Steve Carell is Leaving The Office

... Michael Scott won't be annoying the employees of Dunder-Mifflin much longer. Actor Steve Carell has confirmed that next season on The Office will be his last. I know I'll miss him when the time actually comes, but with all the bad Despicable Me promos all over the place right now (Carell is the lead voice actor in the film), this news sounds like a breath of fresh air. [E! Online]

... ABC Family is stoked that Pretty Little Liars has become a hit, and now it wants more. The cable network has ordered 12 more episodes of the dark teen drama, giving the new series a full first season of 22 total episodes. The move doesn't necessarily guarantee a second season, but given its success and the network's love for the show, it's almost a certainty. [ABC Family via press release]

... I remember when Janeane Garofalo used to be indie comedy's It Girl. Now she's jumping around from network drama to network drama. The former 24 cast member has signed on for CBS' Criminal Minds spinoff, the freshly titled Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. Garofalo will play an FBI agent under the watch of a team leader played by Forest Whitaker. I guess we all have to grow up someday. [EW]

... What the? I don't even... Friday Night Lights is doing okay in the ratings? Apparently it's only taken four seasons for people to realize that this show is pretty darned great. According to NBC, the show has placed number-one in its time slot on Friday nights over the past five weeks. Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose to reruns of Wife Swap! [THR]

... The syndication wars are heating up, and the latest shots-fired come from... Oxygen and USA? The two cable networks—which are both part of the NBC Universal (and Comcast!) family—made huge deals for a pair of current comedy hits, continuing the trend of cablers locking up shows years before they'll hit the air in reruns. Oxygen nabbed the rights to sing-song hit Glee, while USA scooped up Modern Family. So this is what cable is going to look like in the future. [Deadline Hollywood]


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That's really sad that he has left the show. But still its my favorite show and he was my favorite character in the show. Season one of this show was amazing.

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> I know I'll miss him when the time actually comes



That's what she said.
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I'm sad to see Steve Carell go, i hope the show will still be good, but I remember how much That 70s Show sucked after Eric left. To those people who say that season 6 didn't do well, you probably haven't watched the last few episodes, which is some of the best Office episodes ever.
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Good for Janeane.
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i agree that Janeane has sold herself out to some extent but i guess indie doesn't pay the bills anymore..
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that's terrible news, i think it'd be funny if Ricky Gervais replaced him as the boss for a few seasons but other than that, i don't see that show going much further without him.
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The Office Without Steve Carell is like a cupcake without frosting. pointless and dull
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njligernj: logical, yes, but this is tv.com so keep your rationality to yourself, fool
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All these comments about how they have to end The Office now are so illogical. It's still a good show. Here's an idea: if you like the show then you should want it to continue -- the quality is in the writing; if you don't like the show then stop watching it; then whether it continues or not is of no consequence to you. Either way, calling for it to end doesn't make any sense. It can "end" for you right now if you don't watch it ever again -- problem solved! The rest of us who still enjoy the show can continue enjoying it. Everybody wins!
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The Office probably should have ended with the show with Jim and Pam's wedding. Then made the baby's delivery a special episode. The rest of season six is forgettable. Are they even showing FNL anymore?
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the office isnt going to be as good but im glad he is moving on. there is always a time to say good by to a show before it goes completely to sh!t.
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FNL is doing ok and just ok for summer and friday...
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Steve Carell is making a good decision, he's to big a star to appear on the Office. Yeah though Season 6 of the Office stunk. It's time to pull the plug.
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Better off Ted was garbage. With that being said, the office should end next season if carell is leaving.
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The Office won't be as good with Steve Carell gone
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I love Janeane Garofalo since her indie comedy days, and i still like her today, just kinda disappointed that she's no longer doing comedy becoz she doesn't shine as much in drama.
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Please, somebody explain to me why FNL is so great? Nobody cares about high school football players, or cheerleaders for that matter.
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Good to hear FNL is doing well in the ratings; that show deserves every good word that's written about it. A+ stuff.
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yeah the show needs to go
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Why not bring in Ricky Gervais' character from the original British "The Office". Other than his ~ radio/tv show, I don't believe he is specifically involved in anything and could be a fun in-joke.
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I like Steve Carell, but, the Michael Scott character has become unbearable the last two seasons. Sorry, The Office is passed it's shelf life. Time for the talent to move on.

Can't wait for Janeane to return to television.
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omg the office is gonna tank when steve carrell leaves. even with dwight and jim in it, i only give it 1 season after michael leaves.
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Pretty Little Liars has been doing quite well in the ratings so its extra episodes pickup isn't a surprise.
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The Office has been going down the drain and Steve Carell's departure should be a sign it has reached it's end.
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i liked the show better off ted. it would be a good replacement if they drop the office
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I still wish NBC would just drop The Office and replace it by getting Better off Ted from ABC, which is a much better comedy and might actually do well if its given a chance in NBC's comedy line-up. But since the chance of them actually doing that is pretty small I think Steve Carrel leaving would be good for the show as long as they handle it right and don't just go the easy route by giving Jim or Dwight the job but just start looking for a different boss with an original character that isn't just some rip-off of Michael. Though I personally wouldn't mind if Dunder Miflin would get bought up by Veridian Dynamics and they just go the crossover way. I cna dream can't I?
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might as well end The Office after Steve Carell leaves, the only other main characters that have had anything interesting are Jim and Pam, and since they got engaged and then married they've been boring.. they should end the show on a high note until of dragging it on and it getting cancelled. I don't like Pretty Little Liars, so whatever. When's ABC Family going to have a guy targeted show? always liked Janeane Garofalo, but i HATE cop/law shows. Funny that Friday Night Lights is so popular now that it's ending next season. better later than never i guess. it's not like it's going against anything though really.
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*Sigh* When Janeane Garofalo and Forest Whitaker are the cast of a crappy procedural rather than a kickass movie and Tim Roth is in the same situation you know you are culturally bankrupt. Let's erase modern civilization from the face of the Earth. We obviously don't deserve it.
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Why stop at The Office, it's not like 30 Rock has anything new to offer. They should make more room for good original shows like "Community" and "Parks and Recreation".
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F*** the female lead of the unnecessary CM spinoff and get back A.J. Cook.
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I can't see The Office continuing without Steve Carell. It's been going downhill anyway. They need to make next season their last.
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NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! This is going to suck. I hope that NBC realizes that The Office is just about there only great show they have and do whatever necessary to keep him. If he does leave I hope they try to go on without him somehow.
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