'The Office': B.J. Novak's new contract hints at post-Carell plan

Steve Carell maintains season 7 of "The Office" will be his last. But that doesn't change the fact that plans are already hatching for season 8, and it looks like they involve B.J. Novak.


Novak, who plays the sneaky and frequently fired Ryan Howard, just renewed his contract with Universal Media Studios for another two seasons. Variety reports the deal promotes him from co-executive producer to executive producer status and maintains his current writing and acting credit on the series.


If Novak is a lock for season 8, it could see him rise to a leadership position in front of the camera as well. He was one of the first to join "The Office" when NBC committed to the U.S. remake, and, on the series, we already know that Ryan's capable of jumping ahead in the ranks -- until he's derailed by fraud and coke addiction, that is.


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