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Is KAREN FILIPELLI The OFFICE Spinoff?? HUMAN GIANT's Aziz Ansari Confirmed For Cast!!

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Wanda Two Saints over at E! is reporting that one of her “always been reliable” sources says Rashida Jones, who plays Dunder Mifflin’s branch manager in Utica, will be a focus of the “Office” spinoff headed our way at midseason. But W2S can’t get another source to confirm yet. You’ll recall Jones left the “Office” for a bit to star in the horrible Fox sitcom “Unhitched” from big-screen comedy directors Peter & Bobby Farrelly (“Stuck On You,” “Fever Pitch,” “The Heartbreak Kid”). Read all of E!’s story on the matter here. UPDATE!! Variety reports Aziz Ansari ("Human Giant") is a confirmed member of spinoff's cast. Read the paper's report here.

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  • June 12, 2008, 8:56 p.m. CST

    Mmmmmm KAREN

    by Reasonaxe

    there's a halfrican i would love to bang

  • June 12, 2008, 8:57 p.m. CST

    BBC Office Cameo on NBC?

    by Zartan

    I thought AICN reported a BBC Office character was making an appearance in Season 2. I think Michael Scott and David Brent should compete on Trumps' "The Apprentice" with Dwight and Garreth trying to sabotage tasks in favor of their respective bosses.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:03 p.m. CST

    aka karen scarfolli

    by mollyunravel

    don't watch the office... but i'll always remember her in the 'kim kelly is my friend' episode of freaks and geeks. def one of the best f&g eps.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:07 p.m. CST

    Karen is the Final Fifth Cylon!

    by chrth

    Whoops, sorry, wrong talkback

  • June 12, 2008, 9:11 p.m. CST

    The eyes are the groin of the face.

    by Flim Springfield

  • June 12, 2008, 9:12 p.m. CST

    So, they couldn't get Peet?

    by Thrillho77

    Or was that just entirely a dumb rumor?

  • June 12, 2008, 9:13 p.m. CST

    This is cool news!

    by BackRiverCatfish

    Not only is Rashida beautiful but she's smart and funny and deserves a show much better than what Farrely Brothers gave her. This could be a good show if there's more interaction with original Office characters, especially Jim and Pam.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:16 p.m. CST

    A midseason “Office” spinoff headed our way at midseason?

    by Det. John Kimble

    English you speek gud it.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:18 p.m. CST

    Did I mention Rashida is beautiful?

    by BackRiverCatfish

    I thought I saw her walking down the street when I was in LA but it probably wasn't her, damnit!

  • June 12, 2008, 9:33 p.m. CST

    Watch out Daily Show!

    by Bumpasses Dawg

    Your cast is ready to be plundered once again!

  • June 12, 2008, 9:34 p.m. CST

    Does this really interest anyone?

    by zooch

    Does anyone want to watch an office without Scrute? I do not. Now if the show was about beet farmers and Cousin Mose, count me in!

  • June 12, 2008, 9:46 p.m. CST


    by 2sdaychicken

    I hope... thatd be coolio. The only thing is he would have to be costantly picked on by everybody, otherwise its useless.

  • June 12, 2008, 9:51 p.m. CST

    Re: coattails

    by BackRiverCatfish

    I guess you never saw AfterM*A*S*H?

  • June 12, 2008, 9:54 p.m. CST

    by BackRiverCatfish

    Hows your midsection?

  • June 12, 2008, 9:55 p.m. CST

    Only two good spinoffs: Star Trek:TNG & Frasier

    by TallBoy66

    That's why I'm not excited for an Office spin-off. As good as the show is..spin offs are just kind of lame.

  • June 12, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    Deep Space Nine

    by Hercules

    incredible spinoff

  • June 12, 2008, 10:07 p.m. CST

    just the 10 of us was a good spinoff

    by cheifchirpa3000

    lubbock babes anyone?

  • June 12, 2008, 10:15 p.m. CST

    Laverne And Shirley was a good spin-off...

    by BurnHollywood

    ...At least, until they jumped the shark and moved to Hollywood.

  • June 12, 2008, 10:34 p.m. CST

    I'm flabbergasted that Herc mentioned DS9

    by chrth

    before mentioning Angel. Holy shit, he truly is Ronald Moore's bitch now.

