Will Ferrell to appear on The Office

From Deadline.com:

Will Ferrell has committed to a four-episode arc of The Office. He will play a branch manager who comes from the home office and is just as inappropriate as Steve Carell’s Michael Scott character. Ferrell has committed to one episode beyond Carell’s finale, to help create a bridge.

From NBC:

“We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star,” said executive producer Paul Lieberstein. “We are proud to continue ‘The Office’s’ tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see: tremendous raw sexuality.”

Here is the schedule of Ferrell’s appearances on The Office.


  1. Guess this IS a sign I should stop watching. Words cannot even begin to describe how much I loathe Will Ferrell. Not to mention his “star-power” will overshadow the rest of the show. I’ve always enjoyed (up until recently) how most the guest-stars weren’t THAT big of names. Sigh.

  2. I can’t stand Will Ferrell. Hate this news. It also seems like this will take some of the spotlight away from Steve’s departure.

    What happened to no big name guests on “The Office?”

  3. Not a fan of this at all, I’m afraid. I think the focus should be on Carell, and not on any more guest stars. This screams “stunt casting,” and I honestly think The Office is better than that.

  4. As Michael Scott would say:


  5. I like Will Ferrell, but not as a multi-episode guest star on The Office. Not a fan of this one bit.

  6. I thought The Office always said they wouldn’t do big name guest stars because it takes away the mockumentary premise. Yes, Steve is a big star, but Steve has also been there since the beginning, so it doesn’t mess with the mockumentary feel. With this, and the slapstick nature of this season and last year’s, it’s like The Office is no longer a mockumentary, but just a typical sitcom. And that makes me really sad.

  7. Absolutely terrified by this news. I dislike Will Ferrell as an actor because of the characters he plays. And if his character is Michael-esque, that doesn’t bode well. If he replaces Michael forever, this show will drop in the ranks for me.

  8. Terrible idea. Will Ferrell apparently has a thing for stealing people’s thunder. He did it to Conan on his last episode of the Tonight Show, and now he’ll do it again to Steve.

    This will be the last season of the Office that I watch if this is how the show is going to continue to drive itself into mediocrity.

  9. I love this idea! I don’t care what others think, this is going to be awesome!! I cannot wait. Hip hip hooray!

  10. I can’t see him being a permanent part of the show, but if he is on for a few episodes to bridge the gap – I am all for it !!

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