Without Steve Carell, There Is No Office
Why NBC should pull the plug
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Mar 2, 2011 1:48 PM CST
Steve Carell is seen in a scene from "The Office" in this YouTube screenshot.   (YouTube)

(Newser) – Sure, sure, The Office is still funny, but it’s becoming increasingly obvious that it’s running out of steam, and should just close up shop when Steve Carell departs. “You can sense a weariness and desperation setting in,” writes Matt Zoller Seitz on Salon. “Are we seeing yet another example of network TV's factory mentality (26 episodes a year, series run extended indefinitely) squeezing the vitality and focus from a once-great show?”

The show has made a disastrous mistake by spending this season humanizing Michael Scott, making him grow as a person. It inspires, for Zoller Seitz, a “disquieting wonder at how series TV always suckers us into caring for fictional characters over time, even fatuous twits who lord over workplaces like whitebread dictators.” Scott’s impending redemption makes the show feel like one long comic novel drawing to its conclusion. But of course, it can’t actually end: “The corporate bottom line dictates that The Office will stay open no matter what.” (Click to read Zoller Seitz's entire column, which includes critiques of specific episodes from this season.)

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HMunster
Mar 3, 2011 3:40 AM CST
Replacement for Steve Carell? How about Ricky Gervais?...
Feces1
Mar 2, 2011 4:40 PM CST
It's time to call in Ted McGinley!
JawshPardee
Mar 2, 2011 4:17 PM CST
Michael did seem to start out as a full on egotistical jerk, ala, Ricky Gervais in The British version. But I think they quickly realized that it didn't play well on our side of the pond and transitioned him ever so slightly into more or the "buffoon" character, ridiculous but lovable and wanting nothing more than to be loved. You can also tell this transition by Michael's magical un-receded (ceded, re-ceded?) hairline from comparisons in season 1 to now.