New characters for The Office Season 8

February 15, 2011

The Office Cody HornTVLine reports that Rescue Me’s Cody Horn has been cast as a character in The Office:

‘… model-turned-actress Cody Horn (Rescue Me) has been tapped to fill one of the three new roles being added to the NBC comedy in the post-Steve Carell era.

Not much is known about Horn’s character, except that she’ll be a pleasant and smart addition to Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch. She’ll also be involved in a hot-and-heavy romance with a longtime staffer — that is if this next quote from executive producer and costar Paul Lieberstein (Toby) is to be believed.

“We’re very excited to have found Cody,” Lieberstein tells TVLine. ”We’ve been searching for a love interest for Creed for a long time. So just sit back and get ready to be disgusted.”’

February 1, 2011

Entertainment Weekly reports The Office is casting for two new Season 8 characters:

One role is for a woman described as “Scranton hot.” She’s hired as an assistant to the office manager. Her former job was at an old folks’ home and she seems “pleasant and smart.”

The second role is for a man who’s fresh on the job market who joins Dunder Mifflin’s accounting department. The guy used to work at a golf course, probably went a community college, and is just happy to have a real job in this tough market. He’s “good-looking, but not WB looking.”

The parts are in addition to the role of Stanley’s older daughter — a part that’s now being cast that may also become a series regular.


  1. This is starting to feel like a whole new show. Will it be good or bad, only time will tell. I do know one thing, however, I have been watching since “Halloween”, have watched this show religiously, and will continue to watch until the end.

  2. Wow, it’s getting really crowded in the office. I don’t see the point of an assistant for Pam, especially with Erin there. Pam barely has anything to do as it is.

  3. Yeah, I don’t like how many more people we’re getting in the Office. Not to mention the addition of Stanley’s daughter? I have a feeling that’s going to change his character a lot…for the worse…

  4. They really shouldn’t be adding any new characters. Further develop the ones we already have; especially the most recent (Gabe and Erin).

    These are really dull character descriptions btw.

  5. I agree @Jimothy. A whole new show indeed. But well, like you said, I’ll continue to watch this show religiously, till the end!!! :)

    Let’s hope there are some superb Jim & Pam scenes coming up.

  6. The only negative thing I’ve ever felt towards The Office is the addition of more and more characters each season. I don’t see how Darryl can manage the warehouse from an upstairs office. Erin and Gabe were obviously brought in because of Pam switching to sales and Sabre taking over. Then of course guest stars like Dwight’s assistant, Kathy Bates, and Timothy Olyphant. I’m not against change but with the addition of all these new characters, each actor is only given what seems like a few lines each episode. And most of these actors have been here since the beginning of the show and deserve to be more involved. Bringing in 2 more characters for next season? This is getting ridiculous. But whatever happens, I’ll never stop watching this show. Just too addicted.

  7. @ #2 “I don’t see the point of an assistant for Pam, especially with Erin there.”

    Pam is the office administrator. I’m guessing the office manager is whoever replaces Michael?

  8. @ Tom Strong, the assistant is for the office manager. Pam is the office administrator so it will be an assistant for whoever takes Michael’s place. Though the point is the same, why would there need to be an assistant when the receptionist has traditionally helped out. I miss the days of assistant to the regional manager.

  9. I will give it a chance but honestly I’m not looking forward to all these changes. I agree that they could have just done a lot more with the people they have.
    It feels like the premise of the show has been lost somewhere.

  10. Okay, so Michael’s gone – Jim and Pam have hardly any air time these days and when it happens, it isn’t the greatest and they are adding more characters? I’m not looking foward to this. Don’t add more, develop what you’ve got and those we’ve come to love.

  11. I agree with a lot of you guys– why bring in MORE new characters when the ones that are already here are so rich? There’s so much to do with them. Like, what is this show, Grey’s Anatomy?!

    However, I remember hating the addition of Andy, who is now one of my favorites, hating the addition of Erin, who is now one of my favorites…so maybe it will be alright, that is, as long as the regulars who we all know and love don’t get pushed into a corner and forgotten.

  12. They have really only added 2 permanent new characters (Gabe, Erin) and 1 some-what permanent new character (Holly) over the years. That really isn’t that much….

    The rest has just been some guest appearances here and there (Jo, Charles Miner, etc.)

  13. They’re casting for season 8. It’s officially happening. I’ve been kind of subconsciously operating on the idea that this is the last season, so… hmm.

    I’ve never been as leery of new character additions before. (“Pleasant” doesn’t sound like the kind of character I want to watch. Too ordinary.) Why are more needed? They’re usually introduced during a cast overhaul, I understand that, but a new accountant? Don’t they have too many accountants already? And how can Stanley’s daughter become a regular (unless she comes to work for DM)?

    Maybe I’m just so desperate for it not to lose steam. I’ll keep watching because on Thursdays I always say “I have to get home to watch my show.” But I agree with several other commenters – I want to see more of the characters we know and love who haven’t had as many chances to shine, rather than stuffing the cast.

  14. oh god why

    I’m only just beginning to warm up to Gabe and Erin, why do we need 3 other sub-par characters that no one will care about to clog up screentime?

  15. This doesn’t look good. This next season may possibly get the show cancelled.
    Why would Stanley’s daughter become a regular? And why are they casting these “hot” and “good looking” characters? This isn’t what The Office is supposed to be about. And Where are all these people going to sit? Maybe more characters than just Michael are leaving…this doesn’t look good.

  16. Erin? Ok good addition. Gabe? Not so much. I want to skip forward through his scenes as they’re kinda hard to watch. Expand on Meredith, Creed etc!!

  17. Don’t you see? They’re casting a new Jim & Pam!

    Not literally of course, but they are adding 2 new normal, audience surrogate type people.

  18. @ Buster Bluth:

    Didn’t Mindy say she was leaving at the end of this season in August or sometime around there?

  19. What does WB looking mean? (I’m probably behind the times and everyone knows what this means but me.) I never worry about these casting things – they may be short-term or they may not work out – it’s Hollywood and nothing is ever written in stone. Besides, I think the show’s track record when it comes to casting has been pretty great. And I love Gabe/Zach – I think he’s been an awesome addition to the show and still hold out hope that he will be made manager.

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