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The Nard Dog’s Dad Has Captained The Enterprise!!

I am – Hercules!!

Stephen Collins -- whose Will Decker character captained the Enterprise in the first Star Trek movie until Admiral James T. Kirk elbowed him out of the way -- will on “The Office” play Walter Bernard, father of Andy.

Collins is apparently shooting his role right now.

SPOILER. Showrunner Paul Leiberstein has indicated we’ll learn in the season premiere who succeeds Robert California as Scranton branch manager. Leiberstein earlier indicated that the character permanently inheriting Michael Scott’s old office will be an established character promoted from within.

My guess is Andy, who was originally named Walter Bernard Jr. until Andy’s younger brother was assigned that name, did not invite his dad to Scranton because he lost the branch manager gig to Daryl Philbin.

Dee Wallace ("E.T.") plays Andy's mom; Josh Groban ("Crazy Stupid Love") plays Andy's brother.

New episodes of “The Office” return to NBC Sept. 22.

Find GMMR’s story on Collins here.

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  • Aug. 18, 2011, 6:25 a.m. CST

    Ok, I know the show defies logic in many ways

    by Bass Ackwards

    I know the show doesn't have much grounding it these days, so saying what I'm about to say is probably pointless. That said, given the show has established Andy as a horrible salesman, been sent to anger management after an office flip out, and cost the company severely by "whistleblowing" the printer issue that could have been fixed by a software update, Andy's being promoted feels like too much of a stretch.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 7:30 a.m. CST

    Bass ackwards

    by InfinityWave

    That's very true, unless California is the guy making the decision. In which case there's some time for him to see something in Andy and make it happen when he moves up. Conventional logic goes out the window with someone that confident in his business instincts. Or maybe the show will just be written any which way that serves the funny. I hope not. It needs to be grounded in at least a small sliver of reality.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 7:43 a.m. CST

    It's The Dallas of Sitcoms!

    by Aquatarkusman

    But not quite as funny!

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 8:01 a.m. CST

    Scotty The Perv

    by bluebalrog

    checking out that crewman's rack at :44 seconds... awesome!

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 8:40 a.m. CST

    we've already seen andy's parents

    by itrainmonkeys

    when he proposes to angela. it was not collins.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST

    He should show up as Bruce Mathis

    by Truxton Spangler

    ...Dennis and Dee's father on Sunny.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 9:04 a.m. CST

    Isnt this just "the motion picture"? Im confused

    by sunwukong86

    Anyone want to fill me in

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Pam

    by jgrantt18

    Pam's the new branch manager. There was a post on this site a few days ago that referred to Pam as the new manager.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 9:10 a.m. CST

    Pam

    by jgrantt18

    Pam's the new branch manager. There was a post on this site a few days ago that referred to Pam as the new manager.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 9:12 a.m. CST

    Here's proof that it's Pam

    by jgrantt18

    * California will challenge office manager Pam to double branch sales. http://www.aintitcool.com/node/50811

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 9:32 a.m. CST

    What is this video?

    by PeanutButterSlut

    Ok, I thought I knew my Trek, what the fuck is this? :0

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 9:35 a.m. CST

    Pam gave herself some bullshit title last season

    by heylookoverthere

    of office manager or something. It means she's in charge of making sure they have enough staplers and such, not that she runs the branch.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 9:51 a.m. CST

    that Star Trek bald chick was cute

    by fred

    too bad she's dead

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 9:55 a.m. CST

    Stanley gets my vote

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    Goodbye.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 9:57 a.m. CST

    Um seriously

    by PeanutButterSlut

    What is this video?

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:05 a.m. CST

    I thought it was going to be Scott Bakula

    by jim

    Star Trek Phase II (thanks Wiki) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek:_Phase_II (learn something new everyday)

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:10 a.m. CST

    That video...

    by Buddapest

    Paramount, back in the 70's, was gonna launch a new network, with STAR TREK: PHASE II being its flagship show. Gene Roddenberry and company created sets, cast the show, hired actors (all but Leonard Nimoy, who didn't want to play Spock anymore), and scripts were commissioned. Then the Paramount network idea floundered, and STAR TREK: PHASE II was shot between the eyes, even though preliminary production work had begun. Instead of completely scrapping the idea for a STAR TREK relaunch, and in an effort to ride on the coat-tails of the original STAR WARS, Paramount Pictures commissioned STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, so Roddenberry and company scrambled to piece together a movie at the last possible second by patch-working the pilot script "In Thy Image" by Harold Livingston, and then tacking on a bunch of extra bulky material that resulted in the bloated theatrical cut we're all familiar with. Someone, apparently, has recut that movie using the Livingston script, which shows how much lighter and better the pilot should have been. Looks pretty good, too, from what I've seen. And for the record, the Director's Cut of STMP is galaxies better than the theatrical version.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:17 a.m. CST

    Just say "He was the dad in '7th Heaven'"

    by LHombreSiniestro

    I didnt wanna have to look that shit up.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:21 a.m. CST

    Talking of Racks....

    by DVaderRIP

    What about Uhuras? She got dem tet tets and dat ass pad, fo' sho' bitch!

