[Roseanne] Barr is doing a three-episode arc on the final season of the NBC/Uni TV comedy series The Office. She will play talent agent Carla Fern who agrees to help office manager Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) realize his show business dream. Filming of her episodes is set to begin this week.
In an interview with The Office executive producer Greg Daniels:
… Office superfans were left with questions — like whether Brian, a character that was inspired by the show’s real-life boom operator Brian Wittle, will play a role the episodes to come.
At least in the next two episodes, airing back-to-back this Thursday, he absolutely will, says Daniels, adding, “Once you open this can of worms, it’s hard to go back.” And that’s exactly why revealing the crew has been a slow process. Steve Carell’s last episode — which showed Michael Scott taking off his mic — was the first hint that the show would begin pulling the curtain back, and earlier this season, we heard the crew’s voices.
Introducing Brian, however, is more than a nod to the documentary — it’s also a piece of a major storyline involving the show’s longtime key couple, Jim and Pam, who have had a rough time this season. “Pam and Jim have this incredible, intense bond that has developed over years and years of little workplace jokes and conversation, [and] the thing I think is so, like, disturbing, maybe, is the realization that there may have been another guy who was there in an invisible setting this entire time also participating in little jokes with them and killing enormous amounts of hours at work,” Daniels says. “Once you start opening the box of who’s working on [the documentary], you have to picture that when Pam does an interview, Brian is right there, right off camera, holding a boom mic.”
The next two episodes, he says, “really follow that thought.”
Naturally, the appearance of a new man — or, in this case, a new old man — in Pam’s life has also been a cause for concern among fans. Will she cheat? Will she almost cheat? Will Jim get jealous? Daniels wasn’t giving up answers, but admits, “I’m glad that [fans] are worried.” “You know, I think one of the reasons we did it was to kinda shake things up and cause people to wonder and worry,” he says.
So what will happen next? And exactly how involved will the documentary crew get in the lives of our characters in the final episodes? Despite their best efforts to remain flies on the wall, that might not be the case for long. “We certainly have a lot of that under discussion. [We’re] always referencing that Star Trek law — they were supposed to not interfere with the planets histories when they landed on them,” he says, referring to the Prime Directive. “That holds true for the documentary crews also; they’re supposed to observe without affecting [lives]. But they can’t really. It’s an interesting point — with a documentary, you’re always affecting things.”
Question: Any news on The Office finale?
The documentary-within-the-show will soon start airing, “and you’re going to see people in the office reacting to being all of a sudden on television,” [Angela Kinsey] says. Will there be any breakout stars? “We’ll see,” she teases. “It’s going to be very odd for everybody.” And though Kinsey’s cat-loving accountant may not get caught up in that particular kerfuffle, there will be “a big shake-up in her life,” the actress previews. “I can’t wait to act it out, because it’s really awesome.”
Question: After the latest Office episode, I need some reassurance that everything will end happy with Jim and Pam.
I can tell you that we’re going to meet more of the documentary crew – beyond the boom operator who comforted Pam after her phone call – as the series winds down. “How the interaction between the documentary crew and us plays out, it’s pretty amazing,” Brian Baumgartner told TVLine at Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. “Our hope is you begin to think, ‘Oh yeah, there have been some other people who’ve been in the office, following these characters around for nine years. Of course they’re going to have relationships with those people.’ There were rules that we’ll learn were set up between the documentary crew and its subjects, and those lines start to get blurred as we move ahead.” Baumgartner also hinted that, if things go the way he thinks they will for Kevin, “I’ll be pleased.”
The Office is preparing for its big goodbye but for one member of the current crew, goodbye is going to come a little early — they’re getting canned! But while the Office cast is mum on who gets the ax, Kate Flannery tells us of the firing: “I don’t think anyone will see coming.”
“There is a huge public humiliation in store for Angela,” [Angela Kinsey] teases. “She is a woman scorned, and she can’t be held accountable for what her scorning is doing to her. She’s spiraling, and it is going to get out of control. We have been building to it and it’s a-coming — just you wait.”
What Jenna Fischer told Access Hollywood at the SAG Awards:
“You learn that Pam knows the boom operator Brian and you’re going to learn more about the nature of their relationship in the upcoming episodes,” Jenna Fischer, who plays Pam, told AccessHollywood.com…
“Jim and Pam are still struggling to be together, but there’s going to be an increase on that struggle,” Jenna continued, noting that Jim’s job out of town, and the pair’s struggle to deal with the distance, continue to provide challenges for the pair.
