As an executive producer on the U.S. version of his British series The Office, Ricky Gervais has a say in what happens on the show. If it things go his way, Arrested Development star Will Arnett would be joining the NBC comedy after original star Steve Carell leaves later this season. “Had a little meeting with NBC about various things and recommended Will Arnett for a regular in The Office,” Gervais wrote on his blog today. “I think he’s amazing.”
Here is the “chance” encounter between Steve Carell’s Michael Scott and Ricky Gervais’ David Brent on tonight’s episode of The Office. The scene appears to be largely unscripted, with the two actors showing off their improv skills. The most intriguing exchange comes towards the end.
David: Where are you working?
Michael: Dunder Mifflin.
David: Do you have any jobs going?
Michael: No, not right now.
David: Just let me know.
UPDATED: On Piers Morgan Tonight, Ricky Gervais, co-creator and star of the original British version of The Office and executive producer of the U.S. adaptation, talked about his initial reaction to Steve Carell’s decision to leave the NBC series. “I sent him an email saying: I think you are doing the right thing,” Gervais said. “As a producer, I was expected to try and stop him because he is a big part of it.” Gervais appeared on the fence as to whether The Office should continue without Carell as is the network’s plan. “It can survive,” he said of the show. “Whether it should or not I don’t know.” Gervais also talked about his upcoming cameo on The Office as his character from the original series, Michael Scott’s counterpart David Brent. “I bump into Steve Carell, it’s a little thing,” he said of the guest stint, which was supposed to be kept a secret. Here is the full exchange:
EXCLUSIVE: First, Ricky Gervais blogged earlier this week: “We are about to start work on a Chinese The Office. How cool is that?” Then BBC Worldwide poured cold water on the story, telling AP there was “no deal in place, no broadcaster, no production company”. That’s not entirely true. The BBC has now admitted to me that it is indeed developing a Mandarin version of the show with NY-based film financier John Heyman, father of Harry Potter producer David Heyman. So a Hong Kong subsidiary of Heyman’s World Film Group is developing The Office with BBC exec Pierre Cheung in Beijing. There’s no broadcaster on board yet. Auntie has already sold The Office format to the U.S., Chile, France, Germany, Israel, and Quebec. Next week BBC Worldwide is hosting BBC Showcase China