On Friday, NBC debuted its first teaser for Will Ferrell‘s appearance on The Office. In a four-episode stint starting April 14, Ferrell will play the new boss at Dunder Mifflin. Though his character doesn’t even have a name yet, he’s obviously struck a chord with Michael Scott (Steve Carell, leaving the show in just a few episodes).
But we can’t help but we ambivalent about this turn of events. To be sure, Ferrell has embodied some truly hilarious movie roles, including Mugatu in Zoolander, Buddy the Elf in Elf, and Ron Burgundy in Anchorman. He’s even worked with Carell in the latter movie, so we know that the chemistry is there. (And get a load of the bro-hug above.) But there’s something about The Office making a big deal of big-name actors coming to the show that makes me uncomfortable. I think it was funnier in the earlier seasons, when actors like Amy Adams, Idris Elba, and Amy Ryan could come on and play excellent, integral parts of the Dunder Mifflin office without much fanfare.
So we might tune in to Ferrell’s first episode on the 14th, but we’ll have our fingers crossed that the show holds up its end of the bargain and proves that this isn’t just stunt casting.