‘The Office’ Season 7 Finale Adds Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate

Published by Seth Quillen in: Television -- Date: 6 Apr 2011 Comments: 0

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The national unemployment rate may have finally dropped below 9 percent but there’s still a lot of people fighting for the same jobs. Three more applicants have thrown their name into the mix for the soon to be open position of regional manager at the Scranton branch of the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, a subsidiary of the Sabre Corporation on The Office.

TVline is reporting that Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate have all joined the pool of possible successors to outgoing going regional manager, Michael Scott (Steve Carell). The three new applicants join previously announced candidates Ricky Gervais and Will Arnett.

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Spader has the most office experience through his work over at Boston Legal and The Practice. Romano also has some knowledge of paper, as he’s best known as a sports reporter on Everybody loves Raymond, but has spent the last couple years over at Men of a Certain Age, so he has been out of the game for a while. The third candidate, Catherine Tate is no slouch herself having spent three years on The Catherine Tate Show where she took on work in an office setting on many an occasion over in the United Kingdom.

The three new candidates look pretty good but Gervais is the clear front running having already been a general manager of the Wernham Hogg Paper Company for two years in an Office over in the UK. Gervais also already has a relationship with Michael Scott and has built up quite a good rapport with the boss.

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The final possibility from outside the “paper world” is Arnett, who temporarily stepped in as CEO of the Bluth Company, on Arrested Development. While his leadership did not go over as well as he would have hoped he did gain valuable experience in a position of authority.

With all these outside hires vying for the job it would be easy to over look the possibility of an inhouse hire. Jim (John Krasinski) previously held the position of Co-Regional Manager at the Scranton branch but stepped down after learning he could make more money in bonuses as a salesman. Darryl (Craig Robinson) has shown great ideas and solutions on the shipping side and has slowly been moving up the corporate ladder himself. And we all know that Dwight (Rainn Wilson) would grab the power chair in a second if offered, so we should keep an eye on him as well.

Technically it’s already been announced that Will Ferrell will be Michael Scott’s replacement but many believe his management style will not mesh well with the other employees. And that a new boss will be announced by the end of The Office‘s hour-long May 19 season finale.

Dunder Mifflin itself has not escaped the wrath of this down economy iether. It has struggled to make a profit with the massive industry shifts away from the use of paper, not to mention the continued growth in popularity of computers, Ipads and e-readers. And after a failed attempt to restructure the company back in 2009 they accepted a buyout from Sabre Corporation, a printer company. While Dunder Mifflin CEO David Wallace and other executives were let go all the employees on the branch levels were kept on to sale Sabre  printers to their current clients.

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