would get the promotion to boss and DM would bring in someone new to sales.

    Anyone trying to play the roll of an absurd, self aggrandizing boss would probably just fall short of Steve Carell, but the best choices are probably Colbert, Spader (would bring something different to the show), and then Nick Frost (simon pegg's comedic partner).

    Would love to see Danny McBride, Rhys Darby, or Zach Galifinakis as a new salesman.

    May 6, 2011 at 1:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bob

    How about Mr. Ed?

    May 5, 2011 at 4:39 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joann

    Dwight Schrute should be the boss.

    May 4, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Curt

    Season finale = series finale. Thanks for the good times , it's time to pull the plug.

    May 4, 2011 at 9:16 am | Report abuse |
  5. Xerxes

    Osama bin-Laden ... oops, never mind ...

    May 3, 2011 at 4:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. aruba

    Chuck Norris

    May 2, 2011 at 2:06 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Lily Peters

    I think that Jim, Dwight, or David Wallace should be the new manager !

    April 28, 2011 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. Colin

    Dwight should get it so Jim could screw around with him (thats what she said) but I think Will Ferrell would make a great boss if he wasn't so serious. also, Jim Carrey would make a very good addition on The Office

    April 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Matt

    They should make Dwight the manager.

    April 24, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bob Loblaw

    Will Ferrell was too condescending in the episode I saw him in. Didn't like him. James Spader would be cool. He was great in Boston Legal. Or bring back Denny Crain!!! (Williams Shatners role in Boston Legal)

    April 24, 2011 at 7:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. lucas

    Will F makes it funny...could you imagine his running around in his underware or acting like the anchor many possibilities.

    April 23, 2011 at 9:54 am | Report abuse |
  12. Dee

    I want to see Catherine Tate. If you've ever seen her show, then you'll know that she is AMAZING!!!

    April 23, 2011 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
  13. jbm

    Dun-Der Mifflin! (The people-persons-paper-people!!)

    April 23, 2011 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  14. RW

    steve makes it happen...

    April 22, 2011 at 5:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. pazyfe

    will ferrell, fabulous choice I already love the change, i saw the episode and it went well!

    April 22, 2011 at 5:33 pm | Report abuse |
  16. tbark

    Simon Pegg!

    April 22, 2011 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Bill

    Watch some of Catherine Tate's stuff on youtube. She's HILARIOUS, and of course I loved her on Dr Who. While she plays a great dramatic/action character she is meant for comedy!

    April 22, 2011 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  18. j

    patrick stewart??

    April 19, 2011 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
  19. macke

    Rhys Darby. Hands down. The band manager from Conchords.

    April 14, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Dayna Lampinen

    For God's sake cancel this mince, the British version was just dreadful but at least it was killed off after two seasons.
    Seriously what new scenarios are they going to come up with after 7 years. They will replace Carell and the show will die the death. Remember Spin City?
    Time for soemthing new!

    April 11, 2011 at 3:14 am | Report abuse |
  21. George sr.

    I remember thinking/wishing that will arnett could be the new boss when it was revealed that carell was leaving. Now, it appears he is going to be in the finale, so I'm rooting for him. Spader is a terrible choice... has he ever done comedy? All I remember him in is stargate... yuk. If ray ramona gets the job... I will never watch that show again. His voice is just torture. You might as well cast fran drescher.

    April 11, 2011 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  22. Babe

    Ricky Gervais – He has a proven track record of alienating upper management, failing to win the friendship of all his employees, and generally being void of any real business skills. He is perfect.

    April 9, 2011 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
  23. DemoGuy

    Matt Dillon would be perfect. If you recall his character from "What about Mary" he is very good comedic actor.

    April 9, 2011 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
  24. Monica


    April 9, 2011 at 1:04 am | Report abuse |
  25. myself

    Charlie sheen

    April 8, 2011 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ted

    Will Ferell would be perfect...

    April 8, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  27. Mayor of TV

    My picks are:
    Bob Odenkirk
    John Oliver
    Will Arnett
    Ricky Gervais
    Mackenzie Crook
    or James Spader if none of the rest are available.

    April 8, 2011 at 12:14 pm | Report abuse |
  28. KarenR

    Spader all the way! Saw him last year on Broadway and he was terrific. Loved him in Boston Legal and want him back on TV.

    April 8, 2011 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  29. pprty

    I won't be watching with Steve gone !

    April 8, 2011 at 11:34 am | Report abuse |
  30. Monkey, James Monkey

    I really love the idea of Murray from Flight of the Conchords. That's the only original idea on this board and it would be F-ing hilarious. Other than that, I think the show should quit while it is ahead. Finish on top.

    April 8, 2011 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  31. Superhiro

    I'll throw another vote up there for Sheen.

    April 7, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Paul

    I agree the office is totally brilliant because it mirrors so well real life situations that happen in real offices

    ie: The Boss really doesn't do much other than use his/her position to self promote
    The boss is a loser who has no one else in his or her life except work and subordinates

    I agree Steve Carell should stay but my vote for the replacement is Charlie Sheen if he keep himself sober enough to remember his lines and show up for rehearsals.


