Rainn Wilson failed to snag an Emmy nomination for The Office this morning, but he still has reason to pop open the champagne today: The actor has emerged as the odds-on favorite to succeed the departing Steve Carell as boss.
"I'd love to see Rainn Wilson in that position," says coexecutive producer/costar Mindy Kaling, who snagged a much-deserved Emmy nomination for co-writing last season's four-star Jim/Pam wedding episode. "Dwight has become so nuanced--you actually care about him now. I think if [we did a good job laying the groundwork] this coming season, he would be a fantastic boss.
"But that's my dream," she adds. "It certainly hasn't been approved by people that are more powerful than me and who make those kinds of decisions."