Harvey Keitel Could Be
Running THE OFFICE??
I am – Hercules!!
Senior “The Office” writer-producer Paul Lieberstein just told E! he wants Harvey Keitel to play Michael Scott’s replacement on “The Office.”
"He's probably the only guy who can do it, and he's doing TV now."
Paul is so jazzed about the idea of Harvey joining the show, he already has a bulk of the maybe-replacement's role already written.
"He's an old salesman who thought he could retire and the stock market went down, and he has to come out of retirement to work for a few years."
Lieberstein’s people have not yet approached Keitel’s people, but Keitel’s already taken a supporting role on ABC’s low-rated “Life on Mars,” so NBC’s biggest scripted hit seems likely to afford him.
I fucking love this idea. I could see Keitel in full Winston Wolfe mode, suddenly hired by Jo to clean up the chaos in the wake of Michael Scott’s departure (a departure confirmed for this coming season).
Steve Carell’s final season of “The Office” starts Sept. 23
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Sept. 1, 2010, 10:10 p.m. CST
Sept. 1, 2010, 10:11 p.m. CST
... but if they bring him in they should bring in Tim Conway too. You can't have one without the other.
Sept. 1, 2010, 10:25 p.m. CST
Sept. 1, 2010, 10:34 p.m. CST
by Bass Ackwards
Amy Ryan, Idris Elba, Kathy Bates, isn't Olyphant supposed to show up too? Seems like Keitel (though obviously with a higher caliber resume) would be right at home alongside these guys.
Sept. 1, 2010, 10:35 p.m. CST
Fine actor but there must be a better choice.
Sept. 1, 2010, 10:41 p.m. CST
I mean, I like them in certain roles. But as the new star of The Office? Not really. I think they should try to find someone as close to Carell as possible, if they want to keep the audience.
Sept. 1, 2010, 10:52 p.m. CST
Sept. 1, 2010, 10:57 p.m. CST
Sept. 1, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST
Sept. 1, 2010, 11:03 p.m. CST
Whomever they get needs to be able to play a clueless boss. That's not Kietel.
Sept. 1, 2010, 11:05 p.m. CST
Bring a little of the "arrested development" and "Larry Sanders" magic to NBC
Sept. 1, 2010, 11:08 p.m. CST
by Anything But Tangerines
Sept. 1, 2010, 11:09 p.m. CST
...the longer Ricky Gervais keeps eating. Please, for the sake of comedy, stop encouraging him.
Sept. 1, 2010, 11:11 p.m. CST
Sept. 1, 2010, 11:15 p.m. CST
Sept. 1, 2010, 11:55 p.m. CST
Love Keitel, but I worry he'll just be stuck in the straight man role...Tambor's a seasoned comedy vet, and was hilarious as the patriarch on ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT. Small move sideways to make him the OFFICE "dad".
Sept. 2, 2010, 12:23 a.m. CST
is one of my favorites. Tough call - Winston Wolfe vs Hank Kingsley/George Bluth.
Sept. 2, 2010, 12:26 a.m. CST
the same character he did in Bad Lieutenant... ;)
Sept. 2, 2010, 12:33 a.m. CST
Hell, he could even play Jimmy James from NewsRadio. Dunder Mifflin could even start selling red staplers.
The only hope for the office after Carell is to totally change the dynamic. I like the idea of a character that is completely different from Michael Scott. If the replacement character is similar in any way, it will constantly be a comparison, and that can't work. They need a character that is funny for totally different reasons.
Sept. 2, 2010, 1:18 a.m. CST
Imagine the "Jim-face" we'd get if he walked in on the new boss jerking off by the window of his office!
Sept. 2, 2010, 1:33 a.m. CST
...was a perfect replacement to the other guy. The show did change the dynamic...somewhat...but it was probably better for it!
Sept. 2, 2010, 1:36 a.m. CST
...that the replacement for Michael Scott will need to be young in order to have some sort of romantic tension. It hasn't been the same since Jim began openly dating Pam.
Sept. 2, 2010, 2:31 a.m. CST
The perfect replacement would be: Ricky Gervais !!! But seriously, it could actually work.
