I don’t watch a whole lot of network television. However, I have to say I love having a DVR just so I can record Thursday night TV, just in case I am not home. I have become hooked on both ‘The Office’ and ’30 Rock’ for years, and I really look forward to my Thursday night ‘break’ every week.
Goodbye Michael Scott
As I am sure most people know, this past Thursday was the final episode for Steve Carell on ‘The Office’. I didn’t know what to expect to happen during the farewell episode. Would Michael Scott say goodbye in all the wrong ways and make me cringe? Would Will Ferrell’s character take center stage and Michael would sort of fade into the background? Well, it turns out that Michael handled everything very well. He almost appeared to be a wise sage dispensing advice, as opposed to a goofball that usually says all the wrong things.
By the end of the episode, I felt very sad. It is funny that I am emotionally tied to a fictional character! While watching, I felt bad that Michael Scott felt bad. I guess that is the sign of good writing (and good acting) when viewers do feel emotionally involved. Or, maybe I am just a sap. Regardless, I thought Michael’s story was wrapped up perfectly, and all the actors seemed genuinely sad.
Will The Office Succeed Without Carell?
I have no idea what the future holds for ‘The Office’. I hope someone great steps into Carell’s shoes and provides his or her own quirkiness and is still funny. It is easy to think the show will never be as successful without Carell, but ‘Cheers’ did just fine when Shelly Long left and was replaced by Kirstie Allie. I also think of how the show ‘Frasier’ was spun off from ‘Cheers’. I never thought that Kelsey Grammar/Frasier would be amusing enough to entertain us for 22 minutes a week, but I was totally wrong. On the other hand, there are also a lot of spin-off flops, like ‘Joey’.
What do you think will happen to ‘The Office’? Or, do you think that the show should have ended long ago?