The Office returning for 9th season, but Michael Scott absent with asteroid trouble

He looks and acts just like he did as Michael Scott on the hit TV show “The Office,” but this time Steve Carell tries to have the last laugh in the new film “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World.”

Comedian and actor Steve Carell is sure busy these days with the newly released movie “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” – that’s about a 70-mile-wide asteroid about to hit Earth - while Carell’s movie wife wants a divorce, even with only 21 days to live. Thus, it’s no surprise that will all this going on, Carell’s plate is filled these days. In turn, the actor says he’s hardly in the mood to reprise his role as “The Office” boss Michael Scott on this hit TV show that takes place in Scranton, Pennsylvania at the fictional Dunder Mifflin Paper Company. In fact, Carell told the L.A. Times in a June 25 report that he won’t be returning to "The Office" even after the recent good news that the show has been renewed for a record ninth season. NBC recently announced this latest installment of “The Office” premieres on Sept. 20 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Thus, Carell said in a L.A. Times interview that he doesn’t expect to be a part of any new guest appearances on his former show; while stating that the answer to rumors about his return as Michael Scott is “No, it hasn’t been discussed.”

At the same time, Carell is making the TV talk show marketing rounds for his new film, “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World,” that makes light of the fact that the closing date of the famed Mayan calendar is December 21, 2012; for the date of “Armageddon” when the Mayan’s and others – such as this new film of Carell’s – states that “all human civilization will cease to exist as we know it.”

Thus, the funny-man Carell attempted to change the subject during his June 25 L.A. Times interview by stating: "Do you really think that people want to see Michael Scott again? I think the people who say they want to see Michael Scott reappear would be ultimately slightly disappointed. I think you always wish for something that you don't sincerely want to come true. And I think in a way it's better to imagine where Michael and Holly are at this point than actually see it."

The Office is already a TV classic

While fans of the classic early TV episodes of “The Office” might be blue that both the world’s going to end and Michael Scott probably won’t return to Scranton, there’s good news that the show has been renewed for a record 9th season on NBC.

The Office got its start on TV after being adapted from the BBC series of the same name. The show was then “Americanized” by famed TV comedy writer Greg Daniels whose produced comedy for Saturday Night Live, King of the Hill and The Simpsons.

In brief, The Office is about the everyday and somewhat strange lives of office workers in Scranton who do more non-working than working; thanks, in part, to former star Steve Carell who played The Office “boss” Michael Scott to the hilt before leaving the show during the end of the seventh season.

Also, a TV Guide report points to “The Office” airing “176 half-hour episodes” since ending its eighth season back on May 10 of this year; with the remaining original cast of Ed Helms (as the new boss) set to return for season nine with Rainn Wilson, John Kraskinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak and a yet to be announced new “star” cast member.

The Office used a special process for TV shows

A history of The Office – now featured in the DVD extras of the first seven seasons – features Carell explaining how such actors as Paul Giamatti, Martin Short, Hank Azaria and Bob Odenkirk being considered for his role as Michael Scott.

In turn, Carell explained how the show was cast without a script like other TV shows, and that Carell stopped watching the British version of The Office so not to “copy” Ricky Gervais who co-created and starred in the original show.

Also revealing about this history of “The Office,” is how Rainn Wilson “went over the top” in his audition as the power-hungry sycophant Dwight Schrute; but Carell said on the show’s DVD extras that “the casting directors” like strange and hired both him and Wilson.

Image source of the original cast of the hit NBC TV show “The Office” that will return for a ninth season in September without any hope, says Steve Carell, that he will reunite as a special guest. Photo courtesy Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Office_(U.S._TV_series)