Who will be boss on The Office?

UPDATE: here’s a second version of the video, with a slightly different ending. Does it reveal the new boss on The Office?

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Tipster: Michael Scarn

Here’s the original video posted by NBC.com.

James Spader, The Office Executive Producer Paul Lieberstein, and the cast weigh in on the search for the next Regional Manager.

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  1. “Jim struggles to be liked for the first time.” Gee, we haven’t ever seen that before. Except for when Charles Minor was boss and then again when Jim was co-manager. Way to go green and recycle stories guys!

  2. Yeah, Ed’s mouth showed “Andrew Bernard.” And even if that is part of some misinformation campaign, They will still give Andy a big part, manager or not.

  3. @Roy’s Mugshot Right? So they’re just forgetting those storylines ever happened, or hoping that we do. I don’t mind seeing Jim struggle as long as he’s not made out to be a bumbling idiot again – Please none of that. But don’t make it seem like this is the 1st time it’s happened.

    The boss is Andy. That much is obvious.

  4. If you watch closely at the 4:01 mark, Ed Helms is saying “Meredith Palmer”. I think she will be the new boss.

  5. I will be hugely disappointed if Jim isn’t the boss.

    The entire series has been leading up to Jim taking over. He’s the only credible, somewhat smart character. I was recently watching season 3, and I cannot imagine someone as stupid as Andy being the boss. That, and everyone seems to be forgetting that Andy is the WORST salesman at Dunder Mifflin.

    I also didn’t like seeing Gabe in this video. I thought he was leaving? Gabe has been the least liked character in Office history.

  6. It sure looks like Andy is saying “Meredith Palmer” or “Pamela Halpert”. Probably has 5 syllables (but maybe 4 or 6): 2-3 syllables in the first name and 2-3 syllables in the last name. Of course, this fits for many other characters as well, like Angela, Oscar, Stanley, Andy, etc. I also noticed Robert pointed towards Darryl’s smaller office when he called out Darryl, so Darryl can be ruled out, although he was my bet.

  7. Based on this promo, the answer to the question “Who will be boss on The Office?” is clear: no one AND everyone!
    James Spader starts Episode 1 as boss, and by Ep 2, becomes CEO.
    Robert California then decides to ROTATE staff to the managers chair throughout the season, sort of like American Idol only for Regional Manager.
    Spader said so himself in the video, that “EVERYONE gets a chance to shine this year”.

  8. Kyle, #13, Paul said something different in an interview in May. If it’s changed, then cold open of Sept 22:

    Robert California calls everyone into Michael’s office and says, “Please welcome the new manager”. Everyone looks puzzled. Someone asks, “Who is it?” Robert answers inscrutably, “All of you!”
    Spader, in the promo, let the cat out of the bag.
    Watching Season 8’s “American Manager Idol” with Robert as Simon Cowell should be a hoot!

  9. @theJFKshow I agree with everything you said. And yet i know that’s not how it’s going to happen. Prepare to be disappointed because according to all current info, it doesn’t look like Jim will be the boss anytime soon. It’s unfortunate that they’ve pretty much dropped his story. Like you said, i recall Greg Daniels saying years ago that while Michael is the boss, the show is really about Jim’s journey.

  10. Helms definitely mouthed “Meredith Palmer.” There’s no doubt in my mind about that now after having watched in several times. But that last little clip there.. is that not Andy in the Manager’s office?? Surrounded by all his stuff? And the office appears to have been painted green, unless that’s just some color manipulation for the sake of the promo.

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