“It’ll be interesting to see how they handle it,” she added.
January 28, 2013: NBC
A summary of the episode, ‘Moving On,’ airing February 14:
ANDY TRIES HIS BEST TO MOVE ON — Pam (Jenna Fischer) interviews for a job in Philadelphia with a manager who gives her deja-vu. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) brings Angela (Angela Kinsey) with him on a mission to clean his elderly Aunt Shirley. Andy (Ed Helms) returns from his long boat voyage. Leslie David Baker, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Catherine Tate, Clark Duke and Jake Lacy also star.
January 25, 2013: NBC
A summary of the episode, ‘Couples Discount,’ airing February 7:
ERIN IS NERVOUS FOR ANDY’S RETURN — The Office pairs off into pretend couples to take advantage of a Valentine’s Day discount at a local mini-mall. Erin (Ellie Kemper) assures Pete (Jake Lacy) she will break up with Andy (Ed Helms) when he returns, but he has good reason to doubt her. Jim (John Krasinski) and Pam (Jenna Fischer) share a meal with Brian, the documentary’s sound man. Rainn Wilson, Leslie David Baker, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Catherine Tate, Clark Duke and Jake Lacy also star.
January 18, 2013: NBC
A summary of the episode ‘Vandalism,’ airing January 31:
PAM’S WAREHOUSE MURAL IS DEFACED — When Pam (Jenna Fischer) asks the office to help her track down the vandal who defaced her mural, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and Nellie (Catherine Tate) spring to action. Darryl (Craig Robinson) has difficulty dealing with the cleanliness habits of Jim (John Krasinski) in their shared Philly apartment. Meanwhile, Angela (Angela Kinsey) grudgingly allows Oscar (Oscar Nunez) and Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) to attend her son’s first birthday party. Ellie Kemper, Clark Duke, Phyllis Smith, Leslie David Baker, Paul Lieberstein, Kate Flannery, Creed Bratton, and Jake Lacy also star.
Haley: Did Greg Daniels happen to say anything about what’s going on with Jim and Pam for the rest of the episodes?
Jim and Pam’s marriage will be a focal point in the remaining episodes, especially since a showdown between the two of them now seems inevitable. So a big fight is coming, but so are callbacks to Jim and Pam moments from the earlier seasons. “One of the things that we’re excited about for this year is the chance for people who have been following the show, all the fans who have been following it religiously for years, to really get off on all the connections and the wrap ups and the artistry that we’re trying to bring to the end,” Daniels said. Translation? Count on the fact that Jim chose Pam over New York in season three to come back up again soon.
… [Greg] Daniels said fans can also expect a… story line centered on the notorious Scranton Strangler. “Toby is going to go visit him in prison soon, so we will learn a little bit more about whether he was wrongly imprisoned or rightfully imprisoned, and it still remains to be seen whether there is a big reveal or not,” Daniels said. “Creed’s been pushing for some weird connection to this guy.”
January 16, 2013: TCA Winter Tour
From today’s TCA Winter Tour event held on The Office set:
- The Office executive producer Greg Daniels stated that Mindy Kaling and B.J. Novak will return for the series finale. Zach Woods is also scheduled to make a return appearance.
- The episode that airs next week is “the beginning of the end, where we start to break down what’s going on with this documentary and see behind the scenes of who’s involved.”
- Someone is fired in episode 15. Greg says “There’s drama, and someone has to pay for it.”
- Ken Kwapis will direct the one-hour series finale.
January 15, 2013: NBC
A summary of ‘Junior Salesman,’ airing January 31:
DWIGHT BRINGS BACK OLD FRIENDS — David Wallace (Andy Buckley) tasks Dwight (Rainn Wilson) with finding a new part time salesman to fill in for Jim (John Krasinski). Dwight assembles a super-team of his cronies, starting with Mose. Pam (Jenna Fischer) tries to figure out who will be her new desk mate. Erin (Ellie Kemper) tries to find her birth parents with Pete’s (Jake Lacy) help. John Krasinski, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Catherine Tate and Clark Duke also star.
