The Office cast

By Todd Martens, Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers For those missing the cast of NBC’s “The Office,” the past few strike-riddled months weren’t completely painful. Or were they? If ever there was an urgent call for John Krasinski to get back to the cubicle and resume the role of Jim Halpert, it was the disappointing “Leatherheads.” Jenna Fischer, meanwhile, looked to have a film career off and running with a prime gig in Judd Apatow’s “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story,” but the rock ’n’ roll parody didn’t connect with audiences. Not that anyone should be complaining. No offense meant, but the staff of “The Office” is fine just where it is. Granted, that sort of selfish appreciation of the Scranton, Penn.-set show may not be good for the cast’s career advancement, but there’s no shame in being a company man. So while Steve Carell was clearly joking in this video on the show’s official Web site, it captures a kind of corporate dedication that’s becoming all too rare in this era of disappearing pensions and minuscule merit raises. “I’ve been doing this show by myself for 100 days,” Carell declares. “No camera crews. No other actors. And some of the episodes I turned out were fantastic.” Here here! But just in case any of those in the Dunder-Mifflin camp are readying their resumes, here’s a look at how some of those who have spent some time in the paper factory have fared on their own. Don’t quit your day job just yet. -Continue Related: - "The Office" refresher
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