With three new stars tapped to appear in the season finale of NBC’s "The Office," speculation is that one of them might replace outgoing Steve Carell, who plays boss Michael Scott, reports TVLine.com.
The stars are Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate, the story says. The three will appear as candidates for the office manager’s role in the finale, and will be joined by previously announced guest stars Will Arnett and Ricky Gervais, the article notes.
The piece says that only two have a realistic chance of taking on the role full time: Spader and Tate. Romano is committed to "Men of a Certain Age," while Arnett recently signed on for an NBC pilot and Gervais has made it known he won’t repeat the role he originated on the British show of the same name.
Tate, an English actress and comedian, starred in "The Catherine Tate Show" and in "Doctor Who."
Spader has won three Emmys as lead actor in a drama series–two for “Boston Legal” and one for “The Practice.”
Romano has a few Emmys of his own for the long-running CBS hit “Everybody Loves Raymond,” winning in 2002 for lead actor in a comedy series and sharing in two wins for outstanding comedy.