Seven seasons of NBC’s, “The Office” and I still look forward to it every Thursday night. Sure, it has lost the same steam of the first few seasons, especially with many shows following the same format (“Parks and Recreation,” “Modern Family”). Yet, somehow, it continues to hold a special place in my heart and makes Thursday nights complete. Now, with the show preparing for Steve Carell’s final season, the impending question is, who is going to fill his shoes? Let’s evaluate the top three candidates.
1. Dwight Shrute. Perhaps the most obvious and predictable choice for fans is Mr. Dwight Shrute as Regional Manager. The last seven years we have learned much about beets and Dwight’s kooky, albeit, laugh out loud personality. As someone who constantly refers to himself as “Assistant Regional Manager,” it seems like a natural choice and progression for the Sabre/Dunder Mifflin family. Plus, with Dwight in the power seat, it will ensure his bizarre antics will affect his “minions” big time. I would watch that show!
2. Jim Halpert. Not sure about you guys, but I have felt Jim’s character has become a bit stale during the last season or so. Yeah, he has his funny pranks now and again, but they are few and far between. Not to mention, after he tied the knot with Pam, it seems his character is not focused on as heavily. However, Jim has briefly had experience as a co-manager with Michael Scott, which qualifies him as a candidate as Regional Manager. His straight-man shtick to counter the crazies of the office, and occasional deer in the headlights stares into the camera, Jim Halpert could be a good choice for Michael to pass the torch to.
3. Darryl Philbin. I consider warehouse foreman, Darryl Philbin, to be the wildcard for the Regional Manager position. Darryl has proven that he is a responsible and capable worker bee. His promotion from the warehouse to the sales floor with his own office shows the trust and expectation the Sabre managerial team sees in him. Of course, it also helps that his appearances on the show are on the reg and his contributions are always laugh-worthy. Seeing his interaction with the rest of the employees on a consistent basis give us a glimpse of what he could possibly offer as Regional Manager of Sabre/Dunder Mifflin.
So, who do you think it will be? Dwight Shrute and his nutty antics? Jim Halpert with his straight-laced style? Or, Darryl Philbin and his dead-pan advice always leading the advisee astray?