Exclusive: 'The Office' promotes 'Gabe' to series regular

zach-woodsImage Credit: NBCWho says there’s no room for advancement in The Office? Sources confirm to me exclusively that the NBC hitcom has just promoted Zach Woods — a.k.a. Sabre VIP (Very Insecure Person) Gabe — to series regular for season 7.

The way I see it, that’s ace news: The actor meshes beautifully with the existing Dunder Mifflin staff — which is to say, incredibly awkwardly. And if we can’t have Kathy Bates every week as Jo, he’s the next best thing.

What do you think? Glad you’ll be seeing more of Gabe? Sound off below.

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  • Alison

    I thought he was just supposed to be there for the transition. I don’t really see the point of keeping him.

    Bring on Holly Flax as a regular, then we’ll start talking about excitement

    • laura

      *chanting* HOLLY, HOLLY, HOLLY!

      • Emily

        HOL-LY! HOL-LY! HOL-LY!

      • Suzanne

        HOLLY, HOLLY, HOLLY!

    • Becky

      Agreed! HOLLY! HOLLY! HOLLY!

    • Gabrielle

      HOLLY! HOLLY! HOLLY!

      • Gui_Kenobi

        HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY!!!!

      • Elisa

        HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY!!!!!! !!!!!!!!

      • Katie G

        HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY!!!!

      • marishtar

        HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY!

      • Dave

        I’m jumping on this band wagon too!
        HOLLY! HOLLY! HOLLY! HOLLY!

      • Casey

        HOLLY…HOLLY…HOLLY!

    • Shawn

      I wish Amy Ryan had better things to do than this show. She’s one of the better actresses working right now and The Office is past its prime.

      • Crystal

        boo

      • Snsetblaze

        She probably does have offers but she does the Office for enjoyment.

      • Dave

        @root. “you weenie” That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all month!

      • Crystal M

        You are completly wrong! The office is no where past its prime, it just gets better with time.

      • Ty

        The same can be said about Idris Elba. I was surprised to see him in season 5 as Charles, especially since season 5 was a little rough

    • JaySin420

      I like this guy but being a series regular on this show means nothing.

      Unless you’re name is Michael, Pam or Jim, you’re not getting a good storyline.

      And yea, bring back Holly.

  • Alison

    I thought he was just supposed to be there for the transition. I don’t really see the point of keeping him.

    Bring on Holly Flax as a regular, then we’ll start talking about excitement

    • laura

      *chanting* HOLLY, HOLLY, HOLLY!

      • Emily

        HOL-LY! HOL-LY! HOL-LY!

      • jeannette

        HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY!

      • Suzanne

        HOLLY, HOLLY, HOLLY!

      • derya

        holly had a wonderful boyfriend when we last saw her. maybe she’s married, even pregnant or already a mom.

      • Charlie Man

        Okay, derya, you realize that this is a TV show? It follows whatever storyline the writers like; it’s not quite the same as real life.

    • Becky

      Agreed! HOLLY! HOLLY! HOLLY!

    • Gabrielle

      HOLLY! HOLLY! HOLLY!

      • Gui_Kenobi

        HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY!!!!

      • Elisa

        HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY!!!!!! !!!!!!!!

      • Katie G

        HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY!!!!

      • marishtar

        HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY!

      • Dave

        I’m jumping on this band wagon too!
        HOLLY! HOLLY! HOLLY! HOLLY!

      • Casey

        HOLLY…HOLLY…HOLLY!

      • chad

        Holly Holly HOLLY HOLLY

      • JW

        HOL-LY HOL-LY HOL-LY

      • joe

        HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY

        DITCH THE STUPID STUFF

    • luke

      At the end of the episode “Whistleblower,” Micheal said to Jo that he wanted Holly back, Jo said “I’ll see what I can do” That must be foreshadowing her return.

      • The Riddler

        Wow, you’ve really cracked the code!

