Catherine Tate Is the Front-runner for The Office Boss

LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Catherine Tate attends Collars and Coats Gala Ball to mark the 150th Anniversary of Battersea Dogs and Cats home at Battersea Power station on November 25, 2010 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images) Photo: Ian Gavan/2010 Getty Images

The British comedian Catherine Tate — who is appearing on The Office finale alongside Jim Carrey, James Spader, Will Arnett, Ricky Gervais, Ray Romano, Will Ferrell, and Warren Buffett — is the producer's top choice to replace Steve Carell, according to the Hollywood Reporter. In retrospect, this feels obvious: None of those other more famous names (except Buffett, of course) feel like realistic targets. Still: Spader is under consideration, apparently if Tate can't do it (she's committed to Much Ado About Nothing in England this summer); Arnett was under consideration, until NBC picked up his new show, Up All Night. There were also in-house candidates in the form of Ed Helms, Craig Robinson, and Rainn Wilson (an insider: "They are all movie stars, any one of them could do it"), but they seem to be out of contention. The Catherine Tate era (possibly?) starts soon! [HR]