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Report: James Spader Is the New 'Office' Boss! ...Sort Of

by Chris Harnick, posted Jun 24th 2011 4:00PM
James SpaderJames Spader, new boss of Dunder Mifflin? Maybe, according to Entertainment Weekly.

The 'Boston Legal' star is reportedly in talks to join 'The Office,' but not as Scranton branch manager -- as the Dunder Mifflin/Sabre CEO. 'Harry's Law' actress Kathy Bates currently plays the paper and printer company honcho, but won't be able to reprise her 'Office' role and star on 'Harry's Law' at the same time.

"In the finale, he kicked ass," a source close to the show told EW. "He was so funny and had this weird energy. We didn't want to pass it up."

While no scripts have been written for 'The Office' Season 8 and Spader has yet to sign a deal, the likely scenario according to EW is this: Spader's character is hired as branch manager, but quickly decides the job is too small for him. He then convinces corporate to give him the CEO gig. That would leave the branch manager position open for either an internal or external hire ... and we're back to square one.

Bates guest starred in a handful of episodes, but Spader would appear on more regular basis.

'Doctor Who' veteran Catherine Tate emerged as the front-runner for the job, according to reports following her Season 7 finale appearance, but she's doing a play in London until September. The Spader scenario could feasibly give her enough time to wrap the stage production and then join 'The Office' as the branch manager.

Watch James Spader and Catherine Tate's 'Office' episode below.

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how can anyone like james spader?????????????????/

July 31 2011 at 9:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

give the job to jim carrey

July 31 2011 at 9:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

i hate his character its horrible

it is painful to watch him act

he is a disgrace to te office

July 31 2011 at 9:06 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Eh- he gives me the creeps.

June 25 2011 at 9:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mrs. K

James Spader was terrific on the season finale of The Office. He is compelling and a bit creepy at the same time..excellent casting!

June 25 2011 at 9:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't watch show now that Spader is on board I will watch!!

June 25 2011 at 8:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

If its him (James Spader) I will quit watching! He was the worst of the bunch, not even funny!

June 25 2011 at 8:06 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
1 reply to michfan's comment

That's all right. Plenty of air time is full of "Funniest Home Videos" and reality stuff, and that's probably your speed.

June 25 2011 at 9:20 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

James Spader was wonderful on Boston Legal. I was on a board during that show's run. Meetings were on same night as BL. Most of the board members were lawyers, and they made sure our meetings adjourned in time to get home to their tvs! It will be super to have a chance to watch him in Office.

June 25 2011 at 8:05 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply

my fingers are crossed that it's james spader. if jim carey gets it, i won't watch anymore.

June 25 2011 at 7:58 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply

I used to sell Spader short as an actor back in the 80s---I dismissed him as a "pretty boy" and figured we would never see him again after a year or two. He did indeed disappear (sort of) for a little while.

Then I saw a movie called " The Music of Chance" with mandy Patinkin and James Spader,along with Charles Durning and Joel Grey,also M. Emmett Walsh and Samantha Mathis.I thought Spader did a great job in that one,and held his own with those heavyweights of the stage.I doubt I'll watch much of The Office though,but the addition of this guy certainly won't hurt that show.

June 25 2011 at 7:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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