NBC Says It’s Preparing for ‘The Office’ Without Steve Carell

May 17, 2010  •  Post A Comment

It’s hard to imagine "The Office" without Steve Carell at the center of the program, but NBC says it’s preparing to do just that, reports Nellie Andreeva in Deadline.com

As reported earlier, Carell said in a BBC interview that he’s not yet sure if he’ll renew his contract with "The Office" after it ends next season.

During a conference call to discuss the network’s upfront presentation, NBC Universal Television Entertainment Chairman Jeff Gaspin said, " ‘The Office’ is a great ensemble show, and the producers are preparing in the event he chooses to move on."

NBC primetime entertainment president Angela Bromstad said that the network is hoping hoping it will be able to "keep him around for a long time." That may still happen even if he leaves "The Office," given that he has a producing deal with NBC’s sister studio UMS.  

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  1. It’s just a ploy for contract negotiations, but I half hope it plays out and they do it without Carell. It won’t be an epic train wreck like the whole Leno/Conan debacle, but it would be a train wreck nonetheless. I want NBC to prove… THEY STILL GOT IT!

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