'The Office' Stars Ed Helms, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer Near Deals to Return

2:45 PM PST 05/10/2012 by Lacey Rose
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Ed Helms, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer from NBC's "The Office."

Despite its age and revolving door of cast members, the Thursday night comedy is widely expected to return to next season's schedule.

The Office stars will remain employed.

Ed Helms, John Krasinski and Jenna Fischer are each very near deals to return to NBC’s long-running workplace comedy, which is  currently awaiting widely expected renewed news.

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A future without these actors' characters seemed hard to imagine, though the ensemble mockumentary famously replaced star Steve Carell last year. James Spader decided to exit after this season as well.

What’s more, the news comes just 24 hours after writer, co-star Mindy Kaling’s rival network comedy, It’s Messy, was ordered to series at Fox. She will depart the NBC half-hour to focus her full attention on Messy, for which she will write, produce and star.

While hardly the ratings juggernaut it once was, Office remains one of the network’s top performers among the coveted 18 to 49 set. Thus far this season, the Thursday night comedy draws a 3.4 rating in the demo, the evening’s highest rated NBC comedy.

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