Question: Are Dwight and Angela ever getting back together on The Office? — Mario
Ausiello: At Saturday’s SAG Awards, winner B.J. Novak hinted that Dwight and Angela would reunite “in a very interesting way,” adding, “They are not going to easily and quietly fall back into a relationship.”
Natalie in Toronto: I’m so excited to see Kathy Bates on The Office. Can you tell us anything else about her role at Dunder Mifflin?
“There are going to be some new shakeups with people’s jobs, and you’re going to see some people come into the office that maybe weren’t in the office before,” Jenna Fischer (Pam) tells us when asked about the big corporate buyout. “Our jobs are going to switch a little bit, and when you meet [Kathy’s] character, she’s just going to blow people away.” But Mindy Kaling says everything will end up A-OK. “Every year or so there’s some scary thing that happens, and then it’s fine.”
Diandra in Napa Valley, Calif.: Any fun stuff to look forward to on The Office?
Um, how about a baby, Bates and BFFs? The Office crew just wrapped the first of Oscar winner Kathy Bates’ episodes, and Mindy couldn’t stop raving about her: “She’s just amazing, that woman can swear! I like a woman who can curse, and she curses a ton.” But count her out of a potential Kathy-Kelly friendship. Says Mindy: “We have one scene together, and I think her character has very little patience for mine.” Of course, we also asked Mindy about Pam and Jim’s baby, but the writer-producer-actor claimed that she’s still in the dark about whether it’s a boy or a girl.
Melissa in Los Angeles: Why is no one addressing the real issue with The Office buyout: Will studly CFO David Wallace be back?
Our apologies for skipping such a serious issue. We actually just spoke with Andy Buckley about the future of The Office’s David Wallace, and he tells us: “Wallace’s future is up in the air, so let’s start the Save Wallace campaign. I sense I’ll show up again, but I don’t know.” As for the big buyout, Andy advises fans not to miss the Feb. 4 episode when “very interesting things happen at corporate.”
January 22: NBC
Summary for the Feb. 11 episode ‘The Manager and the Salesman’:
THE OFFICE GETS A VISIT FROM THE SABRE CEO — KATHY BATES (“THE BLINDSIDE,” “REVOLUTIONARY ROAD”) AND ZACK WOODS (“THE HONKYS”) GUEST STARS-The office is eager to welcome Sabre CEO Jo Bennett (guest star Kathy Bates) to Scranton, and are dazzled by her Southern ways. But when Jo finds out there are two branch managers, she says either Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) or Jim (John Krasinski) must go back to being a salesman. Meanwhile, Andy’s (Ed Helms) Valentine’s Day plan backfires. Rainn Wilson, Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, B.J. Novak and Ellie Kemper star.
Interview with Andy Buckley (“David Wallace”):
… Buckley may not be employed on “The Office” much longer. Dunder Mifflin’s CFO David Wallace is in danger of being fired, along with several other top executives after the announcement of a company buyout.
“David Wallace’s fate will be decided on Feb. 4,” Buckley said, adding that even he doesn’t know what the producers have in store for his character.
… Ed Helms’ Nard-Dog keeps earning brownie points with Erin, and the weirdos (as Ellie Kemper hilariously describes them) are finally going on a real-life date. As per usual around The Office, the outing will not go as planned …
Brian Baumgartner told us Kevin’s making some huge changes, and that’s going to open the door to love.
“Kevin is gonna find some love. Well, we hope,” teased Brian. “Let’s hope you get to know her. Let’s hope she’s really, really good-looking for Kevin’s sake.”
“Over the last part of the season, he is going to commit himself to working harder at his job and really try to improve himself as an accountant. We’ll see how that goes.”
January 20: The Abington Journal
In preparation for an episode of NBC’s “The Office” that will air during the show’s upcoming season, The Greater Scranton Chamber of Commerce recently collected Scranton-related items with a St. Patrick’s Day theme. Select items from the collection will be used as props in an upcoming episode of “The Office” that will feature scenes during the annual parade. While the episode will be taped in California, producers were looking to collect as many items as possible related with Scranton and “parade day” festivities, according to Mari Potis, membership director for the chamber.
I confirmed with a show staffer that they’re filming the St. Patrick’s Day episode this week!
