NBC’s Steve Carell exit from The Office is going to be epic – and producers have announced that the departure will air on a respectfully epic night on television as well.
The episode will air the first night of May sweeps, Thursday, April 28. On a night where networks load up on events and special episodes, NBC will have the almighty powerful departing episode of Carell on The Office as their ratings’ secret weapon.
How Michael Scott (Carell) departs the Scranton office of Dunder Mifflin is still a mystery, but here’s what we do know: The man who brought the character into the world is now the man taking him out. Greg Daniels, the Simpsons and King of the Hill alum who originally adapted Ricky Gervais’ The Office for American audiences (starting with the show’s pilot), was the writer on Carell’s final episode as well. Daniels continues to serve as an executive producer on The Office.
Leading up to the Carell exit, guest star Will Ferrell will first show up on the April 14 episode of The Office. He’ll also appear on April 21, and again on the April 28 Michael Scott farewell.
After Carell departs, Ferrell will stick around for one more episode (May 5). Ferrell is not the show’s permanent Michael Scott replacement [though it’s obvious he plays some part in his departure]. The fate of the Dunder Mifflin regional manager job will play out on the season finale, an hour-long episode set to run on May 19.
In honor of Carell’s last day on set, Rainn Wilson (“Dwight Schrute”) tweeted on Friday that “the angels of comedy wept.”
Will You Be Tuning In To See Carell’s Farewell On The Office? We sure will be!