The Office Season 8 spoilers and news

December 29, 2011: NBC

Summary of the January 19, 2012, episode, Pool Party:

ROBERT’S LAST HURRAH—After Robert (two-time Emmy Award winner James Spader) decides to sell his mansion following his divorce, Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) suggests that he have a office pool party. Erin (Ellie Kemper) tries to make Andy (Ed Helms) jealous by flirting with Dwight (Rainn Wilson). Meanwhile, Robert gives everyone a tour of his massive home. John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson and Zach Woods also star.

December 22, 2011: NBC

Summary of the January 12, 2012, episode, Trivia:

ANDY TRIES TO FIND A WAY TO MEET HIS GOAL OF DOUBLING SALES — When Oscar (Oscar Nunez) joins a trivia night contest, Andy (Ed Helms) decides to get the whole office involved. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) visits Sabre headquarters to explore other job opportunities. James Spader, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper and Zach Woods also star.

December 14, 2011: Mindy Kaling

Mindy tweets “Hyphenates @MCWarburton @mattselman did such a great job guest starring on my episode of The Office today!”

December 9, 2011: Brian Baumgartner

Brian tweets “Not a lot of tweets this week — cause I’ve been Directing my first ep of The Office. HUGE thanks to all cast/crew for their work and support!”

December 8, 2011: TVLine

A tidbit about the holiday episode Christmas Wishes:

“Jim and Dwight must cease pranking each other, lest the offender forfeit his year-end bonus to the other.”

December 5, 2011: Watch With Kristin

Gretchen: The Office always puts out the best Christmas episodes. What’s in store this year?

A possible new couple emerging from certain shenanigans going down during the Christmas party!

November 18, 2011: NBC

Summary of the December 8, episode, Christmas Wishes:

ANDY GRANTS EVERYONE’S HOLIDAY WISHES— Andy (Ed Helms) tries to make this year’s Christmas the best ever by granting each person’s holiday wishes. Meanwhile, Robert California (two-time Emmy Award winner James Spader) tries to drown his sorrows at the office party. Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper and Zach Woods also star.

November 17, 2011: Press Citizen

Coralville native and aspiring comedian Dan Gill recently nabbed a small speaking role in an upcoming episode of the hit NBC television show, “The Office.” Gill will play a bar trivia announcer in Episode 11, “Trivia,” set to air later this winter.

November 12, 2011: NBC

Summary of the December 1 episode, Mrs. California:

MEET MRS. CALIFORNIA— MAURA TIERNEY AND LINDSAY BROAD GUEST STAR— Robert California (two-time Emmy Award winner James Spader) brings his wife (guest star Maura Tierney) into the office to find her a job. Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) opens a gym in the building. Ed Helms, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper and Zach Woods also star.

November 4, 2011: NBC

There are only three new episodes left for 2011: November 10 (Pam’s Replacement), November 17 (Gettysburg), and December 8 (tbd).

October 27, 2011: TVLine

[The Office Halloween episode] scares up one of its best Halloween episodes, in part due to a montage of Dwight costumes that Toby nixed over the years due to safety concerns. Also, Erin is cuteasabutton as freckled Wendy of “Hot ‘N’ Juicy” burgers fame.

October 27, 2011: NBC

Summary of the November 17 episode, Gettysburg:

ANDY TAKES THE OFFICE ON AN INSPIRING FIELD TRIP TO GETTYSBURG— LINDSAY BROAD GUEST STARS– Andy (Ed Helms) decides to motivate and inspire everyone by taking them on a field trip to Gettysburg. Some people in the office stay behind and Robert California (two-time Emmy Award winner James Spader) asks them to come up with Dunder Mifflin/Sabre’s next big idea. Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Zach Woods, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson and Ellie Kemper also star.

October 24, 2011: Watch With Kristin

This week the Nard Dog (Ed Helms) is once again trying to impress the ever-intimidating Robert California (James Spader) with a haunted Halloween party and has requested everyone to wear their best costumes. Please take a moment to picture Phyllis (Phyllis Smith) in a barely-there negligee, Pam (Jenna Fischer) as an adorable kangaroo and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) with boobs. Yup! And for all you Andy/Erin (Ellie Kemper) shippers we will finally get a firm answer to their on-again off-again flirtations. (Hint: Andy has been keeping 31 secrets from Erin).

October 21, 2011: NBC

British Comedy Award winner and BAFTA nominee Catherine Tate (BBC’s “The Catherine Tate Show”) returns to “The Office” this season reprising her role as Nellie Bertram. Joining the second half of the current season, Tate’s Bertram is hired by friend and Chairman of the Board Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates, not seen) as a misguided special projects manager working directly for the corporate office and who very much enjoys the favoritism received from Bennett.

Tate was introduced to “The Office” audience in last season’s finale episode as one of the candidates interviewing for the regional manager position left vacant by Michael Scott.

“Catherine is hysterical. We introduced her briefly in last season’s finale and knew she had to be a part of the show somehow. We’ll meet her again as corporate’s special projects manager, and her relationship with Robert California (James Spader) will be far from professional. We’re thrilled that she’s joining the cast,” said executive producer Paul Lieberstein.

October 21, 2011: NBC

Summary of the November 10 episode, Pam’s Replacement:

PAM TRAINS A TEMP TO TAKE HER PLACE WHILE SHE IS ON MATERNITY LEAVE — Pregnant Pam (Jenna Fischer) recruits Dwight (Rainn Wilson) to prove that Jim (John Krasinski) finds the office’s pretty new temp (guest star Lindsey Broad) attractive. Meanwhile, Robert California (two-time Emmy Award winner James Spader) shocks Andy (Ed Helms), Darryl (Craig Robinson), and Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) when he asks to join their band. B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton also star.

October 18, 2011: NBC

Summary of the November 3 episode, Doomsday:

DWIGHT STARTS A SYSTEM TO FIND MISTAKES IN THE OFFICE — Dwight (Rainn Willson) tries to help the office’s efficiency by installing a Doomsday device that will get them all fired if they make too many mistakes. John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Ed Helms, James Spader, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson and Ellie Kemper also star.

Summary of the October 27 episode, Spooked:

FEARS ARE REVEALED ON THE SPOOKIEST HALLOWEEN IN DUNDER MIFFLIN HISTORY — Erin (Ellie Kemper) struggles to make the Halloween party at the office exactly how Andy (Ed Helms) and Robert California (two-time Emmy Award winner James Spader) want it. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) argue about whether ghosts are real, and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) bonds with Robert’s 11-year-old son, Bert. B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling, Craig Robinson, and Creed Bratton also star.

October 13, 2011: Mindy Kaling and Kate Flannery

Mindy Kaling tweeted: “We’re shooting some nighttime exterior work with Meredith’s van. It’s a horror movie van.”

Kate Flannery responded: “”Thanks, Mindy! Great writing.”

Mindy responded: “KateFlannery was so funny tonight in shooting the Christmas episode. There’s no office party without Meredith.”

October 10, 2011: Brian Baumgartner

Brian tweets: “Hey peeps! Christmas at Dunder Mifflin this week as we r shooting the Christmas episode. Already over gingerbread cookies and only Monday.”

September 29: 2011: Zap2it

From an interview with Paul Lieberstein:

Does Angela being pregnant throw a wrench into Oscar’s idea that her husband the state senator is gay?
It’s definitely a further complication there. We’ll get to an episode [around] midseason where we start to dig into what’s going on there. We have a couple of fun episodes where we learn more about that situation.

Have you shot the episode with Andy’s parents [Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace] yet?
We did. It came out really well. His brother is played by Josh Groban, and the two of them together are really funny. Josh plays this very innocent younger brother — it’s a younger Andy who is just excited and happy and doesn’t realize any of the competitiveness that Andy feels. … And his parents are kind of ball-busters.

Does the family just come for a visit?
There’s a garden party that Andy throws to celebrate his new position, up at Schrute Farm. Jim [John Krasinski] plays a prank on [Dwight] — he creates this book about how to throw a garden party, and Dwight follows the rules of the book pretty carefully.

Are you doing Halloween and Christmas episodes again this year?
We are. Halloween has a giant ghost story at the end of it that Robert tells. He spends the episode figuring out people’s deepest fears, then tells a ghost story exploiting them. And Christmas, Andy is Santa and wants to grant everyone a wish.

September 30, 2011: NBC

A repeat is scheduled for October 20 and the October 27 Halloween episode is entitled ‘Spooked.’

September 28, 2011: NBC

Summary for the October 13 episode ‘Garden Party’:

ANDY THROWS A GARDEN PARTY AT SCHRUTE FARMS — JOSH GROBAN, STEPHAN COLLINS AND DEE WALLACE GUEST STAR — Andy (Ed Helms) decides to throw a garden party to impress Robert California (James Spader). Dwight (Rainn Wilson) researches how to host a garden party and thinks he has made it a very classy event. Meanwhile, Andy’s parents (Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace) and brother (guest star Josh Groban) attend but make him feel self-conscious. John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper and Zach Woods also star.

September 27, 2011: Paul Lieberstein and Ed Helms press call

I got to participate in a press call today with The Office’s Paul Lieberstein and Ed Helms!

