Indeed, with The Office’s ninth season having been renewed, changes to the show’s cast are now being made. The first such addition for the forthcoming season is Catherine Tate’s Nellie Burton whose role will have been increased to a series regular, according to a report released by TV Guide
Tate’s increased role became possible given the events which transpired in the season eight finale, which saw Andy Bernard successfully complete his scheme to once again secure his position of regional manager from Tate’s Nellie.
With the exception of producer/ actress Mindy Kailing who portrayed the character of Kelly Kapoor since the show’s inaugural season, all of the previous cast members from the prior season will return in their respective roles for the forthcoming ninth season.
Kailing will now star on Fox’s new series along The Mindy Project. The show will follow a professional gynecologist named after Kailing [ though not based on her real self-] who must deal with the challenges of having a continuously unsuccessful romantic life.
What are your thoughts in Nellie’s increased role this season and how will her character’s presence affect the direction which the office will take? What is your response to Kelly departing from the show and what impact do you think this departure will have on the storytelling as well as the energy within the show?Who will be the replacement of Kelly’s post and on what way will she be written off? Share your predictions and speculations in the comments section, below!