'The Office': John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and Ed Helms sign for Season 9
Ed Helms, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski have all signed new contracts to return for Season 9 of the NBC comedy, Deadline reports. Their deals had been set to expire after this season, which ends Thursday (May 10).
Krasinski and Helms may get some time off next season to accommodate their movie schedules, the report says, but keeping the leads around can only help the show, which went through an overhaul following Steve Carell's departure last season and probably couldn't afford another wholesale change. As it stands, Mindy Kaling (who's also a writer and producer) is leaving for a FOX comedy, and Rainn Wilson is developing a potential Dwight-centered spinoff with showrunner Paul Lieberstein, who's also stepping down.
(Helms, incidentally, is also a guest star in the pilot for Kaling's show, "It's Messy.")
B.J. Novak's "Office" contract is also up, but he hasn't started negotiations yet.