A few tidbits:

  • On the upcoming Halloween episode: Ed says it was a fun one to shoot because of the brewing tension between Andy and Erin. Erin doesn’t know how to interpret the fact that Andy isn’t giving her any work. Ed also mentions that Erin’s Halloween costume is “preposterously adorable.” :)
  • On Josh Groban’s upcoming appearance: Ed says that Josh was great and hilarious to work with, and that his appearance is part of a really exciting episode, where we learn about Andy, and “not all of it is good.” Ed also adds that there is some rivalry between Andy and Josh’s character, but it takes a compelling turn that is unexpected; the source of the rivalry may not be what you expect.

More details to come!

September 27, 2011: Mindy Kaling

Mindy tweets: “I’m at home writing Office Christmas episode. I’ve eaten two gluten free donuts, now listening to Charlie Brown Christmas. It’s sad here.”

September 26, 2011: Zap2it

[Maura] Tierney, the long-time “ER” star who was last seen on the final season of “Rescue Me,” will play Robert California’s (James Spader) wife, “Office” showrunner Paul Lieberstein tells Zap2it. She’s currently signed for just one episode, which will likely air in late November or early December.

September 22, 2011: TVLine

In an interview with Ed Helms:

How does Andy’s promotion impact his relationship with Erin?
Erin and Andy are basically two weirdoes who are attracted to each other, but incapable of understanding each other. Add to that a boss-employee dynamic and their awkwardness pretty much goes nuclear, especially around Halloween.

This season introduces Andy’s parents [played by Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace] and his brother [singer Josh Groban]. Are we to assume they come to town to celebrate his promotion?
Obviously, Andy has a musical background. And there are some fun revelations about where that came from. The reason for expanding Andy’s world and getting into his family is to kind of help the audience understand a little bit more about who he is and where he comes from. And you’ll see in his family a lot of reasons for Andy’s issues. I think I can also tease that there is a party situation in the episode, but I can’t go any further than that.

Contractually speaking, can we also assume that NBC has locked you in for a few more years of Office duty?
I don’t think anything is settled yet, but I hope we have a long and prosperous future at Dunder Mifflin.

September 20, 2011: Scranton Times Tribune

[The List] gets its title from a list composed by California that office receptionist Erin (Ellie Kemper) finds lying around the office. Some employees’ names are written on one side, while the rest are on the opposite side.

“The whole episode is about what it means. It doesn’t mean nothing,” [B.J.] Novak said. “This is a character who is not only mysterious, but complicated.”

For all his quirkiness, California does seek to connect with his employees. For instance, Mr. Novak said, he’ll take a liking to lovable buffoon Kevin (Brian Baumgartner).

“He thinks Kevin is a genius who speaks in metaphors,” he said. “Everyone’s jealous that Kevin’s become his favorite.”

California’s personal life will come out in dribs and drabs. His marriage is on shaky ground, and he has a son named Burt whom Dwight befriends during the annual Halloween episode, Mr. Novak said.

September 18, 2011: TVLine

TVLine has learned exclusively that ‘Til Death‘s Lindsey Broad has been cast on The Office in the potentially recurring role of Pam’s competent and likable pal, Kathy. She’s slated to first air in late October/early November.

September 17, 2011

The October 6 episode is Lotto.

September 2, 2011: NBC

Summary for the Sept. 22 season 8 premiere, ‘The List’:

THE NEW REGIONAL MANAGER OF DUNDER MIFFLIN IS REVEALED AND FACES A CRISIS–TWO-TIME EMMY WINNER JAMES SPADER JOINS THE CAST– The Dunder Mifflin staff accidentally discovers a list of their names in the notebook of the company’s mysterious new CEO, Robert California (two-time Emmy winner James Spader), triggering a frenzy of speculation. Rainn Wilson, John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer, Ed Helms, B.J. Novak, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Mindy Kaling, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper and Zach Woods also star.

August 18, 2011:

Crooner Josh Groban has been tapped to play the brother of Ed Helms’ character Andy Bernard on the long-running NBC comedy series. This is the latest member of the Bernard clan to be cast as the network just cast Stephen Collins and Dee Wallace as Andy’s parents.

August 17, 2011: Hollywood Reporter

In an interview with Paul Lieberstein:

Will the search for a new office manager be an ongoing arc next season?
Lieberstein: No. The search will be answered in the premiere. We’re not going to drag it out.

Do you have an end date set for the series?
Lieberstein: I think it has a couple more years, for sure. I think we have a total of eight or nine in us.

Are you anticipating more cast departures in the near future?
Lieberstein: Probably. It will morph into a new office, maybe the way ER changed. But I think a lot of that was driven by actors having their fill. If people want to stay around here, we are happy to have them.

August 16, 2011: Entertainment Weekly

…who will play Andy’s mom? EW can exclusively report that role goes to Dee Wallace (E.T, Sons & Daughters).

August 16, 2011: Hollywood Reporter

Regarding the casting of Stephen Collins:

Collins will play Andy’s dad, Walter Bernard, in an upcoming episode on Season 8.

August 16, 2011: TVLine

The Office has cast the onetime 7th Heaven patriarch [Stephen Collins ] as Andy’s (Ed Helms) father, TVLine has confirmed. Collins’ episode is slated to air in October.

August 16, 2011: Rainn Wilson

Rainn retweeted this from Stephen Collins: Doing “The Office” this week. Ridiculously fun & talented group, including @rainnwilson who I worked w/in his 1st job in ’89 in the Park.

August 15, 2011: Entertainment Weekly

Spader’s persuasive and mysterious character Robert California is appointed CEO of Dunder Mifflin and, during a visit to the Scranton branch, accidentally leaves behind a piece of paper. There’s a line down the middle of it, with the names of every Scranton staffer either on one side of the line or the other. Employees go into a frenzy trying to figure out: What does this mean?

The actor is expected to appear in 15 episodes this season…

“Robert California is there much more,” Spader says. “He doesn’t have an office, really. He catches a desk where he can. Already we’ve also gone out on locations …

…Showrunner and co-star Paul Lieberstein and his team of writers have concocted several intriguing story ideas lined up for season eight in addition to “The List”: California challenges the office manager to double sales. Dwight builds a productivity machine that becomes a sort of Doomsday device when it threatens to shut down the company if people make too many mistakes. The entire warehouse staff wins the Lotto and quits. And, of course, there’s Jim and Pam’s second baby.

“We’re doing something fun with her hormones, [which] are in a state where she doesn’t know who to trust. After a scene of everybody being very polite to her, saying she’s more beautiful than ever, and ‘the old and the pregnant are the most beautiful,’ Dwight is the only one honest with her. She starts to think Dwight is the only one she can trust.”

August 12, 2011: E! Online

From an interview with Mindy Kaling:

“We made Rainn do some very interesting stuff so far this season,” Mindy tells us at the Kendra Scott Jewelry event. “He does a lot and he’s as militaristic as he’s ever been. I love Dwight when he has a lot of strict rules and stuff like that.”

August 3, 2011: New York Magazine

So how much of James Spader will we be seeing this season?
Paul Lieberstein: He’ll be in at least fifteen episodes.

Pam will be expecting her second child this season. How far along will she be when the season starts?
We’ll be at about six months.

Will this add any stress to the Jim and Pam marriage?
It’s not serious trouble. But they have to go through things; all relationships do. It’s really hard with two kids. Jim’s going to maybe not want to go home so early. We’ve been talking about him wanting to have drinks [with co-workers] on a regular basis, or attend business meetings that aren’t business meetings.

Will we see another big birth episode.
Nope. Not this time.

Craig Robinson told me tonight that Daryl and Andy will be reviving their band, and that Spader’s character will want to get involved.
He wants to sing in the group. They’re a little scared, but they say okay. Then he wants to keep singing the same song over and over and over.

When will we find out who will be the direct replacement for Michael Scott, if anybody?
We’re not playing out the cliffhanger beyond the cold open. Then we’re done, and it’s a new dynamic.

Any specific plots you can reveal?
There’s an episode about a list. James Spader’s character accidentally leaves his notebook on Erin’s desk, and it’s open to a page where there’s a list. Everyone’s name is on this list, on one side or the other. And they can’t figure out which is the good side or the bad side. We’ll also do a Halloween episode. We’re talking about a spooky banquet. And there will be a Christmas episode.

August 2: HitFix

From an interview with Paul Lieberstein:

Is the executive secretary whom DeAngelo hired sticking around?

What will the Toby Flenderson of season 8 be like?
There’s going to be a reckoning, I think. I haven’t spent a lot of time trying to break my arc (laughs), but either someone’s got to start to hate him again, or he’s got to be lost without the hate. Just an existential existence.

How many episodes do you have Spader for?
We have him for 15.

Even in episodes where Michael wasn’t the central character, he was always driving the action in some way. Michael would do something that would cause reactions by others. Spader isn’t going to be in every episode, and he’s in a slightly different role. Is there someone else in the current cast who can fill that function? Will you have to spread it around?
I think there are a few characters who are story starters. It will move around. Dwight and Andy are definitely story starters.

Tipster: Westin

August 2, 2011: Yahoo News

In an interview with B.J. Novak:

Dwight (Rainn Wilson) will feel threatened by the new boss. “Dwight is extremely torn around Robert California because, on the one hand, Dwight wants to be an alpha male, on the other hand, Dwight admires nothing more than an alpha male who will put him in his place, which is what Michael Scott was to him,” Novak says. “So Dwight is torn between loyalty and competition.”

With Robert set as CEO — although executive producer Paul Lieberstein says they’d love to have Robert’s former competition, Nellie Bertram, return once Catherine Tate finishes a run in a play — there will still be a vacancy for the managerial slot at Dunder Mifflin. The three front-runners? Darryl (Craig Robinson), Dwight and Andy (Ed Helms), Novak says, adding: “Those became the three leading candidates in our minds when it came time to shoot.”

