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Will Ferrell heading to NBC’s ‘The Office’

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: The search for Steve Carell’s replacement on NBC’s “The Office” has led to another funnyman with television roots: Will Ferrell.

NBC announced that Ferrell, who previously worked with Carell on “Anchorman,” will guest star on “The Office” for four episodes as the sitcom brings Michael Scott’s involvement to an end. Ferrell, of course, is no stranger to television, having spent several seasons on “Saturday Night Live.” But it will be his first major return to TV since breaking out into a bona-fide film star.

“We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star,” said executive producer Paul Lieberstein. “We are proud to continue ‘The Office’s’ tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see: tremendous raw sexuality.”

Ferrell will play a branch manager who arrives from the home office and proves to be just as inappropriate as Carell’s character.

While this sounds like a short-term fix, a celebrity guest no doubt tied to TV’s infamous sweeps session, I suggest it become the permanent solution to Carell’s departure. “The Office” needs a massive injection of comedic creativity, and who better to provide that than Ferrell? He doesn’t have to quit movies altogether. But what if he put his film career on hold for one year, or maybe two, and delivered some of the funniest television we’ve seen? It would work, “Office” producers. Turn the conference room over to Ferrell. Audiences will respond in kind.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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