'Office' scoop: Two 'Scranton hot' characters joining next season -- EXCLUSIVE

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The Office is hiring.

NBC’s hit comedy is looking to add at least two new cast members next season — and that’s in addition to the new boss.

One role is for a woman described as “Scranton hot.” She’s hired as an assistant to the office manager. Her former job was at an old folks’ home and she seems “pleasant and smart.”

The second role is for a man who’s fresh on the job market who joins Dunder Mifflin’s accounting department. The guy used to work at a golf course, probably went a community college, and is just happy to have a real job in this tough market. He’s “good-looking, but not WB looking.” (I’m loving whoever is writing these casting descriptions).

The parts are in addition to the role of Stanley’s older daughter — a part that’s now being cast that may also become a series regular.

But keep in mind none of these roles are set in stone — it’s a long way until next season, and the parts could change dramatically depending on the actors who show up, and how next season’s game-changing cast and storyline comes together.

The network and producers are otherwise keeping mum, as the show ramps up to Michael Scott’s departure and the Will Ferrell’s four-episode arc.

Of course, we know your biggest question: How will all this impact Pam?

Well, on the red carpet at the DGA Awards, Office star Jenna Fischer says Scott’s impending departure will leave Pam realizing she doesn’t get the respect she deserves.

“Pam is the office administrator now, but she doesn’t get taken seriously by the other people in the office,” Fischer says. “They still see sort of her as a receptionist or failed sales person. The new leadership is going to treat Pam with a little more respect. They’re going to ask the other people in the office to treat her that way, as well. I think it’s going to create a new dynamic for her. She’s going to finally get a little power.”

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  • Entertainment2u-Twitter

    still think this would have been a good year to end it all!

    jumping the shark!

    • SometimesElla

      Agreed. Let this bird fly.

    • Well….

      How is hiring new cast members jumping the shark? Love Steve, but I am very interested in seeing where this show goes. ER didn’t drop dead after Clooney left. Cheers got better after Shelley Long left. It happens.

      • Wottadoosh

        Totally! I guess some people prefer to not even try at all.

      • tnsmoke

        ER added more new characters every year after Clooney left. It bacame a revolving door of doctors and nurses.

      • Kate

        I agree with you ^^^ Even though I love George Clooney, I loved the seasons after he left because they gave more attention to Carter and Greene who were the heart and soul of the show. I want to see where they can take Jim and Pam, who are the only part of the cast that always come across as real people and never just silly characters. This would also be a great period for the development of Andy.

      • Quirky

        Shelley Long isn’t a good comparison. Losing Steve Carell is more like Cheers losing Ted Danson and trying to continue on.

    • Alan

      So, is Mindy Kaling leaving the show or not? There has been so little mention of that – if she does I hope Kelly gets a good send off.

      • Yolanda

        Oh, please tell me that Kelly is not leaving the show!!!!

    • Aztrazolo

      Jumping the shark? I don’t think that means what you think it means.

    • Shaupeen

      The phrase “jumping the shark” has jumped the shark.

  • allie

    There is no shark. There is only reality. In an office situation it is entirely plausable for a boss to leave and new one to do things differently. If you don’t like it, no one is going to force you to watch. This isn’t communist Russia circa 1980 or anything….

  • Kyle

    I always thought both Pam and Erin were “Scranton hot”.

    • Pringles

      Angela too.

    • Dani

      It’d be great if the brought back the “Red headed Purse Girl” from S1(?), she was wayyyy Scranton hot… but I guess that she’s busy doing movies and getting nominated for Oscars now…. lol

      • Katherine

        That was Amy Adams! I think she’s busy being uber famous and trying to win an Oscar ;)

  • Mr. Holloway

    Assistant TO the office manager. Nice.

  • Mollie

    lol as much as I love Pam, she wasn’t exactly offered that Office Administrator job…

    • Kevin

      Yeah, I wonder how they are going to get around that issue. I can picture a future episode of Pam vs. the office where her co-workers reveal to the new management she invented the position and bullied Gabe into making it real. I can definitely see Ryan, Phyllis or Angela revealing that secret.

      • kross

        no, I can see Oscar revealing it…he’s like that!

    • holly

      I love that she created the job and then took it! I love that, don’t we all wish we could pull that off just once in our career

      • Jeremy DC

        Not really.

  • mark in nyc

    I went to the University of Scranton. To be Scranton hot, you would have to take Pam, double her weight and half her teeth.

    • JacquelineFulton

      Well said, Mark. Very true.

    • Mary Wood

      Are you really an alumnus of “DA U,” Mark in NYC? The Scranton alumni I know would never mistakenly write “half” for “halve!”

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  • Mae

    interesting about stanley’s daughter becoming a series regular? will she be working there or dating say, andy?

    • M

      Dating Andy probably.

  • armand

    Scranto is known for two things: fat people and gray winters

  • anonymous

    What does WB mean?

    Pam’s new title always seemed pointless. What did they need an office administrator for? Doesn’t the receptionist serve as the assistant to the office manager? I suppose Pam as receptionist always did more assistant or secretarial work than Erin was capable of. But it seems like some of the duties an office administrator would do are assigned to other jobs: receptionist, purchasing, human resources, whatever Gabe does. Ok she’s now the party planner and advises or exercises control over Michael Scott (Erin does not) but what else is the position for? So the new “assistant” position seems redundant. The cast is getting a little bloate.

    • Javadude54

      Their office doesn’t “need” a manager. Pam created the position for herself and cajoled, tricked and blackmailed people into letting her have it. There was a whole episode built around her doing that. I guess you missed it.

    • Joe R.

      I thought it meant Warner Bros or the CW.

      • JJ

        I saw ‘WB’ and my first thought was “white bread”?!? LOL! Must be the geography ;-)

  • Amy

    What about Jesse Plemons (Landry from FNL) for the fresh on the job market role and Zooey Deschanel for the “Scranton hot” assistant?

    • Diggity

      Not Z. Deschanel. She’s so horribel. I like the Landrey idea though.

  • Javadude54

    I loved the old Pam, but love the new Pam even more.

  • Brenda

    The other office people may not know that Pam wasn’t offered the job. She didn’t tell them that she invented the position. The only person who knows is Gabe, and he can’t reveal the secret without jeopardizing the little authority he has in the office.

  • Fail

    I think the writer “probably went a community college”.

  • Anne

    With the addition of a new “Scranton Hot” female character and a new “good-looking, but not WB good-looking” male character, it seems clear that they are recycling the JimPam/TimDawn romance storyline. As if this show could not get any more redundant. Please NBC, stop driving this once-great show into further crappery. END THE SHOW. It’s time.

    • Mike O

      You know you’re not forced to watch the show. You can change the channel.

  • zimzyma

    I would marry Pam Beasley if I could.

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