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Ricky Gervais, Will Arnett confirmed for “The Office” finale


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Could that Ricky Gervais drive-by on “The Office” a few weeks back be the start of something special? Or is someone else in line to replace Steve Carell’s departing Michael Scott now that the NBC sitcom has been renewed for an eighth season?

These burning questions should be answered by season’s end, though right now, details are a little hard to come by. For instance, EW.com confirms that Gervais and Will Arnett will appear on the “Office” season finale, but can’t reveal what roles they will play because the episode is still being penned.

“We can tell you the one-hour episode will air May 19, have Gervais appearing on the show for the second time, and has Arnett appearing for the first time,” EW writes. “Also, that there will be other notable guest stars as well.”

Does that mean Will Ferrell, who reportedly was going to surface on “The Office,” giving us yet another partial “Anchorman” reunion? (Note to show writers: bring back David Koechner and make one of those guest stars Paul Rudd if you want instant ratings.) Or will Ferrell appear in a different episode between now and then?

We also learned over the weekend at SXSW that Amy Ryan will not be in the finale, and that her final episode, entitled “The Proposal,” airs the week before Carell’s last “Office.”

The pieces are falling into place, and NBC appears to be hiding something big.

That’s what she said.

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