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Josh Groban appears in this photo posted on his Facebook page on July 25, 2011. - Provided courtesy of facebook.com/JoshGroban

Josh Groban to appear on 'The Office'

08/19/2011 by Corinne Heller

Singer Josh Groban is set to appear on the upcoming eighth season of the NBC comedy series "The Office" - the first without Steve Carell.

Groban, known mostly for ballads, including his version of the 2002 hit "You Raise Me Up," has acted before. The 30-year-old, who commands a loyal fanbase made up of mostly teenage and adult female fans, recently starred in Carell's latest film, "Crazy Stupid Love," as pretentious lawyer-boyfriend of Emma Stone's character.

"The amazing @joshgroban came from the Staples Center to our set to play Andy's little brother," "Office" actress Mindy Kaling said on her Twitter page on Thursday. "Stay tuned this season to meet the Bernards!"

Ed Helms plays office employee Andy Bernard, who has bragged about being part of an a capella group called "Here Comes Treble" when he was a student at Cornell University.

"The cast and crew of The Office are the coolest ever. #allimgonnasay," Groban Tweeted on Thursday, adding: "@mindykaling worth every lost wink! thanks to you and the whole gang for the warm welcome. #Bernard4life."

It is unclear how many "Office" episodes will feature Groban. He made his television acting debut in 2001, when he played agoraphobic teenager Malcolm Wyatt on several episodes on the network's legal sitcom, "Ally McBeal." In 2009 and 2010, Groban guest-starred on the FOX musical comedy series "Glee," playing himself.

Groban has also showcased more of his comedic talents by voicing characters on the cartoons "American Dad!" and "Robot Chicken" and on skits on ABC late-night talk show "Jimmy Kimmel Live!," including its infamous "I'm (Expletive) Ben Affleck" music video. In 2008, Groban earned laughs for his medley of television theme songs, complete with a "South Park" impersonation, at the 2008 Emmy Awards.

Carell, who turned 49 on August 16, left "The Office" earlier this year after playing egotistical boss Michael Scott since the program's debut in 2005. He has in recent years starred in major movies, mostly comedies.

The eighth season of "The Office" premieres on September 22. An official replacement for Carell's character has not been named, but actor James Spader has been confirmed as a new cast member . The actor played charismatic attorney Alan Shore on the FOX legal comedy series "Boston Legal," which earned him two Emmys.

Carell has been nominated for an Emmy every year he has starred on "The Office." This year's ceremony marks his final chance to win one for his role on the show.

"The Office" has won a total of four Emmys and has been nominated 39 times. It earned four nods for the 2011 Emmy Awards, which is set to take place on September 18 - see a full list of nominations.

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