‘The Office’: Exec Producer Greg Daniels on Why They Decided to Continue Filming After Steve Carell Left

by Jeremy Spirogis
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When Steve Carell left The Office, there was some query as as to whether the present might ever be pretty much as good with the absence of Michael Scott. But govt producer Greg Daniels says they didn’t put a lot thought into ending the present after Carell’s exit.

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‘The Office’ forged was robust, even with out Steve Carell

Daniels says persevering with on with out Carell was straightforward thanks, partly, to “the strength of the other cast.”

“If you were to just look at our cast without Steve — and didn’t know that Steve had been on the show — you would say, ‘Oh my god, what a super cast! How did they ever get all those people together in one show?’ So often we’ve had really funny stuff that hasn’t been able to be squeezed into the show because we do an A-plot, B-plot kind of thing, so the idea of being able to allow some of these great actors who are stars of other movies have A plots is good,” he mentioned in an interview with Entertainment Weekly in 2011.

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Daniels compares Carell leaving to the British Office ending after solely 12 episodes. At the time, he felt there was nonetheless much more story to inform.

“This is form of the state of affairs we have been in once we began as a result of lots of people have been like, ‘How could you possibly do the show without Ricky Gervais?’ These guys had constructed this toy — the British Office — they usually performed with it for 12 episodes and a particular, after which they stopped enjoying with it. I used to be like, ‘Hey, I want to play with that! There’s plenty of enjoyable left in that toy,’” he mentioned.

Daniels continued: “The writing staff and the other actors are feeling a little bit the same way now: ‘This is only season 7; it’s not like we’re in season 22. We want to tell stories with this toy and play with it.’”

‘The Office’ had Michael depart earlier than the season finale in an effort to maintain viewership excessive

It could look like the pure transfer would have been for Michael to go away through the season finale. But Daniels and his colleagues didn’t “want all this worry over the summer, like ‘Will the show survive?’”

“We figured, ‘Let’s get that out of the way before we go to the summer and have them be thinking about the storylines over the summer, not that question.’… Every single episode between now and the season finale has some big moves in it,” he mentioned on the time.

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Daniels says they by no means actually thought-about ending The Office after Carell left.

“If we hadn’t thought of some good ideas, we might have gone that route. But it wasn’t like anybody wanted to end it. Everybody’s really enjoying it, and I think Steve felt terrible about leaving because he was worried that it might mean the end of the show. He didn’t want to be responsible for that,” he mentioned.

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