Is Chicago's Melora Hardin Heading Back to "The Office"?

By Andrew Gans
July 25, 2010

Melora Hardin, who made her Broadway debut in Chicago and recently released a new solo CD, will return to "The Office" this season, according to deadline.com.



Hardin will reprise her role as former Dunder Mifflin executive Jan Levinson, who had a dysfunctional relationship with Michael Scott, played by Emmy winner Steve Carell. This season will mark Carell's last on the acclaimed situation comedy.

Deadline.com also reports that Hardin will join the new NBC drama "Outlaw" in a recurring role. The new series also features stage and screen star Jimmy Smits, who heads the cast as a former U.S. Supreme Court Justice who returns to private practice.

An actress, singer and songwriter, Melora Hardin's numerous screen credits include "The Office," "The Comebacks," "Monk," "Me, Mom, Dad, and Her," "Gilmore Girls," "Without a Trace," "Thank You for Smoking," "Boston Legal," "Judging Amy," "Once and Again," "Certain Guys," "Erasable You," "Absolute Power," "Renegade," "Touched By an Angel" and "Friends." Hardin was seen as Fantine in the Hollywood Bowl's Les Misérables in Concert, and some of her more recent credits include the Zac Efron film "Seventeen Again" and "Hannah Montana: The Movie."

Her new CD, entitled "All the Way to Mars," was released in February on the LML Music label. Producers are Richard Jay-Alexander and Ben Toth.

For more information visit www.Melora.com or www.LMLmusic.com.