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Who Should Replace Steve Carell on 'The Office'?

Date June 28, 2011
Steve Carell, 'The Office'Steve Carell played bumbling, fumbling boss Michael Scott on 'The Office' for seven seasons, but now that Michael has left Dunder Mifflin, who'll take over?

Last season we met Deangelo Vickers, played by Will Ferrell, but he was hardly worthy of inheriting the Scranton branch throne. We also saw Creed get bumped up to acting manager based on...

Steve Carell, 'The Office'Steve Carell played bumbling, fumbling boss Michael Scott on 'The Office' for seven seasons, but now that Michael has left Dunder Mifflin, who'll take over?

Last season we met Deangelo Vickers, played by Will Ferrell, but he was hardly worthy of inheriting the Scranton branch throne. We also saw Creed get bumped up to acting manager based on seniority, but again, there's no way that's the long-term solution.

In the Season 7 finale, possible replacements were interviewed, including James Spader, Jim Carrey, Will Arnett, Ray Romano and our favorite pick of them all, British comedian Catherine Tate. But will any of them really take the job?

We rounded up a few other smart and funny people for the gig, people we'd love to see eventually win a Dundie -- including two old TV 'Friends,' a sci fi favorite and a fabulously funny female who'd bring inappropriate 'Office' hijinks to a whole new level.

Alan TudykAlan Tudyk
It's about time Alan Tudyk took a big role in a successful show. He's been the best part of so many shows that didn't last long enough, and he can do comedy, drama and everything in between. Yes, we know he's in 'Suburgatory' next season, but I wouldn't mind him dropping that for a visit to Scranton -- a long visit.
-- Mo Ryan

Tate DonovanTate Donovan
Isn't it time Tate Donovan was a bigger star? After stints on 'Damages' and 'The O.C.,' we know he's comfortable on TV, and being in this business for over a quarter of a century will give anyone a sense of humor. Plus he's been trying his hand at directing lately, so he could work both sides of Scranton operations.
-- Maggie Furlong

Wendi McLendon CoveyWendi McClendon-Covey
The 'Reno 911' star deserves to be a household name. Come on, you saw 'Bridesmaids,' right? She's clearly great at bossing people around, so why not put her in charge of the Dunder Mifflin gang?
-- Jean Bentley

Lisa KudrowLisa Kudrow
There's no replicating Michael Scott -- that's why 'The Office' needs a completely different boss, ideally a woman. Lisa Kudrow would inject 'The Office' with much needed new life as the complete opposite of Phoebe Buffay: an awkward, polite hard worker.
-- Chris Harnick

Donal LogueDonal Logue
Donal Logue has been trying to find his TV niche for years, but his shows have a habit of getting prematurely canceled (we miss you, 'Terriers'). Perhaps the answer is to drop him into a show that's already got a solid support system? Before you say Logue doesn't have comedic chops, go rent 'The Tao of Steve' and get back to me in the morning.
-- Alex Moaba

Matthew PerryMatthew Perry
Most people are familiar with Matthew Perry's work as Chandler on 'Friends,' and it's that same dry, self-deprecating humor that could work on 'The Office.' Though he might want to get healthy and work on that pesky substance abuse problem before he tries to helm another popular primetime show ...
-- Chris Jancelewicz

Who do you think is the right man or woman for the job? Share your own casting thoughts in the comments.

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