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I am – Hercules!! “The Office” producers have “reached out” to Rhys Darby, who played the hapless manager Murray on “Flight of the Conchords,” about joining NBC’s top-rated sitcom, according to Entertainment Weekly’s Michael Ausiello. Could Darby’s character eventually inherit Michael Scott’s office?
“We haven’t settled exactly who will take over,” says Lieberstein, adding that promoting a current staffer to the top job remains a viable option as well. (Coexecutive producer Mindy Kaling recently endorsed Rainn Wilson’s Dwight for the gig.)
Producers also apparently contacted representatives of Danny McBride (“Land of the Lost”), but he’s busy with a second season of the HBO sitcom “Eastbound and Down.” Find all of Ausiello’s story on the matter here.
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  • Aug. 11, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    He'd be a good choice to replace Michael

    by jim

    as the boss.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 12:56 p.m. CST

    Love me some Murray.

    by Nice Marmot

    Good fit for The Office. Or at least the version I was watching when I quit watching it.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1 p.m. CST

    Now where are the 2 different types of post . . .

    by Nice Marmot

    The ones saying Conchords was genius and the ones saying its the worst thing ever made.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Andy would be funnier as Mr. Manager than Dwight

    by TylerScruggs

    But Danny McBride or Rhys Darby would be noice.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:02 p.m. CST

    Had a nice small role in "Pirate Radio"

    by theBigE

    I enjoy him on screen. Seems a little too close to Michael Scott in character, however.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:08 p.m. CST

    Todd F. Packer

    by KoolerThanJesus

    I still want the Packman brought on full time to replace Michael. Do you know what the F stands for?

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:11 p.m. CST

    That would be AWESOME

    by davidwebb

    Make it so.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:14 p.m. CST

    The show needs Packer

    by frankenberry

    Not saying Packer should be the new manager. But where is he? Packer was hilarious in the early seasons of The Office. If David Koechner has time to appear on other TV shows, seems he could stop by The Office again once in a while.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:17 p.m. CST

    Darby as Murray or Drunk Jan!!!!

    by beastie

    It could actually be better. But that's not saying much considering it's current state. I still watch, because there's a line or two every episode that makes me smirk, but the show is way past it's prime. I think Darby playing Murray (don't change a thing) or bring back drunk Jan, and you've reinfused the show.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:19 p.m. CST

    "Whats up ma'nerds!?"

    by MJDeViant

    Packer would be better. I think Rhys would be good but I'd rather him start a new show than replace someone on The Office. I have a fear that he would just be Murray on The Office. Which sounds okay, BUT I'd rather just have a Murray spin-off of FotC instead and have that world instead of The Office's.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:20 p.m. CST

    are all Darby's roles Office based?

    by DonLogan

    From Conchords to Yes Man before promotion to The Office. Typecasting aside, i'm for it.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:22 p.m. CST

    Kenny Powers Could Run Dunder Mifflin

    by luther0701

    Dwight, You're Fvcking Out!!!

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    Darby would make a great David Brent...

    by FuckMichaelBay

    ...who just transferred from the London office of Sabre to run the Scranton branch. Slight resemblance?

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST

    On second one can touch Gervais.

    by FuckMichaelBay


  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:37 p.m. CST

    Fuck the office, I want more Kenny Powers!

    by Saen

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:38 p.m. CST

    i don't like it.

    by Timahh

    I don't want them trying to keep it going without Carrel for starters, and if they cast Darby as the new manager, they will essentially have a new Michael Scott but with an accent. When Carrel leaves, it will be the ideal time to call the show quits anyway, what's really the point in dragging it out any longer? Is anyone really that psyched to see the death rattle that will be season 9? There is not a cold chance in hell it lasts more than a year with out Carrel, so why don't we just skip that part and end it a year early? Do the honorable thing NBC.....please.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:40 p.m. CST

    Band Meeting

    by seragreen

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST

    Still pulling for David Wallace

    by cookepuss

    He started off as a real stiff early on, got treated like Wiley Coyote during the buyout of Michael Scott Paper Company, and eventually lost his mind after DM closed the other branches. The actor playing David Wallace is convincing enough to play the boss roll again while the character is just unhinged enough to make Michael look like freakin' Bill Gates.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:47 p.m. CST

    roll = role. must be hungry. =P

    by cookepuss

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:55 p.m. CST

    he is THE PERFECT CHOICE to replace Carell

    by idrinkyourmilkshake

    this guy is funny as shit

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 1:58 p.m. CST

    Wilson should get it...

