They’re just pulling out all the stops for Steve Carell’s farewell from the Office. Ricky Gervais is finally going to guest and, now, Deadline says that no less than Will Ferrell will step in to serve as something of a regent ad interim. In a four-part arc, he’ll be introduced as a branch manager who’s “just as inappropriate as… Michael Scott” before showing up in at least one episode of Season 8 to “bridge” the as-of-yet unspecified cast transition.
The thing about the fandom of a show like the Office is that it covers a broad swath. I’m sure there’s at least one fan film out there made by some people who’d kill to be on the show (and you know there has to be a XXX porn parody or two.) Ferrell, believe it or not, is actually like one of those people - - except his reach actually aligns pretty well with his grasp. Apparently, he just called the producers and asked to be on the show because he liked it and wanted to give his buddy a proper send-out.
Paul Lieberstein, who plays Toby on the show, sums this up pretty well. Like practically half the cast, he also actually works behind the scenes of the show (as an exec producer.)
I'm not much of a fan of Ferrell's usual schtick, but I've actually liked him better when he plays it understated and that's what this show is all about. So color me intrigued to see how he fits into Dunder-Mifflin's milieu...
“We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star… We are proud to continue The Office’s tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see, tremendous raw sexuality.