But what about Jim? “Everyone agrees Jim would be the best manager,” he says. “And Jim has been offered the manager job before, but Jim isn’t about his job. Jim works to have a great life at home with Pam [Jenna Fisher] and his family.”

August 2, 2011: Screen Junkies

From an interview with John Krasinski:

Q: Do you have scenes with different characters than you’ve had in the past?
JK: Yes, I will definitely start having different [scenes]. I know that I have a lot of fun stuff with Andy who needs my help in different ways, shapes and forms. I have a lot of stuff with Kevin, which is great. It feels a lot like the first couple seasons where just inter-office relationships are the thing that was so fun.

Q: How will Jim be messing with Dwight this season?
JK: We have a whole bunch of different pranks. One of my favorite ones will be at Schrute farms.

JK: I don’t think Jim was made for the leadership role. I think he’s a really good middleman and he’s a good cushion and filter for the rest of the office. I don’t see him running the office any time soon.

Tipster: JimisBigBird

August 2: Digital Spy

[Ed] Helms also revealed that his character Andy will be “mortified and hypnotised and beguiled all at once” by new Sabre CEO Robert California (James Spader).

“[Andy is] desperately seeking his approval,” he explained. “But that’s sort of James’s energy, he’s the guy you want to impress all the time. And he brings that to Robert California. So much gravitas! So Andy’s sort of struggling to measure up.”

August 2, 2011: Buddytv

More about the new season from John Krasinski:

“I feel like we’re definitely all inferior to James’ character and I think he very much knows that. He puts us on the spot immediately for being not so good at what we do which is weirdly incredibly motivating. We get to be a lot better very fast.”

“I don’t think Jim was made for the leadership role. I think he’s a really good middleman and he’s a good cushion and filter for the rest of the office. I don’t see him running the office any time soon.”

“Jim’s finding it a lot more fun to be at work and just providing for his family. He starts to feel like with the office being run a little more efficiently he can have a lot more fun himself.”

August 2, 2011: Zap2it

[Paul] Lieberstein… teased an upcoming Pam-centric storyline:

“We’re going to do an episode where she doesn’t trust how she’s feeling toward anything, because her hormones are just running wild,” he says. “There comes a point where she feels like everyone’s obviously lying to her about something — but Dwight [Rainn Wilson] doesn’t, so she starts to think Dwight’s the only person she can trust.”

August 2, 2011: TVLine

Question: Is there any chance that Daryl could turn out to be the new manager on The Office? —Pam

Ausiello: There’s a chance, but my spies say it’s very unlikely. The frontrunners to succeed Michael remain Dwight, Jim and Andy. Speaking of Daryl, rumor has it he’s at the center of one of the show’s funniest plots ever. Actually, it’s not so much a rumor since it came directly from Krasinski himself. “The warehouse wins the lottery and they all quit,” he says. “It’s pretty awesome. But Daryl wasn’t in the warehouse, so he doesn’t get to quit, and he’s super bummed. I think that’s one of the best plotlines we’ve had in a while.”

August 2, 2011: TVLine

“Someone else [besides Pam] is pregnant too,” castmember Creed Bratton confirmed to TVLine at NBC’s press tour party Monday night.

“It’s true,” added co-star John Krasinski. “We can’t say who, but someone else is pregnant.”

August 1, 2011: Staff tweet

One of The Office staff members send out this update: “Shooting at a tattoo parlor.”

August 1, 2011: Yahoo News

NBC Entertainment Chairman Bob Greenblatt confirmed on Monday that a host of new faces are heading to “The Office,” when it returns for the 2011-2012 television season.

The addition of Spader’s character, Robert California, will “cause some adjustments from the rest of the cast coming around… There’s some new actors coming besides Spader,” Greenblatt said at the Television Critics Association Summer Session 2011 in Beverly Hills.

When asked who was joining the cast permanently, like Spader, Greenblatt said the additions would actually be in guest star form.

July 21, 2011: Angela Kinsey

Angela tweets: “Our 1st Season 8 tableread was yesterday! Spader crushed it! Hilarious! And Pam and Angela have a fun frenemies story line!”

Tipster: JimisBigBird

July 20, 2011: New York Magazine

In an interview with Jenna Fischer:

James Spader is joining the show full-time as Robert California, the CEO of Dunder Mifflin’s parent company, Sabre. What do you think he’ll bring to the series?

I’m really excited because I didn’t get to have any scenes with him when he was on the finale. They told me I’m not allowed to say, but there’s a great story line with Pam and Robert California. And then the new role of the manager, they told me who that’s going to be — and also said I wasn’t allowed to say. I’m really happy about the choice that they made, and I think that fans are going to be really happy, too.

July 14, 2011: New York Magazine

Jenna Fischer confirmed to Vulture that her real-life pregnancy has been written into season eight of The Office. “Pam will be pregnant when the season starts,” she told us in an interview. “Pam and Jim snuck away last season on Valentine’s Day, and they had sex. The story is that they conceived this baby at that time and were keeping it a secret until we come back from the summer.”

It will be the second child for Pam and Jim, and the plot development conveniently overlaps with Fischer’s real-life pregnancy, which she announced back in May.

July 6, 2011: Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly reports that James Spader is joining The Office for Season 8.

James Spader’s ultra-confident and sexually charged character featured briefly in the NBC hit’s May finale is set to join the cast of the show’s upcoming eighth season, NBC confirmed.

“James will reprise his role as Robert California, this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior,” said Paul Lieberstein, one of the series’ executive producers and a series regular. “He’ll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted. Within days, he took over the company. James has an energy that is completely his own, and ‘The Office’ has no tools for dealing with this guy. We’re thrilled he’s joining our cast.”

NBC is set to announce the hire, adding a new well-known actor to the ensemble series that saw the departure of its biggest star, Steve Carell, this season, and will also say goodbye to recurring performer Kathy Bates as well. Bates played the company’s CEO last season, though Spader’s character is expected to have a greater presence on the show.

June 28, 2011: TVLine

Question: I had my heart set on Catherine Tate being the new Office boss. In light of the recent news about James Spader possibly coming in as the big boss, might they be marking time until Catherine is done with her overseas theatre gig this fall? —Michelle

Ausiello: I hear NBC still has an option on Tate, so anything’s possible. The likeliest scenario — as of this week anyway — has Spader replacing Kathy Bates as CEO and Dwight, Andy or Jim succeeding Michael as manager.

June 24: Entertainment Weekly

Entertainment Weekly reports on James Spader possibly joining The Office:

Whereas [Kathy] Bates functioned more like a guest star in the series… [James] Spader would have a significant weekly presence on the show. The actor’s deal is not done and no scripts have been written for the upcoming eighth season, which goes into production in about a month. Yet if all goes according to plan, Spader’s character — named “Robert California” — will be introduced in the premiere as the new Office manager. He quickly decides the role is too small for him, and somehow talks corporate into appointing him as its new CEO.

Sources say California will have a strong impact on the rest of the Office staff, demonstrating a manipulative power and a somewhat creepy sexual vibe:

“Dwight has never come up against somebody equally powerful and diabolical. With Andy, he could be a real father figure and make life really hard for him once he senses he can manipulate him. Jim reads people really quickly, yet wasn’t sure what to make of this guy.”

June 21, 2011: The Hollywood Reporter

“In writing season eight, I’m trying to come up with new relatable stories for all the characters we still have,” [B.J. Novak] says. “Next season will return to the very small, observational stuff we started with, but with all these characters — Andy, Darryl and Erin –we didn’t have in the beginning.”

June 21, 2011:

NBC’s The Office, which is undergoing a creative transition following the departure of star Steve Carell, added several writers, Owen Ellickson as co-producer, Allison Silverman as supervising producer and Dan Greaney as consulting producer.

Tipster: Matt

June 14, 2011: TVLine’s Ask Ausiello

Any word on who the boss will be when The Office returns in the fall? —Adam

Ausiello: All I know is who it probably won’t be: Catherine Tate. At least that’s what I’m hearing.

May 24, 2011: TVLine

Question: I thought we were going to find out who Michael’s replacement would be in the Office finale. What happened? —Jennifer

Ausiello: I suspect producers wanted to give themselves the summer to weigh all their options. I hear a five-second scene at the end of the episode that showed the field of candidates narrowed to three was excised at the last minute. Interestingly, none of those would-be finalists were rumored frontrunner Catherine Tate, which may explain why the clip was cut.

Tipster: Matt

May 18, 2011: TV Squad

In an interview with Paul Lieberstein:

I think we’re looking for an addition to the ensemble. We’re not looking to fill a star’s role with another star, or really just like continue to center the show around the manager. I think it’ll be much more of a shared experience.

You know, we’re such in the beginning stages of talking about season 8. This is really our first week. I feel like I can go so much deeper into the lives of our characters that we’ve just been kind of skating the surface for a while. You know, we got to know so many levels of Michael. As a writer, I’m looking forward to delving into all the levels of Jim and Dwight and Andy and Darryl, you know. We did Michael. And I’m interested in writing episodes that center around a different person in each episode. So I guess I would say look forward to more of what you liked in the show of our cast. There just is more.

May 18, 2011: The Hollywood Reporter

If The Office producers have their way, Catherine Tate will be the new manager of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch. The British comedienne… is said to be the top choice of the show’s producers, though her ability to take the job is in question due to her current theater commitment.

