Amy Ryan returns to “The Office”


If you love the funny, have we got some good news for you: Amy Ryan has signed on for at least five episodes of The Office for next season.

While The Wire star is most famous for her dramatic roles, her portrayal of HR representative Holly Flax in The Office‘s season finale made her look like a comedy veteran — not an easy task among the seasoned Jenna Fischer, Steve Carell, and Rainn Wilson.

Ryan’s chemistry with Steve Carell, and the charm and sweetness Holly Flax displayed with the other Dunder-Mifflin employees (especially Kevin) opens up a world of questions for season 5: Is there a Michael-Jan-Holly love triangle in the works? Will Holly catch on that Kevin is not really “slow”? And perhaps, the most pressing: What in the world will Michael put on that mix CD he promised Holly? (I mean besides REO Speedwagon.)

Ryan told Variety: “I don’t know what they’re going to do with the character, but as it was written, there’s certainly a lot of potential. It’s a funny thing to enter a show that you’re a great fan of — and it’s nice to tell lighter stories. I love the dark, grittier side of life, but it’s nice to take a break from that, put a skirt on and brush your hair.”

Added writer/producer (and former Toby) Paul Lieberstein: “Amy gave the character of Holly an openness and matured innocence that exposed a new side of Michael. She placed her character right on his level.”

One more fun piece of Office-related news: a new round of summer webisodes starts tomorrow at (Last summer’s webisodes won an Emmy.) NBC has already begun teasing the audience with a behind-the-scenes glimpse at this summer’s filming, as well as an outtake from the first webisode, in which Kevin and Darryl apparently join forces in a dodgy business venture.

What do you think about Amy Ryan’s return to The Office? And why didn’t the rest of you vote for Jenna Fischer for’s Hot 100 like I did?

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