The Office: John Krasinski, Jenna Fischer and Ed Helms Sign for Season 9

With John Krasinski, Ed Helms and Jenna Fischer just having renewed their contracts for a ninth season, fans of The Office can breath a sigh of relief about major cast changes taking place within Dunder Mifflin

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From left to right: Krasinski, Helms and Fischer

Three stars of The Office are keeping their jobs at Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch

Ed Helms, Jenna Fischer and John Krasinski have all signed new contracts to return for Season 9 of the NBC comedy, Deadline reports. Their deals had been set to expire after this season, which ends Thursday (May 10).

Krasinski and Helms may get some time off next season to accommodate their movie schedules, the report says, but keeping the leads around can only help the show, which went through an overhaul following Steve Carell’s departure last season and probably couldn’t afford another wholesale change. As it stands, Mindy Kaling (who’s also a writer and producer) is leaving for a FOX comedy, and Rainn Wilson is developing a potential Dwight-centered spinoff with showrunner Paul Lieberstein, who’s also stepping down.

(Helms, incidentally, is also a guest star in the pilot for Kaling’s show, It’s Messy.)

B.J. Novak’s Office contract is also up, but he hasn’t started negotiations yet.