Question: Jim left for Philadelphia on The Office, but does that mean John Krasinski will be off the show for a while? —Graham
Ausiello: That’s actually not what that means. As exec producer Greg Daniels explains, we will follow Jim to his new sports marketing job in the City of Brotherly love. “We’ll show you his office in our next episode,” Daniels reveals. “It’s very different [compared to] Scranton. It’s in a converted old industrial building and it’s all concrete; it’s very cool. It’s a very different vibe from the Scranton office.” Daniels says viewers will see Jim realize “the brilliant career” he always dreamed of. Bonus Scoop: Office producer (and onetime NBC boss) Ben Silverman will recur as one of Jim’s new colleagues. “He’s actually quite good,” Daniels says with a laugh. “I couldn’t believe it. We’re kind of starting to write toward him as if he’s an actor.”
January 5, 2013: NBC
A summary of ‘Suit Warehouse,’ airing January 17:
DWIGHT AND CLARK POSE AS FATHER AND SON TO MAKE A SALE — Clark (Clark Duke) returns from his sex jaunt with Jan and gifts the office with a new espresso maker, which everyone abuses. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) takes him to sell a father – son suit warehouse. Meanwhile, Darryl (Craig Robinson) interviews at Jim’s (John Krasinski) company and Pam (Jenna Fischer) comes for a surprise visit. Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Ellie Kemper, Catherine Tate, Clark Duke and Jake Lacy also star.
A summary of ‘Customer Loyalty,’ airing January 24:
RELATIONSHIPS ARE TESTED — Dwight (Rainn Wilson) tries to prevent Darryl’s (Craig Robinson) move to Athlead. Jim (John Krasinksi) is forced to miss Cece’s first recital when a big investor exits his new company, to Pam’s intense disappointment. Nellie (Catherine Tate) exposes Pete (Jake Lacey) and Erin (Ellie Kemper). And we start to see behind the scenes of the documentary. Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton and Clark Duke also star.
Ausiello: [Ed] Helms returned to work on the show right before the Christmas break, so, by my calculations, that puts Andy’s first episode back at around February or March. And as exec producer Greg Daniels points out, “It was very easy for Erin and Pete to be the romantic focus when he wasn’t around,” adding that Andy’s reappearance makes the situation “more of a horserace.” (He also notes that the triangle has stirred up a number of debates in the writers room, which tells me even they don’t know at this point which guy Erin will choose.)
Ausiello: Daniels “definitely encourages” fans to watch the show’s Jan. 24 episode. “We start to break down the mystery of who’s behind the documentary,” he teases. “It’s a total explosive mind-bender.”
… Jon Favreau will be paying a visit to Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch before it closes its doors in May, albeit behind the scenes. TVLine has learned exclusively that the actor-writer-director will helm an episode of The Office later this season.
From an interview with The Office executive producer, Greg Daniels:
… the Office outing that was intended to serve as The Farm‘s first installment is “a very good episode” and confirmed that it will air before The Office‘s series finale in 2013.
“We’re not going to air exactly what it was, because it has certain aspects that were appropriate for a pilot of a new show,” [Daniels] says. “We’re going to shoot a little additional material to make it fit into the season more.”
Daniels says the show had two scenarios for the oddball assistant to the regional manager: One involved him continuing on the new show (presumably without a certain petite blonde cat enthusiast in tow [Angela Martin, played by Angela Kinsey]), the other didn’t. “We’re into the [latter] scenario,” he says.
December 21, 2012: NBC
Summary for ‘Lice’ airing January 10, 2013:
THE OFFICE IS INFESTED WITH LICE — JULIUS ERVING GUEST STARS — Pam (Jenna Fischer) accidentally brings lice into the office and lets Meredith (Kate Flannery) take the fall, while Dwight (Rainn Wilson) vows to destroy the parasites. Meanwhile, Jim (John Krasinski) has a fantastic day in Philly wooing a potential business associate (guest star Julius Erving). Meanwhile, Phyllis (Phyllis Smith), Nellie (Catherine Tate) and Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) meddle in Darryl’s (Craig Robinson) love life. Leslie David Baker, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Ellie Kemper and Jake Lacy also star.
December 18, 2012: Rainn Wilson
Rainn tweeted: “Just got out mtg w/Office writers. Holy Sh** the 2nd half of this season is going to explode yr TVs!”
In an interview with Rainn Wilson, Rainn says “The documentary is finally going to air, and “The Office” characters are going to get to watch themselves on the documentary. That will be an interesting mind-bender.”