January 18: TV Guide
The Office’s Mindy Kaling reveals her character, Kelly, may be auditioning for American Idol in an upcoming episode, but says, “she won’t get very far in the process. She’ll have one of those horrible auditions.” Isn’t there also the matter of her being, well … way too old? Mindy says, “She may be lying about her age to qualify.”
January 17: L.A. Times
Jenna Fischer tells the L.A. Times on the Golden Globes red carpet that she now knows the sex of the baby!
January 15: NBC
Summary for the Feb. 4 episode, Sabre:
DUNDER MIFFLIN GETS BOUGHT OUT — KATHY BATES (“THE BLIND SIDE,” “REVOLUTIONARY ROAD”) GUEST STARS — When Sabre comes in to take over Dunder Mifflin, Michael (Golden Globe winner Steve Carell) struggles to accept Sabre’s new policies. Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski) have an interview for a local daycare they really want to get into. Andy (Ed Helms) and Erin (Ellie Kemper) work on a welcome song for Sabre as Erin waits for Andy to ask her out. Rainn Wilson, Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Angela Kinsey, Phyllis Smith, Oscar Nunez, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein and B.J. Novak also star.
January 13: TV Guide
When Academy Award winner Kathy Bates joins NBC’s The Office for an upcoming story arc as Jo, a bossy Floridian executive, she won’t be alone. She’ll be bringing with her a crony named Gabe, played by Zach Woods, who appeared in the 2009 James Gandolfini film, In The Loop.
“Gabe fills the role that Jan (Melora Hardin) used to have,” says the Executive Producer Greg Daniels. “He’s the guy who goes from branch to branch, whom people have to report to.”
In other words, Michael (Steve Carell) will hate him. We can also look forward to the impending birth of Pam and Jim’s baby. Daniels says Pam will try to hold her baby in past midnight so that she can get a full two days in the hospital before her insurance plan kicks her out. Pam’s mom (Linda Purl) will be returning to see her new granddaughter, but it is Michael who will of course be more excited than anyone by the baby’s birth. But Daniels adds, “I don’t think Michael’s expecting her to take maternity leave. He hasn’t quite thought this out.”
Daniels also hints that a day care center could soon be opening at Dunder Mifflin. Hope they reserve a spot for Michael!
Question: Is Amy Ryan returning to The Office? — Dan
Ausiello: Yes! Eventually! “I really want her to come back at some point, but there’s nothing definite right now ,” says Office e.p. Greg Daniels. “But I have all the plans in the world to have her back. Michael needs to see her again. They have so much that’s not resolved.” For now, Michael will have his hands full dealing with all the turmoil at Dunder Mifflin under new boss Kathy Bates. And when that crisis passes, Daniels hints that Michael may start dating again. “I expect probably before the end of the year that there may be something [romantic] for him.”
Marisa in Pasadena, Calif.: I’m dying for more Subtle Sexuality on The Office. Any chance that’s on the way?
You’re never going to believe this, but The Office mastermind Greg Daniels just told us: “I’ve been encouraging Subtle Sexuality to go on tour.” Seriously! Greg also promises there’s more where that came from. “They have other songs and stuff.”
“Part of the concept is that Pam is trying to hold the baby in until after midnight so that she can get the maximum time in the hospital, so the HMO will…If she comes in at 11:50, her first day is ten minutes and then she gets 24 hours after that, so she’s trying to keep the baby in while she’s at work and trying to distract herself. That’s the plot of the first half-hour.”
And Daniels says the rest of the Dunder Mifflin gang will be in on it: “They are all aware that she’s in labor, and she pushes it maybe too far.”
Meanwhile, Kathy Bates is coming on board as CEO of the new parent company that buys Dunder Mifflin. Daniels tells us of her character:
“She’s a larger than life character. She has two giant Great Danes that accompany her to the office, and she’s very funny. Fantastic actress. We’re very excited to have an academy award person on the show.”
January 10, 2010: NBC press release
Pam and Jim experience the birth of their baby in a special two-part episode of “The Office” on Thursday, March 4 and Thursday, March 11 (9-9:30 p.m. ET both nights).
In “The Office,” Oscar and Golden Globe Award winner Bates (“Misery,” “The Late Shift”) portrays the CEO of Sabre, the mysterious company that buys Dunder Mifflin. The charismatic and iconoclastic CEO is the most exciting guest the Scranton branch has ever seen — and a Southern charmer who has always done things her way. Bates will appear in a multi-episode arc beginning on Thursday, February 4.