Speculation is getting out of control with the possibilities of who will replace Steve Carell on The Office when he officially leaves following next season. Initially possibilities included Ricky Gervais, the creator and star of the original British version of the program, and Flight of the ConchordsRhys Darby, who’s band-manager character Murray Hewitt, many say is a perfect blend of Carell’s “Michael Scott,” and Gervais’ original “David Brent.”

Recently Eastbound and Down’s Danny McBride has been thrown into the mix as a possible future manager at Dunder Mifflin, and along with him a source at NBC told E! Online that they are considering a former Arrested Development cast member.

Meanwhile, the Internet is a buzz, throwing every near-possibility they can at the network including Alec Baldwin, and promoting another cast member to maintain the core of the show, while Time Magazine has created a massive campaign for Michael Emerson, who played Benjamin Linus on Lost, to fill the slot. –ANDREW BANKIN 


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