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Many fans of NBC's The Office are still reeling over news that Steve Carell is not returning after season 7. Meanwhile, on Monday, NBC exec Angela Bromstad affirmed the network's commitment to the show: "Not to diminish the departure of Steve, because that will impact the show, but we have tremendous faith in the writers and actors to keep it alive." So, how will Scranton's Dunder-Mifflin branch carry on without its fearless (okay, make that fumbling-but-ever-forgivable) leader, Michael Scott?
Of course, the suits at DM headquarters could always launch a search to install a total outsider (even an import from across the pond) -- can you imagine? That's why one dark-horse candidate must be championed, and she must be championed now. iVillage wants the right woman for the job: Promote Pam!
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Within the Dunder-Mifflin family, competition for the job certainly could get intense. David Wallace (Andy Buckley) might be tempted to chuck his Suck-it venture for a return to comfortable corporate life, or an internal power grab could find Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms and B.J. Novak in a Dwight-Andy-Ryan pileup on the conference-room floor. Jim Halpert (John Krasinski) is an obvious pick, however, he already test-drove the top spot during his brief co-manager stint, and handed it back.
But in this leadership vacuum, Jenna Fischer's beloved Pam Halpert is everything the Scranton branch needs. After a long tour of duty in reception, Pam knows all the ins and outs of the office. She has superb diplomacy skills, strong sales instincts and far more professionalism on the phone than her boss. And now that she's a mom, you know she's mastering the art of keeping each day organized and prioritized. Plus, imagine the sputtering tantrum Dwight would have (not to mention Angela!) if Pam got the job she truly deserves.
Really, it all comes down to this: Pam managed Michael Scott. For years. Meaning she's certainly got the broad skill-set to deal with a crew of salespeople in Scranton! And she's learned countless, invaluable lessons from Michael about what not to do as manager (don't run over Meredith in the parking lot, don't hold pizza delivery boys hostage, don't let a GPS drive you into a lake...the list is endless). Pam's the clear choice! Will Dunder-Mifflin give her the job?
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