Dunder Mifflin Scranton may be on the hunt for a new manager this time next year.
Steve Carell, who's played Michael Scott on "The Office" for the past six seasons, says that the 2010-11 season will "probably" be his last on the show. In a BBC radio interview with his "Date Night" co-star Tina Fey (which Office Tally picked up; it also has audio of the interview), he notes that his contract runs out next season. Here's the full exchange:
Interviewer: How long will you stay with 'The Office' for? How many more series? How long does your contract run?
Carell: Contract through next season.
Interviewer: And will you stay after that?
Carell: I don't think so. I think that will probably be my last year.
That's potentially huge news for the show, which is NBC's second-highest-rated series (after "Sunday Night Football") among adults 18-49; it's averaging a 4.6 rating in the demographic this season, which places it in the Top 20 among all shows, and just under nine million viewers per week, the most by far of anything in NBC's Thursday lineup.
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