Sept. 2, 2010, 5:07 a.m. CST
John Lithgow!!!!!!!!!! Only Lithgow's quirkiness could cap the whole left by carell I say bring Lithgow and have him catch a little senile maddness... or make it a druggie... something like that
Sept. 2, 2010, 5:09 a.m. CST
The character would be perfect to take over.
Sept. 2, 2010, 5:50 a.m. CST
The American version of the Office is about as funny as a fire in an orphanage.
Sept. 2, 2010, 5:54 a.m. CST
they could have Michael Scott go to an orphanage as community service time or something... and he could start a fire while trying to do a magic tric with DM paper... he could cause a HUGE firethat would destroy everything, and when confronted he could play dumb... that would be funny
Sept. 2, 2010, 6:11 a.m. CST
Sept. 2, 2010, 6:21 a.m. CST
makes me suddenly realize, ya know Colin Quinn and Harvey Keitel don't sound entirely UNalike.<br> <br> Anyone... ?
Sept. 2, 2010, 6:45 a.m. CST
There could be something here. They could spend hours debating the theoretical pain of a gunshot wound to the elbow.
Sept. 2, 2010, 6:53 a.m. CST
by The McPoyle Clan
That _might_ work. To echo a sentiment -- love Keitel, but no. <br><br>My first choice would be to take the show out back and put a bullet in its head, like an old, beaten horse.
Sept. 2, 2010, 6:58 a.m. CST
Jim as boss. That's been his story arc from the beginning, going from apathetic funny guy to a married man with adult concerns. <br> <br> That would allow you to restructure Sales and Accounting depending on who leaves when Steve Carell leaves (Ed Helms and Craig Robinson are transitioning to movies), setting up what is essentially a second series of The Office, retooling a second seven year series, perhaps? <br> <br>Strange to think that the greatest commonality between The Office and a previous tv example is probably M*A*S*H. The workplace as war zone.
Sept. 2, 2010, 7:20 a.m. CST
by Nice Marmot
Good idea, but post an article when its a done deal.
Sept. 2, 2010, 7:48 a.m. CST
A black gay native indian dwarf with rabies making growling noises and chasing Dwight around the office? No? Or Lady Gaga making Gaga noises and chasing Dwight around the office?
Sept. 2, 2010, 8:12 a.m. CST
Give Rick 50 million to do it for one season. It's not my money, so what do I care, I just wanna see David Brent back in the paper business!
Sept. 2, 2010, 9:54 a.m. CST
They already proved that having Jim in charge results in the opposite of funny. He loses all his character, is just a stiff, and everyone else has less fun. Jim in charge were by far the worst episodes this series has ever done. I'm down with Keitel to be honest. Keitel or let Craig Robinson take over. I honestly think letting Darryl be boss would both make the most sense (have someone in corporate realize hes the only responsible person there) and be the funniest (Darryl loves messing with all those office workers) I really can't picture anything funnier than Darryl being made manager. Aside from that, Keitel would probably be quite enjoyable. Make it so he doesnt even know what a computer is
Just have more of Creed and the redhead.
Sept. 2, 2010, 11:10 a.m. CST
by Lou C.
Bring back Jan and make her the boss. Melora Hardin is hilarious, and she would be weird in an entirely different way than Carell. Outside of that, I'm all for Darryl being the boss. Making Jim or Dwight the boss hampers the characters too much.
Sept. 2, 2010, 12:26 p.m. CST
by andrew coleman
Jim as boss makes sense to me. Ricky Gervais would be BRILLIANT! Seriously that would be amazing. My choice would be Jason Bateman, he won't do it but he is perfect in the comedy style of just being awkward. Or Will Arnett but more of a dick who tries to make everyone love him. Any of these would work for me.
Sept. 2, 2010, 12:42 p.m. CST
The UN-funniest man who ever lived to be in our sitcom. A true Jumping Of Shark, if they haven't already done that in the last year.
Sept. 2, 2010, 12:55 p.m. CST
is by far the best idea. Let the British Office cross over with the American Office.
Sept. 2, 2010, 1:23 p.m. CST
Sept. 2, 2010, 1:24 p.m. CST
with Charles Miner? I don't think dead pan seriousness will be funny on this show again... Hope I'm wrong though.
