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Cast Churn Continues for NBC’s ‘The Office’

Feb 28, 2012  •  Post A Comment

On-screen personnel changes continue for NBC’s “The Office,” where repercussions are still being felt from the departure of Steve Carell. James Spader, who joined the show as part of the transition from Carell, won’t be back next season, Time reports.

Additional changes may also be in order. The story reports: “Mindy Kaling has a sitcom deal that may sweep her away. Whether John Krasinski is staying around remains an open issue. Rainn Wilson is staying on, but NBC is planning a spinoff for his character Dwight as soon as next midseason.”

There’s little suspense about whether the show will be back for season nine. Even with the lineup changes, it has been doing better in the ratings than any other NBC comedy, the story notes. The report does suggest the possibility that the Rainn Wilson spinoff might eventually replace the current version of “The Office.”

The fate of “The Office,” the story suggests, may ultimately have more to do with economics than art.

The piece notes: “Business considerations at struggling NBC will take precedence. The question is what kind of show ‘The Office’ can and should become — a question ‘The Office’ is already ostensibly dealing with, but not very effectively or decisively.”

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