The search is on for the next Michael Scott.
Steve Carell originally made the role famous on “The Office,” which ran for nine seasons from 2005 to 2013 on NBC.
Scott was the manager of the Scranton, Pennsylvania, branch of a paper company. Other cast members included John Krasinski as Jim, Rainn Wilson as Dwight, and Jenna Fischer as Pam.
“The Office” was highly praised and watched in its original airing, but it has become even more wildly popular since its series finale.
Streaming services like Netflix have made the show one of the more talked about on social media today.
— Esmeralda Jones (@EsmeraldaJonYGM) August 9, 2018
Michael Scott quotes from The Office: "You know what they say, fool me once-strike one, but fool me twice-strike three."
— Greg Speck (@Gregospeck) August 6, 2018
— awesomeJoe (@Sherrie61046313) August 5, 2018
— That Guy Jason (@Jason_Swinehart) August 1, 2018
The show is now being turned into a musical parody, which people can see in September in New York City. A press release, however, says producers are still searching for their Michael Scott.
“Are you the next Regional Manager for Scranton’s 3rd largest paper company? Seeking a handsome, strong, handsome, funny, handsome world’s best boss,” writers and creators Bob and Tobly McSmith wrote in the announcement.
“Must be a triple threat: singer, dancer, paper lover. No babies, scabies, or rabies. Must know how to power point. ALL PEOPLE NAMED TOBY NEED NOT APPLY.”
Fans of “The Office” will recognize the last line as a reference to Michael Scott’s long-standing feud with his branch’s HR rep, Toby.
(People are free to submit audition videos for the show here. Videos must be received by August 20.)
While it may all seem a little unorthodox, this search is perfectly in line with the vibe of “The Office” and with the type of parody show it’s becoming. Bob and Tobly McSmith previously turned “Friends” into a similar musical parody.
The official website for the upcoming show says the performance will show a workday at the paper company branch made famous on the show — and it will invite ticket buyers to “work” with their favorite characters.
Before “The Office” ever aired one of its 201 episodes on NBC, it was actually a British sitcom starring Ricky Gervais; it aired for 12 episodes and two specials. The American show arguably became far more popular than the series it was based on, and fans are constantly asking for a reunion show to check in on the characters.
John Krasinski, who is now leading a “Jack Ryan” television series for Amazon and directing box-office successes such as “A Quiet Place,” said recently that he absolutely wants to revisit his Jim character and get together with the other actors.
The American show arguably became far more popular than the series it was based on, and fans are constantly asking for a reunion show to check in on the characters.
“I need the incredible writers of our show to tell me what he’s [Jim] doing because I’m kind of worried about him,” the filmmaker told Variety this year. “He had a whole lot of hopes and dreams, he had a lot of zany ideas, and then he went to Austin to live his life, and I feel like the dreams are still in his head, so let’s see what he’s doing now.”
He also expressed an interest in returning to the show in a separate interview that he did this year with Ellen DeGeneres.
Perhaps this means the one and only Steve Carell will soon be reprising the Michael Scott role himself ….