'The Office': Who are Merv Bronte and Nellie Bertrum?


We know the big "Office" news this week is the debut of Will Ferrell as new/interim Dunder Mifflin manager Deangelo Vickers. But allow us to look a month or so ahead, to the season finale.The final episode of the season -- and third of the post-Michael Scott era -- will feature guest stars Ray Romano, Catherine Tate, Will Arnett and James Spader. And thanks to "Office" writer/producer/Kelly Mindy Kaling, we now know their characters' names."William Arnett plays 'Fred Henry,' Raymond Romano plays 'Merv Bronte,' and James Spader plays 'Robert California,'" Kaling tweeted on Tuesday (with the blessing of "Office" showrunner/Toby Paul Lieberstein). "These are real, guys."Tate's character, Kaling added a couple minutes later, is named Nellie Bertrum. She also takes credit for half of the "Merv Bronte" name, saying she suggested the last name and fellow writer Daniel Chun pitched "Merv." "It's one of our greatest collaborations," she notes.Based on their having least silly character...



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