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'The Office': Julius 'Dr. J' Erving to guest -- EXCLUSIVE

Julius Erving, a.k.a. Dr. J, has a new teammate, and his name is… Jim Halpert? The basketball Hall of Famer will guest-star as himself on The Office, EW has learned. In the episode, Dr. J becomes an investor in the sports marketing business that Jim (John Krasinski) is trying to launch in Philadelphia, where Erving scored more than a few baskets as a 76er. And as you can see in the photo below, the 62-year-old legend winds up showing Jim a thing or two on the court. READ FULL STORY

B.J. Novak will guest-star on 'The Mindy Project'

Kelly Kapoor and Ryan Howard are back together for one more round.

B.J. Novak will guest-star on two episodes of The Mindy Project later this year as Jamie, a “charming Latin professor who bonds with Mindy over their love of a dead language,” EW has confirmed. The news was first reported by Vulture.

Mindy Kaling and Novak starred on and wrote episodes of The Office together for eight years. Novak is also already a consulting producer on Fox’s The Mindy Project, which is executive produced by Kaling.

This news means that a full three-quarters of the “Male Prima Donna” crew will appear on Mindy Project. Perhaps after The Office ends this spring, Ellie Kemper can join in on the fun.

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'Pretty Little Liars,' 'Supernatural,' 'Scandal,' 'Sons of Anarchy,' 'Grey's Anatomy': Find out what's next in the Spoiler Room

Hope your holidays are filled with glee (and Glee?) so far, Roomies.

Thanks as always for your great questions and keep ‘em coming! (spoilerroom@ew.com) And while you do that, I’ll continue working on my application to be the Royal Nanny. #dreams

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Rainn Wilson mocks Angus T. Jones 'Men' bashing

Who better to spoof Angus T. Jones’ stunning YouTube video than fellow sitcom star Rainn Wilson?

Yesterday Jones made headlines by bashing his own show, Two and a Half Men, as part of online religious testimonial. Below, Wilson offers his own spin on the viral hit. “Dwight from The Office is nothing, okay?” says Wilson, while sitting besides co-star Craig Robinson. “The Office is nothing, all right? If you watch The Office, please don’t watch The Office. I’m on The Office. It’s filth. And that filth will rot your brain.”

That Wilson’s The Office is part of NBC’s Thursday comedy block — a lineup that’s getting stomped in the ratings by CBS’ Men and Big Bang Theory on the same night — makes this shot even more interesting. (The shows are not in the exact same time period, mind you, but their networks’ comedy blocks overlap).

It would be even better if Wilson would have made this totally straight-faced and earnest, just like Jones, but we’ll take it. Check out the video below: READ FULL STORY

'The Office': See the deleted Thanksgiving scene featuring the world's saddest canned food drive -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

There will be no new episode of The Office this week, as Thursday is Thanksgiving. But the Scranton crew didn’t want to leave you out in the comedy cold on the holiday, so they’re offering up an opening scene that wound up on the cutting room floor after Hurricane Sandy disrupted the show’s airing schedule. Who doesn’t enjoy tasty leftovers? Dig into this bittersweet Thanksgiving-themed clip about the office’s not-so-fruitful canned food drive while pondering this question: Is botulism good in stir-fry? READ FULL STORY

Rainn Wilson: NBC rejected 'Office' spinoff

NBC has passed on Rainn Wilson’s Office spinoff project The Farm, the actor tweeted Monday.

The series followed Wilson’s Office character Dwight Schrute as he managed his beet farm and bed and breakfast. “NBC has passed on moving forward with The Farm TV show,” Wilson tweeted. “Had a blast making the pilot — onwards & upwards!”

Sources confirm that the show isn’t moving forward, but its backdoor pilot will still air as a stand-alone episode during the regular Office season as originally planned. NBC rejecting the show isn’t much of a surprise, the concept always sounded more like a wacky parody of a spinoff more than an actual spinoff.

The Office, which was once NBC’s top-rated scripted show, will now end its nine-year run this season without any offspring surviving into next fall. Coupled with Anderson Cooper’s talk show ending, this is also the second piece of entertainment cancellation news that was slipped out during Hurricane Sandy today.

'The Office': See Stephen Colbert's Broccoli Rob challenge Ed Helms' Andy Bernard -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

You can’t flip on a TV these days without encountering some sort of showdown between singers, but a beautiful voice inside of our head tells us that you won’t want to miss tonight’s episode of The Office, featuring guest star Stephen Colbert.

When Andy (Ed Helms) hires his college a cappella group, Here Comes Treble, to perform at the office Halloween party, former a cappella mate/backstabbing nemesis Broccoli Rob (Colbert of The Colbert Report fame) winds up crashing the festivities via Skype, stirring up this rivalry once again. Several notes from the oeuvre of George Michael (see: Andy’s outfit) are exchanged before Broccoli Rob challenges Andy to a singing contest to determine who is the real Boner Champ. Let’s just say that Broccoli Rob is extremely proud of his pipes, and has an endorsement by a prominent member of the jam band community. Click on the preview video below to see some strong performances of the non-musical kind by the two geeks.