    by Heckles

    ...wouldn't have said that a season or two ago. Dwight is great now. Still hoping for David Brent though.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    I rarely watch the Office.

    by CoursinLarry

    But I would schedule my meals around the show if Rhys Darby was on it. That guy is insanely funny.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 2:29 p.m. CST

    I rarely watch the Office.

    by CoursinLarry

    But I would schedule my meals around the show if Rhys Darby was on it. That guy is insanely funny.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 2:39 p.m. CST

    Fuck Now that would be great.

    by eric haislar

    He is perfect for that show.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 2:47 p.m. CST

    That is a great idea. I'm just sad that there's no more FotC.

    by CreasyBear

    And I'm also glad to hear Eastbound and Down is finally going again.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 3 p.m. CST

    He's hilarious as Murray.

    by Mr Nicholas

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 3:08 p.m. CST

    Danny McBride is only funny when he's cussing

    by MyScroteHasGout

    To be the best of my knowledge you cant say "butt fuck" on NBC. Murray is the clear choice. He was great in FOTC.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 3:16 p.m. CST


    by fastcars

    It's not up to David Koechner whether or not he appears in "The Office." It's up to the producers and writers of "The Office." It's a television show, not a friend's house he can just stop by, whenever he wants.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Rhys Darby is great if they had to bring in someone

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    If they are going to promote from within I suggest Pam. Jim is too boring, Dwight is funnier as an underdog and Andy has been overused to the point where I think there might be some backlash if he was chosen.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 3:40 p.m. CST

    Murray and Kenny Powers are great

    by Beezbo

    Put one or both of them on the Office and I won't even miss Steve Carrell.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 3:41 p.m. CST

    Watch Darby's HP commercials on youtube

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    I bet if they add him to the show he'd be a lot like that character.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Glad no one suggested this, and yet it's perfect...

    by DanielKurland

    Would easily re-invigorate things too.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 4:51 p.m. CST

    Wow, Brilliant! Get this done!

    by skycrapper

    and get Brett and Jemaine to guest star.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Until this, I didn't think it would be feasible

    by palooka_boy

    But this would definitely work. The only alternative is the infinitely impossible idea of having Ricky Gervais resurrect David Brent to replace Michael.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 5:59 p.m. CST

    Gervais already said that he won't do it.

    by Tarijeno

    He's more intent to live off the syndication royalties than to actually be on the show.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 6:16 p.m. CST

    Murray on "The Office"

    by arzbest


  • Aug. 11, 2010, 6:49 p.m. CST



    Okay..everything 'creative' in life is generic....Rhys Darby was the best thing in FOTC, no question..with great comic timing...he is definitely based on Gervais' Brent character, with the facial hair and the pratt-ish come into The Office (US versions) makes sense..but..although it's inspired, it is, at the same'm delighted, but is he just going to be more Murray Hewitt mixed with David Brent? Could be magnificent....or...

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 7:36 p.m. CST

    he was the funniest part of Concords

    by yourSTEPDADDY

    ...I love his role calls... and his standup on Comedy Central was ok... but he is verrrrryyyy effeminate

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:08 p.m. CST

    Hercules is a Socialist

    by ChocolateJeebus

    And now following in the footsteps of Hercules the ignorant - a misplaced and inappropriate political rant. Anyone who expresses a desire to "spread the wealth" is a Socialist and a Commie. What gives you the right to take money from those who have earned it and give it to those who have not? If I want to pay for someone to eat I will do so. If I want to pay for someone's education I will do so. If I want to pay for someone's healthcare I will do so. If I do not, it should be my choice to spend my money any way I damn well choose. Charity begins at home, not in the halls of government. Say it with me everyone (maybe just the Americans) "The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not." - Thomas Jefferson.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:11 p.m. CST

    Why get a fake David Brent when you could get the real thing?

    by iamnicksaicnsn

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:13 p.m. CST

    Not that I think it would actually happen... but it would be

    by iamnicksaicnsn

    EPIC. I'll take Murray though, I love that kiki accent, it's the shit.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:23 p.m. CST

    Cant they just end it gracefully?

    by MattInTheHat

    What is it with Amerikan shows? If Steve leaves then wind it up gracefully and move on... it doesnt need to keep going for 10 years and fizzle out.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:27 p.m. CST

    Danny McBride? FUCK No.

    by dasaroo

    I had the great misfortune to watch "Land of the Lost". Anna Friel's luscious gams notwithstanding, that movie sucked giant hairy schwetty balls- and McBride- he was about as funny as the diarrhea crusted under the rim of my bowl.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:47 p.m. CST

    Wow, that might actually make me want to watch the show

    by Coughlins Laws

    again. He would seem like a good addition...

