"Replacing Michael Scott" read the headline of a Washington Times article.
Being somewhat of an Office fan, I immediately knew who this Michael Scott was and what replacing him would mean for all the hardcore that's what she said fans around the world.
The show would never be the same.
After reading this headline I was desperate to know why NBC was going to be replacing Steve Carrell's famous character. Unfortunately after reading the article I was still asking myself that question.
This article was the only one that I saw on the Washington Time's website, so I assumed that it would answer all the questions that I had after reading the headline. But instead I got an article that was comparing Carell and his role in "The Office" to Charlie Sheen's character in "Two and a half Men."
NBC will soon be tasked with doing the impossible: Replacing one of TV’s funniest lead characters on one of TV’s funniest comedies.
No single television comedy has ever tried to replace an anchor as heavy and as significant to the program’s success than that of Steve Carell’s Michael Scott character on NBC’s “The Office.”
Well, that is until the Charlie Sheen debacle happened at “Two and a Half Men.” But does that really count?
“Two and a Half Men” is wildly successful, generates crazy amounts of money but couldn’t be more stale and unfunny. In the future, “Men” will be remembered as a successful series in terms of ratings and profitability, yet, right now, during it’s current run, “Men” is just one of those generic comedies.
I can't stop asking myself why Carell is being compared to Sheen? How does that even come close to relating to the headline?
The article also failed to tell us why Carell is leaving the show. With an article whose headline speaks about replacing a main character on a highly watched TV show, it would almost seem obvious that somewhere in the article the reason as to why Michael Scott is being replaced would be mentioned. Unfortunately this never happens and I think that it definitely makes the article less informative.
However, there were a few things that I did think that the article covered well.
I really liked that they gave credit to "The Office" for being the first show that took a new approach to filming.
However, “The Office” is truly funny, sweet and has a sense of heart that most sitcoms with canned laughter lack. “The Office” also paved the way for the single camera, mocumentary style format that influenced the likes of “Parks and Recreation” and “Modern Family.”
Anyone who hasn't been living under rock for the past six years is sure to know the most famous quote from the show- "that's what she said."
So I will say that I enjoyed the way that the article ended, in true Steve Carell fashion.
In a perfect world, “The Office” would close its doors with the simultaneous exit of its star player, Steve Carell. But since NBC has re-upped the comedy for an additional two seasons, the network has their work cut out for them to find the perfect replacement; it’s going to be hard. That’s what she said.