Is Portia de Rossi Headed for The Office?

I'm usually not one for internet rumors, but there is one thing that'll start me speculating with wild abandon: news involving Arrested Development alums. The latest nugget about Steve Carell's replacement on The Office, then, is my bread and butter. Entertainment Weekly originally reported that Rhys Darby and Danny McBride were being courted as possible new Dunder-Mifflin bosses, but now news is spreading that while McBride is slated to appear in an upcoming episode, the new boss will be an Arrested Developmentalum. Some outlets even did some minor detective work, surmising that while most of those actors are busy or not a great fit, the list of potential replacements consists of Tony Hale, Jeffrey Tambor, and Portia de Rossi.

All are splendid choices. Tambor already played the patriarch of a family on AD and really, isn't The Office just one big dysfunctional family? And Hale's inept kiss-up of a boss on Chuck was a welcome distraction from the rest of the Buy More stuff. But like many of my colleagues, I want to echo whole-heartedly the idea that Portia de Rossi could be the new Michael Scott. My reasoning is simple:

Better Off Ted.

First of all, it goes almost without saying that despite the sappy title, the show was fantastic. And de Rossi's character Veronica, a head honcho at the faceless corporation Veridian Dynamics, was consistently one of the funniest parts of the show. Her social obliviousness would make even Michael Scott blush; it was so over-the-top that it bordered on meta territory and was only matched by her fake disdain for her employees, a ploy to protect her from meaningful human interaction. When the walls broke down and Veronica showed her sensitive side, it made for some ripe situation comedy not unlike those moments when Michael shows something genuine on The Office. And like Michael, Veronica has her share of silly slapstick moments.

While I'm typically not in favor of comedic actors and actresses playing similar characters on multiple shows, Portia de Rossi's Veronica is made for shows like The Office. So I'm breaking my own rules and speculating the hell out of a Better Off Ted-The Office crossover. Because even though The Office needs to end, if NBC insists on keeping it around, how cool would that be?

Who would you like to see replace Steve Carell?

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she is hilarious in better off ted. So dry and deadpan. I think she'd be a great replacement but I doubt the show would go on much further without steve carrell. People don't like too much change
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I would love Veronica in that role, but how will she pull off being inept? She oozes no nonsense..
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This would be an excellent choice, IMO, I'd love to see Dwight outranked by a female; and the possibilities of great Angela moments are endless.
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Ricy Gervais. That'd be awsome. They could tie the two seasons together.
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I'd love to see them pull off a great reboost with another lead. but I would hate it even more if they ruin the shows great spirit. I think it all depends on the writers.
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If Tony Hale takes over, I'll keep watching. I only watch it for Ed Helms anymore anyway.
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No one should. The office should end this upcoming season.
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to Spoontown - UK shows only get 6 eps cos they're written by a single person in their squalllid flat who runs out of ideas by the 6th ep. Some series have as little as 3 eps which is just pathetic.
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The Office needs to be put out of its misery. It ran about 3 seasons longer than it should have if you ask me.
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I'd rather see The Office end and get a third series of BoT, putting Portia into a show that has gone past it's prime is not the answer. People always seem to wonder why UK shows only have 6 episodes, and the answer is that no show can have 24 episodes a year and go on for 7 years, and retain it's appeal it's just not possible. Our Office had only 12 episodes and a Christmas special and will never be spoken of by it's fans in the same negative way as The Office US, and for a show that was great at the start, that's really sad. I thought that in 2010 all the people like ooominhooo had either grown up, or been beaten up, I guess I was wrong, you are an a**hat.
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I'd start watching the Office again if she joins, plain and simple.
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I'd definately keep watching if Portia joined - however bad it may get - because I'm a big P-fan (BoT being simply amazing). Just don't make her a female Michael (though didn't the ptb already give us one of those with his short lived girlfriend whose name escapes me cos her character left me cold.)
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Better Off Ted was one of the best shows on TV, ABC was stupid to cancel it, and now Steve is leaving and while his character could be annoying at times, he was the main source of situations in the office and over the past couple seasons, it's gotten less funny (where has all the "that's what she said" jokes gone?!?!?!?!) so i think she'd be a good choice. i also like Rhys Darby too, i think he'd fit well. however, i also think the office should just end when michael leaves it however he is
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Great choice. Loved her character in Better Off Ted. However, the Office still won't last much longer without Steve.
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I guess the person who wrote this article didn't follow the link on that Entertainment Weekly article which led to the short list of potential candidates to replace Steve Carrell, which mentioned David Cross, a.k.a. "The Never Nude" as one of the choices to step into Michael Scott's shoes. Way to feed that Internet rumor mill, TV.com.
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GO PORTIA!!!!!
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Tony Hale yes, the rest no thank you. I especially don't want Portia de Rossi.
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i like portia, but shes only been funny on arrested development. i thought better off ted was an aweful unfunny mindless tv show. so i think this is a bad idea for the office. just make thisseasonlast season, geez.
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It would be amazing if that would happen I already miss BoT but if she went to the office that would definitely make up for the cancelation of Better off Ted. though I still wish NBC would have jsut droped the office and picked up better off Ted and gave it a chance at their thursday night line-up
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Oh my god PLEEEEAAASE Jeffrey Tambor. He would be the perfect counterpart for dwight
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I'd be more interested if they didn't replace him permanently for awhile. Instead have a rotating cast of would be bosses that just can't take how dysfunctional the office really runs and then leave for the next special guest star.
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Portia de Rossi would be the only the thing that would keep me watching 'The Office' after Steve Carrell's departure.
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If only it could be true. Maybe they could start running Dunder Mifflin commercials, too...
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I really want Portia de Rossi to take Steve's place. She was hilarious as Veronica. I just started watching that show, literally im only 3 epiosdes in, and i love it because of her character.
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