From an interview with Rainn Wilson:
We’ve heard we’re going to find out who’s been making “The Office” documentary. Is that how the series is going to end?
Yes. It’s Ken Burns. [Laughs.] Part of the ending is going to be not only resolving the characters and what’s happening in their lives, but the showing of the airing of the documentary on “The Office,” and showing what effect that has on the characters. That’s going to happen over the course of the last six or eight episodes. “The Office” characters get to watch themselves in the documentary. I think they’re probably being documented as they’re watching themselves in the documentary.
I’d read that the pilot of “The Farm,” the Dwight spinoff that NBC decided to pass on, would be airing as an episode of the “The Office.” Is that still the plan?
Yeah, either all or some of it will be airing as an episode of “The Office.” So you will get to meet Dwight’s brother and sister, some other family members, and see a little more life on the farm.
December 13, 2012: Rainn Wilson
Rainn posted a video which showed a list of upcoming Season 9 episode titles:
The titles include:
- Suit Warehouse
- Customer Loyalty
- Junior Salesman
- The Farm
Julius Erving, a.k.a. Dr. J, has a new teammate, and his name is… Jim Halpert? The basketball Hall of Famer will guest-star as himself on The Office, EW has learned. In the episode, Dr. J becomes an investor in the sports marketing business that Jim (John Krasinski) is trying to launch in Philadelphia, where Erving scored more than a few baskets as a 76er.
Link: ‘The Office’: Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving to guest (includes photos!)
Prepare to meet the crew! “I can tell you that we’re very soon going to see the camera crew, and I’m excited for that,” [Angela] Kinsey reveals. “We’re going to peel back the curtain a bit and see the people who have been behind the show all this time.”
Seems like it’s getting more and more likely that Steve Carell will return to make an appearance on The Office. Any scoop on that?
… at first the cast was just saying “we hope it happens,” and now we’re hearing talk about working out schedules, which is exactly what John Krasinski told us. “I would love it if he came back. I think they’re still trying to figure out his schedule,” he tells us. “Look, it’s going to be a really, really emotional time and it just wouldn’t be the same without him.
Tamie in Eldin, Mo.: I’m a little worried about Jim and Pam on The Office. Can you give me scoop on what’s next for them?
This has definitely been a different season for our favorite married couple, so we went directly to Jenna Fischer, aka Pam, to get the lowdown on what’s coming up. “I don’t think I want to say much because the excitement will be in watching how it unfolds. It gets dramatic and there’s going to be some surprises,” she tells us. “There’s going to be some opportunities for each of them to leave Dunder Mifflin and try new things. We’ll just have to see how their relationship deals with that.”
“We would all love Steve [Carell] to come back,” Jenna Fischer told us at the taping of the 2012 CNN Heroes news special. “He’s more than welcome and more than invited to come back. There’s nothing confirmed, but everyone’s fingers are crossed… There’s a lot of things you have to work out in order to make that happen, but it would be great.”
Rainn Wilson echoed Fischer’s enthusiasm. “There’s talk of it,” he said. “He’s a very busy man and a huge movie star, so it’s going to be a tough one. But we’ll see what we can do.”
In an interview with Angela Kinsey:
Do you know what can fans expect from the show’s very last episode?
AK: We’re still halfway through the show. I actually don’t know what the final episode will be. They’re still working on that. But I think this season is turning out to be really great because there are a lot of characters having these big crisis moments in their lives.
My character just figured out that Oscar is sleeping with the Senator, which is going to unravel Angela Martin’s world. Jim and Pam are at a crisis because Jim is getting this job in Philadelphia. Andy is also going to have a big break in his life and so is Erin. All these characters are having these huge moments that are going to play out. I think the show is going to have a great ending.
November 16: NBC
Summary for ‘Dwight Christmas,’ airing December 6, 2012:
When the party planning committee drops the ball on the annual Christmas party, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) gets everyone to celebrate with a traditional Schrute German Christmas. Darryl (Craig Robinson) fears Jim (John Krasinski) has forgotten his promise to take him along to the new job in Philadelphia. Meanwhile, Pete (Jake Lacy) teaches Erin (Ellie Kemper) about his favorite movie Die Hard. Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, and Catherine Tate also star.
