Casting scoop: news on ‘The Office,’ ‘Boss,’ ‘NCIS,’ and more

Changes for Kelly Kapoor.

In this edition of Casting Scoop, we’ve got some details that actually may have some long-term implications when it comes to many of the shows involved

Of course, don’t read on if you want to avoid anything and everything that could be technically referred to as a “spoiler.”

A new man for Kelly Kapoor? – Kelly has been trying to get Ryan to love her on “The Office” for as long as we can remember … so it only makes sense that she would eventually realize that the guy’s just not feeling it like she is.

TV Guide reports that Sendhil Ramamurphy has been cast to play the role of a doctor-turned love interest for Kelly on the show at some point later this season — but for the time being, the commitment is just for an episode.¬†As for how this could have more of a long-term impact, we know that Mindy Kaling’s contract with the show expires after this season and she has a pilot order for another network. We’re not saying that this story could ultimately take her away from the office she has worked at since the beginning of the show … but it does present the show with a potential exit plan in the event that Kaling does not stick around.

“Boss” gets Groff – Is stage actor Jonathan Groff suddenly becoming one of the most sought-after actors in television? It sure seems like it at the moment.

According to Deadline, Groff is going to be a regular for season 2 of the Kelsey Grammer Starz series “Boss,” where he will play a new member of Tom Kane’s office named Ian Todd. It’s basically a similar role that Martin Donovan’s character of Ezra Stone played during season 1, except with a new name and likely a few different personality quirks.

We all know Groff from his time as Jesse St. James on “Glee,” and he also has a guest-starring role coming up on “The Good Wife.”

One guest star to rule them all? – Sean Astin has appeared in guest roles on such shows as “Law & Order” and “My Name is Earl” in the past, and now he’s found himself another new gig — this time on “NCIS.”

Astin is going to play on the show (per Entertainment Weekly) a PsyOps agent in the same season 9 episode that also happens to feature Jamie Lee Curtis.

Of course, casting the “Lord of the Rings” alum is not the only thing “NCIS” has to be happy about at the moment — they also have their landmark 200th episode airing on Tuesday night.

Some brief notes

-In a bit of an un-casting scoop, Paz de la Huerta will not be returning to “Boardwalk Empire” after being a regular for the first two seasons. (TVline)

-Chi McBride (“Pushing Daisies,” “Human Target”) has landed the role of a detective in the upcoming CBS pilot from former “NYPD Blue” executive producer Greg Berlanti. Considering McBride’s past, he should be familiar with the work.

Photo: NBC

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