'Office' actress to play nurse in NBC series
“The Office” alum Rashida Jones has joined the cast of NBC’s “don’t-call-it-an-‘Office’-spinoff” comedy starring Amy Poehler.NBC and producers continue to keep a tight lid on the Poehler sitcom, but some details are starting to emerge. Jones is set to play Ann Logan, a nurse whose boyfriend has a strange injury. It’s that injury that leads Jones’ character into the world populated by Poehler and Aziz Ansari (who was the first thesp attached to the project, back when it was still, indeed, an “Office” spinoff). Although rumors that Jones would be a part of the show had been flying for months, the net hadn’t confirmed her casting until now. For Jones, it’s a reunion with “Office” exec producers Greg Daniels and Mike Schur, who are also creating the new Poehler skein. Thesp played Karen Filippelli, the love interest of Jim (John Krasinski), on season three of “The Office.” “For my money, there’s no more emotionally intelligent, cerebral comedy writers in TV than Mike and Greg,” Jones said. “There’s something about the way they capture the complexity and awkwardness of human dynamics that’s so relatable yet so unique.” Jones said she’s been told not to reveal too much about the show — and that Daniels and Schur have even been tight-lipped in giving her information. “What I don’t know, I still trust in these guys so much,” she said. Schur called Jones “funny, talented and beautiful.” “She is perfect for this new show, which — just to remind everyone — is not a spinoff of ‘The Office,’ ” he said. “It is a spinoff of ‘MASH’ called ‘Seinfeld II.’ ” Producers haven’t yet set a shoot date for the first episode, but Jones said she expected to report to work sometime in early 2009. NBC has said the Poehler skein will be ready by spring, but there’s no definite date lined up yet — and the skein could be pushed to fall. In the meantime, Jones is expected to appear on at least one episode of “The Office” this season. The actress will next be seen in the feature “I Love You, Man,” alongside Paul Rudd and Jason Segel. She’s also in the upcoming indies “Life in Flight” and “Brief Interviews With Hideous Men.” Daniels, Schur and Howard Klein are set to exec produce the Poehler project, which comes from Universal Media Studios.
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