October 22: NBC
Summary for ‘The Whale,’ airing November 8, 2012:
DWIGHT FACES HIS GREATEST PROFESSIONAL HANDICAP: SELLING TO WOMEN – When Dwight (Rainn Wilson) must sell to a woman at the lucrative Scranton White Pages, Pam (Jenna Fischer) and the ladies teach him how to interact with female clients. Angela (Angela Kinsey) suspects the Senator (guest star Jack Coleman) is cheating on her; she and Oscar (Oscar Nunez) spy on him at his yoga class. Meanwhile, Andy (Ed Helms) skypes in from his boat, and Toby (Paul Lieberstein) convinces several guys in the office to grow mustaches in honor of “Movember.” John Krasinski, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Catherine Tate, Clark Duke, Andy Buckley, Phyllis Smith, Brian Baumgartner, Kate Flannery, Creed Bratton, and Jake Lacy guest star.
October 12, 2012: NBC
Summary for ‘The Boat,’ airing November 1, 2012:
ANDY IS FORCED TO STEP UP WHEN HIS FAMILY COMES UNDER HARD TIMES — JACK COLEMAN (“HEROES”) GUEST STARS — Andy (Ed Helms) must man up when his Dad blows all the family money. When Dwight (Rainn Wilson) is interviewed on local radio, Jim (John Krasinski) and the office torture him with bizarre call-ins. Meanwhile, Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) discovers a secret about Oscar (Oscar Nunez), and struggles to keep it, while Oscar’s fate hangs in the balance. Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Catherine Tate and Jake Lacy also star. Andrew Santino (PUNK’D) also guest stars.
October 5, 2012: NBC
Summary for ‘Here Comes Treble,’ airing October 25, 2012:
ANDY DEALS WITH A CAPPELLA DRAMA — STEPHEN COLBERT GUEST STARS (“The Colbert Report”) — It’s Halloween in the office and Andy (Ed Helms) invites his college a cappella group to perform, which leads to a confrontation with his frenemy Broccoli Rob (guest star Stephen Colbert). Meanwhile, Dwight (Rainn Wilson) finds evidence that a madman is loose in the office and tries to track him down, and the first meeting of Jim’s (John Krasinski) new job causes a fight with Pam.
Jenna Fischer, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Catherine Tate, Clarke Duke and Jake Lacy also star.
Someone from Andy’s (Ed Helms) past is coming back on The Office, but this time he’s singing a very different tune. Josh Groban is returning as Andy’s younger brother, Walter Jr., TVGuide.com has learned exclusively. Walter Jr. was first introduced last season, along with Andy’s parents, at his garden party at Schrute Farms. Although it was made very clear that Walter Jr. was his parents’ favorite – much to Andy’s dismay – a lot has changed in the year since we last saw the Nard Dog’s baby bro. In the Nov. 1 episode, titled “The Boat,” Walter Jr. pops back up as a drunk who has fallen from grace.
The host of The Colbert Report is reporting for comedic duty on The Office! Stephen Colbert will guest-star this season as Broccoli Rob, a former member of Here Comes Treble, Andy’s a cappella group, EW has learned. In the Halloween-themed episode, Andy (Ed Helms) discovers that the smarmy, competitive Broccoli Rob is singing a different tune about the history of the group and stirring up drama, which only intensifies the rivalry between these two frenemies.
September 28, 2012: NBC
Summary for ‘Work Bus,’ airing October 18, 2012:
THE OFFICE HITS THE ROAD — When Jim (John Krasinski) convinces Dwight (Rainn Wilson) that the building is unsafe; Dwight rents a bus and sets up the office inside. Nellie (Catherine Tate) asks for Andy’s (Ed Helms) help in adopting a baby. Meanwhile, Jim tries to make Pam (Jenna Fischer) happy with some pie. Lesley David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Angela Kinsey, Brian Baumgartner, Oscar Nunez, Kate Flannery, Paul Lieberstein, Creed Bratton, Craig Robinson, Ellie Kemper, Clark Duke and Jake Lacy also star.
September 14, 2012: NBC
Summary for ‘Andy’s Ancestry,’ airing October 4, 2012:
ANDY LEARNS HE IS RELATED TO MICHELLE OBAMA — Darryl (Craig Robinson) has a hard time in his new role as assistant regional manager when Andy (Ed Helms) flaunts his bloodlines. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) teaches Erin (Ellie Kemper) the Dothraki language to impress her boyfriend’s educated family. Nellie (Catherine Tate) tries to convince Pam (Jenna Fischer) that Jim (John Krasinski) is having an affair, and Jim reveals his secret in the warehouse. Brian Baumgartner, Clark Duke, Oscar Nunez, Angela Kinsey, Kate Flannery, Jake Lacy, Leslie David Baker, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein also star.
