TVLine Items: Office Boss Wants Arnett, CBS Eyes J.J., and Other TV News to Know

Imagine Gob Bluth running around Dunder Mifflin, carrying a mug that reads “World’s Best Boss” — perfection, right?

Well, if Ricky Gervais has his way, Will Arnett may be on Office duty soon enough.

In another fabulously funny installment of his personal blog, the British Office boss revealed that he’s been having “a few days of meetings and admin,” and has officially used his executive producing status on The Office to plant another Steve Carell replacement seed — maybe the best we’ve heard.

“Had a little meeting with NBC about various things,” he wrote, “and recommended Will Arnett for a regular in The Office. Thoughts? I think he’s amazing.” Agreed, he is amazing.

Curious to find out what else is going on in TV today? Well…

Undercovers, who? J.J. Abrams now has two new pilots under his belt, as CBS has picked up Person of Interest, per Deadline. Fox had previously picked up the Abrams-produced Alcatraz.

• Jack Black is returning as host of Nickelodeon’s Kids Choice Awards, says This marks Black’s third time leading the tween-based ceremony.

• CBS’ Late Show with David Letterman delivered its highest ratings of the season last week, which included guest appearances by Justin Bieber, Pauley Perrette, Matthew Perry, Kate Walsh and Howard Stern — not too shabby!

Greek‘s series finale is right around the corner (March 7 — sob!), and has your first look at the last picture of the cast. Awww.

Beverly Hills, 90210 alum Gabrielle Carteris is an alien — on a few upcoming episodes of The Event, TV Guide Magazine reports. The series returns to NBC with a two-hour episode on Monday, March 7 at 8/7c.

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  1. Thomas says:

    Actually The Event returns to NBC Monday, March 07 at 8/7c (episodes 11-12 from 8-10pm, then back to the original 9pm timeslot the following week).

  2. Kate says:

    I love Will Arnett so I am very excited about him possibly finding a home on tv. Maybe Fahad could visit? Even though Running Wilde didn’t work, I think Will and Peter Serafinowicz definitely had a good chemistry. Dwight having a run in with either of them would be hilarious!

  3. Maria says:

    Say what you want, but The Office has already lost its zing and will truly be over once Michael Scott is out of the picture. They should end it this season.

  4. Michael says:

    I would still like to see a really funny comediene fill in for Steve once he leaves. I had heard rumblings about Arnett’s Arrested Development co-star Portia De Rossi or even Lisa Kudrow being in consideration, either of which I think would bring a great new energy to the show that they could build on. But you could still do a LOT worse than Will Arnett taking over instead.

  5. Jamie says:

    So sad to see Greek end, but it’s nice to see a show end while it’s still enjoyable and not after it’s terrible.

    And Will Arnett could be the only thing that would make a post-Steve Carell Office enjoyable. Yikes.

  6. Lorie says:

    Will Arnett would be perfect!

  7. Rob R says:

    Will Arnett is the absolutely perfect choice to headline “The Office.” Sign him now and this viewer will NOT defect.

  8. Luke says:

    They should really cancel The Office. The romance and absurdity are gone. Now it’s just…sad. But desperate NBC would never cancel it.

  9. ThatBob says:

    Office, meet shark. Get ready to jump.

    Steve Carell has that rare ability to play a jackass with a heart of gold — under the layers of self delusion in his Michael Scott you could always see, at his core, a real if flawed human being. At the core of Arnett’s characters there’s always an empty space; he creates characters with no detectable humanity, heart or soul at all. There’s a reason Will Arnett’s last show tanked, and it wasn’t that it didn’t get a chance, and it wasn’t Will’s co-stars.

    The Office has always at its best delt in subtle truths and a certain sweetness within a wry tone. When it got silly or absurd it was by reducing familiar situations to their inherent absurdity, not by creating wackyness for its own sake. All Arnett has is bombast and exaggeration — if he became boss the show would degenerate into a battle of cartoons between him and the ever increasingly ridiculous Dwight.

    No, Arnett is a horrible choice for The Office; the tone that show needs to work is simply not within him. He would come off as a much inferior immitation of Michael Scott and the show would not survive it.

    • Cat says:

      An interesting take, yes I agree with your assessment, I am sure Will Arnett is shooting you insane exaggerated eye daggers right now LOL.

  10. Benjamin says:

    I liked the original idea of bringing someone like Harvey Keitel into The Office because it would bring a different type of energy to the show. So if Keitel is not available then bring Dennis Franz out of retirement and let him face off with Dwight!