‘The Office’ Back In Production For 9th Season
Written by Jack Maher for NBC 9 News
KUSA – Love NBC’s “The Office?” Your wait for season nine is nearly over. The show is back in production with some cast and producer changes.
Jenna Fischer, who plays the character of Pam on the show, is hopeful the show’s mojo will continue, since the Dunder Mifflin staff weathered the challenge of transitioning to new boss Andy following the departure of Steve Carell.
Fischer, who was our guest on 9NEWS at 5 a.m. was asked if she was happy with how season eight went.
“I was, and I wasn’t,” she explained. “There are a few things I would’ve liked to have done differently, but I was very pleased with how it ended. We really did our best. It was a blow to have Steve leave. It took us a little while to figure out how we were going to deal with that loss, but in the end, I think we did, and we’re going to come back even stronger.”
Fischer is hopeful of taking her character to a few new places this coming season.
“She has two kids, and she works with her husband every day … I’d like to see a little of that strain,” she explained. “I can only imagine if you worked 24/7 with your mate, and you’re raising two little ones, at a certain point, the shine comes off. I’d like to see us address some of that this season, and I think we probably will.”
While B.J. Novak’s Ryan, Mindy Kaling’s Kelly and James Spader’s Robert California are bidding adieu to the Scranton, Pa., office, Jake Lacy of “Better With You” has been cast as new hire Pete.
Lacy won’t be the only new face in the office. “Greek’s” Clark Duke has signed on as a series regular. How these new characters will transition into their full-time position on “The Office” will be up to executive producer Greg Daniels who is returning full time to oversee the show’s creative evolution this season.
Fans are also having to deal with the news that everyone’s favorite assistant regional manager, Dwight K Schrute III (Rainn Wilson) is going to be leaving to star in his own spin-off series on NBC.
It is described as a family comedy and will focus on the Schrute family beet farm and bed & breakfast that has been featured several times over the course of the series. Spearheaded by Wilson and The Office showrunner (and Toby) Paul Lieberstein, the seeds for Dwight’s upcoming show will be planted throughout season nine.