NBC Comedy Thursday: Changes Are a Comin’Posted by BRADY in Parks and Recreation, The Office
April 30th, 2010, 02:22 PM
Thursday night, regarded by most (including myself) to be the unchallenged best night in current TV comedy, will be seeing some new faces arriving soon, as well as a very familiar one departing.
First came news that Tina Fey would like to end her Emmy-darling show 30 Rock within the next 2 years. NBC can’t be too happy about that. Now it seems Steve Carell, who plays The Office’s resident boss who you can’t help but love/hate/pity simultaneously, Michael Scott, will be leaving Dunder Mifflin in the hands of a new leader in the not too distant future. In an interview with BBC Radio, when asked if he would renew his employment on the show after his contract expires next season, Carell responded, “I don’t think so. I think that will probably be my last year.” What will The Office be like after Carell leaves? Hopefully off the air, if you ask me. By that point The Office will have had a solid 7 year run, and as the quality has slipped in recent seasons, the departure of Michael Scott (who is both the central source of laughs and heart on the show) seems like a logical enough place as any to end the show. Introduce David Brent, Ricky Gervais’ bumbling boss from The Office (UK), as Michael’s replacement and leave the show on a high note.
In better news for the Thursday line-up, Parks and Recreation is about to get a whole lot more handsome (not that Nick Offerman’s epic mustache [pictured left] isn’t fantastic looking) when two new men join the cast: Adam Scott and Rob Lowe. The hilarious Adam Scott will be leaving the Starz series Party Down, a great show that has its best characters stolen by network sitcoms (Jane Lynch left after the first season to join Glee), to become a series regular on Parks. You may know Adam Scott as the obnoxious, pretentious guy from Step Brothers. Or maybe the obnoxious, pretentious guy from Eastbound & Down. He was also in Monster-in-Law, but I hope you didn’t see that. Rob Lowe will similarly be leaving his longstanding role on Brothers and Sisters and transition to the lighter, funnier fare in the parks department of Pawnee, lending the show some (hopefully ratings-boosting) star power. Check out the video introducing the new cast-members below.
Finally, in news that Square Eyes loves, Bret Michaels is apparently improving, with one doctor predicting he could make the late May live finale of Celebrity Apprentice. Also, Kate Gosselin’s new book bombed hard. Yay!