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 8:55 p.m. CST


    by shadydave

    Only Mcbride would save this show. Remember when the office was funny?

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 9:23 p.m. CST

    Let the show go out with some grace and class

    by snowpuff

    End it when Carell leaves.<br> <br> Out wait, I forgot. This is NBC. They have no grace or class.

  • Aug. 11, 2010, 10:29 p.m. CST

    I think Rhys Darby woild be awesome!

    by NeverTalksBack

    But I would be concerned that his character would just be a kiwi Michael Scott as others mentioned. I agree he was one of the best things on FOTC. As for McBride I think he's funny. but I don't know if he's as good a fit for the show. I still think it'd be hilarious if Dwight was manager, plus it'd give them a chance to bring someone else in anyway because Dwight would last like 3 episodes as manager before he completely fucked it up! :p

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 2:17 a.m. CST

    Darby is great, but if they plan on using a pre-existing

    by smackfu

    I agree that having 'unhinged' David Wallace would work great. This past season has shown that after 'finding himself' during his unemployment, Wallace could be potentially be a great weirdo boss to replace a great weirdo boss.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 5:24 a.m. CST

    I like the idea of Wallace too

    by NeverTalksBack

    That episode where Michael visits him is hysterical, it's like the guy started losing his mind after he left.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 10:42 a.m. CST

    Micheal Sheen could do it. He can do anything.

    by therootstheroots

    Brian Clough, Blair, Wesley Snipes, David Frost, a vampire, anything. But get rid of the writers and bring fresh blood, as the current staff aren't improving.

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  • Aug. 12, 2010, 4:01 p.m. CST

    Conchords Season 2

    by kolchak

    I've never seen a great show go downhill that fast. Ever.

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 4:40 p.m. CST

    wooah, here's a vision...

    by RockLobster800

    as I recall, Darby was in talks to be in the new Muppets movie too, and I thought it would be cool if he just played Murray managing the Muppets...But now Im thinking, we could have Darby as Murray managing Dunder Mifflin AND having the Muppets as his side project (like FOTC were on the show). I mean, the logisitics of a crossover like that are impossible but would be fantastic :O Just imagine Dwight running into Sam Eagle, or Kevin and Cookie Monster meeting after the whole youtube voiceover thing in season 6. Damn it, now Im excited for something that can NEVER happen :( Like George Costanza with the walkways...

  • Aug. 12, 2010, 4:42 p.m. CST

    David Wallace

    by KoolerThanJesus

    I could get interested in this idea too. Whatever they do, I want them to give more time to background characters like Creed and Stanley. They should devote one episode a season to each background character like Star Trek used to with the non-main 3 people in each show.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 7:33 a.m. CST

    Why not Jon Lovitz? Worked for News Radio.

    by CreasyBear

    Oh, wait. No, that didn't work for News Radio. Sorry. Bad example.

  • Aug. 13, 2010, 8:34 a.m. CST

    Promote from within - give Creed the job.

    by 2for2true

    Talk about taking the show in another direction....

  • Aug. 14, 2010, 4:27 a.m. CST

    LOL - he'd be great...

    by Russman

    Talk about major awkward situations!

  • Aug. 14, 2010, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Okay everyone. I will do it. Let me work on the show.

    by BurnedNotice_Dude

  • Aug. 15, 2010, 9:31 p.m. CST

    Murray is not Michael

    by Balcony Fool

    The characters are completely different. Murray is far more earnest than Michael, and far more anal. Michael is funny because he can't believe everyone else isn't in on his joke, Murray is funny because he doesn't see any joke at all. I think it would be brilliant if they actually brought the Murray character into the world of The Office. Also, it would open up the show to cameos by Bret and Jemaine.