  • June 12, 2008, 10:53 p.m. CST


    by Carpface

    Do they need to produce an office spin-off in the first place? They seem to be running low on plot right now.

  • June 12, 2008, 10:57 p.m. CST

    Successful Spin Offs

    by cousindave

    Benson Laverne & Shirley Mork & Mindy Facts of Life Xena NCIS Melrose Place CSI ____________ Law & Order ____________ Jeffersons Maude Friaser Trapper John MD Family Matters Boston Legal A Different World Empty Nest Lou Grant Goomer Pyle Bionic Woman Angel Mamas Family Hooneymooners Simpsons Star Gate Atlantis

  • June 12, 2008, 10:58 p.m. CST

    Colbert Report

    by INWOsuxRED

    was a good spin-off.

  • June 12, 2008, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Go, Rahsida! Glad she is not hitched to that

    by chromedome

    "unhitched" atrocity any more. She deserves better!

  • June 12, 2008, 11:06 p.m. CST

    The spin-off to the Office should be

    by INWOsuxRED

    Toby moves to Hollywood to become an "Extra".

  • June 12, 2008, 11:21 p.m. CST

    I forgot about Angel!

    by Hercules

    clearly, another first-rate spin-off!

  • June 12, 2008, 11:23 p.m. CST

    chrth--is he YOUR bitch now?

    by chromedome

    LOL <p>uh, just kiddin around there, Herc, sir....

  • June 12, 2008, 11:26 p.m. CST

    Karen Filipelli...

    by Han Ol' Buddy

    ... possibly Filipino?!?

  • June 13, 2008, 12:05 a.m. CST

    possibly the best spinoff

    by Bloo

    The Andy Griffth show

  • June 13, 2008, 12:11 a.m. CST


    by imascooby1985

    How could Herc of all people forget Angel? That was the first show to spring to my mind when the convo of spin-offs came up. Buffy was a good show, Angel was legendary. I still miss Wesley Wyndam-Price. And on a related note, I would dig a Karen-centric Office spinoff. She is hot and funny as hell. Loved her in Office, Freaks and geeks, and most of all Stellas pilot.

  • June 13, 2008, 12:12 a.m. CST

    Deep Space Nine!?

    by The Funketeer

    Oh My God! I agreed with Herc on something. And he actually named a non Whedon spinoff first! Something's happening.

  • June 13, 2008, 12:44 a.m. CST

    Aziz is a hell of a nice guy.

    by postalpez

    glad to see him getting on a real show.

  • June 13, 2008, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Daria, Benson, and Green Acres

    by postalpez

    Three good spin offs. Hell even the lone gunmen wasn't half bad. (other than james bond)

  • June 13, 2008, 2:15 a.m. CST

    Xena: warrior princess

    by punto


  • June 13, 2008, 2:26 a.m. CST

    Rashida Jones is an incredible woman

    by snowpuff

    Not sure I get the rationale behind the spin-off, but who knows? I'd watch Rashida Jones sit in her office and collate copies for 23 minutes each week.

  • June 13, 2008, 2:56 a.m. CST

    This spin-off seems unnecessary

    by JKrow21

    Hope it doesn't become a Law and Order thing.

  • June 13, 2008, 4:38 a.m. CST

    Early Good Times, Fernwood Tonight, Frasier....

    by Baked

    Gomer Pyle, Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction (don't remember which came first), A Different World, Batman Beyond, Justice League Unlimited, Superman Adventures, Barnaby Jones, Law & Order+, Count Duckula (BITCHES), Goof Troop, Darkwing Duck, Torchwood, and on and on....

  • June 13, 2008, 5:07 a.m. CST


    by Icht Buff

    I liked Rashida on the Office but honestly wasn't her character a little too smart to be a regular? DS9 is the BEST spinoff EVER.

  • June 13, 2008, 6:07 a.m. CST

    Who's gonna write this one?

    by The Selecter

    The danger is that they'll stretch themselves too thin doing both shows at once. The super-sized episodes have already shown that the writers can run out of steam when asked to do too much.

  • June 13, 2008, 6:58 a.m. CST


    by ciroslive

    is funniest show on TV right now until September's premiere of Its Always Sunny...