September 7, 2012: NBC
Summary for ‘Roy’s Wedding,’ airing September 27, 2012:
PAM AND JIM GO TO ROY’S WEDDING –- DAVID DENMAN GUEST STARS. The wedding toast of Pam’s ex-fiance Roy causes Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski) to examine their relationship for buried secrets. Dwight (Rainn Wilson) stubbornly protests Nellie’s (Catherine Tate) mandatory charity initiative by supporting the Taliban and agreeing to live by their severe laws. Clark (Clark Duke) hits on Erin (Ellie Kemper) by dangling a fake newscaster job; Andy (Ed Helms) also takes the bait. Craig Robinson, Brian Baumgartner, Creed Bratton, Paul Lieberstein, Angela Kinsey, Oscar Nunez, Phyllis Smith, Kate Flannery, Leslie David Baker, Jake Lacy also star.
Exec producer Greg Daniels’ mission for the show’s ninth and final season is make every episode Must-See TV… Among the noteworthy plots in the pipeline: The Scranton Strangler will be unmasked; Kelly leaves her job, but not before saddling the two new hires — played by Jake Lacy and Clark Duke — with upwards of 4,000 unanswered customer complaints; Jim and Pam attend her ex Roy’s wedding; and viewers will finally get the full story about the documentary crew that’s been shadowing the gang for the past decade. Although Zach Woods’ contract option was not picked up for the final season, sources confirm that we have not seen the last of Gabe.
The Office’s Rainn Wilson posted this information on his Facebook page:
Here’s the deal with ‘The Farm’ as there have been so many questions of late. We are shooting an episode of the Office entitled The Farm. It introduces Schrutes we’ve never met before- Dwight’s sister Fannie and her son Cameron who’ve been in Boston for 10 years, brother Jeb, a pot farmer, and (nazi curious) Uncle Heinrich. Also there’s Mose’s brother Zeke.
(note: we’ve assembled an AMAZING cast and I’m so thrilled to be working with them! I know that sounds cliche but it’s TRUE!)
This episode will be done soon and then NBC will decide if they want “The Farm” to be a series or not. Either way the episode will air as an Office episode in the winter sometime.
If we shoot more, they would start airing in the winter/spring probably.
The number of Office eps I do this last season is really dependent on what happens with The Farm. Definitely 12 or 13 and maybe more.
Wish us luck. See you at Schrute Farms!
August 31, 2012: NBC
Summary for The Office Season 9 premiere on September 20, ‘New Guys’:
THE OFFICE BEGINS ITS FINAL SEASON. Jim (John Krasinski) and Dwight (Rainn Wilson) are thrown off balance by the arrival of two young employees (Clark Duke and Jake Lacy) that the others dub “the new Jim” and “Dwight, Jr.” Andy (Ed Helms) comes back from Outward Bound leadership training with a desire for vengeance on Nellie (Catherine Tate). Will Oscar (Oscar Nunez) adopt Angela’s (Angela Kinsey) cat? Kevin (Brian Baumgartner) saves a turtle. Jenna Fischer, Ellie Kemper, Craig Robinson, Mindy Kaling, B.J. Novak, Paul Lieberstein, Leslie David Baker, Phyllis Smith, Kate Flannery, Creed Bratton also star.
… current Parks and Recreation showrunner — and former Office EP — Mike Schur is set to reprise his role as Dwight’s oddball kin in the departing NBC comedy’s upcoming Schrute-centric episode/planted spin-off, “The Farm.” No word yet on how Mose will figure into the half-hour, but in a recent interview with TVLine, Schur joked that he’s praying the Farm pilot revolves around Mose’s funeral. “That would be the best case scenario, I think,” he laughed. “If Mose was in a horrible tractor accident, and he was chopped up into little pieces so that there was no way he could come back… I’d be really psyched.”
