If The Office Is to Continue, Who Should Inherit the Kingdom?

Though it’s probably smart to end The Office’s run when Steve Carell leaves after next season, there’s always the chance NBC will want to remain in Scranton. The network’s not one to abandon shows that are doing well enough, even when it's time to say goodbye. (Look how long it took to finally give Heroes the axe.) So if the show must go on, here are my thoughts on the heirs to Michael Scott's throne:

Dwight Schrute

Pro: He’s rife with the social obliviousness of his predecessor, and supremely paranoid that others are gunning for his top spot. Hijinks… oh, you’d better believe they’ll ensue.
Con: We have yet to really see him “lead,” despite (sort of) having a position of authority for a while. Even Michael Scott had his moments, and unless the task at hand has something to do with beet farm maintenance, I doubt Dwight has the smarts to get things done.

Jim Halpert

Pro: He’s already had the job, and his desire to remain friends with his underlings while trying to exert authority created some nice tension.
Con: It was a good joke that got old quick. Jim needs free reign to pull some mischief, especially with Pam. Plus, there’s only so much smug I can take.

Ryan Howard

Pro: Go-getter, smooth talker, fashionable glasses-wearer.
Con: Remember the time he got arrested?

Andy Bernard

Pro: He's a likable guy who’s not too bad at his job. He can serenade the office with his one man a Capella and entertain them with sweet “Evolution Of Dance” moves—silently.
Con: Personal issues bring him way down, and I’d expect he’d spend most of the show bummed out of his mind. Sadness doesn’t beget great comedy.

Darryl Philbin

Pro: What’s not to like? He’s a fair and respected boss with a calming presence, and it’s only a matter of time until he rises through the ranks.
Con: C’mon, do you really think he’d go for it?

Some random newcomer

Pro: It’d bring some freshness to the seven-season monster, and give many of the characters a reason to come out of their shells.
Con: The show has built itself up on the shoulders of its characters, and a new person might just throw everything out of whack. If the show is going to continue, best not to shake it up TOO much.

Creed Bratton

We have a winner.

Who would you choose for the role of Dunder-Mifflin-Sabre's Scranton-based top dog?

