The Office's B.J. Novak To Guest Star On The Mindy Project

The last we saw of B.J. Novak on the small screen, his Office character Ryan looked ready to follow Mindy Kaling's Kelly Kapoor to the ends of the earth. While Kaling's departure from the NBC comedy freed her up for a starring role in her own show The Mindy Project, we haven't seen BJ Novak on TV since he left The Office. But come next year, he'll be making an appearance on The Mindy Project.

Novak may not have appeared on The Mindy Project yet, but he's served as a consulting producer for the series, which debuted earlier this fall and follows Kaling's character Mindy, a surgeon trying to balance her work with her social and romantic life. As her dating life plays a key part in the series, there's plenty of room for guest stars. The Office's Ed Helms has appeared more than once as a love interest to Mindy, and according to Vulture, B.J. Novak is on deck to do the same.

Vulture's source says Novak is going to guest star on The Mindy Project early next year, playing Jamie, a potential love interest and "a charming Latin professor who bonds with Mindy over their love of a dead language." Jamie will also reportedly have a friend named Lucy, who is set to be played by Eva Amurri (Californication), who's also known as Susan Sarandon's daughter.

As a fan of the ridiculous and epic Ryan/Kelly saga on The Office, hearing that Novak's going to be on The Mindy Project as a love interest to Mindy is great rules. But given the familiarity of the actors as an on-screen couple in another recently series, the odds that Jamie is "the one" seem slim. Then again, Kelly and Ryan didn't end up together on The Office (yet, anyway - there's still half a season to go before the series wraps up, so there's still technically a chance, whether or not they return to confirm it). Maybe they'll have better luck on Mindy. But from what Vulture says, Ryan will appear in two episodes, so probably not.

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