Okay, it's just my opinion, but in a sop to a day-so-humid-my-brain-cells-are-fried, I have a solution to save The Office when Steve Carell leaves at the end of next season.
Two words: Kathy Bates.
After Michael Scott (Carell) leaves, have Ms. Bates (Jo), who's CEO of the company that bought Dunder Mifflin, decide to move with her two Great Danes to a new head office at, you guessed it, the branch office we know so well. Make Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) even more obnoxious (and he was going that way this season) and, hijinks ensue. Sure, I've always liked the Ricky Gervais version better, but I think Bates could elevate The Office a cut above even the British version.
Just a thought and, like I said, my brain is melting.
A taste of The Office: