"The Office" Gets Comic Infusion from Gervais, Ferrell

Gervais guests tonight, then Ferrell to appear in four-episode arc

By Michael Preston
|  Thursday, Jan 27, 2011  |  Updated 9:37 PM EDT
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At the Sundance Film Festival, Amy Ryan talks about Ricky Gervais' guest appearance on NBC's "The Office" and Steve Carell's impending departure from the show. So, who will take over for Steve?

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If you thought that Dunder Mifflin could only stand one hilariously inept and inappropriate boss, think again.

In a clash of comic geniuses, Steve Carell will be joined by Ricky Gervais and Will Ferrell in a match of half-wits that promises to bring an uproarious close to The Office's seventh season.

Gervais, fresh off his controversial turn as the host of the Golden Globes, will make a blink-and-you'll miss it cameo in Thursday's episode of the hit sitcom. For the uninitiated, Gervais created the original UK version of The Office and starred as the painfully lacking in self-awareness David Brent, who became the model for Carell's bumbling Michael Scott.

Meanwhile, funnyman Will Ferrell joins later in the run as a Dunder Mifflin branch manager from the firm's home office who is Scott's equal - in all the wrong ways - during a story arc that leads into Carell's departure from the show, reports Entertainment Weekly.

The two Anchorman co-stars will be featured together in three episodes, while the fourth will give Ferrell space to bring his unique brand of awkward humor to the fore.

The show's executive producer was thrilled with his "discovery" of Ferrell.

"We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star," said Paul Lieberstein in an interview with EW. "We are proud to continue The Office's tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they'll see what we see: tremendous raw sexuality."

Update: Check out Gervais' cameo here:

Selected Reading: Entertainment Weekly, E! Online, New York

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