Cast updates: Office spin-off, 24

One of the bigger projects hitting the tube later this year is NBC's "spin-off" of The Office. Unfortunately, would-be fans don't really know what to get excited about--details on the show have yet to surface (for all we know, not even the writers know what the show will be about). The comedy may feature some characters from the Steve Carrell-led hit, or it may not--no one knows for sure.

But finally we know at least one thing: It will feature comedian Aziz Ansari of the MTV sketch show Human Giant. Variety is reporting that Ansari has signed on to be one of the show's stars, the first actor to be attached to the series.

The talk of the town now suggests that the spin-off may only be semirelated to The Office, with spin-off characters being introduced somehow on The Office before heading off on their own.

"We're focusing on making the best show we can make as a companion to The Office," executive producer Michael Schur told Variety. "We're trying to come up with the best concept and hire the funniest writers. In the next couple of weeks, we'll be making the final move to one specific idea."

From rising star to showbiz legend, Jon Voight has joined the cast of 24 for the show's seventh season, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Voight will play the bad guy supporting this season's terrorist activity, and will no doubt be responsible for Kiefer Sutherland screaming, "Damn it!"

In addition to being half responsible for bringing Angelina Jolie into this world, film-heavy Voight won an Oscar in 1978 for his performance in Coming Home and starred in Midnight Cowboy. He's also had roles in his share of stinkers, including Anaconda, SuperBabies: Baby Geniuses 2, and Bratz.

Voight's 24 character will be introduced in the 24 prequel telefilm, which has been dated for November 23.

Elsewhere, actors Will McCormack (Dirt) and Eric Christian Olsen (Not Another Teen Movie, The Loop) will play recurring characters on ABC's Brothers & Sisters, says The Hollywood Reporter. One of them will play the new love interest of Sarah (Rachel Griffiths).

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well its likely it will be bad, but lets give em a shot
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An Office spin off is a bad idea, you know it will be awful.
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Voigt is a great actor. It's too bad his tatoo'd blood necklace wearin billybob dufus rampagin daughter thinks he's a bad person- but that's life I suppose. Jon will bring it as a bad guy on 24. I can't wait. Actually I can, but I'm just saying that as a figure of speech. Does that mean I'm a bad person? Will Angelina start dating chinese women again because of me? OMG! I'm such a bad person. OK, I'm over it.
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Hopefully The Office spin-off won't suck like a bunch of previous spin-off shows.
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A spin off of The Office will most likely tank. Can't wait for 24 to come back in Jan. Jon Voight will be outstanding!
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Ananconda isnt really bad but Baby Genius & Superbabies was a real big low.
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I'm not quite sure I wanted to already know that Jon Voight is the bad guy behind the next season of 24. Isn't that some of a spoiler that they should've disclosed. I didn't see Season 1 while it was on & when Dennis Hopper showed up (surprise!) I loved it.
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I don' think Voight minds being referred to as 'Angelina's Dad'. She's got an Oscar of her own. At least people recognize him. Better he appear in 24 than another of those bad Tomb Raider movies.
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Jon Voigt is a talented performer and he is quite capable of playing a villian. It's great to see older film actors from movies working in tv. As for The Office, it doesn't sound like a spin off but only time will tell.
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Hope Voight's character packs some heat, coz lame bad guys hurt 24 so much
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the office is terrible here in the uk, so i guess the american version is terrible as well the only people who watch it are those who work in an office and thinks it funny. is this going to be that last season of 24?
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It's so sad and demeaning that an Academy Award Winner is refered to as "Angelina's dad".
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The office sucks so much that any spinoff will be filed as trash without ever watching a minute of it
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Jon Voight? Yawn...... a dinosaur...

I prefer shows that use strong but relatively unknown actors, which makes them more believable than guys we've seen 1000 times playing gay cowboys or Larry Zoolander.
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Cool :) An office spin-off :)
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cant wait to see him on 24
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woah woah woah, does this mean theat their scrapping all the ideas from the previous 8 episodes of season 7? So the Tony Almeda comeback isn't happening anymore? I'm so confused. Why would they tug at my heartstrings like that?
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I can definitely see jon voight being the bad guy like he was in the movie Enemy of the State with Will smtih.
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jon voight is really creepy so he'll be a good villain
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