What Gawker is calling “The Great Steve Carell Replacement Experiment” is beginning.

EW is speculating on who is in the running to replace Carell as the boss of the Dunder Mifflin Scranton Branch at the end of this season. The thinking is, whoever gets the nod will be introduced over the course of this season.

Office showrunner Paul Lieberstein confirms that they’re “having discussions” about introducing a new salesman into Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch, but he wouldn’t say whether this person was being groomed to necessarily replace Carell’s Michael Scott. “We haven’t settled exactly who will take over,” says Lieberstein, adding that promoting a current staffer to the top job remains a viable option as well. (Coexecutive producer Mindy Kaling recently endorsed Rainn Wilson’s Dwight for the gig.)

The lead contenders, according to EW, are the agent/manager from Flight of the Concords (Rhys Darby) and the guy from Eastbound & Down (Danny McBride).

Given these options, I’d pull for Darby. He has the sort of comedic cluelessness that a Michael Scott replacement character could grow out of.

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