  • June 13, 2008, 7:33 a.m. CST


    by turketron

    I haven't watched the new season yet, but I bought the first on DVD as soon as it was released, and I'm usually a bootlegging mofo.

  • June 13, 2008, 7:40 a.m. CST

    I don't get how this will work.

    by mraig

    Because Michael is the boss of "our" office, the humor centers around the fact that he is incompetent and tries to be funny but isn't, creating lots of awkward pauses because nobody knows how to respond to something so awful. <P> Since Rashida's character (1) is very competent at her job, and (2) has a good sense of humor, the format of the show will have to be completely different. I'm not saying that the only way an Office spinoff could be funny is if the boss acts like a doofus all the time. But without the awkward pauses, how will it really be "The Office"?

  • June 13, 2008, 8:11 a.m. CST

    Much as I'd like to see this work...I'm just not seeing this wor

    by 2for2true

    Let's face it - as great as most of us like the Office, it usually runs second behind Grey's Anatomy. I'm just not seeing the masses getting behind a spin-off of a show that isn't a huge hit in the first place. I predict NBC will snackcake this puppy after six weeks.

  • June 13, 2008, 9:18 a.m. CST

    Kind of excited now I guess....

    by DanielKurland

    I like both Rashida and Aziz.

  • June 13, 2008, 9:20 a.m. CST

    The spinoff info is wrong........

    by guyofdoom

  • June 13, 2008, 9:34 a.m. CST

    Unhitched was a funny show

    by Jugdish

    Much better than these other sitcoms on TV- and they had hot chicks and booze...What more can I ask for?

  • June 13, 2008, 10:11 a.m. CST

    rashida jones is so hot

    by El Borak

    i'd smoke her tampon.

  • June 13, 2008, 10:23 a.m. CST


    by Series7

    If they can get Rob Huebel on this show and Craig Bierko that would be awesome. No need for Paul Scheer, he can be like a cameo character a bunch like Todd Packer. Maybe Todd Packer will be the new boss. I hope they make this show to exsit in the same universe as The Office so there is some overlap. Maybe try some different styles, but pretty much just the office 2.0.

  • June 13, 2008, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Just please don't let

    by Series7

    Rob Corddry be on this show. He is a blister on the taint of comedy. He's done one good thing (Bobby Dukes) and now he's just on repeat. It would be great if they could get an amazing cast for this. Get some lesser know stand ups say (Nick Griffin-He's on Letterman tonight watch him). Rather then just all improv people..... god I still can't see Rob Corddry not being on this show. Like I just know its going to happen.

  • June 13, 2008, 12:12 p.m. CST

    Lemme guess...

    by Christopher3

    She gets sick of being an unrecognized paper company peon, and moves out to Venice, CA where she encounters wacky roommates and co-workers who can't deal with her East Coast uptightness. Hilarity ensues. Dammit, I should write for TV.

  • June 13, 2008, 4:18 p.m. CST

    I like Karen and the dude from Human Giant

    by Tacom

    So if the writing is as good as The Office I'll watch it.

  • June 13, 2008, 8:17 p.m. CST

    One thing that would make this spinoff work

    by Itchy

    a season ending cliffhanger where Karen Fillipelli meets Pam at a no-tell motel near Scranton to discuss her feeling for Jim, and they end up chowing down on each other. Mmmm.

  • June 13, 2008, 8:26 p.m. CST

    is it gonna be another "documentary"

    by cheifchirpa3000

    or will it have a laugh track? and who will be her "dwight" will it be a funny chick? so many questuions.

  • June 13, 2008, 8:28 p.m. CST

    tailspin was a ducktales spin off

    by cheifchirpa3000

  • June 13, 2008, 8:48 p.m. CST

    it's spelled "Filippelli"

    by BadMrWonka

    and it's BadMrWonka with a late victory in the "NITPICKER OF THE CENTURY" award!!!<p>thank you, thank you all...<p>and it really is spelled with two p's...

  • June 14, 2008, 4:58 p.m. CST

    my wife's maiden name is Filipelli..

    by beefywhore

    When she saw that episode she started calling her family...we are easily amused..sigh