'The Office' seeking new showrunner + Ed Helms, Bill Hader join Mindy Kaling's Fox comedy


There’s new Help Wanted sign on NBC’s The Office. The network’s top-rated scripted series might have a new showrunner next season.

We hear NBC is actively searching for a replacement for Paul Lieberstein, the show’s talented chief writer-producer, who also plays beleaguered HR chief Toby Flenderson on the series.

Lieberstein is looking to focus on running the Office spin-off that the network has in development, which stars Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) returning home to run his family’s beet farm and bed-and-breakfast (working title: The Farm). Even if NBC hires a new day-to-day showrunner for a ninth season of the long-running comedy, Liberstein is expected to continue at least occasionally playing Toby on the show.

Keep in mind this situation is still fluid, since NBC’s schedule next season is a couple months from being set. Still, The Office could be a pretty different workplace next season, with Mindy Kaling potentially exiting for her Fox comedy project, Wilson potentially focusing on the spin-off, and NBC having announced that James Spader will not return as Dunder Mifflin CEO.


THREE big names have just signed on for guest roles in Mindy Kaling’s promising Fox comedy pilot. In the as-yet-untitled show, Kaling plays a Bridget-Jones type OB/GYN trying to navigate her personal and professional life. Here’s the scoop:

First, Kaling’s The Office co-star Ed Helms is in the show as a potential love interest. He’ll play Dennis, a Wall Street analyst who goes on a blind date with Kaling’s character Mira.

Next, Saturday Night Live and Superbad veteran Bill Hader has joined the pilot to play Kaling’s ex-boyfriend Tom. He’s described as “upbeat, humble, almost infinitely appealing boy-next-door type who has such perfect chemistry with Kaling’s character that it feels nearly too good to be true. Mira sees him as the living breathing equivalent of an early 80’s Tom Hanks.”

And finally, West Wing veteran Richard Schiff will appear in the episode, too, as a former free spirit who’s now “a menschy but accomplished OBGYN.” The character “makes up Yiddish stuff hoping no one will catch him, is terrible with technology and tells stories about the 60s and 70s.”

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