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Ummmmm, question. I never saw a single episode of The Office. When they say "Scranton", is that Scranton, Pa? I only live 1 hour south, in Pottsville, Pa.
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How about Kelsey Grammer? He needs to put the memories of the awful "Hank" behind him, and he may need the money after his divorce.
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If Steve Carell leaves the series finale should show Ricky Gervais taking over, and hopefully being loved by everyone activating Michael's inferiority complex. Only one episode though, y'hear me NBC? Then let the show go quietly into the night. Or a season with Creed in charge, cause that would be awesome, with that power he could finally get that last chair he needs...
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Well dwight would be hilarious but i think it would get scary after awhile i mean last time he painted the office black and made everyone look at dirt and i mean who can forget shrute bucks? lol but i think he would be more psycho than Scott! Jim (who i love) would just try too hard i guess. idk i don't think that he fits into that role.... No one in their right minds would put Ryan in charge.... that happened already and he is the temp.... come on Andy wouldn't know what to do he can barely ask out a girl and his sales suck! And let's face it no one would listen to him Darryl would be intereasting and he is rising up in terms of authority but i think he wouldn't really know what to do.... but who knows Who can top Scott? and make us like/ hate him? It took us this long to like Micheal! Soooo unless they want the show to FAIL
and Creed would just be ummm welll lol i'm not even sure what to say! But why are there no girls on this list??? And what about Stanley? :)
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one word - Todd Packer - he would be the perfect replacement for michael scott, even if he only would last for one season
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Didn't Oscar said he would quit if Dwight or Andy ever became managers so wouldn't Stanley and a few follow Oscar? Jim actually sounds like the most reasonable one.
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LOL CREED
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Who cares, its way over due for retirement!
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They should bring someone new in and focus on the rest of the cast dealing with the new boss
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With Party Down officially over I think Ken Marino would be a perfect fit with the ensemble cast of The Office. He could expand on the themes he explored as the inept team leader Ron Donald that he created on Party Down.
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I call for a crossover with better off Ted. Seriously The office could use some 'new' characters for the others to interact with. I want to see Jim beat Linda at Lindabagel. The office's people could come in to work on the Jaberwocky project(coming in 2012) or something. I honestly don't care as long as Portia de Rossi takes over as the new boss, se could just play the same role she had on Better of Ted. It's not like the 5 of us who watched that show will mind.
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Dude, Ricky Gervias would be awesome...if he'd do it, which he wouldn't
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Creed or at least Dwight
Anyone but Jim...
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Dwight should take over at first, in an arc, then eventually Jim becomes manager.
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Do they really want to go the Scrubs route? There's no way it would feel natural with someone else as boss other than Michael Scott. The ratings would drop to probably half of what the show gets now and it'd be cancelled. They should just end it on a good note and not get greedy, make one more season and focus on quality like the first four.
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In between bosses Creed.
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I think the writes should divide the season up with different bosses. Let them each have a couple shows where each ends up leaving for a diffent reason, fired, dies, jail, quit. 1st boss Will ferrell, 2nd boss Ricky Gervais, 3rd Wayne Brady, and 4th Jack Black.
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Ricky Gervais.
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Ricky Gervais all the way
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Ricky Gervais would be the best hing.
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hell yea creed. but this should be the last season.
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I might have to stop watching. No, I threaten that but of course I'll keep watching. I just wouldn't like it as much. The show really should end this next season.
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David Brent from the uk one but have him come in like 5 episodes before the season finally so you can have him and mike go at it as mike shows him the ropes
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IF Steve is out then The Office should END ! .. so Please work hard in you last season let it end like Friends and Seinfeld ended before you ! ..
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its probably gonna be portia de rossi judging by the rumors im hearing from my friends.
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ahahah chris91 thought steve was being real, lol
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they should bring in a comedic name, hopefully a woman too
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Glenn Close should take charge like she did on The Shield a few years back LOL
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Uh, Chris? The Creed suggestion was supposed to be a joke... and an awesome one to boot.
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I don't think Creed because his rare apparances and few lines are too funny. For some reason, I can see Oscar being manager, but then Angela won't be happy with him as manager. But I think this should be the show's last season.
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CREED. Most definitely Creed. It can't be Jim because than he can't pull his crazy shenanigans, it can't be Dwight because he would then fire Jim and we would no longer get to see any crazy shenanigans, and it can't be Andy because that would ruin the relationship he has going with Aaron. I guess it could be Ryan. That could be kind of interesting because I don't think too many people in the office would actually listen to him. But my vote still goes out to Creed. He's just too epic to not be the boss.
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ya im sure will ferrell is gonna take a break of making blockbuster movies for an NBC comedy-.-
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Will Ferrell should become the new boss if they're really going to do another season without Steve Carell (which I don't think they should do) but if it has to be somebody it should Will Ferrell
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what about holly
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lets face it, no matter who replaces michael scott, the show is gonna last one season, two tops. shows never last long after their key player leaves.
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I Got a idea... What if holly (Michael's Ex/True Love) came into the picture..... except they haven't finished that whole thing yet. i recall the boss of sabre said she would see what she could do... so idk
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Will Arnett, Portia Del Rossi, Tony Hale or Jason Bateman should take over imo.
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Creed needs his own show, that he is never really on lol.
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That Portia idea got me thinking that Jason Bateman would be amazing! He was great in Arrested Development and in Extract dealing with nightmares all under him. His way of disgust would be such a great comedic addition to this show.
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I vote for Creed that would be way to hilarious
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I think it should be the Kathy Bates flunky who's already there. It would make sense. He's really wishy washy and wants everyone to like him.
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I would love to see more of Creed. I vote creed, though Ryan can kind of handle power. I vote Kelly. That would be funny.
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Why did you not consider Pam? She's qualified(-ish) and knows how to handle most of people in the office. I notice there are no other women on this list either... That's disrespect TV.com
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Creed Bratton FTW!!!
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I think Veronica Palmer from Better off Ted (Portia de Rossi) should leave Veridian Dynamics and come to lead the company.
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