Sept. 2, 2010, 1:39 p.m. CST
is Gary Busey. He doesn't so much run the office, he just goes around giving people noogies and screaming at various office supplies.
Sept. 2, 2010, 1:46 p.m. CST
...the show's run its course. They should've cancelled it after season 5. Season 7 was terrible, apart from 2 or 3 great episodes. Maybe the 8th season will be something special, with Steve leaving, the introduction of Harvey and guest star (rumoured) Ricky. I guess next year there should be a whole new Scranton branch. New office, new actors, new everything.
Sept. 2, 2010, 2:12 p.m. CST
Sept. 2, 2010, 2:32 p.m. CST
would be perfect! The company has already hired Ryan back after his fraud thing, so hiring back Jan or David to run the company can make sense. They're both pathetic now, like Michael, but in different ways.
Sept. 2, 2010, 3:01 p.m. CST
But as the new OFFICE manager? sounds terrible.I say go with the manager from FLIGHT OF THE CONCORDS.That guy was BORN for this role(or some kind of comedic epsiodic t.v.)
Sept. 2, 2010, 3:06 p.m. CST
or would that be too obvious?
Sept. 2, 2010, 3:28 p.m. CST
no need to pollute a fine actor's legacy even further.
Sept. 2, 2010, 3:34 p.m. CST
But he's too serious for The office.
Sept. 2, 2010, 4:05 p.m. CST
Talk about changing the dynamic!!!
Sept. 2, 2010, 4:32 p.m. CST
...a 70+ year old office manager doesn't really fit in with the show. Not that it matters, cause who's gonna watch it once Carell leaves?
Sept. 2, 2010, 6:06 p.m. CST
or have a gimmick of rotating special guests that will please mine & NBC's penchant for that sort of thing. <p> And of course, squirrels. <p> These are the demands and sayings of buffywrestling.
Sept. 2, 2010, 7:26 p.m. CST
You know - their office manager? Perfection!
Sept. 2, 2010, 8:18 p.m. CST
He can play a former Los Angeles late night trash talk show host named Dick Dietrick who moves into middle management. Hilarity and dick jokes ensue.
Sept. 2, 2010, 9:47 p.m. CST
Idea 1: The show limps on for one or two more seasons without Carell.<br> <br> Idea 2: The show goes out with Carell with some dignity and class.<br> <br> CHOOSE IDEA TWO YOU TALENTLESS NBC EXECUTIVES.
Sept. 2, 2010, 10:24 p.m. CST
... you don't know Dick.
Sept. 2, 2010, 11:23 p.m. CST
...and be self aware about it
Sept. 3, 2010, 12:56 a.m. CST
and rename it "The Orifice"
Sept. 3, 2010, 2:04 a.m. CST
Conan O'brien! Then fire him and take back Carell, that would be genius!!
Sept. 3, 2010, 3:39 a.m. CST
through the ceiling" <p> http://www.snotr.com/video/1935
Sept. 3, 2010, 2:49 p.m. CST
Because Natalie Maines gotta...y'know.
Sept. 3, 2010, 4:12 p.m. CST
He was great in arrested development & could fill carell's shoes easily.
Sept. 3, 2010, 9:02 p.m. CST
Creed is one strange, but funny bastard! Imagine him as the boss of The Office and the interaction he would share with corporate.
Sept. 3, 2010, 10:59 p.m. CST
Too serious an actor to play comedy week in and week out. Rhys Darby from Conchords is THE MAN for this part after Michael Scott goes. I hope it wasn't just speculation about him... I want teeth on this story!
Sept. 4, 2010, 12:44 p.m. CST
by No 6
Sept. 4, 2010, 12:45 p.m. CST
by No 6
... For 2 episodes, then replaced by David Brent.
Sept. 4, 2010, 5:25 p.m. CST
Ahahahahahah! OMFG, until I read your Subject line, I was saying to myself, "Isn't he dead? Or like 100 years old? Really, Hedley Lamar from Blazing Saddles? Say wha?!?" Then I realized I was thinking of Korman. Weird. Maybe cuz a younger Korman wouldve killed in this kind of deal. Anyhoo...
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