After all those guest stars, it looks like "The Office" may be hiring from within, after all.
Following star Steve Carell's summer announcement that he would leave the hit comedy he led for seven seasons as lovable dunce Michael Scott, the show's producers went on a massive search for a new star boss; theybooked Will Ferrell for a four episode arc as the temporary boss, and then overloaded the season's final episode with a long series of guest stars. But according to TV Line's Michael Ausiello, the plan right now may be to hire from within.
He says that the producers are, for now, deciding between Jim (John Krasinksi), Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Andy (Ed Helms) to take the boss's chair; on the show, Dwight and Andy both vied for the role, while Jim turned the temporary gig down, which set off the long search for a new head honcho.
Throughout the spring, the slew of guest stars was slowly announced. In March, it came out that Will Arnett and series creator Ricky Gervais would appear; then, in early April, Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate were added to the list. Finally, in late April, Jim Carrey booked his ticket to Scranton.
Word earlier was that Tate was the number one choice for the role, and NBC still has an option on her contract, should they want her for that role or something else. Instead of taking over for Michael, it looks like Spader will be taking the job of Dunder Mifflin CEO, formerly played by Kathy Bates.