Saturday, September 06, 2008

Amy Poehler will leave SNL after the Election

Amy Poehler Confirms She Is Leaving Saturday Night Live

UPDATE: Amy Poehler confirmed to the Associated Press this morning that she will leave Saturday Night Live to join NBC's spinoff of The Office. Poehler just received an Emmy nomination for her work on SNL, where she honed her Hillary Clinton impersonation. Ungrateful much? Kidding.

Poehler said she plans to stay at SNL through the election this fall. The fate of The Office spinoff has been unclear this week, with some reports saying it has been scrapped for a new series by Office executive producer Greg Daniels. Expect some answers -- or just more typical executive-speak non-answers -- when NBC rolls in to the Summer Press Tour on Monday.

PREVIOUS POST: The buzz around Hollywood today is that Amy Poehler may be departing Saturday Night Live to join NBC's spinoff of The Office.

NBC execs won't arrive at Summer Press Tour until Monday, and for now, the network and Poehler's reps are staying mum on the topic.

Poehler is said to be in negotiations to star in the spinoff, which is slated to premiere in February after the Super Bowl. So far, the only actor attached to the project is comedian Aziz Ansari. (You may or may not remember him from his brief guest appearance on an episode of HBO's Flight of the Conchords. No? Me, neither.) Poehler is rumored to be up for a starring role in the spinoff, similar to Steve Carell's role in The Office.

Meantime, Poehler is due to have her first baby in the fall with her husband, former Arrested Development star Will Arnett.

No word yet on what Poehler's Weekend Update co-anchor Seth Myers thinks about all this, but I don't think it's premature to suggest Kristen Wiig as Poehler's replacement.



And an update from 9/3...

The Office Spinoff

There has been a lot of talk in the past few months about “The Office” spinoff. Fans were expecting a spinoff to air after the Super Bowl in February 2009, but I recently discovered that NBC no longer has plans to air an “Office” spinoff after the Super Bowl. In fact, EW reported that “The Office” spinoff was off the table, but an NBC spokeswoman also told EW that nothing’s official yet.

Since plans have changed for “The Office” spinoff, fans will be able to watch a full hour of “The Office” after the Super Bowl, instead of a spinoff of “The Office.” In addition to the special one hour episode of “The Office” after the Super Bowl, “the premiere of “The Office Season 5″ will begin September 25 at 9:00 pm/ET.

Other talk in relation to “The Office” spinoff was that Amy Poehler, the star of “Saturday Night Live” and “Baby Mama,” was supposed to be a part of “The Office” spinoff. However, because of Amy Poehler’s pregnancy, NBC decided to cast her in a non-spinoff show instead. Ben Silverman, the co-chairman for NBC Entertainment, told the media at the TCA press tour that the non-spinoff show, which is expected to debut in March 2009, would be “stylistically and creatively similar” to “The Office.” “The show is not set up to emanate directly from “The Office,” Ben Silverman added.

So the question now is this: Will NBC treat fans of “The Office” to an “Office” spinoff? I suppose we’ll just have to wait and see what NBC has planned, but right now the new comedy that will be starring Amy Poehler is said to be NBC’s first priority.

Are you disappointed to learn that NBC has delayed “The Office” spinoff for a new comedy with Amy Poehler as the leading actress? Sound off in the comments area to let us know your thoughts and opinions on the new developments.



There you have it. Amy's leaving SNL after the elections and headed to an Office-like NBC comedy that is "not a spinoff." =^)


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