“The Office” Keeps Its Spot on NBC’s Thursday Night Comedy Line-Up

The Squirrel Machine is always up-to-date on the latest entertainment news, and its most recent story reveals that James Spader may replace Steve Carell’s character on “The Office.” The comedy series will begin its eighth season in the fall, and is part of NBC’s Thursday night comedy line-up. The network announced it would renew its comedy block for the upcoming fall season. Other than “The Office,” Thursday nights on NBC consist of three more comedies, “30 Rock,” “Community” and “Parks and Recreation.”

“30 Rock” is the brainchild of “Saturday Night Live’s” Tina Fey, who is the executive producer and plays the lead role in the series, Liz Lemon. Lemon is the head writer of a live, sketch-comedy weekly show (based on her experiences at “SNL”) who must deal with her crackpot group of writers as well as her boss, Jack, played by Alec Baldwin. Fey’s co-star on “SNL” and long-time friend Amy Poehler is the lead in “Parks and Recreation,” which also features a mockumentary style like “The Office.”

“Community” stars Joel McHale, who also hosts “The Soup.” His character, Jeff Winger, a former lawyer who returns to community college after he is disbarred because it is revealed that his bachelor’s degree is fabricated.

Neither “Outsourced” nor “Perfect Couples” were picked up for an additional season.