Tate, who is best known for work on England’s hit series Doctor Who as well as her eponymous U.K. sketch comedy series, is reuniting with her former Who co-star David Tennant as Beatrice in this summer’s Much Ado About Nothing in England. The Telegraph recently dubbed it “this summer’s hottest theatre ticket.”

May 17, 2011: TVLine

Question: What will Jenna Fischer’s pregnancy mean for Pam on The Office?

Ausiello: I hear there’s a very good chance it’ll mean the Halperts will be adding to their brood next season [next season, as in Season 8].

May 12, 2011: TV Squad

In an interview with Paul Lieberstein, when asked about Mindy Kaling returning for Season 8:

“She’s coming back as an actress, for sure,” Lieberstein told me. When I pressed and asked if that means she won’t be writing for the show anymore, he said, “It doesn’t look that way, but I don’t think that’s been … We don’t know yet.”

May 12, 2011:

In an interview with Rainn Wilson: “we start shooting [Season 8] in late July”

May 3, 2011: Screen Junkies

In an interview with Rainn Wilson:

[Rainn] is meeting with the writers to discuss next season… “Now we’ve just got to figure out what season eight’s all about,” Wilson said. “I’m actually going in later this week to meet with the writers and try to talk to them about it. It’s really mostly up to them but I’ll put in my two cents and see where they’re at and stuff like that.”

May 1, 2011: Los Angeles Times

An interview with Rainn Wilson states “[Rainn] is doing some writing for television and movies, adding he would continue to play Dwight for at least another year or two.”

May 2, 2011: Washington Post

As recently as the White House correspondents’ dinner held on April 30, Mindy Kaling stated “I don’t even have [an Office] deal for next year, actually… As a writer, my deal is up. So I don’t even know if I’m coming back. Obviously I would love to come back…”

April 28, 2011:

An article about John Krasinski reports “Krasinski recently closed a one-year deal to continue on NBC’s The Office, where he is among the core cast members whose presence is expected to be beefed up following the pending departure of star Steve Carell.”

April 14, 2011: Brian Baumgartner

Brian tweets: “YES there will be a season 8; start filming it in July; and YES I will be back!”

February 22, 2011: Collider

From an interview with Jenna Fischer:

Do you guys have just one more year left on your contracts?

Jenna: It’s true that the rest of us all have one more year on our contracts.

Have you given thought as to whether or not you think the show would be better to end once your contracts are up, or would you like to find a way to continue?

Jenna: I think that if the show, creatively, can support more years, then there’s a good chance that we would all sign up for more. We all really love our job and we really like the show. Right now, I feel really optimistic about it. If the ideas that they’re pitching pay off and work, then I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t keep doing it.

February 15, 2011: TVLine

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

The Office is reportedly 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 [in Season 7] that may also become a series regular.

January 19, 2011: IGN

Excerpt from an interview with John Krasinski:

[Classy Christmas] was one of my favorite episodes –- I thought that a prank gone paranoid was perfect. And I love when Jim gets his comeuppance every now and again and he certainly did that day. But yeah, that’s really fun and it’s always fun to do Dwight/Jim pranks. I think you’ll see a lot more of them in Season 8.

November 5, 2010: CNN

In an article about Rainn Wilson:

Wilson has one year left on his contract to play the role of Dwight Schrute on “The Office,” and with Steve Carell leaving at the end of the season, it could mean changes at Dunder Mifflin.

September 20, 2010: New York Magazine

In a story about Mindy Kaling:

[Mindy’s] Office contract is up this year, at the same time as Steve Carell’s. “This isn’t some big scoop or anything, but I can see this season being my last. Right now, I’m hankering for new adventures…”

September 9, 2010: Hollywood Reporter


One question being mulled by “Office” writers is whether those two roles — the new star of the show and the new boss of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch — are going to be the same person.

By season’s end, one character will have Scott’s job — but that person is not necessarily Carell’s replacement as the show’s star. Sources say writers are tempted to have the character who becomes the Scranton branch’s new boss fail in some spectacular manner, leaving the seat open again for another successor during Season 8.

One radical notion being explored is the possibility of subtly shifting the show’s point of view so that a current character is the star instead of the boss.

Tipster: Matt

July 21, 2010: Variety

According to Variety, actor/writer/producer B.J. Novak has extended his work on ‘The Office’ through season 8:

B.J. Novak has cut a deal with Universal Media Studios that covers his services as an actor and writer-producer on “The Office” through its seventh and eighth seasons. He’ll be upped to exec producer status (from co-exec producer) about halfway through the show’s upcoming seventh season. Pact also includes a development component for Novak to field new projects for the studio.

September 25, 2009: October 2 print version of Entertainment Weekly

… fans can count on seeing a first birthday (if not a second) for baby Halpert, as most of the cast is signed through Season 8… [John] Krasinski and [Jenna] Fischer say they’ll stick around as long as the show does…


  1. I am a little worried that there will be some craziness (including losing some fans) if they make Catherine Tate the boss. Not many people know who she is and she is a little hard to understand (her accent is awesome though).
    However, I am sure that whatever they choose will be good!
    We have to remember that the new boss will not have as large as a role that Michael had. Might not even make it to DVD cover status.

  2. I’m a die-hard Office fan since the beginning. I know there’s been a lot of talk about fans jumping ship since Carell’s departure, but I’ve really enjoyed the episodes that have aired without him, so I’m still on board… That is until this Catherine Tate thing. I LOVED the finale, I did. The only weak point, and a number of other Office fans I’ve spoken to agree, was Catherine Tate. I didn’t find her funny at all! I barely even cracked a smile. James Spader was fantastic, and had me rolling on the floor. Will Arnett’s brief scene was very funny. Even Ray Romano, who I was never a fan of, really impressed me. But Catherine Tate… if she’s the boss… I don’t know if I’ll stick around, and I’m even more confident that the viewership will go down drastically.

  3. I got an Eric Idle vibe from Will Arnett’s character (in a great way). I’m keeping my fingers crossed for Spader’s smug weirdo. I keep thinking of him staring confidently at the camera and laughing…

    [from tanster: smug weirdo is a good way to describe him!]

  4. I totally agree. I can get past the stunt casting in the season finale (most of the guest stars were unnecessary in my opinion, even Jim Carrey of whom I’m a huge fan). But Catherine Tate was just AWFUL. I see now more than ever the big difference between British and American comedy, and while I respect British humor for what it is, it just doesn’t work in the American market. I’m truly concerned that casting Tate will ruin the show for good. Personally, I hope they don’t cast any new high-profile star(s) and just work with the ensemble they have – they are brilliant and were far funnier in the season finale on their own than any of the guest stars. In particular I’m pulling for Andy to become the next boss.

  5. I loved the original office but the humour in it was completely different, it was embarrassed humour David Brent would actually make me cringe and smirk at the same time. The American office is fluffy and fun and I really enjoy it. I don’t find Catherine Tate very funny either and never have. I think Andy would make a good replacement. although in my honest opinion it makes more sense for Jim to take on the managers role and to inject new characters into the office to add the zest in.

  6. I didn’t find Catherine Tate to be funny either. And I could barely understand her. I think it should be Jim, though if he’s a boss he can’t play pranks since he’d be a manager….I wasn’t sure if I’d be excited about season 8 since there wasn’t a sure replacement. Gee, maybe Charlie Sheen, he’s looking for work still, isn’t he? LOL

  7. The writers are amazing and i really hope season eight isn’t the last. i’m also not a fan of Catherine Tate, honestly i kinda wished James Spader, he just had that thing that i could sense… saying the craziest things things that end up making the most sense. He is definitely no Michael Scott but i think he could be pretty good at manager. Then again, i said that about Will Ferrell too and his character threw me off whack even though he was hilarious. ugh just raise a glass to whatever happens..i’ll still love The Office. *Cheers*

  8. Rainn Wilson tweeted that the cast knows who’s gonna be the new regional manager next year.

  9. Not sure if this is “news” but a programming note for Canadian fans, Season 8 of The Office will be an hour earlier on Global TV (8:00 p.m. Thursdays).

    Of course, I like to watch Community at 8:00, so I’ll still be watching The Office at 9:00 on NBC.

  10. I actually enjoyed Catherine Tate’s scene in the finale. I don’t think it makes sense to bring her in as the new manager because of how her interview went. I think it will go to Jim Carrey, unfortunately. Don’t get me wrong, he is funny, but the way his character was portrayed wasn’t all that funny. His weird accent just ruined it for me, I guess.

  11. #12 Jim Carrey isn’t going to be the boss next season. He was the ultimate stunt casting of the entire group. Warren Buffett has a better chance at it than Carrey does.

  12. Why aren’t people rooting for Pam to be boss? Am I the only one who noticed how she handled Creed acting up in the finale while everyone else was caught up in the excitement? I truly believe the writers are considering her and just aren’t saying it to keep it a secret. She is smart, persuasive, and funny. Also, she can get along with anybody in the office, from Dwight to Oscar to Jim (of course).

  13. @smalls
    except that Jenna Fischer is pregnant, unless they write her absence into the storyline for the manager, I don’t see how it’s feasible.

  14. @gyang333 That’s true. But, I imagine the cast being skeptical when Jo randomly picks Pam after the search committee cannot make a decision, then once all of the workers actually start enjoying this new boss, they find out she’s pregnant. Well, that’s what I’m hoping for.