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Mindy Kaling on 'The Mindy Project', leaving 'The Office,' and the show title that could have been

If you’ve been waiting for the perfect ob-gyn office-set romantic comedy, Mindy Kaling hopes to deliver something special on your television Tuesday night: In Fox’s The Mindy Project (Fox, Tuesday, 9:30 p.m.), the former star/executive producer of The Office plays Mindy Lahiri, a highly skilled gynecologist whose romantic life is in need of urgent care. (The multi-talented Kaling is also serving as executive producer in addition to writing the first three episodes.) Check out EW’s Fall TV Preview for the scoop on The Mindy Project, read on for some bonus quotes from Kaling (as well as co-star Chris Messina, producer B.J. Novak, and showrunner Matt Warburton), and ask your gynecologist if this show might be right for you. READ FULL STORY

NBC's comedy ratings crash: 'The Office,' 'Parks' return lower

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NBC may be creatively reviving The Office for its final season, but it looks like many fans aren’t yet willing to give the comedy another shot. The veteran series — NBC’s highest-rated scripted show last season — returned Thursday night to not only its lowest premiere rating ever, but the show matched its lowest-rated episode ever.

The Office had 4.3 million viewers and a 2.1 rating among adults 18-49, down a whopping 46 percent in the demo from last fall. I figured the show would be down from its last premiere given how much its ratings dropped midseason. But this big of a drop is surprising considering how little competition was on the air and how much pre-season momentum NBC has had lately. Thursday also marked the return of NBC’s Up All Night (3.1 million, 1.3), down 46 percent, and Parks and Recreation (3.5 million, 1.7), down 19 percent for its lowest-rated premiere yet. The network’s SNL Election Special (5.2 million, 1.6) was modest and Rock Center with Brian Williams (4.1 million, 1.1) was down 21 percent. READ FULL STORY

'The Office': Stephen Colbert to guest in Halloween episode as.... -- EXCLUSIVE

The host of The Colbert Report is reporting for comedic duty on The Office! Stephen Colbert will guest-star this season as Broccoli Rob, a former member of Here Comes Treble, Andy’s a cappella group, EW has learned. In the Halloween-themed episode, Andy (Ed Helms) discovers that the smarmy, competitive Broccoli Rob is singing a different tune about the history of the group and stirring up drama, which only intensifies the rivalry between these two frenemies. READ FULL STORY

'Office' spinoff scoop: Dwight's brother cast

Another young talent has joined NBC’s Office spinoff.

Former College Humor comedy actor Thomas Middleditch is going down to The Farm. Middleditch, who also has a role in the upcoming film The Campaign, will play Dwight Schrute’s brother Jeb.

Jeb is described as a pot farmer who’s failed at bunch of wacky business ventures (such as Bigfoot hunter). He joins actress Majandra Delfino who’s been previously cast as Dwight’s younger sister Fannie.

With The Farm filling out its cast and NBC deciding to end The Office after the upcoming ninth season, it seems very likely this spinoff will at least make it to the pilot stage (which as an episode of The Office during the final season).

'The Office' will end next season

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NBC is closing The Office.

The veteran comedy — and NBC’s highest-rated scripted series (gulp!) — will conclude after the upcoming ninth season.

Despite its status as the network’s top entertainment program, the show fell to an all-time ratings low last season following the exit of Steve Carell and general sense among fans that the comedy’s best days were behind it. Now original showrunner (seasons 1-5) Greg Daniels is retaking the creative reins for one last season.

“This year feels like the last chance to really go out together and make an artistic ending for the show that pays off a lot of the stuff that matters most to fans,” Daniels announced to reporters Tuesday. “This will be the last season of The Office. And we’re planning a very big exciting last season. We’re going to have a lot of faces coming back … There are a lot of things that I’ve personally been wanting to do since season two … All questions will be answered this year. We’re going to see who’s behind the documentary … Now that we know we have an end date we can blow things up and take some chances and it will be very freeing, creatively.”

The decision was partly driven by the sense that many of the actors would likely not be around for a tenth season (either due to commitments on other projects, like Mindy Kaling and Rainn Wilson, or due to the rising cost of the show’s key players, like John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer). “You have a choice — only tell the beginning of story and the middle, or allow a story to end,” Daniels said. “If we didn’t let it end this year, I don’t think we would have been able to tell the ending stories of so many characters… we couldn’t count on getting everybody back for season 10.”

That said, creatively rebooting the show was considered. “You could see a world where new people keep coming on the show,” Daniels said. “But I think [we want to] do justice to the existing characters in the most creative and explosive way and that means the show will be changed to such a degree that if anything was to continue it wouldn’t be the same show.”

The showrunner said to expect some “crazy Dwight” stories, a lot of drama in the Jim and Pam storyline, to see Roy’s wedding and David Wallace running Dunder Mifflin. But will the show’s former star, Carell, be back? “We would certainly wish for it,” Daniels said. “We’re not going to put so much pressure on Steve by writing something that would only work if he would return. He really loves how he was exited. He’s probably anxious about not messing up such a stylish exit. It’s a perfectly legitimate point. We’ll see.”

Here’s Daniels talking to EW.com about The Office a few days ago (and much more vaguely): READ FULL STORY

Mindy Kaling returning to 'The Office'

Mindy Kaling is returning to The Office — albeit briefly

The actress says she’s going to have an opportunity to say goodbye to Kelly Kapoor on the NBC comedy this fall.

Kaling, of course, is starring in her own new comedy, The Mindy Project, on Fox this fall. But she told reporters at the Television Critics Association’s semi-annual press tour Monday that she believes she’ll appear in at least one episode of her old show. “I think I’m going to be in the premiere and maybe another episode,” she says. “That was big. I got attached to that character. It’s fun to see what’s going to happen to Kelly.”

Kaling also made a distinction between her Mindy Project character and Kapoor. “The Office in so many ways is about disguising your reactions because its a mock documentary,” she said. “In some ways, this [show] is a reaction to that.”

The actress revealed that Office co-creator Greg Daniels will direct an episode of Mindy Project during its first season. READ FULL STORY

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