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'The Office': Mindy Kaling Reveals Will Arnett, Ray Romano Character Names

by Jean Bentley, posted Apr 12th 2011 3:00PM
Mindy KalingMindy Kaling, the multitasking star of 'The Office' who also writes and produces the show, revealed a little more information on the highly anticipated guest stars who plan to drop by the Dunder Mifflin Scranton branch later this season.

"Naming new characters is one of the most fun times in a writers room, as @KenTremendous [former 'Office' writer/'Parks and Recreation' co-creator Michel Schur] can attest. Takes a tiny, silly part of the brain!" she Tweeted.

Lucky for us, Kaling was given permission by none other than 'Office' showrunner Paul Lieberstein to let us all in on that fun process. She wrote, "I've been authorized by Paul Lieberstein (my boss/Toby (weird, right?)) to reveal all the guest stars glorious and ridiculous names today!"

So, what will stars like Will Arnett and Ray Romano be known as in the 'Office' universe?

"William Arnett plays 'Fred Henry', Raymond Romano plays 'Merv Bronte', and James Spader plays 'Robert California'. These are real, guys. ... Catherine 'The Great' Tate is Nellie Bertrum. (Again, real.)"

And how did the names come about? For Romano's character, it was a joint affair between Kaling and writer Danny Chun. "I pitched 'Bronte' as a last name and @dannychun pitched 'Merv'. It's one of our greatest collaborations."

The first big-name guest star, Will Ferrell, is introduced this Thursday. His name? Deangelo Vickers.

Tell us: What do you think of the new characters' names? What would you have called them?

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I'm not much of a name connoisseur, but some of these names are awesome (with equally awesome actors taking them on), while others are going to rely on the awesomeness of the actors to help make the name memorable (looking at you Fred Henry)

Deangelo Vickers - Honestly they could've given the role to some talentless hack and the role still would be awesome because of the name alone.

Merv Bronte - He sounds like a sleazy used car salesman, which would be awesome, if he were being played Will Arnett, but instead Ray Romano gets to take the name. In my opinion Ray Romano, who usually plays an average schlub, seems more like a "Fred Henry" than a "Merv Bronte".

Robert California - Now I've never really seen any of James Spader's work, but this name is pretty cool.

Nellie Bertrum - Like Spader, I've never seen any of Catherine Tate's work, but she's a funny english woman, and "Nellie Bertrum" sounds like a funny english woman, so there you go.

Fred Henry - A dull name, nothing too exciting, except that its two generic first names. Like I said earlier, I'd prefer Romano take this name, and Arnett take "Merv Bronte". Romano just seems more like a "Fred Henry".

April 12 2011 at 4:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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