Warren Buffett to appear on The Office

Warren Buffett, the world’s most famous investor, will appear on The Office Season 7 finale Search Committee airing May 19. He will play a potential candidate for the job of Dunder Mifflin regional manager, a position recently vacated by Michael Scott (Steve Carell).

At the recent April 30 Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting, the audience was entertained by a clip of the Oracle of Omaha introduced as a possible replacement for Michael Scott. Berkshire Hathaway, “I think produces all of Anne Hathaway’s movies,” Scott said.

From ABC News:

Buffett told employees of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton office that he thought the company could produce a significant turnaround once Carell’s character left. But Carell didn’t seem to catch the insult because he said Buffett’s speech pattern had lulled him to sleep.

When another Dunder employee asked the 80-year-old Buffett for some of his elixir of youth, the billionaire said only Class A Berkshire shareholders get that. Class A shares sell for about $125,000 apiece

From Omaha.com:

Buffett’s daughter, Susan, said a friend, Michael Kives of Creative Artists Agency, came up with the idea during Thanksgiving dinner at her Omaha home, leading to the February taping in California. “It was funny,” she said.

The shareholder movie had one thing the TV show won’t: a confrontation between Berkshire Vice Chairman Charlie Munger and the program’s feisty assistant office manager, Dwight K. Schrute, played by actor Rainn Wilson. Schrute threatens Munger, and Munger reaches up, straightens Schrute’s tie and calmly says he knows several ways to kill.

New York Times interview with Will Ferrell

The New York Times interviews Will Ferrell on his visit to The Office.

Here’s an excerpt:

It was the first week of shooting on the NBC comedy “The Office” following the departure of Mr. Carell, who has been the most reliably devastating weapon in the show’s comic arsenal since its debut in 2005.

These were uneasy times for the show’s permanent cast members, who got choked up when they saw his vacated trailer being moved just a few feet across the parking lot, and now face the uncertainty of where the show will go and whether viewers will still watch it without him.

But for Mr. Ferrell, whose “Office” appearances (starting April 14) would seem like a filigree on an already illustrious comedy career, the tour of duty comes with its own burdens.

Link: New York Times (includes spoilerish tidbits!)

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.

Will Ferrell to appear on The Office

From Deadline.com:

Will Ferrell has committed to a four-episode arc of The Office. He will play a branch manager who comes from the home office and is just as inappropriate as Steve Carell’s Michael Scott character. Ferrell has committed to one episode beyond Carell’s finale, to help create a bridge.

From NBC:

“We found Steve Carell when he was nothing but a movie star and we turned him into a television star,” said executive producer Paul Lieberstein. “We are proud to continue ‘The Office’s’ tradition of discovering famous talent, and we hope that once America gets a good look at Will, they’ll see what we see: tremendous raw sexuality.”

Here is the schedule of Ferrell’s appearances on The Office.