Now that Andy Bernard is the new boss on "The Office," we're going to learn a little more about him this season.
For example, on Thursday night's episode, we meet his brother, played by singing sensation Josh Groban. (This actually makes a lot of sense, in a way, since Andy is quite musically inclined.)
As Groban explained to reporters, "Andy's the firstborn, which is usually the favorite son, but for whatever reason, as the second born, I both stole his name from him (he was originally going to be Walter, Jr.), and kinda wound up being a little more of the happy-go-lucky, successful guy, who can kind of do no wrong in the eyes of his parents. This episode shows that naivete and shows why Andy is the overachiever that he tries to be."
Audiences have had several seasons to get used to Andy Bernard on "The Office," but they've only seen him as a manager for one episode. So what can we expect from Ed Helms' character in the long run?
"I feel like Michael [Scott, Steve Carell's character] was promoted to the level of incompetency," executive producer Paul Lieberstein (best known as "Toby" on the show) told reporters at a conference call on Tuesday.
"He's a very good salesman who had no management skills. With Andy it's different," he added. "I feel that he's more like a very talented quarterback who has been given a professional football team, except no one's told him how to throw a ball yet. It's just like for the first time he's picking up this football."
Ed Helms' "The Office" alter ego Andy Bernard has been declared the new regional manager of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch, and it seems the actor's trying to convince himself he's not feeling any pressure.
"I feel more excitement than pressure," he said with a laugh to TVLine. "The character of Andy is a jackass, and that's a role I've been preparing for my entire life. It feels like a reboot for the show, with this boss change and James Spader coming into the mix. There's a real different energy afoot...I'm trying to make it sound like I don't feel the pressure but I guess I am trembling on my way to work everyday," he joked.
And it sounds like he does mean nearly every day: Helms tells TVLine that his workload on the show has understandably increased.
[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers from the September 22 premiere of "The Office."]
Thursday night's season premiere of "The Office" wasted little time in answering the question on everyone's mind: Who is replacing Michael Scott as the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch?
The answer is Robert California. Except as Jim explained, he took one look around the office and drove down to see Jo Bennett to convince her to give him her job as CEO.
Today's news you might've missed:
Among the most memorable applicants to replace Michael Scott on last May's season finale of "The Office" was Robert California, played – quite creepily, I might add - by James Spader, best known in recent years for racking up Emmys on "The Practice" and "Boston Legal."
Great news for fans of his character: It's not enough for Mr. California to be in charge of a branch of Sabre Dunder-Mifflin - he's taking over the whole shebang!
Spader will be replacing Kathy Bates' no-nonsense Jo Bennett as CEO of the company. When Bates' series "Harry's Law" was picked up for a second season, her days were numbered as a recurring actress on "The Office."
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