So the day has finally come. I am talking about the fact that Michael Scott (Steve Carell) is leaving “The Office.” And this makes me wonder why good shows have to end.
Now I know some shows should end on a high note like some athletes should retire when they can still play. But I just hate to see one of the few good television shows go. Now there has been talk that “The Office” may do another season, but let’s face it folks. Odds are it will be similar to the “Scrubs” spin-off without J.D (Zack Braff). It was horrible, but I confess, I watched every episode until they were canceled. It’s called loyalty. If viewers have it, shouldn’t actors?
While “Scrubs” also had to find a new place to shoot — damn hospital being condemned — “The Office” will be able to shoot without moving. But will it really be the same with out Michael?
Now if you’re not familiar with “The Office,” it is a show about an office where the boss — Steve Carell — is able to make things so uncomfortably awkward you just can’t stop watching. It’s like watching some guy pick up a girl at a TKE dance, or any other social train wreck: laughter is sure to ensue.
I fell in love with the show after seeing a clip of the hilarious interaction between cool Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) and uber-dork Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson). But a big part of why the relationship is so satisfying to watch is the inane intervention of the socially-awkward boss. If that factor is taken out, all the funny Jim versus Dwight pranks wont have the same flair.
Maybe it is time for “The Office” to end, but I’m not ready for it to end. I am fully aware that sometimes you lose people. Especially at this point in our lives, we make friends that we might be close with for the next few years who we may never talk to them again after graduation. But Michael is not just a right-now friend. He has been entering my living room for the past seven seasons.
Granted, sometimes these characters leave to make movies. I understand movies are more lucrative than television for most actors, but I was loyal to your show for seven seasons, Steve. Couldn’t you return the favor for another couple?
I guess life goes on. But I do not need to be happy about it. Maybe they’ll bring in the English Michael, David Brent (Ricky Gervais), which might be awesome. And maybe he will be loyal to fans.
Reach columnist Blaine Reynolds at Blaine.Reynolds@usd.edu