As 'The Office's ninth season mercifully approaches it's conclusion, many fans of the series have been hoping to see Steve Carell's character Michael Scott appear on the finale. In fact, when 'The Office's Exec Producer Greg Daniels announced back in August that the ninth season would be the last season for the show, he spoke publically about wanting Carell's character to return to close out the series' run. After all, 'The Office' was focused on Michael Scott for seven out of nine seasons; how could you properly bid the series adieu without him?
Sadly, it now seems that such an ending is not in the cards. Daniels mentioned back in August that they weren't banking entirely on Carell's return, remarking that the writers would shy away from writing a series finale that would absolutely rely on his presence, putting pressure on Carell's decision. This seems to have been a smart move, as earlier today NBC honcho Bob Greenblatt spoke about the possibility of Carell's appearance in the episode, saying "we're hopeful, but I don't think he will [appear]."
"He left in the way he wanted to leave," Greenblatt continued, "and he and Greg talked about it, and I don’t think he will. There’s maybe a little Hail Mary pass on a cameo, but I think the decision would be compromising his schedule." Greenblatt has been very open about his hopes for his network's series of late, remarking elsewhere that he remains "absolutely hopeful" of 'Community' gaining a fifth season.
Carell is best known for his portrayal of Michael Scott. Some could argue that he owes it to the series and the fans who made him a star to take the time out of his schedule to film an appearance. Others could argue that Carell made 'The Office' what it is, rather than the other way around, and that he went out on the proper note and shouldn't sully it. Regardless, it seems all but certain that 'The Office' will limp off into the sunset without Michael Scott.
What's your take? Do you think Carell should make the appearance?