‘The Office:’ Why Ed Helms’ Character Didn’t Work because the Boss – ‘Andy Became a Watered-Down Michael’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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When Steve Carell exited The Office in Season 7, his departure left an enormous void within the present. Playing the socially inept Dunder Mifflin supervisor Michael Scott from 2005 to 2011, Carell created a personality that was synonymous with the sitcom.

Filling his sneakers because the boss of the Scranton department was robust for producers. When they lastly chosen Ed Helms’ character Andy Bernard to interchange Michael, the goofy paper salesman that viewers had grown to like appeared to alter a bit an excessive amount of.

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Dwight or Andy as head of Dunder Mifflin?

After Carell’s exit, producers began going over choices for his successor. The two primary contenders had been Helms and Rainn Wilson, who performed Michael’s devoted advocate Dwight Schrute.

“There was ultimately a big Dwight camp and there was a big Andy camp,” author Amelie Gillette instructed Andy Greene, writer of The Office: The Untold Story of the Greatest Sitcom of the 2000s. With each actors held in excessive esteem on the present, the manufacturing crew tried to hone in on how every character would play out.

“I did not think it should be Andy,” author Justin Spitzer admitted. “I loved the character of Andy. I loved Ed. … He’s such a people pleaser, but Michael is a people pleaser. I think people would have been more excited to see Dwight as the boss because he’d been wanting it for so long. It just seemed like it suggested more stories to me.”

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With Helms starring within the extraordinarily profitable Hangover franchise, the scales turned in his route as the brand new head of Dunder Mifflin. “I believe The Hangover calculus type of shifted issues towards Andy fairly rapidly,” author Owen Ellickson revealed.

A unique Andy Bernard

Turns out Helms was simply as shocked as viewers when the information hit he landed the promotion.

“I knew about three or four weeks before we started shooting,” Helms mentioned on the time, in keeping with Reuters. “Right away the question that came up was: ‘What’s gonna happen next?’ There just wasn’t an answer for a long, long time which in some ways was a blessing. It gave us all time to zen out about it and come to terms with whatever it might be.”

While Andy was referred to as an acapella-singing, banjo-playing goofball round Dunder Mifflin, producers felt the necessity to tone down his kooky persona and tackle a extra boss-like demeanor.

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“Andy was a goofier character before that season,” Gillette defined. “I feel like we tried to rein him in a little character-wise… But I think that that’s what anyone who rose to that position would do.”

Ed Helms’ character modified an excessive amount of

With such big sneakers to fill and a marked void left by Carell’s departure, Helms taking over the managerial position was a tall order.

“It was always discussed that Steve was the linchpin that held it all together,” cinematographer Matt Sohn instructed Greene. “There had been a variety of viewers that when he left, they stop watching, as a result of that was their model of The Office.

Some of the manufacturing workers thought Andy was too just like Michael in methods. “It felt to me like we were having trouble breaking out of a Michael-shaped mold for the manager,” Ellickson recalled. “That, to me, was one of the biggest problems.”

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Critics, whereas followers of Helms, weren’t thrilled with Andy as boss man. “It felt like a retcon,” TV reviewer Myles McNutt mentioned. “It’s also hard to like Andy when he’s the boss and they’ve neutered any meaning in his character.”

Alan Sepinwall, one other tv critic, took his evaluation a step additional. “Andy became just a watered-down Michael,” he instructed Greene. “He was a Michael who the people already liked, so there’s no tension and there’s no comedy. He was also really annoying.”

While the sitcom continues to be beloved to at the present time and thought of an iconic comedy, the departure of Carell couldn’t be ignored or rectified. Spitzer summed it up, saying, “There was always the knowledge that we were trying to be the Steve Carell show without Steve Carell.”

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