August 25, 2012: Deadline
Veteran Tom Bower (Die Hard 2) has been cast as Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) great uncle Heinrich in The Office spinoff project, which will be introduced in an episode of the veteran NBC comedy’s upcoming final season. Titled The Farm, the spinoff has Dwight (Wilson) living at the Schrute family beet farm and bed & breakfast. Bower will play the Dwight siblings’ (Wilson, Majandra Delfino, Thomas Middleditch) great uncle Heinrich Manheim, who is charming, greedy, manipulative… and may have had to spend time in Argentina following World War II, thanks to his German National Socialist roots. Co-starring in the project is Matt Jones as Dwight’s cousin Zeke.
Breaking Bad alum Matt Jones has been tapped to play Rainn Wilson’s mysterious cousin Zeke in the potential spinoff of NBC’s The Office… Jones will play Zeke, Dwight’s cousin and joins the previously cast Thomas Middleditch as Dwight’s wacky brother Jeb, Majandra Delfino (Roswell) as Dwight’s younger sister, Frannie, and Blake Garrett as his nephew, Cameron.
While Jeb has tried several different career paths — worm farmer, Bigfoot hunter, Army farmer and now running a successful pot farm in Northern California — he lacks Dwight’s sense of principle, hierarchy and work ethic. He’s also said to have made his own exercise video of things you can do with a knife and canoe (naturally!).
Thomas Middleditch… has been cast as Jeb, the Dunder Mifflin salesman’s sibling, TVLine has confirmed. The character — along with the previously cast Majandra Delfino (Roswell) and Blake Garrett (Bridesmaids), who will play Dwight’s sister and nephew, respectively — will first be introduced in an episode of the departing NBC comedy this fall. Should the network move forward with the Schrute-centric spinoff, all three would be series regulars. When [Dwight] decides to leave the paper biz and give the new venture a shot, he must convince his brother and sister to join him. Middleditch’s Jeb, however, is the polar opposite of Dwight, with absolutely no work ethic and few life aspirations. In fact, the most success he’s found in his thirtysomething-years is running his own pot farm.
From an interview with Greg Daniels:
Last season Andy was more of an off-and-on boss. Is this the season he fully takes the reins at DM-Scranton?
David Wallace, who now owns Dunder Mifflin, sends Andy for Outward Bound-leadership training over the summer and he comes back pretty aggressively in charge.
Andy and Erin — what is the state of their relationship this season? What is their next obstacle? Same question for Jim and Pam. And Dwight and Angela.
All the main characters will have serial stories and relationship arcs.
How will Nellie fit into the office this season?
At the end of last year, Andy softened and allowed Nellie to stay as Director of Special Projects. But he comes back from Outward Bound with the confidence and desire to torment Nellie for what she did to him last year and make her quit.
Describe the two new characters played by Jake Lacy and Clark Duke.
Jake and Clark play Pete and Clark, two guys in their mid-20s who have been hired to go through the 4,000-plus unanswered customer complaint voicemails that Kelly leaves behind when she goes.
What brings Roy back?
Jim and Pam are invited to Roy’s wedding in Episode 2.
Breaking Bad’s Bryan Cranston will direct The Office Season 9 episode entitled “Work Bus,” scheduled to air October 18.
Majandra Delfino (Roswell, State of Georgia) has landed the role of his sister, Fannie, while Blake Garrett (New Girl, Bridesmaids) will play his nephew, Cameron, TVLine has confirmed. Both characters will be introduced in an episode of The Office to air this fall. If NBC decides to move forward with the offshoot, tentatively titled The Farm, both will appear as series regulars.
A classic character is returning:
David Denman will guest-star in the upcoming ninth season of the NBC comedy, TVLine has learned exclusively. According to sources, the hot-tempered former Dunder Miflin employee will show up in Episode 2.
August 1, 2012: Jenna Fischer
Jenna tweeted: “I so wish I could take a photo of what we are doing today on set. It’s so cool and insane!!! Ahhhh!!!”
Better With You actor Jake Lacy is joining NBC’s The Office as a series regular for the upcoming ninth season… sources say he’ll play a new hire named Pete who’s also a potential love interest for Erin (Ellie Kemper). In describing his new gig to a cute barista in a rough-draft scene, Pete quips, “Not only am I the new guy who has to do the coffee runs, but it’s a paper company, so pretty much a non-stop adrenaline rush.”
July 26, 2012: Kate Flannery
Kate tweeted: “We are heading back to #theOffice this week. Best desk job ever.”
