'Office' Clearing: Who Will and Won't Return
B.J. Novak is latest of five major reported departures
When NBC's number-one comedy, "The Office," returns next season, the payroll will be missing at least five of the major characters whom viewers have grown to love.
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The latest casualty, according to TV Guide, is B.J. Novak, who plays Dunder-Mifflin temp Ryan Howard and is the series' lead writer. Novak may still make occasional appearances, and even write. However, his full-time tenure is over.
Got those scorecards out? Here are the latest known statuses of this past season's lead characters:
Out for good: James Spader (Robert Calfornia)
His arc was never intended to last longer than one season.
According to most reports, Wilson will star in an NBC "Office" spin-off called "The Farm," which will be run behind the scenes by Lieberstein, who served the same function for "The Office." Kaling is set to star in a new FOX fall comedy called "The Mindy Project." Return "Office" cameos by one or more of these characters is possible but not probable.
Out with guest appearances likely: B.J. Novak (Ryan Howard)
In: Jenna Fisher (Pam Halpert), Catherine Tate (Nellie Bertram), Ellie Kemper (Erin Hannon), Leslie David Baker (Stanley Hudson), Angela Kinsey (Angela Martin), Brian Baumgarther (Kevin Malone), Craig Robinson (Darryl Philbin), Oscar Nunez (Oscar Martinez), Creed Bratton (Creed Bratton), Phyllis Smith (Phyllis Vance), Kate Flannery (Meredith Palmer) and Zach Woods (Gabe Lewis)
Will enough of your favorite characters be back to justify the space on your DVR? Tell us below!
Season 9 of "The Office" premieres Thursday, Sept. 20, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on NBC.
W/O Michael Scott and Dwight Schrute this show will BOMB hard !!! Spader sucked bad, besides the pool party episode. This show will be in it's final season MARK my WORDS !! Bring back Michael and DAngelo (Will Farrell) for one more episode ..PLEASE NBC--
I don't know. Last year I was on the fence, but it wasn't because Michael Scott was gone. I was also on the fence the previous year when he was still there. For whatever reason, this series seems to be slowly but surely boring me.
I will say I like the "Nellie Bertram" character. She's not bad at all. James Spader's character was OK, but I think I prefer him more in the movies I've seen him in. The more I saw him, the more boring I felt his character was.
I'll stick with it for this coming season. We'll see...
Dwight cannot leave for the following reasons:
1 He owns the freaking building.
2. The whole Dwight/Angela dynamic, which is one of the BETTER dynamics is lost.
3. He and Jims battles have been a LARGE part of what's carried the show.
Speaking of Jim, I really hope his role isn't too reduced. The Florida episodes last year where he and Pam were apart absolutely sucked.
I'd like to blame NBC as it's usually their fault, but it seems like a choice by the actors, which I suppose I can respect.
Still, that show is most definitely not going to make it beyond this season now at this point.
The Office is Hilarious, it will go on without the departing characters. One of the best after work decompression time shows-unlike the "reality"/competition shows. Ya' don't have to think about it....it's just funny.