Thursday marks the star-studded finale of this rollercoaster of a season on NBC’s The Office. With Stever Carrell’s departure from the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin, plenty of people are being considered for the coveted “Branch Manager” role – including Ray Romano, Will Arnett, James Spader, and Jim Carrey, among others, including the original bossman, Ricky Jervais.
But, according to the Hollywood Reporter, the front-runner looks to be Doctor Donna herself, British comedienne Catherine Tate.
Catherine Tate, known best for her eponymous sketch comedy show and her role as Donna Noble in Doctor Who, has had little exposure outside of her home Britain, but The Office producers reportedly consider her to be “top choice.”
Whether she will be available to take the role, though, is another question — Tate is appearing as love curmudgeon Beatrice in an upcoming stage production of Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing, (funnily enough) opposite the Tenth Doctor, David Tennant. The Shakespearean comedy has already begun previews and is scheduled to run through September, unfortunately making it seem that Tate would be unable to accommodate both projects, as most shows slated for the fall usually begin production sometime in July.
Still, there must be a reason she’s considered top choice. If the producers want her, then I’m sure they’ll come up with some way to work around her schedule.
I think the most important tidbit of information to come from this, however, is the fact that even the showrunners don’t know who is taking the place of Michael Scott’s significant shoes. I mean, if you don’t have an actor, then how can you cater the role to maximize that actor’s strengths? And if production begins in only a short few weeks, isn’t writing taking place now?
We’ll see how all of this plays out in September.