A deal has not yet been worked out for star-writer-executive producer B.J. Novak, one of the series' five original cast members (as well as the writer and director behind Thursday's season finale).
The new deals come as The Office faces at least three big departures. James Spader, who played new boss Robert California this past season, announced in February that he would not return. Longtime cast member and series writer Mindy Kaling is leaving to star in and executive produce her own comedy, It's Messy, which Fox picked up Wednesday. Rainn Wilson is expected to leave the series at some point this coming season to star in his own spin-off as quirky character Dwight Schrute.
Current Office showrunner Paul Lieberstein is also leaving to work on the spin-off. His replacement has yet to be named.
Now that Krasinksi, Helms and Fischer are near deals, NBC is expected to renew The Office, which remains the network's highest-rated sitcom.
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