      • Joker

        luke = Batman

      • Mr. Freeze

        What a big word, Luke! “Foreshadowing!” You have blown me a way! Brrrr. It’s cold! Because I am Mr. Freeze! @Joker @ Riddler Mitts off of the BAT. He’s mine! As is LUKE!

      • Stuff Daddy

        Who knew the batman villains were such douches?

      • Catwoman

        Rrrrr, Stuff Daddy! What a purrrr-fect thing to say! Nevertheless, Luke is a fool! And now, you both will pay. With your pride! meow.

      • Green Chap

        What the heck is wrong with you guys?

    • bkation

      HOLLY HOLLY HOLLY

    • Shawn

      I wish Amy Ryan had better things to do than this show. She’s one of the better actresses working right now and The Office is past its prime.

      • Crystal

        boo

      • root

        you weenie

      • Snsetblaze

        She probably does have offers but she does the Office for enjoyment.

      • Dave

        @root. “you weenie” That’s the funniest thing I’ve read all month!

      • Crystal M

        You are completly wrong! The office is no where past its prime, it just gets better with time.

      • Michelle

        If you think The office is past it’s prime, i think maybe your past your prime, the office emcompasses the everyday life in an office drone like setting, if you have never worked in an office i wouldn’t expect you to like it , maybe go watch lost, oh right THAT SHow was past it’s prime

      • Ibu

        She’s going to play Gabriel Byrne’s therapist on the next season of In Treatment. The show’s not everyone’s cup of tea but it usually gives actors plenty of good material to chew on.

      • Ty

        The same can be said about Idris Elba. I was surprised to see him in season 5 as Charles, especially since season 5 was a little rough

    • JaySin420

      I like this guy but being a series regular on this show means nothing.

      Unless you’re name is Michael, Pam or Jim, you’re not getting a good storyline.

      And yea, bring back Holly.

      • jessie

        that’s not true…look at dwight angela and andy. they had a very strong story in the past. and now erin and andy are together..that’s definately going to turn into something!

      • derya

        he’s a really good character give it time and he’ll have a storyline. I think this guy is amazing had me laughing so hard the last few episodes with his extreme insecurity. I don’t thinks he’s gonna be one of the lighter less seen characters

    • J.

      Holly, Holly, Holly! Oh, and this guy plays D-Bag well. Love just how pointless he is.

      • Suzanne

        Ditto

  • Scott

    keep him in the background like last year and he will be fine, not sure what “real” storylines he can be involved with, other than coupling with angela……….or meredith!

    • Yes

      I can see some sexual harassment coming from Meredith!

    • JRose38

      Erin.

    • Kelly

      GABE and Angela!! That would be so awesome!!! Shed control him like crazy, make him dress her cats and stuff… gabe would be terrified of Dwight! Perfection!

      • Keegan

        I don’t think he will have to be afraid of Dwight…he seems to have lost all interest in Angela.

      • DF

        Its too bad this show has turned into who should be dating who. That being said, the clear choice for Gabe would be the warehouse woman.

      • Matt

        Or Oscar. He seems gay to me.

      • suavecandee

        the I.T. guy !

  • Scott

    keep him in the background like last year and he will be fine, not sure what “real” storylines he can be involved with, other than coupling with angela……….or meredith!

    • JRose38

      Erin.

  • Jen E.

    Love it! I’ve been a Gabe fan since day 1. At first it was just because I found him to be a cutie-patootey, but he won me over with his incredible Office-esque chilling awkwardness. (The Cookie Monster ep was great.) Looking forward to more Gabe.

    • ian

      “cutie-patootey” – Did someone actually use this phrase??? Are you 5 or 93?

      • Max

        Does it really bother you that much Ian? I’m sure you’re a real peach.

      • Jessica Rabbit

        Actually I hear Ian is a real cutie-patootey! Oscar told me…

  • Jen E.

    Love it! I’ve been a Gabe fan since day 1. At first it was just because I found him to be a cutie-patootey, but he won me over with his incredible Office-esque chilling awkwardness. (The Cookie Monster ep was great.) Looking forward to more Gabe.

