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James Spader Checks Into 'The Office,' New Boss Revealed (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 23rd 2011 6:30AM
'The Office' - 'The List'Another day, another new actor in a lead role on a long-running series. This time it was James Spader stepping in for Steve Carell on 'The Office' (Thu., 9PM ET on NBC), though his Robert California didn't take over Michael Scott's position.

As promised, he instead quickly took over Jo's position as CEO of Dunder-Mifflin, though they show pretty quickly glossed over what could have been a fascinating scene. Couldn't they steal Kathy Bates away from 'Harry's Law' for one quick transfer-of-power scene?

Right off, though, Robert is a more hands-on CEO, as we learn that he spends half his time setting up camp in the Scranton branch's conference room. He's certainly an interesting character, but very different in tone than Michael Scott.

For one, he quite clearly doesn't care what people think about him. When a list of names from his notebook circulated around the office, it raised quite a stir as people tried to figure out what it meant. Robert didn't mince words, after he invited one column of names to have lunch with him.

"If I invited you to lunch, I think you're a winner," he said quite candidly. "If I didn't, I don't. But I just met you all. Life is long, opinions change. Winners, prove me right. Losers, prove me wrong."

That's definitely not the Michael Scott who's desperate to be everyone's friend. Speaking of Michael, though, we also learned that despite being lumped into the "losers" category, Andy Bernard has been elevated to the regional manager position. He's definitely green in the position, but his heart is shown to be in the right place, and he's willing to take a stand for the team.

It's hard to argue with fellow 'Daily Show' alum, Ed Helms, taking over from Carell, though in this episode he seemed to be almost inconsequential as the boss with Robert such a domineering presence.

We did love him reclassifying everyone in the office as "winners" for Robert, explaining why for each of them. While it feels like a very different show in some ways with these two men at the top, they could prove to have a very compelling dynamic.

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Dexter Morgan

THE END !...

After 152 episodes plus 10 minutes this week.... i flushed The Office down the TV Toilet......... Won't Be Back !!!!

I love James Spader and was nearly orgasmic that he was joining the cast.......but as much as i love Spader.... I LOATHE the ANNOYING Ed Helms character...equal or maybe worse than the ANNOYING DeBozo on NCIS...another show i flushed down the network toilet , a few seasons back....

Well, that leaves just 1 thirty minute network s*itcom on my tv schedule ....Modern Family.........the others are all on Pay cable..........
Big C

September 24 2011 at 4:42 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Great summary of last night's episode. I thought it was great. I can't remember the last time I laughed out loud that much to an episode of this show. You forgot to mention the intro where Dwight is getting people to stop planking. Wow, I about cried. Also, I love Stanley's new "thing" in the office. I think it's headed in a great new direction.

September 23 2011 at 3:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Worst Episode ever it was not funny and horribly written.

September 23 2011 at 10:58 AM Report abuse -4 rate up rate down Reply

I love that they picked Andy to be the manager. I didn't think that would be the choice and I was shocked by how well it worked. When it comes down to it, he has that big heart and desperation that Michael had, but its a whole other dimension because Michael was a great salesman, meanwhile Andy has a hard time making a sale.

I love that everyone had their own time last night. They managed to work everyone in brilliantly.

And James Spader? Well, I liked him anyway so this is win/win for me.

September 23 2011 at 10:09 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply

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