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It's Official: James Spader Books 'The Office' Gig

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 6th 2011 1:40PM
James SpaderIt's official: James Spader has joined the cast of NBC's 'The Office.' However, the 'Boston Legal' veteran won't be the new Scranton branch manager of Dunder Mifflin -- he'll be the CEO of Sabre.

"James will reprise his role as Robert California, this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior," Paul Lieberstein, who is executive producer and plays HR rep Toby, said in a statement.

"He'll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted. Within days, he took over the company. James has an energy that is completely his own, and 'The Office' has no tools for dealing with this guy. We're thrilled he's joining our cast."

His character first appeared in the Season 7 finale, interviewing for Michael Scott's vacant position.

Spader's character replaces Kathy Bates as CEO. She's departing the series to focus on her NBC legal drama 'Harry's Law.'

Tell us: Are you looking forward to more James Spader on 'The Office'?

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Dexter Morgan

My prayers were answered...have muted Michael Scott's annoyingly UNfunny dialogue for years now......

July 06 2011 at 9:23 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Awwwwwwwwwwwesome! Way better than the Finger Lakes guy. ;)

July 06 2011 at 4:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Excellent! Spader is exactly who I wanted (if Gervais wouldn't reprise his role). Great job Office execs. You didn't go with the easy way. Who is going to be the next regional manager? Will Spader be on each week?

July 06 2011 at 2:08 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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