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'Office' mystery: Who will replace Steve Carell?

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the-office-castingImage Credit: Sam Urdank; Chris Haston/NBC; Mitchell Haaseth/NBC (2); Albert L. Ortega/PR PhotosNews that Steve Carell intends to leave The Office at the end of the NBC comedy’s upcoming seventh season got us thinking: Who could replace Michael Scott? Some ideas…

Ricky Gervais: If Michael’s precursor, British Office manager David Brent, could get a work visa to come over to the States, he’d be the funniest English export to land in Scranton since spotted dick.

Kathy Bates: No average Jo, Michael’s current boss can be a real pit bull — and man, do we love her for it. Though she’s committed to David E. Kelley’s midseason legal drama, Kindreds… well, does it make us bad people to kinda hope it doesn’t take off?

Amy Ryan: Her Holly Flax and Michael haven’t been able to truly reconnect ever since she was transferred from the Scranton office. What a tragicomic end to the romance if she were to return to Pennsylvania just as he left.

Rainn Wilson: A promotion to co-regional manager alongside rival Jim would be a dream come true for Dwight. And a nightmare come true for Jim. And then yet another dream come true for us. You see where we’re going, right?

Michael Emerson: The Lost alum can certainly play creepy. Plus, if he can keep those freaky Others in line, surely he can control the misfits at Dunder Mifflin.

Craig Robinson: We already know warehouse supervisor Darryl is ambitious — at least ambitious enough to like having an office upstairs. Perhaps he isn’t done climbing the corporate ladder? And perhaps he’d be even funnier at the top?

David Cross: Odds are he’ll never find another character as memorable as Tobias, the never-nude “analrapist” he played on Arrested Development. But if any actor could make lightning strike twice, our money’s on him. A lot of our money.

Who would you like to see fill Michael’s soon-to-be-vacant office? Hit the comments with your suggestions!