    April 7, 2011 at 4:00 pm | Report abuse |
  33. Jerkin

    The doo doos in this show are of low quality. I enjoy high quality poopers.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  34. Scott

    None.. I don't think any of these would make a good fit, Michael Scott's humor is on a different scale than what these contenders have. I personally think Rhys Darby would have made the absolute best pick for Steve's position on the show. Anyone not firmiliar with Rhys Darby, look up Flight of the Conchords on youtube, his character he played was Murray Hewitt, compare the humor to Steve Carrell's and you be the judge.

    April 7, 2011 at 2:45 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Eric

    Will Ferrell would be an obvious 1st choice..but I think James Spader would make a good fit as well.

    April 7, 2011 at 1:22 pm | Report abuse |
  36. Tif

    Will Ferell would have been a perfect candidate. He's hilarious. SHOOT!

    April 7, 2011 at 12:31 pm | Report abuse |
  37. Whip me Beat me Make me write bad checks

    Secretary...great movie.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:55 am | Report abuse |
  38. Black Barney

    What RC said. Murray, the band manager from FLIGHT OF THE CONCHORDS. I mean,it's not even close. he would make the show AMAZING. It's sad to even think of it not being him ๐Ÿ™

    April 7, 2011 at 11:47 am | Report abuse |
  39. Loren

    I've never watched the show on a regular basis, it's just too painful to watch. However, if Catherine Tate joined the cast, I would definitely tune in. American audiences may only know her from Doctor Who, but she also had her own comedy show in the U.K. that was on BBC America for a short while and there wasn't anything funnier on TV. She is a great comic actor and depending on how they construct the character, she could make everyone forget Steve Carrell was ever on the show, she's that good.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
    • ee

      Painful to watch? Are you serious? Shut up and stop commenting on the story about the show then. The Office is brilliant.

      April 7, 2011 at 2:05 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Jezmundberzerker

    William Shatner!

    April 7, 2011 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  41. RC

    Murray. The band manager from Flight of The Concords. END.

    April 7, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |
  42. Lori

    I'd like to see Zach Galifinakis!

    April 7, 2011 at 11:11 am | Report abuse |
  43. Alisha

    I like Charlie Sheen!!

    April 7, 2011 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
  44. Adam

    Ricky Gervais. The only suitable man to keep "The Office" employed.

    April 7, 2011 at 10:23 am | Report abuse |
  45. Nina


    April 7, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  46. BIG JOE

    YEP. Dennis is 100 percent right. That would be something ! Charlie is a natural salesman. I bet he would reall improve their branch offices sales. He gots tiger blood !

    April 7, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  47. Dia

    Its time James Spader returned to TV!

    April 7, 2011 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
  48. Benjamin Lee

    Daniel Tosh!

    April 7, 2011 at 9:42 am | Report abuse |
  49. Dennis

    The only option in my eyes is Charlie Sheen. They wouldn't even need a script for him.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |



    April 7, 2011 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
  51. BIG JOE

    I hope they make manbearpig the manager.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
  52. whisper

    Ive got a new candidate

    that Dr. Drew guy
    Since his HLN show is a flop
    stick him on this show, he might get some viewers
    After premiering to 401,000 total viewers and 164,000 adults 25-54 on Monday night, Dr. Drew fell by nearly 50% to 201,000 total viewers and 84,000 adults 25-54 to wind up in last place (behind even CNBC) for the hour.

    April 7, 2011 at 9:00 am | Report abuse |
  53. Shelley

    I'm sad to see Steve go, his character is irreplaceable.

    April 7, 2011 at 8:49 am | Report abuse |
  54. Head Diva In Charge - EL

    If Spader is in, so am I.

    April 7, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  55. Dan

    Stephen Colbert

    April 7, 2011 at 8:43 am | Report abuse |
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      April 7, 2011 at 10:30 am | Report abuse |
  56. leelow

    snookie ! snookie needs to be the office manager !

    April 7, 2011 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
  57. Larry Tate

    Neither. The show should just end already. It's had a good run.

    April 7, 2011 at 8:15 am | Report abuse |
    • baysidechick

      ABSOLUTELY NOT!!! The show still makes us laugh. Spin City continued without Michael J. Fox. This is an ensemble cast and with the right choice it will continue to entertain, which is more than most of the stuff that's on TV right now.

      April 7, 2011 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |
    • Katie

      i totally agree with you larry...i think that the show should end as well. The show will not be the same with out Steve. I think that with the three or so episodes remaining after he leaves, they should end the story lines with the rest of the characters.

      April 13, 2011 at 11:16 pm | Report abuse |
  58. whisper

    "Who would you like to see as the new Dundler Mifflin office manager?"

    H. M. Murdock, B. A. Baracus, Templeton "Face" Peck & if you can bring in a good Hannibal Smith (rip)
    Then the show will actually be watchable.

    April 7, 2011 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Ted

      Charlie Sheen is available...just think of it...seriously ๐Ÿ™‚

      April 7, 2011 at 10:43 am | Report abuse |
    • hankis

      Get Danny McBride in there! He would be a hilarious new boss!

      April 22, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • drwelby

      I think that given his most recent antics that Trump has proven himself to be a worthy replacement for Carrell's character.

      May 1, 2011 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |

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