  15. Ask ausiello just said that the boss won’t be Catherine Tate.
    They are throwing us for a spin!!

  16. Thank God it’s not going to be Catherine Tate. Not funny in the least and would be as annoying as the Phyllis character has gotten over the years.

  17. I liked Catherine Tate a lot in the finale – she’s clearly very talented and her scene was really funny to me (but I like British humour and it was definitely very British). I do think her character may have been too much like a female version of David Brent, the kind of boss who says whatever they think you want to hear but really has no clue at all. The fear, however, is that NBC has decided against her because they want a big name – I hope that’s not it – I hope it’s because they’ve decided to stick with the cast that got them this far.

  18. Does anyone else think Andy would be great as Regional Manager?

    Most of all though, I think it would be a mistake to go for an outsider. We’ve known the main characters for seven seasons now and they’re what makes this a great show… why bring in someone new who doesn’t have that status off the bat? The Office has some awesome characters, make use of ’em!

  19. As long as my 2 favorite relationships on the show are not changed(negatively) or taken away, i’m pretty cool with whoever(whomever?). Those being Jim and Dwight, and Jim and Pam. Either Dwight or Jim as boss would mean no more pranks. And we can’t have that.

    The idea of Andy as boss never appealed to me, but if it’s going to be a current cast member, i’d much rather Andy or Darryl over Jim and Dwight.

  20. Ooh is that Allison Silverman the same one who was head writer at The Colbert Report?

  21. “Return to the small, observational stuff”

    That makes me so happy!

  22. Please…puhleease no more Andy/ them both individually but I was over that storyline in the 2010 finale. Yay for getting back to small details though! Can’t wait for Season 8 (and it rhymes) :)

  23. Jim and Pam + another baby makes me happy. Going back to small stuff like earlier seasons makes me happy. More Jim and Dwight pranks – beautiful!!!

  24. It seems like Catherine Tate is definitely out, like Ausiello said, based on this interview with Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Vance) – near the end she says: “The departure of Steve was heartbreaking. He’s such a great guy. And I do not know who’s going to take his place. The powers that be may know, but we’ve been on hiatus since the middle of April, so by that time they had not made a decision. The rumor is that [British comedian] Catherine Tate was being considered, but she had conflicts.”

  25. Really happy to read they want to focus on getting back to the mundane, regular little problems that occur in an office. Storylines like that that involve everybody are the best. Think The Surplus, Chair Model, Health Care, even Casual Friday. I love when Jim and Pam are apart of the A plot, rather than kept separate.

    Speaking of Jim/Pam, can they bring back their banter again, just little exchanges throughout the day? That brightens any episode.

    If Pam does end up being pregnant again, i hope they can do it a little differently this time. Otherwise i’d rather they keep it out.

  26. I liked Will Arnett. I feel his humor would fit in with the rest of the cast. I doubt it though. It looks like Spader will take over.

  27. So much for the return to the original mundane sense of humor on the show. It sounds like Spader is going to be a larger-than-life character who inexplicably gets what he wants from everyone.

  28. No! I really like Kathy Bates as CEO, I don’t want her to be gone! Also, Spader’s character doesn’t really sound fun at all. Why not just have a ‘normal’ person run the office?

  29. God, what is it about Catherine Tate that makes people think she would work any longer on the show than what she already did in “Search Committee?” I’m really not understanding all the love here.

  30. At first i didn’t want Dwight or Jim to be the boss, but with Spader as CEO, it would be a lot better. In ten years when the show is very popular in syndication i think Dwight or Jim would be the best choice

  31. I agree with 32 & 33. Spader’s character sounds like another sitcom-y intrusion into the show. The Office did not used to feel like a sitcom, it felt like a documentary of an actual office. PLEASE return to that!

  32. If i had to choose between Dwight, Andy or Jim as RM, for the logical answer i’d say Jim. For everything else? I truly have no idea. A “normal” boss would be interesting, if written right. It may be fun to see him play off of Spader as CEO. I’d just hate to see Jim lose his prankster, funny, sarcastic side and become serious and stressed out all the time.

  33. Ughhh, please don’t cast Spader or Tate! I think it’d give the show too awkward a feel and I don’t think either of them fit well with the cast. Maybe Ray Romano? More importantly, DON’T GET RID OF KATHY BATES! She added something nice.

  34. I did love Kathy Bates as CEO but she just wasn’t on enough and it made it seem like Michael ran the company. When the office was at its best they had jan as the boss or Ryan who were on almost every episode

  35. I’m glad that James Spader is going to be the new CEO, but is there going to be a new regional manager for Dunder Mifflin, and if so, WHO!

  36. I thinking Andy will slide into RM. If Robert California is going to be this manipulative firecracker, it makes comedic sense for him to go head to head with someone spineless & neurotic.

  37. TANSTER! Did you catch the news about JAM’s office-conceived second miracle?!?!

  38. OMG, Michael would be thrilled. This baby WAS actually conceived in the office like he thought Cece was. Haha

  39. i KNEW that if they wrote jenna’s pregnancy into the show that they’d use the “PDA” storyline!

    how nice of her to get pregnant right around the filming of that episode!

  40. Could not be happier. Here’s hoping they keep Jim and Pam front and center this season.

  41. So happy right now! I can’t wait for Baby Tuna #2. Team Boy this time!

    And yes! I called it months ago that if Pam got pregnant because Jenna was, it’d be because of Valentine’s Day. I never expected to be right, so yay!

  42. Hey Jenna, way to take one for the team for a great storyline! ;) haha in all seriousness though, I’m very excited (for Pam and Jenna!) I agree with Karen, I hope this story helps to put more focus on JAM this season..more cuteness please!

  43. That’s actually a perfect way to get some JAM going on in there – for all the fans that’ve been wanting it so badly.

  44. YAY! Finally a good decision! I’m so happy that they are going to do that, I was hoping they would. Time for baby boy Halpert

  45. Pam’s pregnant! I wasn’t sure i wanted this, but now i can’t help but be super excited! Will Jim be less frazzled this time around? I hope it’s different this time.

    IT BETTER BE A BOY! Little James, aw.

  46. Yes yes yes! I’m so thrilled at this news! I’ll also join in wishing for a boy this time.

    I hope they bring back the great JAM dynamic that has been missing lately. You know, the little things. Here’s hoping we get another roof scene with them in S8.

  47. I doubt this will be a big storyline. They’ve already done the “Jim & Pam have a baby” thing. And Pam/Jenna will be almost ready to pop by the time they shoot the premiere.

  48. So unbelievably happy that Jenna’s pregnancy is going to be written into S8! More Halperts please =) Congrats to Jenna and Lee <3

  49. So happy that PDA resulted in a second Halpert baby! Can’t wait for S8 =)

  50. Jenna’s spoiler of Michael’s replacement is interesting. Robert California will start out with a bang, selecting the new reg. mgr. in Episode 1.
    Scripting Pam’s pregnancy means Office producers are ready for Jenna’s real maternity leave of 4-6 episodes.
    So, this rules out Pam as either Reg. Mgr. or Asst Reg. Mgr.
    Robert already knows Dwight can’t do the job.
    So, Pam & Dwight ruled out.
    Robert senses Jim as his protégé from the Season 7 finale, someone needing a challenge. With a 2nd baby on the way, Robert thinks it’s time for Jim to step up in his career.
    Jim views Robert with an equal measure of admiration and fear-comedy gold.

    Paul talked about a new accountant coming in for S8.
    Why? We already know that DM’s accounting staff of 3 are doing the job of 2. Why add a 4th?
    My guess: Robert will pick Jim as DM’s new Reg. Mgr., and shockingly, pick Angela Martin as Asst. Reg. Mgr. That’s why the new accountant is needed.
    Dwight will be promoted to Sales Manager.
    But what will Robert do with Jordan & Pam’s positions?

  51. Well they found a way five months after the fact to rub that hated episode in my face again. I’m glad they’re writing her real pregnancy into the show. But why, why, why do they have to remind me of that awful, awful scene? Here’s hoping for a boy. But I can totally see Jim with two darling little girls and his beautiful wife too :)

  52. I love Jim and Pam! My favorite characters…ever! I always support any plot they are in. That being said…. I don’t like this! Unless the writers can come up with new, “never before seen,” type of stories… I see it overlapping with season six. With Michael leaving, I wanted to see Jim and Pam “doing” something new, you know? I feel like history is repeating here!

  53. That baby could be the star of a show called “Babies I Don’t Care About”

  54. Oh, gosh, I hate that. I don’t care about their first baby and I don’t care about a new one. Not a fan of this storyline. I hope they don’t make the babies a bigger part of the JAM storyline. I’ll stop watching if they do.

  55. Yes! Little Jimothy. Maybe Mose could beef up the childcare facility downstairs now that they would have 2 kids.

  56. There may not be a huge story line with this new baby. They need an excuse to why Jenna is gone for a month. It won’t be like season six.

  57. I can’t see how the second baby will rate any significant story time. There isn’t really anything new to mine there. Also, I’m baffled at people who hate their PDA storyline. Did they fail to meet some abitrary standard of propriety?

  58. Shannon I wouldn’t worry too much. Cece was a part of 3 out of 26 shows. It’s not going to be a big deal.

  59. I just heard that “Men of a Certain Age” got cancelled – maybe Ray Romano’s available now to be office manager if James Spader will be the CEO.

