Ray Romano Is Interviewing to Be The Office's Boss

... One of the big questions regarding the next television season is, "Who is going to run Dunder-Mifflin?" With Steve Carell calling it a career on The Office, the high-profile gig is up for grabs. Will Ferrell and Will Arnett are already confirmed to appear in this season's finale as potential bosses, and now you can add Ray Romano, James Spader, and British comedian Catherine Tate to the list. That trio has been added to the finale, and if I had to guess, Tate's getting the job as the others are either committed to other projects, too expensive, or both. [TV Line]

... Netflix has purchased the streaming rights to Mad Men, and the first four seasons will become available on July 27. This is great news, as I love to watch Netflix Watch Instantly in bed to help me fall asleep. With Mad Men, I should be out in no time. [Variety]

... This one is for me: Sports Show with Norm MacDonald, Comedy Central's Daily Show for sports but without the daily part, will premiere April 12. [Deadline Hollywood]

... Today host/anchor Meredith Vieira might be stepping down from her post to spend more time with her ailing husband. She joined The Today Show in 2006 to sit next to Matt Lauer, replacing Katie Couric. [TV Guide]

... HBO previewed its fantasy epic Game of Thrones Sunday night, and the numbers are in. 720,000 people watched the preview, according to numbers pulled out of a hat. EW's James Hibberd doesn't think that number is very impressive, but considering that a) it was just a preview that wasn't advertised much (I couldn't even find it on my cable guide) and b) it was made available online, I don't think we have a very good indication of what the show's premiere numbers will be. This thing is going to be huge. [EW]

... IMPORTANT NEWS: Science Channel, home of the awesome How It's Made, is now just plain old "Science." Hey, it's better than renaming it SyChy. [Deadline Hollywood]


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I would love either Farrel or Arnett, but i can't stand Romano
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I think Will Ferrel would be the perfect fit. James Spader might also be interesting, but I can't really see him in the office.
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Catherine Tate is the only good one of the bunch.
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If Ricky Gervaius won't be the new DM boss, then I'm all for James Spader.
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NBC can't afford Rey Romano or Will Ferrell so don't expect them
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Ray Romano is not a good fit for the office. Out of the people listed I think Will Ferrel would be the best choice but I think James Spader would be an interesting choice. And if they are going to get someone from Arrested Development I'd rather it be Portia de Rossi instead of Will Arnett.
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Ray Romano is too Toby-esque. I don't know about that one....
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ray romano? i am a huge fan of the office and i think i'd even stop watching the office if he was the new replacement he is one of the most unfunny and annoying people in media, james spader is a great actor but he's not really funny the show would be a totally different show guess i'd have to see how that plays out... eh catherine tate? highly doubt she is even an afterthought ahah.
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Ray Romano is kickass in "Men of a Certain Age" and I hope that'll continue. James Spader would be awesome though! I mean he played Daniel Jackson in the original Stargate movie! How much more awesome than that can you get? ;)
Seriously though I loved him in Boston Legal and just about anything else I've seen him in. Still holding a torch for Will Arnett, he's just hilarious! And Catherine Tate is also very very good, best companion to the Doctor so far.
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Haha. Nice closing comment on Mad Men. My thoughts exactly.
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awesome for romano, and anyone who thinks game of thrones will be a flop is an idiot. it is going to be, legendary
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James Spader would be perfect; I suspect he's expensive, but NBC would be wise to pay his price - it would virtually ensure the series would only get better. Did I use NBC and "wise" in the same sentence? Is that the textbook definition of "oxymoron"?
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James Spader as the Office's boss would be awesome! pleaaase no Ray Romano I can't stand that guy!
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Did you say James Spader? Hell yes!
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Noooooooo to Ray Romano as the boss!!! Please please put someone at least remotely funny in the position!!
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With all the rumors flying around about the office's next season i never stopped being excited. But if catherine Tate becomes the new boss i will stop watching. She's funny for all of 10 seconds, something which Ricky pointed out in the finale of extras. She would literally be the worst thing that could happen to that show
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I think a lot of people are going to be surprised when Game of Thrones doesn't pull in the numbers they expect. The problem is that it's genre fiction and while that appeals to many Internet users it doesn't appeal as much to the general public. Even many fantasy fans aren't familiar with the work.
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Catherine Tate would be fantastic and a huge 'get' for the show: she's an enormous talent, but will be fresh to many Americans who've never experienced her on BBC America.
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Why not just have Ricky do it? the show can't possibly last more than 1 more season after Steve is gone anyway, so why not send it out in style?
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I like Catherine Tate, but i'm going to be thinking "why is Donna Noble on here, is the Doctor coming soon?!" but i'd rather it be her than any of the four males listed. and maybe it's good that she's mostly an unknown in the US. Steve wasn't that well know when he did it. I don't want Will Ferrell to stick around more than his episode arc, and who cares if he acts like Steve, if Michael's leaving they can't just add a different version of Michael back.. and I don't like Will Arnett or Ray Romano or James Spader either. i still say it should be Rhys Darby. Has anybody seen him in Yes Man as Carl's boss? he'd be great. i'd even rather Jim Carrey be the new boss than any of the other males listed and i'm not a fan of Jim's much either
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I liked Catherine Tate on Doctor Who, or I somewhat liked her. I dont see her getting the job though as she isnt known to many Americans, and I just dont think she would do a good job. We would all love Will Ferrell to get the job because he acts just like Steve, but we all know that is a slim to none chance considering how he has 2 movies in production right now, and I am sure is too expensive. If Will Ferrell cant get the job, Im in hopes for Will Arnett.
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