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Amy Ryan Returning to 'The Office'

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 16th 2010 7:56PM
Amy Ryan (here with Rob Huebel) will return to 'The Office' for season eightIt's going to be an interesting year for Dunder-Mifflin and Michael Scott. NBC confirmed to Zap2It that Amy Ryan is returning to 'The Office' as Holly Flax, the awkward HR employee who seemed to be Scott's perfect match. She had been reassigned to a New Hampshire branch, where she moved on and found another boyfriend (Rob Huebel from 'Human Giant').

Ryan will be back for seven episodes in season 7, brought back by Kathy Bates' CEO character as a favor to Scott for taking the PR heat in a Dunder-Mifflin scandal. Flax was the one person who seemed to get Scott -- she seemed like the female version of him. It was like watching the spaghetti scene in 'Lady and the Tramp' tagged with "That's what she said."

Ryan has been busy. She landed a role on HBO's 'In Treatment,' had a regular role on 'The Wire,' and earned an Oscar nomination for 'Gone Baby Gone.' All that on top of having a baby in October. And her return to 'The Office' wasn't a given.

What makes this more intriguing is that, in April, Steve Carell told the BBC that the upcoming season would be his last. Although EW.com thinks it could be a negotiating ploy, seven seasons is a long time, and Carell is doing a lot more film work now. He is currently hyping his voice work in 'Despicable Me' and his role in the upcoming 'Dinner for Schmucks,' and has a number of other projects, including 'Get Smart 2,' on his plate.

So maybe season 7 is when Michael Scott finally gets everything he wants, finds true love, and rides off into his happily ever after?

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The well has started to run dry. I hope they treat next season as the last and write accordingly. Best to go out with some dignity.

July 18 2010 at 11:37 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great news. They should just end this season with Holly and Michael together and it'd be perfect.

July 17 2010 at 3:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Thanks for the spoiler warning. And no, telling us Holly's returning isn't a spoiler, but telling us the details of how and why she returns is a spoiler.

July 16 2010 at 9:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to skysignor's comment

No it isn't, it was hinted at in the last season finale

July 17 2010 at 5:25 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I bet holly will be pregnant and married. I hope micheal gets together with jan.

July 16 2010 at 9:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tony DIMeo

This is great news put I should point out that the next season is season 7 not season 8

July 16 2010 at 8:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to Tony DIMeo's comment

yeah, I think they got mixed up! They said Amy Ryan would be on for 7 episodes instead of the 8 I read elsewhere. Can't wait for Season 7!

July 17 2010 at 10:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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