  60. I’m really happy about this, even though i *know* it won’t be a major thing on the show this time. Great news for Jam and a great reason for Jenna being gone. I don’t even expect to see the new little one, so nobody need be worried about babies taking over the show.

  61. Haha during the valentines day episode I said “they totally just made a baby” and I was right!

  62. Dwight has updated his blog and asks why he shouldn’t be manager. So I guess he didn’t get the job.

  63. So, Pam’s going to be a bit taken with the ultra confident, sexually charged creepy guy, I’m guessing. More contrived awkwardness for Jim.

  64. I’m hopeful that Pam won’t be taken with this guy, but that Jim will be the one who supports him and is scared of/enthralled with him, then Pam sees through him and sort of plays off of him and undermines him. That would be interesting.

  65. I think it’s just going to be that Pam will have to justify her role as office administrator and all the hijinx that will ensue. There is so much they can do with that, and it will be classic Office realism. BJ Novak said they’ll return to small, genuine office dynamics; everyone is saying things will get shaken up. I think Pam squirming a little will accomplish both of those dynamics.

  66. I’m not sure how they could come up with a plausible story of Pam being attracted to the new CEO during or immediately after her second pregnancy. I’m guessing it’s something else. Maybe Spader takes her under his wing and mentors her?

  67. Pam always has a great storyline with any character on the show. She’s a connector, the office’s social glue. Ofcourse she has a storyline with the new boss, Jenna wasn’t dropping a hint about JAM troubles. She’s excited to get to work with a wonderful actor she’s never worked with before. Anyone who watched the finale can see that if anyone has a crush on RobCal, it’s Jim. ;)

  68. Jim’s only ambition in life is to be with Pam. Pam loves Jim and wants both herself & Jim to go as far as they can. She’s gonna learn more about confidence and manipulation from Robert California. Remember how she bullied Gabe into acknowledging her position, authority, & salary as office administrator. Don’t worry about JAM, Pam only has eyes for Jim. This season she will further her education, just like every season. Jim is laid back, Pam is ambitious, that’s all, no one can come between them.

  69. Well we all know that:
    1. Pam is preggers
    2. Someone else is preggers (probably a woman)
    3. There is a Pam/Angela frenemy storyline
    4. There will be a new accountant

    So… you fill in the blanks….
    (actually, I will still say it)
    Angela and Pam are both pregnant. (Angela’s is from the senator or Dwight)
    They get a new accountant to replace Angela while she is gone!

    TA Flippin DA!!

  70. The obvious choice for pregancy would be Angela, but knowing the writers it will be the least obvious, so I’m voting Phyllis!

  71. @ Roy – I don’t have a particularly logical reason for disliking PDA. It just went against who the characters are in my mind. I get that lots of people liked what they did. I just am not one of those people. I admit my view of them is highly romanticized, but drunken sex seems beneath them to me.

    As for baby 2 I’m taking a guess and saying Phyllis. But I bet it’ll probably be Angela. Phyllis I don’t think is too old (remember her character is the same age as Michael) and maybe her arc with Erin last year motivated her and Bob to try it. Angela seems the more typical and easier to write story. Especially if Senator Robert isn’t the father and a certain spectacled salesman is.

  72. Oooh anyone else think the second pregnant lady is Kelly?!! when dwight was in charge of the office and she got to work late and dwight asked what was wrong with her and he stopped at her tummy?!!! Please let it be KELLY!!!!!

  73. I bet Kelly’s pregnant… for real this time. I’ve been thinking she was since Dwight questioned her reason for being late. Hopefully it’s true, Ryan needs to settle down a little. Are they still together?

  74. Has it been confirmed the new manager is someone we know? Or an outside hire? I was just wondering because of the Ausiello spoiler.

  75. How can the office run without warehouse people? Is it safe to assume that new people are hired? It’s probably nothing but what do you guys think?

  76. It has to be an inside hire doesn’t it? If they had added a new cast member to be manager we would have heard of it by now given that they have started filming?

  77. I think the new RM is Jim – makes sense with some of his new plot points. And I just love Spader. Always. Very excited.

  78. I think it’s either Kelly or Angela who’s pregnant, not that there are a lot of other possibilities. I could see an Angela pregnancy influencing the “frenemy” element.

  79. I’m sorry but the Jim I know would never want to go out for drinks with co-workers rather than be home with his family. I hope that is a very quick blip on the radar. I really don’t like that news.

  80. If you read all the interviews, the answer is clearly revealed as to who will replace Michael Scott as manager. So if you don’t know, just scroll back up and read all of them.

  81. @jmsteeley I think there is so much spoken about pointing away from Jim – too much – that I see it as a red herring. But I’m thrilled that it’s going to be an existing character.

  82. I shouldn’t’ve read this! Arrghh! Some of the stuff was so cool! I’ll be damned.

  83. Based on recent interviews (Paul, NBC exec, BJ Novak, Jenna), Season 8 is shaping up to be The Office 2.0.
    Hooray for the “Cult of Robert California”!
    Imagine…a dominating, guru-like, CEO whose philosophy of life is “Everything is sex”.

    Big Problem: Only 15 out of 26 episodes for James Spader? But Spader is replacing Steve’s star power. Steve/Michael anchored the comedy in all 26 episodes. So must Spader.

    I’ll watch The Office ONLY because of James Spader’s “Robert California”. I won’t watch ANY episodes without Spader. Without a comedy anchor-Steve or Spader-The Office would drift into boring waters.
    Robert California or Bust!

  84. I was totally thinking that Angela would be pregnant (is it the STATE senator’s or Dwight’s?) because of the “frenemy” statement, but @BoomRoasted, if Holly was the pregnant one, I’d be so ecstatic! Good thinking!

  85. So yep, Andy is definitely the manager if you ask me. Everything that’s been said points to that pretty clearly, especially John’s comments. And it sounds like Jim will be helping him through a lot of it, which i love. Jim works so well as the backbone.

    On the other hand, i don’t love the idea of Jim avoiding his home life, dreading going there, and making up excuses so he doesn’t have to. Being stressed is one thing, but all of that is absolutely not Jim Halpert. Jim and Pam used to be best friends, each other’s strength, did they forget?

  86. If Jordan Garfield/Cody Horn isn’t sticking around, why the heck did they put her in that “Sunday Afternoon” photo?

  87. My big question is whether Mindy Kaling will be working on the show this season. I remember reading months ago that her contract was up and that she wasn’t returning for s8, but I haven’t heard anything to confirm or deny that recently.

  88. @Tyler – It is a mystery. What was Jordan doing there to begin with? How great would it be to work at Dunder Mifflin – Sabre, where they have 3 people doing one job, in a severe recession?

    But give Paul credit for pulling the plug on a half-baked idea before it started causing serious damage. Hopefully he’ll see the light on the other new characters before it’s too late.

  89. 115/Patrick – If you scroll to the May 15th spoiler from TV Squad, Paul says Mindy will be back as an actress but probably not as a writer. Maybe that’s the trade-off since she’s got other projects she’s developing that will require her time? Just speculating.

  90. I’m excited about Andy’s parents coming on board – and I think Stephen Collins is exactly how I portrayed Mr. Bernard – but I’m wondering why The Office keeps switching parents’ roles to more “famous” actors? First with Pam’s mom, and now Andy’s parents, whom we already saw briefly in Goodbye,Toby. They were quite fitting as his parents. Were they unavailable this time around, or not famous enough?

  91. In Goodbye Toby, Andy says his dad’s name is Andrew, although I might be remembering this wrong.

  92. Don’t see how it could pull off an ER transition in one or two more seasons. My guess is that they use this season setting up reasons why folks are moving on. The real question is who leaves first?

  93. I just re-watched Goodbye, Toby, and I find it odd that they decided to recast (@126: and re-name!) Andy’s parents. Why are they doing this?

  94. “Andy’s parents were played by Ed Helms’ parents.”

    On the commentary for “Goodbye Toby” they mention that those were just actors. Mindy Kaling’s parents were Kelly’s parents in “Diwali”.

  95. I think The Office is a good enough show to have stuck around for 10-11 seasons. But if any more actors leave I think it’s time to call it quits. I don’t want to see it morph into a new office, it should be rebooted a few years down the road

  96. Just realized Andy once mentioned being named Walter, Jr. and then being renamed Andrew after his brother looked more like his father. But it had no bearing on the story of that episode, so why would they ever make this change?

  97. This is so dorky that I know this, but: Andy’s dad is named Walter Bernard (continuity in Goodbye Toby notwithstanding). Andy was named after him, until his brother was born and his parents thought him a worthier carrier of the Walter Bernard name, so Andy was renamed. So I guess that makes Josh Groban Walter Bernard, right?

  98. They’d be silly to even attempt a transition at this point. Once Rainn, John or Jenna go, the show is gone. Those 3 are why i watch.

    These people are not who i picture as Andy’s family. None of them even remotely look alike. Oh well, as long as the writing’s good.

  99. I thought Ed Helms said in an interview that they were his parents in Goodbye Toby, but I could be remembering it wrong :)

  100. 8 or 9 seasons left for The Office, according to Paul:

    “I think it(The Office) has a couple more years, for sure. I think we have a total of eight or nine in us…The show will morph into a new office…driven by actors (leaving) having their fill.”

    So all this hoopla about Spader’s power role as CEO, “Who’s Michael’s replacement?”, new guest stars, Andy’s parents & brother, Pam’s pregnancy…all just treading water for Paul’s “eight or nine in us”.

