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Will Ferrell joining 'The Office'

Posted by Steve Greenlee  January 27, 2011 11:36 AM

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It would be too much to hope that someone like Will Ferrell or even Ricky Gervais would replace Steve Carell on "The Office." Wouldn't it?

Well, hold on. Last week NBC announced that Gervais -- the creator and star of the original, British version of "The Office" -- would make a cameo on tonight's episode. Now comes word that Ferrell will play a visiting branch manager for several episodes this season. The Associated Press is reporting that Ferrell's character will be "just as inappropriate" as Carell's Michael Scott.

Carell is leaving the popular series before the end of this season, and speculation has swirled over who would be brought on to run the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin paper company. Is it possible that NBC is trying out Will Ferrell for the job? Nah. Carell, after all, is leaving to further his movie career, whereas Ferrell's film career is already in high gear. Still, until an official announcement comes, we can hope...

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