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The Ausiello Files: 'The Office' scoop

Why it’s not over for Michael and Holly on ”The Office.” Plus, spoilers on ”Ugly Betty,” ”The Big Bang Theory,” and ”Glee”

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It’s Not Over for Michael And Holly on The Office
Don’t let last week’s introduction of Amy Pietz (Caroline in the City) as a new love interest for Michael (Steve Carell) fool you, Office fans: Producers remain invested in the Michael-Holly love story, even if Amy Ryan isn’t currently around to help tell it. ”We’re definitely hoping [to bring her] back next year,” says executive producer/costar Paul Lieberstein (Toby), who describes Michael’s dynamic with Pietz’s barkeep, Donna, as ”very different” from the one he shared with Holly. ”With Holly, they were both just goofballs on the same wavelength. 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.” Not surprisingly, the courtship hits multiple snags in the coming weeks when ”Michael’s attempts to date her don’t work out,” previews Lieberstein. ”So he brings her in to [Dunder Mifflin] to sell her some printers and some paper as a client and makes some very inappropriate advances.” And what exactly does a bartender need a printer for? ”She works at a big Dave & Buster’s-type chain,” explains Lieberstein. ”They must have a back office there, and maybe there was some need for a printer.” Works for me!

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Betty‘s Goodbye Party Gets Hijacked
A lucrative opportunity leads Ugly Betty‘s title underdog to part ways with Mode in the ABC dramedy’s April 14 series finale, but her farewell bash quickly goes to the dogs. ”Amanda’s beloved pooch, Halston, dies,” reveals series creator Silvio Horta, ”and in true Amanda fashion, she turns Betty’s party into a funeral.” R.I.P. Betty.

Romance for Sheldon?
It looks like The Big Bang Theory may be setting Sheldon up to cheat on his first love, physics. The CBS hitcom has tapped erstwhile Blossom star Mayim Bialik — a real-life Ph.D. in neuroscience — to play a potential romantic interest for Jim Parsons’ character beginning in the May 24 season finale. The two meet via an eHarmony-esque matchmaking service — which comes as a surprise to Sheldon since he never placed an ad on said service. ”Someone else did,” says executive producer Bill Prady, who is quick to point out that the arrival of Bialik’s character — who is described as the female version of Sheldon — doesn’t necessarily mean that the übergeek is about to emerge from his sexless cocoon. ”The way he deals with her will be consistent with the way we’ve seen him deal with the world up until now. He won’t not be Sheldon.” That said, Prady concedes, ”She’ll be someone he certainly appreciates.”

Glee‘s Sue Needs a Helping Hand
Glee is looking for a fifty-something Filipina or Hispanic actress to play the recurring role of Amelda, Sue’s (presumably long-suffering) maid. Shelley Morrison, expect a call from your agent!

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