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'SNL's' Poehler Lined Up for 'Office' Spinoff

"Saturday Night Live" regular Amy Poehler is in advance negotiations with NBC to star in the network's upcoming spinoff of "The Office," according to network and talent agency sources.

Spinoff creator Greg Daniels has been keeping details of the new series under wraps. So far, he and NBC have only confirmed the casting of Aziz Ansari in what's believed to a relatively minor role on the show.

If Ms. Poehler finalizes a deal for the show, she will join "SNL" alum Tina Fey on NBC's Thursday night lineup. Ms. Fey, who created and stars in NBC's "30 Rock," teamed with Ms. Poehler for the spring feature hit "Baby Mama."

"The Office" spinoff is scheduled to join NBC's Thursday roster in February, following a post-Super Bowl premiere.

Ms. Poehler's departure from "Saturday Night Live" has been the subject of industry speculation for several months now. In addition to co-anchoring "Update," Ms. Poehler's best known character on "SNL" in recent months has been that of Hillary Rodham Clinton.

(Editor: Baumann)