“I think some big things are going to happen because it’s time for big things to happen,” Angela Kinsey tells us of the NBC comedy post-James Spader. “I’m told right out of the gate some Dwight-Angela stuff happen with the baby. Who’s my baby daddy?”
July 17, 2012: TVLine
Question: What can we expect to see from Season 9 of The Office?
Ausiello: You can expect to meet Dwight’s kooky clan in this season’s fourth episode. According to sources, that’s when NBC is planning to air the Schrute-centric planted spin-off The Farm.
In an interview with The Office executive producer Greg Daniels:
“I’ll tell you that the last couple of years, I don’t think we did any big arc-type things in the way that we used to in the beginning,” Daniels said. “I think the thing we’re going to do is bring back a lot of arcs, so there’s going to be a lot of change in (the characters’) status and their relationships from a week-to-week basis.
“And other sort of major things happen, and my hope is we’ll get some of that feeling of needing to see it on the night that it airs, because you don’t want to miss the big changes that are happening to people.”
“I don’t think we’re really telling the story of who’s in the manager’s chair,” Daniels said. “We’re definitely telling different stories where different characters are the leads of them.”
Clark Duke (Greek, Kick-Ass) “is in talks to join The Office’s upcoming ninth season as a series regular.”
… sources close to The Office confirm to TVLine exclusively that Catherine Tate is poised to return for the show’s upcoming ninth season as a full-fledged series regular.
June 1, 2012: Jenna Fischer
Jenna tweeted: “FriFav3: The writing staff on The Office. In full pre-production and the plans for next Season are amazing!!! #theoffice #mylipsaresealed”
In an interview with David Koechner:
I think I’m going to be doing a lot more of “The Office,” which is great because I get to be in town and home with my family.. they’re bringing it back, whether or not it’s the last season, I don’t know. I hope to be on it a lot more. It’s been mentioned that that’s going to happen. We’ll see. It’s not 100 percent, but, my understanding is that I’m back for some more.
May 21, 2012: Angela Kinsey
Angela tweeted: “our writers go back to work today! The actors will go back in a few weeks! Woohoo!”
After protracted negotiations, “The Office” will return with most of its cast intact for what may be one last season, and its creator, Greg Daniels, will be back at work, too. Mr. Daniels, the original supervisor for “The Office,” is expected to return in a hands-on capacity, Robert Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment, said in an interview. (Paul Lieberstein left that role at the end of last season.)
[Robert] Greenblatt says most of the cast of The Office, including Rainn Wilson and B.J. Novak will return for the comedy’s ninth season. “I expect to see all of that cast back except Mindy [Kaling], who is going on to her own show, which we’re thrilled about. We’re thrilled for her.” He also teases that fans should “expect some new faces to drop in” to The Office next season.
Tidbits from Paul Lieberstein:
[Paul] Lieberstein… hints that [in Season 9], there might be a switch back to how things were during the bulk of the show’s run. “I have a romantic feeling for the simplicity of the single-manager structure,” he says. “Next year might see a return to it.” Not surprisingly, Lieberstein wouldn’t elaborate further, except to say that there almost certainly won’t be multiple layers of management at the Scranton office.
Lieberstein confirmed that he’s working with Rainn Wilson on an Office offshoot (tentative title: The Farm) to be top-lined by Rainn Wilson: “It’s a show about Dwight’s life on the farm and [running] the business — the bed and breakfast and the farm — with his family,” he says. “Basically we have a show about a family working together and a family business in the heartland. It’s kind of focused on some people who are not often represented on television. I think it’s really interesting; I’m super excited about it. I haven’t grown up on a farm myself, so I have a lot of research to do.”
Original reports about the spin-off got the timetable for the project wrong, however. While the goal is to do a special episode of The Office that would serve as a pilot for the show, “the plan is to do it early [in Season 9],” not [in Season 8]. “We’ve been talking about it for about a year I guess,” Lieberstein says. “And then when it finally was really coming together, we were just in the heart of the second half of [Season 8], and contracts came together slowly, and we just found ourselves without time to properly do it.” By waiting until the fall [of Season 9], “We’ll be able to focus on casting outside of pilot season… We’ll get to really do it right.” Sadly, Lieberstein confirms what we expected: Dwight’s Cousin Mose, played by Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur, is not expected to be a regular. “We’re going to have to explain why he’s not there,” says Schur. “He will do what he can, now and then. But for the most part, he can’t be Mose.”