Since Steve Carell announced his retirement from the NBC sitcom The Office writers and producers have been scrambling to find a replacement. Two names have surfaced over the past couple days as possible replacements. The first is Danny McBride. Honestly, I don’t think McBride would be a good fit. I’ve never liked any of his characters. His Kenny Powers on HBO’s Eastbound and Down was mildly entertaining at best. I don’t think he could fill the awkward shoes of Michael Scott they way he needs to in order for the show to survive. He will, however, be guest appearing on an episode next season. Sources at Warming Glow has said that he’s not a candidate for a Michael Scott replacement.
The second name to surface is New Zealand actor Rhys Darby. He would fit perfectly with the cast. If you don’t recognize the name, you have no doubt seen him as Murray on Flight of the Conchords, the clueless HP spokesman in the HP commercials, or as Jim Carrey’s boss in Yes, Man. He plays the clueless, naive simpleton better than anyone else I’ve seen. He would be just as good, if not better, than Steve Carell as the leader of the Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin.
There are other rumors that insist a former Arrested Development cast member would replace Michael Scott. If anyone could (or should) do it, it would be Portia de Rossi. She was fantastic as the cutthroat boss on the under-appreciated Better Off Ted, but I just don’t see it fitting with the current Office atmosphere.
Out of all the possibilities I like Rhys Darby the best. If he doesn’t get this role someone needs to get him in another sitcom ASAP.