By June of 2010, Steve Carell had confirmed that the seventh season of “The Office” would be his last year playing the socially-awkward but well-intentioned manager, Michael Scott. The show must go on, however, and NBC has no plans to cancel its hit Thursday night comedy just yet. That means a new middle-management position will be opening soon at Dunder Mifflin, and the Scranton branch holds a pool of possible replacements. Who among them will step up to fill Michael’s shoes?
Jim Halpert He’s already co-manager, and with a wife and new baby to support, he’s more motivated than the Jim we knew seven seasons ago. But David Wallace was cast out as CEO, and he seemed to be Jim’s greatest ally.
Dwight Schrute We all know Dwight thrives on authority, but with his beet farm, his new status as building owner, and who knows how many other imaginary authority roles he’s assigned himself, Dwight might have already taken on more than he can handle. Especially if his romance with Angela heats up again.
Pam Beesly-Halpert Possible, but unlikely. She has the skills-she practically ran the office as Michael’s receptionist for years. But Pam’s heart truly lies in being an artist. She would be making a big mistake committing to a management position, and Fancy New Beesly now has the self-awareness to know it.
Andy Bernard Andy’s sweet, but his level of goofiness and endless pursuit of romance rival Michael’s, making his potential rise to manager merely a parallel move for Dunder Mifflin.
Ryan Howard No way the higher-ups would trust Ryan in a power position again. In fact, without Michael Scott’s undying admiration, Ryan just might be shown the door.
Stanley Hudson He has the crabbiness of a manager, but not much else. And he’s so zoned out to daily office activities that he barely recognizes when his coworkers put a box over his computer.
Kevin Malone No. Just…no. He’s barely believable as an accountant.
Angela Martin Everyone’s favorite stickler would get caught up in the paperwork required to change her status in the office. Meanwhile, someone with less respect for red tape would move in and start managing.
Oscar Martinez He has the ideas. He has the attitude. The problem is, when he’s called to share them with the company, he’s more concerned with keeping his job and the status quo.
Kelly Kapoor Those Minority Executive Training classes might have elevated her ego to the point that she applies-with the stipulation that Ryan becomes her Assistant Manager, which might get her fired instead.
Darryl Philbin No way. Darryl has bigger plans to rise to the top at Dunder Mifflin. He won’t settle for a measly middle-management position.
Phyllis Lapin-Vance Not likely. She’s married to Bob Vance, which gives her some clout in the building. But she seems content with where’s she’s at.
Meredith Palmer If there’s some way to sleep her way into the position, she’ll take it.
Creed Bratton He has the seniority and the ability to fake his way through most situations. He’s managed to survive in his job this long without doing any work at all. He could be the dark horse to sneak in a nab the position.
Roy Anderson How great would it be if Pam’s former fiancé turns out to have spent his years away from Dunder Mifflin acquiring a business degree? And then comes back to run the whole office? When Darryl rises to his corporate position, you can bet he’ll put in a good word for his old warehouse co-worker.