    Basic question: If Paul, the showrunner, is talking up the new energy on set, with new cast, why is he only giving the show 1 or 2 more seasons?

    Me, if I was showrunner, I’d say: “New cast. New energy. New stories. Who knows, The Office might be around another 7 seasons!”

    #1 rule in Hollywood: Never admit you’re running out of creative ideas. Self-fulfilling prophecy!

  101. Aren’t the actors’ contracts up for renewal after this next season? I believe Jenna Fischer and John Krasinksi said they would stick around as long as the show does, but I don’t know about the others. Let’s hope that if the show continues after S8, they actors do too. Doubt the show would go on with losing even more characters. Losing Steve is bad enough.

  102. With all these casting announcements regarding Andy’s character – It seems obvious to me that Andy will be named manager of Dunder Mifflin

  103. @smartone – …or is that exactly what they want you to think? Hmmm…

    Anyone who has been keeping up with the various spoilers this summer can tell that the producers have tried to put misinformation out there, in the hopes that it will mask any real information that might leak out. (I wonder if they learned that from the Gossip episode??)

    But I think you’re right. I think the new RM will be Andy, with Jim and Dwight competing to see who has the most influence over him (i.e. the power behind the throne, as Dwight would see it).

  104. @134 JimisBigBird: John and Jenna have said they’re in it for the long haul, but the May 1 LA Times detail mention Rainn would like to play Dwight for another year or two…

    @137 chris: I believe Brian Baumgartner also said he would stay on for as long as possible.

  105. Didn’t Rainn say he’s a huge fan of Spader? Even before he was officially signed as a CEO?

    I believe if the show goes right, he wouldn’t/shouldn’t go away.

    And the thing I’m most excited about in Season 8 is the interaction between those two.

  106. Didn’t see all this new casting of Andy’s family until now. Seeing as this is the spoilers thread I don’t really think they’re trying to throw anyone off or create twists in the premiere with this sort of info. Looks like Andy’s gonna be RM, which I’ve been reading quite a bit on here. Kinda indifferent towards the choice.

  107. Not sure if this has been discussed so apologies ahead of time if I’m repeating, but do any of the spoilers hint if Andy’s parents are actually still together? I only ask this because I am currently watching ‘Secretary’s Day’ and in the beginning Andy says something like “if it weren’t for secretaries, I wouldn’t have a step-mom”. Just putting that out there :)

  108. Everyone seems to have forgotten that Andy’s parents already appeared in Goodbye Toby. Another parental recast… *eyeroll*

  109. If you watch the “Who’ll be Boss” video with James Spader, fast forward to the 4:01 mark. Andy says the new manager’s name but it is bleeped out. Go back and watch it. Ed Helms is saying “Meredith Palmer”. I guarantee it.

  110. Doe’s Will Ferrell’s character come back from the hospital just for an episode at least?

  111. If you think about it Robert California will pick the new RM and it seems like he would pick Dwight. Just an assumption

  112. I really hope the new RM is not Dwight. We’ve seen that story before in “The Job” and “Dwight K. Schrute, Acting Manager” and how far can you stretch the funny premise of Dwight treating the office like an internment camp? Andy, on the other hand, would be a somewhat fresh storyline, and Robert California would’ve picked him because he could “steamroll” over him, so the season could be about Andy getting his own sense of power/leadership. That’s what I hope rather than the tired “Dwight is insane” storyline.

  113. Anyone besides me notice the oddities where timelines are concerned? (i)When Jim told Pam about his crush on her when she first started. Who was at DM first?
    (ii)When Pam said she knew he was the one when he came up to her desk and warned her about her yogurt going bad because of the “best-by when label” when he first started. Again who worked there first?
    (iii)When Jim told Dwight at the Philly convention that he made $40k in sales for the year. How much time is supposed to pass between seasons?
    (iv)Michael telling the camera crew to let him know if this ever airs. Is the audience watching a “doc” that took place in the past? Regarding (iii) and (iv), if either or both are the case, then why do the writers use current hit songs/trends? It doesn’t jive.

  114. This might be a little late. But we should probably start campaigning.

    I am voting for California|Bernard for 2011-2012 year.

  115. Last night during the re-airing of Search Committee Part 2, they showed Andy and California walking out of the Manager’s office.. and Andy’s suit looked more professional than ever.. and his hair is very clean cut.. and if you look behind them, there is a coat rack.. and it looks like Andy’s coat from an episode before.. It’s blue and red. I can’t remember when he wore it.. Maybe when he sold his vehicle to Dwight & Dwight flipped it for profit.. or when he and Dwight had a duel.

  116. @Ryan about Wallace… you take out your suck it and you suck it WHAT? you suck it swhoooomp

  117. California’s marriage is bad, Jim finds excuses to leave Pam with the kids… I don’t like where that might go.

  118. I think we’re about 4 seasons past worrying about the state of Jim and Pam’s relationship. Does anyone really think they are going to write a storyline where Jim dumps Pam with two kids? Talk about taking one of your most likable characters and destroying him.

  119. Major spoiler. New boss is Andy! There’s another version of the “Who’ll Be Boss?” video online with Andy drinking coffee behind Michael’s desk at the very end.

  120. Andy is the new boss. Why else would his parents be there? Betcha, betcha…can’t wait until tomorrow night to find out! I’m too excited to sleep!!!!

  121. Hey! That summary for “Spooked” that was just posted omitted Zach Woods. Was this an error on NBC’s part or is he actually gone? He’s been listed so far in all of the other summaries before this episode.

  122. Wait, I’m confused. Is the episode “Spooked” showing on the 20th, or 27th? (The summary says 20th, the sidebar list says 27th.)

  123. I don’t remember a lot of people excited for her to come back, but maybe I have a bad memory.

  124. So glad they wrote it so that Jo is still at Sabre in some form, leaving the door open for Kathy Bates to continue if she has the time. Hoping she makes an appearance.

  125. Ugh. Really, really not wanting Catherine Tate back. Her character was too over-the-top weird. This show is supposed to be at least semi-believable. This makes me so sad. I want the focus back on our original Scranton people.

  126. While I’ve enjoyed some of the episodes this season, I’m starting to get worried about the direction of season eight. I was okay with the decision to make Andy the boss, but the character seems to be less and less his former funny self and more a professional just trying to be a normal boss. This show used to focus on events between a few characters, supported by small moments of their interaction with the supporting cast. Now they bring in tons of new characters while they write UN-characteristic stories containing everything from arcs about Pam being an emotional wreck and questioning everything in her “soul-mate” relationship, to a cold-open with the staff cheering Oscar vandalizing a car, and even the use of an uncharacteristically raunchy cold-open containing nothing but penis jokes. Now either they are trying to completely reinvent this series and the changes are completely the opposite of what I’m used to from the Office, or they are just trying to continue the show the best they can for as long as they can by creating new characters and material while still attempting to include the classic season 2 Jim/Pam/Dwight dynamic in episodes such as “Pam’s Replacement.”

  127. I really don’t think this show needs Catherine Tate :(

    I thought BJ Novak said they were returning to a more season two-esque style this season. I haven’t seen that in the past few episodes, and I don’t think Tate will help at all :/

    Too much change is bad D:

  128. Does anyone know how many episodes Jenna Fischer will miss with maternity leave? Just curious.

  129. I wonder if they would do what they did in Season 6 and have her voice appear on the phone with Jim or something, if she was willing.

  130. I almost hope Maura Tierney plays Lisa Miller. I mean in many ways I don’t hope that as I think it’s too wacky, but the show’s not wedded to any kind of realism these days. For some reason I like the idea of connecting the worlds of Newsradio and The Office.

  131. [ from tanster: you can email me at the Contact link at the bottom of this page. thanks! :) ]

  132. Does it seem like they’re airing less eps this season? We had that weird break in October (which the show never does) and now only one new ep in December instead of the usual two. Do they have a full season pickup yet?

  133. Something I noticed: Jenna’s credited for the next episode, but not the Christmas one. (I have to say, it’ll be weird not having Pam there for that). Anyway, she must be around even longer than I expected. What’s also odd is that Lindsay is ONLY credited for the same episode as Jenna. I thought Kathy was supposed to temporarily take her place? What’s the point of having them both there at the same time?

  134. @178: There are 2 new eps in December, like last year. The October break I believe has to do with the World Series, but maybe I’m wrong. I did see that they were picked up for the winter schedule and will be back Jan. 12th, at least a week earlier than they’ve returned the last few years, which makes up for the missed week in October.

  135. So if “Trivia” is episode 8.11, then that would be the Jan. 12th (first week back in January) episode, right?

  136. In regards to the spoiler about the Christmas couple: when in doubt, write yet another office romance.

  137. The fact that they’re making an episode called “Trivia” that takes place in a bar makes me wonder if it will be anything like the British version’s “The Quiz.”

  138. @187 michael: If you are referring to the DVD release, I would expect them to follow the pattern of the past few years in which the DVDs are released a few weeks before the start of the season, around the first week of September/Labor Day weekend. If you are not referring to the DVD release, I’m not sure what you are saying.

  139. @Chris K. I read Catherine Tate would be making her first appearance around the beginning of February. If memory serves me it was Paul Lieberstein who mentioned this when he announced she would be joining the show.

  140. So apparently no Jenna/Pam means nothing but Robert California and Andy storylines? Is it too much to ask for a JAM one when she returns?

