Put The Office Out of Its Misery Already!

As you may have heard, Steve Carell is leaving The Office at the end of next season. Why? Get this—he wants to spend more time with his family! What nerve!

I’m kidding, of course. In fact, I’m beyond relieved. Carell’s run has been brilliant, but he was right when he said it’s time to move on. Michael Scott is one of those characters who, bless his fictional heart, will never grow up. He was fun to watch for awhile, but we probably didn’t need six (let alone seven) seasons to figure out that he wasn’t going to change. Hopefully Carell willl get as much family face-time as he needs—and throw us a bone every now and then with a summer blockbuster.

But what irks me about this whole situation is how so many people—including Carell himself and Office star and writer Mindy Kaling—want to believe that the show can and should go on without him. Kaling said a few years ago that she wanted Amy Poehler to replace Carell once he left, which obviously isn’t possible now because she’s got the Parks and Recreation gig. Kaling has since been very open to the challenge of writing for another “boss” character. I don’t deny that she or the rest of the writing staff would be good at it. They’re all very talented people. But I was kind of hoping that Carell’s exit would also be the end of the show. Most fans (myself included) would agree that The Office has seen better days. I’ll watch it until the end, because I have to know what happens to the scrappy Scranton lot, but I’m probably not going to enjoy it that much. The banter between Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Jim (John Krasinski) isn’t as biting. Kelly (Kaling) and Ryan’s (B.J. Novak) relationship isn’t as petty. Meredith’s (Kate Flannery) drunken antics aren’t as shocking. The show just stopped being really funny, and the others in NBC’s Thursday night lineup started generating more laughs. (Parks and Rec, I’m lookin’ at you!)

NBC (and all Office fans) should really learn a lesson from the Jason Segel School of Thought and stop kidding themselves. Segel recently announced that he wouldn't be renewing his How I Met Your Mother contract after it's up in three years, basically because there wasn't much else for his character (or the show) to accomplish. He gets it. Shows die out. The Office began its decline somewhere in Season 5 and has been deteriorating ever since. And no replacement actor (save for Portia de Rossi, maybe) can revive it.


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i always thought the show was like Slice of Life so never watched it, so i can't comment on how good is it or not, but i do love Steve Carell in most everything else he stars in. and from other show exp. its better to end the show along with the main leads leave. it just feels different after a main leaves. and makes u stop watching it.
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Since I have never liked this show, I'm all for it being canceled and replaced with a great show.
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Quit while you're ahead! Carrell goes, the show goes with him. CSI has done very so-so with Lawrence Fishburne replacing Grissom, just not as good, not so much Fishburne but lack of GG and lack of new material to use (not to mention spin off overkill) and the show is a shell of its former self. Office is even more dependant on Carrell. No shame in retiring when the time is right. Much shame in sullying the entire body of work with a couple of add on seasons.....
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thi show is soooo boring.. its kind a like... dilbert.... hahahaha
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The Office is better than most of the sh!t that everyone here watches.
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I would still watch because the state of TV shows is in the toilet. A bad episode of the office is still better than anything else out there. Anyone that liked better off ted needs a checkup. Thats the biggest waste of television airtime since black and white. Face it Community is C grade television contrived garbage. When you see portia you can help but cringe at what she has to do each night to get an extra paycheck.
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It should have one final, awesome season to redeem itself and go out with a bang instead of dragging on for an eighth or ninth season with a completely new boss (could you imagine?) Hopefully it won't pull a Scrubs and instead just end before storylines become abysmal and the show's legacy is in jeopardy.
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i would still watch the office if steve carrel wasnt on the show but it wouldnt be the same.
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I don't know if the show can go on without Michael Scott, but let's face it the show has been on the air to long as it is, the UK office only had like 12 eps (14 including the Christmas specials), the US office has been for 126 episodes, usually anything that long loses it's quality, as witnessed by Season 6 of the series. I wish they'd end it.
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I would still watch The Office if Steve Carell was not in the show.
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I dont care what anyone says. I love the office. There are so many great characters and I have only seen a couple episodes that I didnt have me laughing the entire time. I really think the show will be fine without Michael Scott.
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Here's the thing: if they can get RICKY GERVAIS HIMSELF to replace Carell, I'm in! He'll probably do it for only one season, and that season would be AWESOME, and then we could all move on. But, except for that, forget about it - there's no show without Carell or the improbably Gervais around.
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The only way it might work is if they promoted Jim to boss and added a funny new worker to replace him (maybe Adam Scott since Party Down was canceled?). Otherwise I agree with many others and say that it should end.
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The only way the show won't go too down hill after he leaves is if all the characters get replaced by the guys from Better Off Ted and Dunder Miflin changes its name to Veridian and changes its product to technology rather than paper. And finally, the office should then change its name to Better Off Ted. Seriously, that is the only way the Office can continue to be good. Dwight can continue to be on the Office though. He'd mix in well with Better Off Ted.

(This is a serious suggestion)
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Everyone is always soooooo eager to say "stop the show NOW". There is so little stuff on TV worth watching and so many shows disappear even before they have a chance to leave a mark. There are still potential hours of good Office left (amid probably more atrocious ones).



My best example is Newsradio. When Phil Hartman died, I thought "end it now". In retrospect, that last season was better than other most of the things on TV at the time and I wish it continued.



You guys need to calm down.
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"24" knew exactly when to end before getting bad. "The Office" should do that too. I agree, it's not that funny anymore, but still worth a watch! It should end when Michael leaves though.
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If Portia and Ted "Chips" came over from Better Off Ted as replacement Manager(s) it would be sooo awesome! Those two together had such great timing.
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i think the show can go. stop being so melo dramatic
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If they can keep it funny without Carrel keep it going doesnt bother me. There are no comedys out there that are any better even after season 6.
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Has to be the dumbest show on TV glad to say good bye
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I have every episode of The Office on my zune and I watch them all the time. It is still funny and other than the Big Bang Theory its still the best. If Steve Carell does really leave they should at least still try to go on. If it doesnt work then fine put it down. But my guess is Steve leaving will start a chain reaction of the good cast members (Jim,Pam,Dwigh) saying they will leave 2. This sucks!!
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this article is right on the money. i will watch the office until the end because ever since that season 2 finale it has become one of my favorite shows ever but im sure the writers must love it if not more then the fans, and love it enough to know when to say good-bye. Carrell's departure should come as a sign that it's time to wrap things up. Jim and Pam have pretty much had their conclusion and this 7th season should be more then enough time to give everyone else their wrap as well and go out on a high note before they just spoil it.
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all good things must come to an end.
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Agreed. It won't work without Carell.
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It's time to end the Office. Great show, but great shows need to end at the right time or they cease being great.
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I can't believe it's going to get cancelled I love The Office I will miss it.
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The Office had a great run. But recasting the boss of Dunder Mifflin would destroy the show. It will never be the same without Steve Carell.
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The Office should end when he goes, but more shocking is that Jason Segal actually thinks there's still 3 years left in that show, that's another one that needs to end right there.
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Oh my God, I have never watched The Office before, but I would if Portia de Rossi took Steve's place.
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Agreed the show needs to end.
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I second Portia de Rossi as a replacement, that would definitely get me interested again. I still need to watch the season finale but I've been puting that of cause I honestly dont think it's gonna be any good and jsut can't get myself excited to watch but still I've watched this show for so long now I want to at least see the end. Here's hoping they'll just let it die out gracefully with a nice series finale episode next season and just don't renew it. Though I'm not so sure about it I think NBC will probably stick with their comedy thursday thing for a while and it doesn't look like they've got an actual replacement for The Office yet.
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