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:34 a.m. CST

    Budda

    by PeanutButterSlut

    This video is different from ST:TMP though, right? This is pilot footage for the TV show, correct? Because it doesn't look like ST:TMP, but I haven't seen that one for ages because well it was one of the more boring Trek Movies, Classic, but boring. V'ger my ass...

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:35 a.m. CST

    Wait...

    by PeanutButterSlut

    This IS ST:TMP? Like a fan-recut to look like the pilot episode or something? FUck this is confusing LOL

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:38 a.m. CST

    That video is a recut of the original STMP

    by Buddapest

    Yeah; I'm extremely familiar with the film, and it's footage from the movie, not from the PHASE II archives. It's truncated footage, clearly. Edited extremely well, with modifications made from the original score. Whoever did it knew what they were doing but, yeah, it's from the original movie.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:50 a.m. CST

    Nard MAN, you mean.

    by Larry Sellers

    They did the same thing with Pam's mom, itrainmonkeys. It'll be ok. They didn't play a significant role in that episode. But i do hope they keep the same idea of Walter looking like a stuck-up yachtsman. Pam is office administrator, btw. I'm not sure what that quote about her doubling sales means exactly, but at this point I'm interested in any of the established characters becoming the regional manager. Keep in mind everyone was only signed on for 7 seasons (as Carrell was). They signed for one additional...this season's more of an experiment than anything. Curious.

  • Just saying.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 11:13 a.m. CST

    Ridley Scott is directing a new Blade Runner movie?

    by KilliK

    told ya.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 11:14 a.m. CST

    sorry wrong talkback

    by KilliK

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 11:23 a.m. CST

    Andy could be mistaken though...

    by frankenberry

    At first, I too thought, "Oh, Andy is celebrating with his dad. He must be the new manager." But it sounds just like Andy to mistakenly think he's the new manager, make a big deal of it - including inviting his parents to the branch - only to be embarrassed when someone else is announced as the manager.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 11:30 a.m. CST

    The Office is going to SUCK!!!!!!

    by F-18

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 11:50 a.m. CST

    Like SG-1 after whatshisname left...

    by c4andmore

    I give this show 2 more seasons. The last 2 seasons of SG-1 were equal to or better than anything in the previous 8 but some people just don't like change. I predict ratings will start going down and they will stop the show before it sinks too far.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    Steve Collins was also the lead in TALES OF THE GOLD MONKEY

    by Taillefer

    Yes, I remember the first run of this short-lived ABC series. Never watched it but remember thinking "What a blatant rip-off of Indiana Jones." Yeah, so I'm old. Fuck you. T.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 1:18 p.m. CST

    I loved Tales of the Gold Monkey

    by dukeroberts

    And Bring 'Em Back Alive starring Bruce Boxleitner as Frank Buck. Both were fun adventure series capitalizing on the success of Raiders of the Lost Ark. Also, the captain of the ship that got destroyed in the ship above was to be a half human/half Vulcan first officer on Star Trek: Phase II. So, not only did he lose his co-starring gig, but he died in the first 10 minutes of the movie. Poor guy. I think his character's name on Phase II was to be Tyvok, or something.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 1:20 p.m. CST

    Herc's description was a little confusing

    by dukeroberts

    He THINKS that Andy will be the new branch manager, but he KNOWS that Daryl will be? Huh?

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 1:52 p.m. CST

    What the hell did I just read?

    by thegeorger

    The majority of this article was incoherent.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST

    by kgreene

    Yeah, will they digitally insert Collins into the syndication reruns of that episode? I'm just kidding, I'm not looking for them to do that. Be cool, though.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 2:16 p.m. CST

    Andy only works in small doses

    by KoolerThanJesus

    His character just doesn't do it for me as anything other than getting the B-story in episodes. The character is just too grating for more than that. I really wish we had seen more of Creed as manager. But I think Daryl as the straight man leading an office full of crazies has good potential.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Andy will be the manager

    by Rob

    because he is one of the few "movie" stars with the success of the Hangover series. have you noticed that he is one of a few actors that has his name in the opening titles of The Office?

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 2:58 p.m. CST

    Daryl will not be the manager because

    by Rob

    he is black and there is a pervasive, subtle racism that permeates our society, especially in Hollywood. "Martin marched so that Obama could run.... Obama ran so that our children can soar!"

