Who Should Replace Michael Scott on The Office?

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Suddenly, Simon Cowell's seat on the American Idol judging table isn't the most pressing vacancy on TV.

Earlier this week, Steve Carell made it as official as he could: he's very likely to leave The Office after his contract runs out next year.

While the way in which writers pen Michael Scott's exit isn't a source of debate (he has to end up with Holly in Nashua, right?!?), who the show will choose as the new manager of Dundler Mifflin Scranton should be cause for months' worth of speculation.

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Will the company promote from within? Jim's brief stint as co-manager didn't lead to many laughs.

Dwight would be a natural for the position, and we know he wants it, but that character's schitck is already based on an obnoxious (and hilarious) false sense of power. It might become tiresome if he actually acquires said power.

Andy would be an intriguing choice, as he possesses the same cluelessness and social awkwardness of Michael - but will the sitcom aim for Michael Scott 2.0 or someone totally fresh?

Who do you want to see as the branch manager? One of these characters? Or a big-name new cast member? Weigh the options below and vote, or leave a Comment with another possibility:

 

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The boss from Office Space!!! :D

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I think John Lithgow would be a great choice to takeover as a crazy manager.

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I feel the guy who plays the principal on "Eastbound and Down" would be a good Michael Scott replacement. He can pull off that likable neuroticism that makes us love Michael Scott and The Office.

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DAVID WALLACE....He needs a job and he's hilarious!

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The dude from the old spice commercials

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James Spader.

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I'm available.

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Creed. It would be all inclusive.

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Louis Black would be perfect