Without star Steve Carell, many fear NBC’s hit comedy “The Office” may not be able to recover from the absence of simple-minded-yet-sweet Michael Scott. But former NBC exec and CEO of Electus Ben Silverman contends the opposite — that “The Office” is “so strong” going into its next season on the air, even without Carell, who left the show to focus on his movie career.
In an interview with “The Wrap,” Silverman said that “The Office” was one of the “most true ensembles on television” because of its ability to have so many characters that are well-developed. Because of the plethora of characters on the show, Silverman, who is an executive producer of the show, remains confident “The Office” will continue to have strong ratings even without Carell in the lead spot.
Though Ben Silverman won’t reveal who was chosen as the new boss for the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch, he said the move isn’t a replacement of Carell, but rather a progression of the show’s continually evolving plot lines and love stories. He did hint, though, that Carell may make guest appearances on a couple episodes.
“Obviously he's one of our partners and friends, and invested in the show,” Silverman said. “So he may appear.”