Romano may not be to everyone's tastes (we've personally got a bit of a soft spot for his gentle Everybody Loves humour), but his spot yesterday as a downtrodden, defeatist grump was sweet and we particularly adored the moment he took out his sandwiches mid-interview. He may not be as big a name as Will Arnett or Jim Carrey, and he does have other TV commitments so he's unlikely to come on board the NBC ship. However, Ray in charge of Dunder Mifflin is still a nice thought.
Gervais's second David Brent cameo of the season was a real let-down. Interviewed via video call, he didn't even bother to dress up like the man we came to love from Slough. There was the briefest flicker of a Brent-ism (ipso facto), but it was a lazy effort from the comic. However, Gervais is an established class act and he's obviously got a vested interest in the show continuing, so perhaps he could rule the office from Skype. Or even better, Brent could be on the next plane to Scranton to show Dwight and Jim how they make paper British style.
Spader got the most air-time out of the guest stars, so was that a hint from the writers that they want to give him the gig full-time? His character was truly bizarre and perhaps too domineering to slot in such an ensemble comedy. But equally you could argue that his character was the strongest and most likely to bring something fresh to a sitcom that should by rights be entering its twilight years.
According to several sources, the British TV comic is now the frontrunner to land the job full time. Her name was probably the biggest surprise on the guest cameo list and she's probably the least well known contender, but that could well play in her favour. Her Thai masseuse line last night was a definite episode-stealing moment and her character looked the most malleable for future use. She'd be quirky enough to provide a love interest for any of the eccentric male leads also.
Exec and star Paul Lieberstein has claimed that the new boss at Dunder Mifflin will not take centre stage, so surely it makes sense to not bother giving someone the poisoned chalice of coming in from the outside and filling for Carell. Why not just let Creed carry on with his rule of chaos (his double act with Pam was a stroke of genius)? Or why not give it to Andy Bernard? The closest character fit to another Michael Scott, he's turned from the "Big Tuna" big mouth into something much more lovable in recent seasons. Darryl made a right hash of his interview, but had one of the best gags of the night with his "blaaaaack" line and there's plenty more potential in developing his character. Or even, dare we say it, could Dwight reclaim power? His one-episode dictatorship was, after all, a definite seventh season highlight.
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