'The Office': Hope for Michael-Holly Shippers!

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Date Mike may have found his match in Amy Pietz's bartender/manager Donna on The Office, but you have to admit: the chemistry between the real Michael (Steve Carell) and Holly (Amy Ryan) is hard to match.

The Office powers-that-be seem to agree. Talking to Entertainment Weekly, executive producer and co-star Paul Lieberstein reveals that they're "definitely" hoping to bring back Holly next season. Can we get a woot-woot?

"With Holly, they were both just goofballs on the same wavelength," he says. "I don't know that's what we're seeing here. [Donna] has a lot in common with Michael ... [but] it's more circumstance that they're together."

Pietz will of course return to The Office. But since Michael visiting her all the time at the bar sends the wrong message (like taking someone else's reservation on Date Night, where Carell stars with 30 Rock's Tina Fey), she'll make the trip to Dunder Mifflin herself.

"He [Michael] brings her in to [DM] to sell her some printers and paper as a client and makes some very inappropriate advances," previews HR person Toby's alter-ego. "She works at a big Dave & Busters-type chain. They must have a back office there and maybe there was some need for a printer."

Since we're on the topic of Michael's love life, we have seen the last of Pam's (Jenna Fischer) mom and brief Michael love interest Helene. Linda Purl, who plays her, is headed to ABC's Desperate Housewives to play another controversial mother.

Purl is set to appear in an episode close to the finale as Sam's mom, the woman who had an affair with Bree's (Marcia Cross) dead hubby Rex, Fancast reports. The encounter, as you may expect, will be less than civil.

Finally, in some Office finale news, Kathy Bates' charming southern belle character is set to return to deal with a "big scandal with the printers and a potential whistle blower situation."

The Office returns April 22.

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Apr 9, 2010 4:28AM EDT

That is awesome news!! I loved Michael and Holly together and really hoped for them to get back together!

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Apr 22, 2010 3:55PM EDT

Great news! Michael-Holly was as good as Pam-Jim, and it was a shame they ended that story so suddenly. The Office will never reach its full potential until it brings Holly back as a main character.

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