For those not in the know, Michael Scarn is the name Michael Scott’s (AKA Steve Carell) alter-ego. I am a huge fan of the NBC series “The Office.” I realize, painfully sometimes, that it is not everyone’s cup of tea. More often than not when I mention the series to someone I am met with something along the lines of “Oh, I hate that show” or “That guy is such an idiot. How can you watch him.”
Well, I guess that’s kind of the beauty of the series and what makes I so much fun for me. While it is over the top most of the time, there is a certain level of reality hidden right below the surface. That little twinge of knowing that if I don’t know someone in my office just like them, I know someone with enough personality quirks and character defect that they could walk right onto the set of “The Office” and fit right in. Perhaps we don’t have a quality assurance guy that is a burned out hippy like Creed Barton, but we do have a receptionist that think she secretly runs the company. We may not have an Ivy League under achiever like Andy Bernard, but we have a guy that sits in his office taking pleasure at his own farts.
So that is why I like “The Office.” While over the top, it is still very grounded in reality. Almost disturbingly so.
But the anchor of this crazy ship, Steve Carell, is leaving. And he is leaving some pretty big shoes to fill. So who would I get to replace him? Well, I wouldn’t consider bringing anyone from the current cast. They all have their niche and roles. To switch them now would jeopardize the series, and one of the things that always made Michael Scott “work” was that he was outside the rest of the cast and he desperately wanted to be inside. I think it would stress the series too much to “promote” someone in the current cast into his position.
I have been thinking about who might fill the position and I think there are a few on SNL (also a NBC production) that might fill the role well.
1) Bill Hader – One of the best talents on SNL, he could easily fill the role. The only question I have is could he play it serious enough. With the right motivation and character development, I think he would do well.
2) Jason Sudeikis – He would make a great replacement. He does well with the straight man role and has a certain quirkiness that would play well in the role as an office manager. He is my favorite option.
3) Tarin Killam – A newbie to SNL, but he has a Michael Keaton feel about him that would do well in the role. He’s a long shot, but I think he could do well in the role.
Anyway, Steve will be missed, but I think one of these gentlemen could do well in the role if given the chance.