‘The Office’ Star’s New Sitcom Nabs Ed Helms and Bill Hader
We don't want to say we told you so, but it looks like at least one more star of 'The Office' is keeping their options open should NBC decide to pull the plug on the aging sitcom. And for the second time today, we're starting to think that might not be such a bad thing.
While the rumors and negotiations persist that 'The Office' writer, executive producer and star Mindy Kaling will move into her own sitcom for the FOX network, one of her 'Office' co-stars is looking to make a (potentially recurring) appearance. Entertainment Weekly reports that current Dunder-Mifflin head and 'The Office' star Ed Helms will make at least one guest-stop on the pilot for Mindy Kaling's as-yet-untitled FOX sitcom.
The series is described as a "Bridget Jones-type" sitcom of an OB/GYN attempting to navigate her personal and professional life. Kaling's current 'Office' co-star Helms will play Dennis a potential love interest of Kaling's character Mira, and a Wall Street analyst who goes on a blind date with her. Though NBC has yet to make any conclusive fate of 'The Office' and Helms maintains a growing film career, the sitcom role could potentially prove recurring.
Additionally, the pilot has picked up 'Saturday Night Live' veteran Bill Hader to play Mira's ex-boyfriend Tom, described as an “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.” Rounding out the casting developments is former 'The West Wing' and current 'House of Lies' guest star Richard Schiff, set to play a free-spirited, yet accomplished and "menschy" OBGYN alongside Kaling.
Does Helms' casting spell out further doom for 'The Office,' or is there life to be found in the halls of Dunder-Mifflin Scranton? Will you watch Kaling's new series? Tell us what you'd like to see Kaling do next in the comments!