Even though The Office executive producer Greg Daniels is still denying it, it sounds like Steve Carell actually will make an appearance in the show’s series finale this Thursday. BECAUSE DUH. I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t bring back Michael Scott for the finale unless he wasn’t available, and if he wasn’t available, I can’t imagine why they wouldn’t work around his schedule. I mean, the guy kind of made the show in the same way that the show made him. It launched his career and it kept people watching long after the Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) relationship lapsed into boring marriage and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) started becoming almost likable. In fact, I know a lot of people who stopped watching the show altogether when Steve left it, which actually probably wasn’t the worst idea, considering how quickly and completely Ed Helms‘ character of Andy was rendered ridiculous and unsympathetic.
But for those of us still inexplicably sticking around to see this thing through to the bitter end, we keep getting toyed with by the producers. In a conference call with reporters last week, Greg Daniels continued to deny we’d catch even a glimpse of Michael Scott, saying:
“I think Steve felt, and I agree, that the ‘Goodbye, Michael’ episode was his goodbye and he didn’t want to overshadow the ending that all the other characters deserved.”
BOOOOO. No! Please overshadow! Always overshadow! We miss your shadow! But as speculated by TV Line, the site claiming he’ll be returning, this could just mean that they’re planning a cameo that won’t overshadow the rest of the cast. Eh? Eh? It’s possible. Steve’s rep still insists that he won’t appear on the episode and NBC refuses to comment, but I think they’d be silly to do anything less than a cameo. Reward us straggler fans for sticking with you for so long, why don’t you? Please.