Steve Carell, The Office

Byron Cohen/NBC

Michael Scott can look forward to putting in more long, hard, late nights at Dunder-Mifflin Scranton.

At least, that's what he said.

The "he" in this case being cocreator, executive producer and star of the original British version of The Office, Ricky Gervais, who revealed in a posting on his official website that Steve Carell has renewed his contract for the NBC hit.

"Had some great news today about the American version of The Office," Gervais wrote. "Steve Carell (now one of the most bankable film stars in the world) has just signed up for another three years with us.

"He is the hardest working man in Hollywood and the harder he works the better it is for me. I mean...well done Steve you are wonderful...He is a very nice man and deserves all his success. I am just as dedicated to my art without compromise but only between the hours of 9 and 3 p.m."

In addition to revealing the contract coup, Gervais also confirmed another of NBC's badly kept and somewhat fan-derided scoops: that a satellite Office is already in the works.

Earlier this month, word spread that Rashida Jones, who played Jim's pre-Pam hookup, Karen, on the show and who currently has a talent holding deal with the network, would be heading up the new cast, though Gervais kept mum on any casting or potential story points.

"We are also working on a spinoff series of the American Office," he wrote, "but I can't tell you anything about that yet."

Jam it anyway.

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