Every once in a while, an actor drifts through The Office, gives us a tiny sample of their potential and then goes on to do something that truly lets them shine. I’m looking at you, Yvette Nicole Brown… And maybe even you too, Nelson Franklin and David Denman.
According to Deadline, Kelen Coleman has been cast to play the female lead opposite Danny Masterson (That 70’s Show) and Ethan Suplee (My Name Is Earl) in Comedy Central’s pilot Playing With Guns. Coleman, who played Pam’s pal (and Dwight’s sort-of girlfriend) Isabel in The Office, will play a “hot lesbian cop.” The series follows two best friends (Suplee and Masterson) who are cops. (I’m guessing, the bumbling kind.)
I love this news as I think Coleman squeezed every drop of comedy out of her role as Isabel on The Office. Her weird fixation on Dwight was strangely hilarious to me.
And since I brought her up, going back to Yvette Nicole Brown, her Office character Paris worked at the office supply store where Dwight took up shop after briefly losing his job at Dunder Mifflin. It wasn’t a huge role but she made the most out of her lines ("I don't like him, his giant head, or his beady little eyes. That's all I got to say on the matter.") and I remember being disappointed that Dwight’s stint in retail didn’t last long and that Paris wasn’t a recurring character. Fortunately, Brown went on to be cast in another NBC show and she’s been making us laugh as the adorable Shirley on Community ever since. Hopefully, similarly great things are to come for Coleman if this Comedy Central pilot gets picked up.
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