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Rashida Jones Joins The
Not-Spinoff Of THE OFFICE!!

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Rashida Jones has joined the cast of the new sitcom from “The Office” writer-producers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur, but she won’t be playing Jim Halpert ex Karen Filippelli. Jones will play nurse Ann Logan opposite Amy Poehler (“Saturday Night Live”) and Aziz Ansari (“Human Giant”). Still no word on the sitcom’s title or premise. We know that it is no longer a spinoff of "The Office," though it was a spinoff when Ansari was cast in it. It will likely hit NBC in the spring or fall. Find all of Variety's story on the matter here.

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  • Nov. 18, 2008, 10:14 p.m. CST

    I am Spartacus

    by Stallion_Cornell

    Rashida Jones isn't.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST

    Fuck that

    by mr teaspoon

    I want more Karen.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 10:23 p.m. CST

    I'm watching this no matter what

    by BadMrWonka

    even if Paul Haggis writes the season opener, and Brett Ratner directs it, I'll STILL...well, no, in that case I wouldn't watch it. but anything other than that, I'll watch it.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 10:35 p.m. CST

    Since she's a nurse, the premise is

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    probably either about an old man, a hospital, a school or the porn industry. Porn is unlikely on network tv, old man would be boring, and I can't picture Amy Poehler as a doctor. Plus Scrubs has already been there recently. So I guess it's about a school.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Ooops wrong link

    by Aloy

    Unless SNL folks are doing X Men.

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 10:39 p.m. CST

    My guess

    by aleeminator

    Scrubs shot in the Office's style, with Amy Poehler as the Dr. Cox character. Unfortunately that sounds like a trifecta of staleness

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 11:52 p.m. CST


    by digitalcos

    Look, somebody want to explain this "It was a spin-off, but now it's not" crap to me?<p>"Yeah, I know you ordered a pizza, but here's a stapler instead."<p>I mean, seriously, what?

  • Nov. 18, 2008, 11:53 p.m. CST

    Are people really upset?

    by wash

    You really wanted a spin-off? Really? Just be happy it's some of the same creative people trying something new.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 12:02 a.m. CST

    NBC: Nothing But Confusion

    by snowpuff

    WTF is going over there? Could they have less of a clue?

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 12:25 a.m. CST


    by bravogolfhotel

    I love Rashida Jones, and I love the fact that Greg Daniels maneuvered NBC out of the OFFICE spinoff that they wanted (Dunder Mifflin Buffalo?) into something that he wanted. I'm eager to see this show.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 12:33 a.m. CST

    A retirement home would be kind of cool

    by WerePlatypus

    Why Not? Imagine a whole sitting room full of Creeds . . .

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 2:08 a.m. CST

    Why do they keep the premise secret?

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    Wouldn't it help the hype to know more about it?

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 3:16 a.m. CST


    by gotilk

    Pretty funny show. But tonight's Walter-centric Fringe was outstanding.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 3:18 a.m. CST


    by soup74

    probably because they havent pounded out all the details yet. they might change directions again before they settle.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 3:22 a.m. CST

    Since she's a nurse, the premise of the show is

    by Olsen Twins_Fan

    hot nurses?

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Is it the best time to do another show

    by The McPoyle Clan

    when the Office is starting to smell musty?

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 5:53 a.m. CST

    Maybe she's a nurse because

    by NinjaChampion

    it's a modern day remake of MASH set in Iraq.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 6:15 a.m. CST

    Do Gervais and Merchant get paid?

    by Rolnikov

    Given that this started off as a spin-off of The Office, and is using the same style etc, I hope the not-a-spinoff decision wasn't made in order to cut them out.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 7:25 a.m. CST

    re: Do Gervais and Merchant get paid?

    by snowpuff

    Wow. Good question.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 7:29 a.m. CST

    commence jizzing

    by El Borak


  • Nov. 19, 2008, 7:57 a.m. CST

    Jumped the ship...

    by Karl Childers

    after The Office jumped the shark. Sounds promising.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 8:06 a.m. CST

    Can't say that I'm sad . . .

