Zach Woods: The New Jan on The Office

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As previously reported, Kathy Bates is coming to The Office. She'll play Jo, the head of the company that purchased Dunder Mifflin on the 2009 finale.

But the Oscar winner won't be walking into the funniest show on TV alone.

Zach Woods is also joining the show for multiple episodes. He'll take on the role of a crony named Gabe who "fills the role that Jan used to have,” said producer Greg Daniels. β€œHe’s the guy who goes from branch to branch, whom people have to report to.”

This will mark Woods' first role on TV. He most recently appeared in the James Gandolfini film In the Loop.

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The Office Quotes

Dwight: What is my perfect crime? I break into Tiffany's at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No, I go for the chandelier. It's priceless. As I'm taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It's her father's business. She's Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico but I go to Canada. I don't trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he's the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting: I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris, by the Trocadero. She's been waiting for me all these years; she's never taken another lover. I don't care, I don't show up. I go to Berlin. That's where I stashed the chandelier.

Guess what, I have flaws. What are they? Oh, I don't know. I sing in the shower. Sometimes I spend too much time volunteering. Occasionally I'll hit somebody with my car. So sue me... No, don't sue me. That is the opposite of the point that I'm trying to make.