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:
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.
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.
Con: Remember the time he got arrested?
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.
Con: C’mon, do you really think he’d go for it?
Some random newcomer
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.