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Bon voyage, Michael Scott
by Denise DuVernay

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I'm going to miss Steve Carell on The Office. I like Michael Scott and I like the show. But I got used to The Daily Show without Steve Carell and I'll get used to The Office without Michael. It will be fine. This isn't like Scrubs without Zach Braff.

As I caught the end of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE today, I thought if leaving The Office brings more performances like his as Frank, the depressed number two Proust scholar, and like Dan in DAN IN REAL LIFE, I'm all for his departure.

And, on a purely emotional level, I'm so happy for Michael to have found Holly (the proposal being one of the most amazing moments in sit com history).

I'm not saying that I don't think Carell is funny; he's hysterically brilliant. Brick Tamland in ANCHORMAN: THE LEGEND OF RON BURGUNDY solidified that fact for anyone who was unaware of it before. But when he's warm and honest, like in DAN, SUNSHINE, and many moments on The Office, his delivery and sweet eyes melt my heart. Two of Carell's next two movies (according to IMDb, there are three: CRAZY, STUPID, LOVE; GREAT HOPE SPRINGS, and BURT WONDERSTONE) are listed as drama/comedy. (The third is listed as a comedy). This fills me with hope that he'll be able to demonstrate his whole range of acting chops for us.

Goodbye, Michael Scott. Good luck in Colorado.

Dropping April 26

BLOW OUT [Blu-ray]
This 1981 thriller starring John Travolta is available on Blu-ray.

Growing Pains The Complete Second Season
Worth watching just to see Kirk Cameron before he became a whackadoodle and the "house gags," which may or may not be the inspiration for The Simpsons's couch gags.

Marvel the Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes vols 1 & 2
In Marvel Studio's attempt to capitalize on their live action film franchises, these shows borrow faithfully from the comic books (although the animation is meh).

South Park The Complete Fourteenth Season
The only people still buying all the seasons of the show are die-hard fans, so I don't need to tell you what happens in this season. You know better than I do.

Upstairs, Downstairs
The beloved British drama picks back up in 1936.

Dropping May 3

This 1983 drama stars Tom Cruise and features, I'm told, naked Lea Thompson.

Ron Howard returns to comedy with a thud.

Is it just me, or are you guys suffering Seth Rogen fatigue, too?

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