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NBC’s still-untitled comedy pilot starring The Office’s Craig Robinson has made a casting change after the table read. Jean Smart is coming in to replace Jane Adams; the Hung actress exited the project last week leaving NBC to find someone to fill her role.
It looks like NBC is piling up the comedy pilots, and they're doing it with some big names attached. With The Office and 30 Rock on the way out, the peacock should have a few openings for some funny new shows. Among the people set to develop pilots at the network are The Office's Greg Daniels, and Will Ferrell through his production company.
NBC wasn't saying any of this shifting was a sign of a show nearing the end of its run, but now the show's co-creator Greg Daniels has confirmed it: The Office will end after this season
There isn’t a lot of employee turnover at Dunder Mifflin (Sabre) Scranton, and that’s one thing that’s sort of bugged me about the series. As disappointing as it would be to see certain characters written off, part of the reality of working in an office in this day and age is people coming and going as time passes. For a series that centers on the humor - and in some respects the reality - of the mundaneness of office life, The Office seemed to ignore that aspect of the work environment.
Among the comedy projects in development for NBC is Greg Daniels' U.S. remake of Friday Night Dinner. Two major bits of casting news related to the project were reported today. Their Emmys speak for themselves, but excessive praise for past performances is probably still deserved for both Allison Janney and Tony Shalhoub, both of whom are set to star in Daniels’ pilot.
If you were looking for the next James Burrows, Greg Daniels might be the heir apparent to the aging TV super writer-director-producer. If you're not familiar with Burrows, you are definitely familiar with his work, which includes creating the seminal sitcom Cheers. Similarly, you may not know Daniels but you know his work.
With her first baby on the way, SNL comedian Amy Poehler has set the date for her maternity leave, which will also mark her official departure from Saturday Night Live. For those of you who love her Hillary Clinton impersonation, rest assured that Poehler plans to stick around until after the election.
A “Whose the daddy: Dwight or Andy?” storyline sounds like a lot of fun. Especially if they dragged it out for a few seasons and we only found out the answer after the kid either developed a love of weaponry and beets or a capella and rage.