Carell out of Of­fice

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Television - ANOOSKA TUCKER- EVANS

THE set of The Of­fice is usu­ally the home of non-stop laughs, but last month it be­came a place of tears and sad­ness.

Af­ter al­most seven years on the show, Steve Carell filmed his last scene as the off­beat Michael Scott af­ter de­cid­ing to leave to spend more time with his fam­ily.

‘‘ Peo­ple were cry­ing a lot, es­pe­cially when it came time to do your last scene with Steve,’’ says co-star Jenna Fis­cher, who plays Pam in the se­ries.

‘‘ We were all re­ally emo­tional but it was also re­ally warm be­cause we have such a fond­ness for Steve and we knew that this was a good de­ci­sion for his life, so it was a lit­tle bit­ter­sweet in that way.’’

While there were ini­tially fears that Carell’s de­par­ture would sig­nal the end of the se­ries, those wor­ries were laid to rest when it was re­newed for an eighth sea­son.

In­stead of im­me­di­ately re­plac­ing the char­ac­ter of Michael Scott, the writers and pro­duc­ers have a re­volv­ing cast of tem­po­rary man­agers. The first will be played by comedic ac­tor Will Fer­rell.

In­stead of putting the nail in the cof­fin of the se­ries, Fis­cher says it has re­vived it and she be­lieves the show will evolve into some­thing new and ex­cit­ing.

‘‘ We have filmed sev­eral episodes now [ since Carell left] and, I have to say, I’m re­ally ex­cited about those episodes,’’ Fis­cher says.

‘‘ I think they’re some of the fun­ni­est that we’ve done this sea­son. The feel­ing on set is very up­beat, very pos­i­tive.

‘‘ The writers did a won­der­ful job with the tran­si­tion and I hon­estly couldn’t be happier.’’

So is there a pos­si­bil­ity her char­ac­ter could be­come the new boss?

‘‘ Gosh,’’ she gasps, ‘‘ maybe for a day would be in­ter­est­ing but we know that Pam is not a very good sales­per­son.

‘‘ I just don’t know that if, within that group, she could ever get enough re­spect to ac­tu­ally man­age peo­ple. I don’t think any­one would lis­ten to any of her dead­lines or her pro­ce­dural guide­lines so I think it would be a disas­ter.’’

Whether her char­ac­ter is pro­moted or not, Fis­cher says she’s happy to stay as an em­ployee of Dun­der Mif­flin for the long haul.

‘‘ I’m still at­tached to The Of­fice, I’m still at­tached to Pam and the peo­ple I work with – the crew as well,’’ she says.

‘‘ I love that sta­bil­ity. I love go­ing to the same place for work ev­ery day around the same time with the same cook, who cooks me my break­fast.

‘‘ I re­ally like that en­vi­ron­ment and for that rea­son I’m happy to be on the show.’’

The Of­fice, Eleven, Tues­days, 9pm

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