  141. a pool party, really? i mean i usually don’t care when they leave the office but this is getting pretty ridiculous. maybe they’ll go to brazil or something as a business trip…

  142. Have none of you heard of pool as in billiards? I really hope they mean billiards.

  143. As soon as I read that Erin is going to flirt with Dwight to make Andy jealous, I started cracking up. That being said, I really hope Jenna comes back soon too! :( Although, I guess she has a good excuse…

  144. >>A pool party? In January? This isn’t Florida…

    Like driving a convertible with the top down in 50-degree Scranton, with someone on the passenger side wearing Terminator shades.

  145. Does anyone know how long Jenna Fischer’s maternity leave is? In S6 Pam had about 8 weeks of maternity leave, but will it be the same this time around even though Jenna is actually pregnant?

  146. Oh goodie, more Erin-Andy drama and more Andy Trying To Be a Good Manager.

    Recycle much?


  147. Tanster, any idea why there is no new Office episode on January 26? I noticed that there is a second episode of 30 rock airing in that time slot. All of the other shows appear to be new, as well.

    [ from tanster: sorry, i don’t know! ]

  148. “Oh goodie, more Erin-Andy drama and more Andy Trying To Be a Good Manager.

    Recycle much?”

    I have a feeling this is the new office. They need to do what got the ratings back in the day, romance, dry-wit and smart comedy that is not so pathetically raunchy. Heck, maybe get Steve in for an episode, it cannot be that hard, right, right? :(

  149. @203, I don’t know anything official, but maybe I can provide some insight. When they decided to wait until January to start 30 Rock, because of Tina Fey’s pregnancy, they did say that it would still be a full season, just in half the time. So I have a feeling that there will be many weeks where a second episode of 30 Rock will replace either The Office, Parks and Rec, or Up All Night. Just a thought!

  150. “Jury Duty” sounds so good! I love Jim and Dwight storylines. And it looks like Jenna/Pam will be back for that, so yay!

  151. Nellie will be taking a few Scranton folks to Florida. Dwight is one. Any guess as to the others? I’m thinking Erin–that would get her away from the tired Andy/Erin dynamic, and force her into closer proximity to Gabe, for some tension. Also, maybe Ryan and Kelly. If Nellie wants to do something cutting edge/trendy with the new store, then Ryan & Kelly seem like likely candidates. Who does that leave in Scranton, and how can they keep things interesting for them?

  152. Not excited about Nellie coming back, but extremely excited to see this “failed store” plotline, because failed stores are hilarious.

  153. Please please please let the unwelcome visitor in Jim’s room be Meredith or Creed, because that would be excellent.

  154. LOL that Indian doctor spoiler is hilarious! So much for not wanting to date a doctor eh Kelly? Perhaps that’s how they write Kelly off?

  155. Since Steve Carell left, I was hoping we would see entire episodes revolving around individual members of the ensemble (as opposed to Andy, Jim, Pam, etc) and I’m hoping that will happen with this Kelly and Ryan plot…

  156. No more Erin/Andy, PLEASE. I wish the writers would stop ignoring what the fans really want.

  157. They can’t be serious about Anger Management Andy, right? I didn’t know people actually liked that. I abhorred him then and loved him so much more when he came back as a quirky and good-hearted (if slightly awkward and effeminate) guy.


  158. I loved Anger Management Andy far more than the weak, singing milquetoast version they’ve given us since Season 5. His bland “please like me” persona has seemed like a pale imitation of Michael Scott. And for god’s sake, no more Andy/Erin!

  159. When did Erin reject Andy’s affections recently? The only time I remember was in “secretary’s day” The only recent rejections have come from andy to erin after I don’t know how many times she’s asked him to reconcile through sock puppets and public dinners. I wish Erin would just move on and date ryan gosling (he’d guest star) and everyone would move on.

  160. As a fan I must say that Erin is the reason I am watching The Office. More Erin/Andy please! Better yet, make Erin part of the main cast.

  161. Lots of good things mentioned, but like others said please no more Andy and Erin.

  162. To all of you who don´t like the Erin-Andy storyline we get it, you don’t want to see that but for the rest of us it’s great and we can’t wait to see how they interact in a relationship, those will be epic episodes!

  163. I’d rather watch hours of the lack of chemistry between Andy and Erin than a second of the Nellie character. Was hoping her arc ended after the opening of the Sabre Store. Oh well. Hard to not be biased towards the original characters of the Office who seem to get little time on the show now.

  164. I’m one of the people who loves Andy & Erin, I just hope they quit dragging out the “will they get together?” The Jim Dwight stuff is great though.

  165. My heart is already breaking over Ryan and Kelly. I can’t be the only one here. :(

  166. Erin and Andy have a unique kind of chemistry. It is really fun to watch. Andy will have a lot of explaining to do.

    Many critics think that Erin is the highlight of this season and I agree. Someone with so much comedic talent ought to be given a much larger role.

    They need to invest a lot more on the couple. My main complaint is that the relationship has too many small bits. They should devote more A-plots to it.

  167. I agree that Andy and Erin are fun to watch, but my problem is that I’m just not that invested in their relationship. If they never got together, I honestly wouldn’t care. I wish they had built up a friendship between them first – them liking each other suddenly came out of nowhere, and felt forced. Also, they’ve never really been very sure about each other, which makes me very unsure about them as a couple. I don’t believe the writers are trying to make them the new JAM, and that’s a good thing, because they just don’t have the same chemistry.

  168. Pam & Jim were THE OFFICE poetry in motion. They are now treated as 2 old married people. A&E will never be another JAM. JAM was a perfect match. Kudos to whoever put John and Jenna together. Please more JAM!

  169. Perhaps I am weird because I like to watch the awkward couple. Please do not make Erin and Andy a “perfect” couple.

  170. There’s this guy on Twitter called Dennis Fletcher who claims to be an Office writer, except he tweets all in caps, misspells everything and is really abusive to some of the other writers, who are all having Twitter fights with him. I thought he was just a nut job, but the other writers seemed to know him, so then I became confused. I noticed that he seems to be obsessed with Carrie Kemper, and that Danny Chun told him to ‘f**k off back to Boston’ and I suddenly remembered a while back Mindy tweeted something about B.J. having a character who was a staff writer from South Boston who was in love with Carrie. Does anyone know if this is B.J.? If so, it’s genius!

  171. Okay, I’ve been following this guy for a few days now, and I’m pretty sure it’s B.J., or at least it’s somebody on the Office writing staff having some fun. Also, a lot of the writers and cast, including Jenna, are following him. It’s really funny stuff!

  172. Now I could be wrong, but I am pretty sure Dennis Fletcher is story editor Dennis Fletcher that Tanster just posted about.. :)

    Hey! Lets discuss this-> Cathy is done temping at Dunder Mifflin. Does that mean she is gone? or does she have a new job there??

  173. Nate, Lindsay Broad tweeted that in response to a question about why she wasn’t in the last episode, so it means she’s done. And you should really, really check out Dennis Fletcher’s Twitter :D Here’s something that’s intriguing me though – just read on Watch with Kristin that Jenna teased that next season will be “a big year for Jim and Pam” but she’s not allowed to say why. Now let’s discuss what that means!!

  174. With the latest article out regarding more and more of the staff leaving, I’m really starting to wonder if Season 9 is going to happen at all. Especially if Dwight/Toby/Kelly aren’t in it.

  175. Jessie, I guess she is probably gone. That’s fine.
    Ya I read about that thing with Jim and Pam!
    I’m so excited. If it’s a personal thing, in their family, then I don’t know what it could be.
    But maybe there is a promotion or new job or something.

  176. Nate M, that’s exactly what I’m thinking! They’ve done everything with their personal lives that they can do, so it must be to do with their careers. And if next season is the last one, it makes sense for Jim and Pam to move on to something better.

  177. “Unemployed Andy” I’m at a loss for words. Obviously this is just an arc. If it is not, then the fact Ed Helms is negotiating a shorter contract for season 9 makes more sense.

  178. O______________________O at the “Fundraiser” summary. I’m going to cry a bit.

  179. @ Nathan – Jenna was asked about the Ed/Paul/John leaving rumors and she said not to believe everything you read.

  180. Hi tanster, is there anyway to move some of the spoiler posts to the second page? Currently, stuff from July 2010 is showing up on the first page for me.

  181. I’m really starting to think these last 4 episodes may be the last of the series. Yeah, they may reboot it or have a spin off, but I’m not so sure we aren’t seeing the last of The Office as we know it.

  182. Is it really necessary to have so many guest stars on another finale? How many guest stars were there during the season 2 & 3 finales?

  183. @248 Danielle: I count one guest star in the finale (Jack Coleman as the Senator, I assume) – Catherine Tate and James Spader are main cast members.

  184. At this point I am hoping they just wrap up whatever they are trying to do with Andy as manager. Then if we have a season 9 I pray they will switch gears.

  185. @Dan, I really hope not, since Jenna Fischer teased “a big year for Jim and Pam” if the show comes back next year. I need that!

  186. Not sure if anyone has noticed, but Mindy Kaling is not in the descriptions for the last few episodes. Has she officially left Dunder Mifflin before she goes to her show on Fox?

  187. Did anyone notice the phrase “with a little help from an old boss” in the description for the finale?

    A Steve Carell guest shot perhaps?

  188. I think the former boss who helps Andy get his job back in Free Family Portrait Studio is David Wallace. Notice his cameo in the Fundraiser episode.

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