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 3:26 p.m. CST

    Pam as boss would be great...

    by superlaser

    ... so of course there's no way they will do it. Jim and Pam are too perfect-couple, and making Pam be Jim's boss (especially when he had a chance and blew it already) and letting her be more successful than he was could put some tension back into the relationship. Plus, I think Pam slowly becoming a dictator would be both hilarious and perfectly in character.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 5:21 p.m. CST

    I have no idea...

    by TheWacoKid

    Who the new boss will be, or who the hell Herc thinks it will be. I'm just glad Spader's on, that sold me.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 6:31 p.m. CST

    thewacokid, to be clear (spoiler):

    by Hercules

    Robert California will be hired as Scranton branch manager, then be promoted in the season premiere to Sabre CEO. I believe Andy Bernard will in the same episode be promoted to replace California as Scranton branch manager. I believe Daryl will not get the promotion to Scranton branch manager. I believe this because they're hiring actors to play Andy's parents and they're not hiring actors to play Daryl's parents.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 7:30 p.m. CST

    People still doubt that Daryl becomes branch manager?

    by djangoilbastardo

    And for silly reasons? It's been pretty well telegraphed, and not that subtly.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    Decker never really captained the Enterprise

    by YackBacker

    He was commander of a ship refit. He never left drydock as Captain of the Enterprise. Abrams-verse George Kirk did more as Captain of the Kelvin in 12 minutes than Wil Decker managed in a couple of dozen months redressing the Big E. Weak!

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 9:28 p.m. CST

    There's only one possible reason to choose Andy over Darryl

    by OutsideChance

    ...and that is because Ed Helms' movie career is currently doing better than Craig Robinson's.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 9:52 p.m. CST

    Phase II never shot any actual episode footage

    by Nem_Wan

    The part of Decker was not cast when Phase II was stopped and so Stephen Collins probably would not have played Decker on TV. He was cast by Robert Wise after it was a movie, and was the only major character cast by Wise. Everybody else including Persis Khambatta was there for the TV series. Leonard Nimoy would not have been on the TV series except as a special guest star, if that. David Gautreaux, who plays the space station distress signal guy in the movie, would have been Nimoy's replacement on the TV series playing a new Vulcan named Xon.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:20 p.m. CST

    nem_wan

    by dukeroberts

    Thank you! I could not remember the character's name: Xon. Thanks.

  • Aug. 18, 2011, 10:54 p.m. CST

    Andy's parents aren't because of a promotion

    by ThrowMeTheIdol

    It's far more likely because he'll be getting married soon.

  • Why would they want to put all their eggs in Helm's basket when he might just decide to up and quit like Carrell did to pursue it? It ain't like they can't have a handful of Andy-centric episodes to cash in on his current name value without him getting promoted.

  • Does anyone else love Brewster's Millions as much as I do? Probably not.

  • Aug. 20, 2011, 12:39 a.m. CST

    If the nard dog gets a bigger role

    by Wheel99

    I cease to watch the show. Never liked the character and fast forwarded through his scenes the last two seasons. It will be nice to cut the strings on this show that has gone on far too long.

  • Aug. 21, 2011, 8:51 a.m. CST

    Goddamn Stephen Collins was beautiful....

    by ThisBethesdaSea

    Back then.

  • Aug. 21, 2011, 11:52 a.m. CST

    griefo, I too love Brewster's Millions

    by jim

    Richard Pryor & John Candy onscreen together, along with such greats as Jerry Orbach & Hume Cronyn Directed by Walter Hill What's not to love?

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 4:09 a.m. CST

    Andy will get the job and he should get it

    by Mel

    I like how you people are trying to use logic, saying he's the worst salesman. Who gives a fuck? He's not a salesman if he's running the branch. I think he'll get it because he's the only one in the office that apparently went to college, so he's "qualified" Also, anyone who thinks Craig Robinson should get it is out of their fucking mind. He's said about 3 funny things since he's been on the show. He absolutely cannot be manager. Ed Helms is hilarious on The Office. He's the obvious choice.

  • You're telling me that California tells Pam, the branch manager, that he want EVERY SINGLE PERSON TO DOUBLE THEIR SALES? Do you know how absurd that is? He wants Pam to double HER sales because she's a salesman now. Did you people stop watching after season 2? She's not a secretary anymore. She's an awful salesman.

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 11:09 a.m. CST

    Nard dawg

    by HarrysNemesis

    I don't think he's gonna be the manager... tho if he is they did a good job of making it look like he won't be. They could be casting parents because he THINKS he will be the manager and invites them to show off... then ISN'T. Makes for good comedy. Maybe he tries to convince the office to play along, who knows? Wouldn't be surprised with him getting married either. All I can say is I'm glad they're going to make one of the existing characters manager, although I would have loved Spader. Glad he's going to be in it so much.

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 12:53 p.m. CST

    Daryl is a good choice

    by MoviesEtc

    But Craig Robinson himself is not a safe bet for the producers. Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't he semi-recently get in some serious legal trouble? And not like a little marijuana residue -- I think it was like meth or something. Are the showrunners confident their new star will be reliable enough to show up every day?

  • Did you stop watching halfway through season 7? She's not a salesman any more. She was an awful salesman so she conned her way into the made-up job of Office Administrator.