In the opening moments of the eighth-season debut of NBC’s "The Office" Thursday night, the new manager of Dundler-Mifflin’s Scranton branch was announced, according to The Hollywood Reporter’s The Live Feed blog.
The star tapped to replaced Steve Carell, who played bumbling boss Michael Scott, is Ed Helms, the story reports. Scott left near the end of the show’s previous season to move to Colorado with his girlfriend, leaving behind several characters angling to fill his slot.
Helms’ character, Andy Bernard, is "feeling a hell of a lot of pressure and anxiety" over his new managerial role, Helms told TVLine.com.
He added that he found out about his character’s promotion three or four weeks before production started. "I had lunch with [showrunner and co=star] Paul Lieberstein, and he’s a marvelously cryptic guy. So it was a little bit of a dance at first and then it came out that that’s the direction they were planning. And I was so excited that I wet my pants. [Laughs] That’s not totally true, but it was exciting."