    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

    that this has turned into something other than an office spin-off. Just like the numerous CSI shows this too would have eventualy gotten unbarable to watch.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 8:07 a.m. CST

    On a side note:

    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 8:08 a.m. CST

    Rashida would make an extremly hot nurse.

    by adiehardfanwithalethalweapon

  • Probably exactly the reason why it's no longer a spin-off.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 9:37 a.m. CST

    re: do ricky and steve get paid

    by Timahh

    i would say no. Obviously they get paid for the US Version because its based on their intellectual property...the same wont apply for something based on something.....unless that first something centered around a character that was based on something they invented(Ryan, Jim, Pam, Michael, or i guess jan and Packer)

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 9:38 a.m. CST

    something based on something based on something

    by Timahh

    but you got the idea. seriously, harry...can we PLEASE get a redone talk back system...

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 10:32 a.m. CST

    Maybe it's a Blue Harvest style ruse

    by digitalcos

    "Hey, look over there, George Lucas is shooting a scene with Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, and Carrie Fisher! It must be the next Star Wars sequel!"<p>"No, no, no, that's Blue Harvest. It has nothing to do with Star Wars. It's completely different."<p>"Uh, yeah, but isn't that Chewbacca over there?"<p>"Uh, uh, no. That's uh, that's uh... Bewchacca... the cigar chomping foul mouthed but good-hearted sasquatch. Oh, he loves to quip!"<p>"Oh."

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 11:12 a.m. CST

    Why would rickey and stephen get paid?

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    This didn't start as a spinoff. There were two ideas, this and the spinoff, and this non-spinoff idea won out. <p>As to the mockumentary style, that was not original to Gervais's Office, it was pioneered on tv by The Larry Sanders show among others. The UK office simply evolved an already existing style.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 11:28 a.m. CST

    Rashida Jones nurse fantasties...

    by BackRiverCatfish

    begin now!

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 11:39 a.m. CST


    by LarryTate

    I had to read that first sentence about 3 times for it to make sense. But I'm only on a 1/2 cup of coffee

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 5:15 p.m. CST


    by El Borak

    "may you fight with the strength of 10 full grown men."

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 5:18 p.m. CST

    Will there be an Office spin-off or not?

    by supertoyslast

    First, it was announced that the team behind The Office would be makina spin-off. Then it was announced that the creative team would be making another sitcom, but not an Office spin-off. After that it was announced that there would be both a new sitcom and an Office spin-off from the Office team. Now, it seems that there is a new sitcom but no spin-off. Is it me who is confused or Herc? Or does NBC not know what the fuck it is doing?

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 5:55 p.m. CST

    re: Or does NBC not know what the fuck it is doing?

    by snowpuff

    They have no clue.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 5:59 p.m. CST

    When this show inevitably fails ....

    by Itchy

    I would be happy to pay Rashida Jones for sex.

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 8:30 p.m. CST

    Rashida would make an extremely hot ANYTHING

    by chromedome

    what's with the "would make" stuff, anyway? She IS EXTREMELY HOT, and if Any Role wants to be hot, it need only go seek her out

  • Nov. 19, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST

    They should call it "NOT THE OFFICE"

    by JackIsLost

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 1:34 a.m. CST

    there may still be an Office spinoff

    by Hercules

    but apparently all the effort right now is going into the mothership and the Amy Poehler not-spinoff. I wouldn't look for an Office spinoff until next fall at the earliest.

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Amen Chromedome....

    by BBQGlazedSeabass

    The only reason I watched Boston Public was Ms. Jones. Now that was one school my kid would NEVER have gone to...

  • Nov. 20, 2008, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Rashida Jones and the quest for Office supplies

    by orcus

    Where's that damn red button?