  • Scott

    i agree. we want holly! we want holly!

    • Karen

      They NEED to bring Holly back!!! I love her quirky, geekiness!

  • Scott

    i agree. we want holly! we want holly!

    • Karen

      They NEED to bring Holly back!!! I love her quirky, geekiness!

  • laura

    he’s funny, i like him! but what i do not like is the sabre takeover…. i wish it was just dunder mifflin still! <3 the office!

    • brady

      you guys are dumb michael makes the whole tv show what it is without him the office would suck

  • laura

    he’s funny, i like him! but what i do not like is the sabre takeover…. i wish it was just dunder mifflin still! <3 the office!

    • brady

      you guys are dumb michael makes the whole tv show what it is without him the office would suck

      • root

        Punctuate much?

    • Steve from Canada

      Agreed. The whole Sabre storyline is done. It should have been temporary all along. Have David Wallace and a group of investors buy back Dunder Mifflin and let’s get back to where ‘The Office’ was.

  • Julia

    I like him. Hopefully this means that Michael will be in the background and the other characters will have more plot lines. I’m tired of his ever increasing ridiculousness.

    • Ben

      are you serious. Hes the main character. Thats the point. Thats why he’s there. Feel free to not make dumb comments anymore.

      • Jackie Venice

        What’s wrong Ben? Forgot to take your “Stop being an assh–e pills”?

        I see you’re not in the entertainment loop so let me fill you in: Michael’s storylines have pretty much ran their ground which is why Steve Carell is leaving after this coming season.

        If this show is to continue without Carell, then I can see Gabe as the new branch manager as his neurotic awkwardness is pure comedy gold.

        This last season was pretty dull because we see the same ole scenarios. Flesh out storylines with the other characters, the way Cheers did. Sam Malone was still the main character but we got to see storylines involving Rebecca, Woody, Carla, Cliff, Norm, Frasier and even Lilith. That show ran for 11 seasons. It wouldn’t have if the storylines were solely on Sam Malone like The Office is doing with Michael Scott.

        So Ben you can feel free not to make dumb comments anymore. BTW – you’re fired!

      • Steve from Canada

        Jackie sure didn’t forget to take her “be a complete douche” pills though.

      • Ty

        Jackie- I agree that this last season, morespecifically, the last two seasons, have been dull. And I I like Gabe, I think he’s just okay, but I think if Steve left the show Gabe should not be the replacement. That would almost be as bad as having Jimmy Fallon replace Conan..oh wait

    • Denice

      No more Julia!

  • Julia

    I like him. Hopefully this means that Michael will be in the background and the other characters will have more plot lines. I’m tired of his ever increasing ridiculousness.

    • Denice

      No more Julia!

  • JB

    I think he was the funniest part of an otherwise largely dull season. He is so meek, yet wants to be the boss so badly.

    • Martha

      This is exactly what I was thinking. Gabe harkens back to the old days of the Office when it was more reliably funny. I welcome his upgrade.

      • Nicole

        I co-sign this. He really was a bright spot this season.

    • CC

      I totally agree! I think this is good news. They’ve done a great job adding people, like Andy and Erin, and this will be good too.

      • Ronnie1

        Maybe see a “love triangle” between Erin, Andy, and Gabe? OR…a fling between Gabe and Angela….Hmmmm…..

  • JB

    I think he was the funniest part of an otherwise largely dull season. He is so meek, yet wants to be the boss so badly.

    • Martha

      This is exactly what I was thinking. Gabe harkens back to the old days of the Office when it was more reliably funny. I welcome his upgrade.

      • Nicole

        I co-sign this. He really was a bright spot this season.

    • CC

      I totally agree! I think this is good news. They’ve done a great job adding people, like Andy and Erin, and this will be good too.

      • Ronnie1

        Maybe see a “love triangle” between Erin, Andy, and Gabe? OR…a fling between Gabe and Angela….Hmmmm…..

  • BlatantURLPimpingMustDie

    Reads to me like Steve Carell is in fact a goner after this season.

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