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To Hire or Not to Hire Mrs. California on 'The Office' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Dec 2nd 2011 3:00AM
'The Office' - 'Mrs. California'If you've been missing that gut-wrenching discomfort you used to get from Michael Scott on 'The Office' (Thu., 9PM ET on NBC) this season, fear not: It's back. And this time it has the power of the CEO.

Andy wasn't elevated to Michael's position to give us those awkward moments, that's what James Spader was brought in to do as new CEO Robert California. This week, he was absolutely impossible.

He started the episode by giving Andy four seconds warning that Mrs. California was coming in for a job and that Andy shouldn't hire her. He then simply went way too far in insisting that Andy give her the job -- gotta save face in front of the missus -- only to yell at Andy later for doing just that.

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Andy's New Incentive Program Goes Over Big on 'The Office' (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Sep 30th 2011 3:00AM
'The Office' - 'The Incentive'Oddly enough, considering the big deal made out of casting James Spader this season, what this week's episode of 'The Office' (Thu., 9PM ET on NBC) proved was that they really don't need him to succeed. The ensemble is so strong by now, they're holding the show together just fine.

That said, Spader was perfect this week. He's there to inspire and terrify the office, and keep everyone on their toes. But Andy has stepped up beautifully into Michael's shoes with a completely different but equal level of awkwardness.

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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.

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James Spader and Craig Ferguson Share a Really Awkward Pause (VIDEO)

by Catherine Lawson, posted Sep 22nd 2011 9:00AM
James Spader and Craig FergusonNew star of 'The Office' James Spader dropped by 'The Late Late Show' (Weeknights, 12:37AM ET on CBS) and was offered a strange choice by host Craig Ferguson.

Ferguson said Spader could end their chat with one of the following: "a mouth organ, awkward pause or go for the big cash prize." After mulling it over for a while Spader opted for the awkward pause -- "I'm good at those."

Then Ferguson upped the ante. "We could add in a subtext if you'd like," he said before announcing that the subtext is: "I find you wickedly attractive and I'm trying to sneak a look at your genitals."

Cue really awkward pause with a large helping of creepy subtext.

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'The Office' Cast Talks James Spader, Replacing Michael Scott (VIDEO)

by Chris Harnick, posted Aug 30th 2011 4:55PM
James SpaderLast season, 'The Office' and its loyal viewers said goodbye to Michael Scott. This season? Say hello to Robert California.

It's no secret James Spader will join the cast of 'The Office,' but did you know he's intimidating the pants off the other actors? In a new video, the cast talk about Spader's new CEO character and what it's like working with a method actor like 'Boston Legal' veteran Spader.

"He scares the sh-- out of me," Phyllis Smith said.

In the video below, 'Office' showrunner and actor Paul Lieberstein (Toby) and the cast preview the new season and finding a new Scranton branch manager.

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Steve Carell Misses His 'Office' Friends, But Says He Won't Be Back for Any Cameos (VIDEO)

by Nick Zaino, posted Jul 26th 2011 2:35PM
Matt Lauer, Steve Carell, and Julianne Moore on 'Today'Steve Carell is one of the funniest comedic actors around, but every so often he's called upon to play it straight. Matt Lauer brought up Carell's versatility on 'Today' (weekdays, 7AM on NBC), when he and Julianne Moore stopped by to promote their new film, 'Crazy, Stupid, Love.' He asked Carell if he felt comfortable doing drama, and also how it felt to see 'The Office' go on without him.

To answer Lauer's first question, Carell said, "Yes, I am a very fine dramatic actor. I know that's the point you were trying to make." Lauer laughed and said he wanted Carell to say it himself. "Well, I wanted to say it, and I was hoping that that subject would come up, because I really have a lot of pride in my dynamic dramatic acting," Carell deadpanned, motioning toward Moore. "She was so intimidated by me."

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Steve Carell: James Spader is An 'Excellent Choice' For 'The Office'

by Chris Harnick, posted Jul 19th 2011 10:30AM
Steve Carell, James SpaderThe new 'Office' boss has Michael Scott's blessing ... sort of.

Steve Carell, who played Michael Scott on 'The Office' for seven years, said he thinks James Spader is a great addition to 'The Office' cast.

"I think it's an excellent choice," Carell told Access Hollywood. "I think it's great and he will infuse all this new energy into the show."

'Boston Legal' veteran Spader will reprise his role from the Season 7 finale, Robert California, and replace Kathy Bates' CEO character. Spader's character originally interviewed for Michael Scott's vacated branch manager position. Fans will learn the character was hired to run the Scranton branch, but then quickly worked his way up the corporate ladder to become the CEO of Dunder Mifflin Sabre.

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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."

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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.

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'The Office' Season 7, Episode 24 (Season Finale) Recap

by Joel Keller, posted May 20th 2011 1:30AM
['The Office' - 'Search Committee']

Right off the bat, let me give this caveat to my review: Going in, I knew that this was going to be a very difficult episode for the writers of 'The Office' to pull off.

'The Office' - 'Search Committee'
The first degree of difficulty was that the episode was an hour, which is not something that this show has excelled at in the past. The second degree of difficulty was the multitude of guest stars -- as candidates -- parading through Dunder Mifflin Scranton, each with their own character flaws on display.

But the third degree of difficulty is that, without some sort of manager to kiss up to or hate, the atmosphere around the show feels rudderless. It's probably the reason why the episodes in which Deangelo and Dwight were the boss more or less worked, whereas this episode and Michael-less stories from earlier this year didn't.

There was a story here -- the search for a new manager -- and you have a pretty good idea who the most viable candidates for the job are by the end of the episode. But in a lot of ways, this felt like a series of sketches in search of a plot.

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'The Office': Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate All Linked With Manager's Job

by Catherine Lawson, posted Apr 6th 2011 6:15AM
James SpaderSince Steve Carell announced his departure from 'The Office' the race has been on to find a replacement for his character, Michael Scott, as the manager of the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin.

Speculation's rife about who will step up to the plate, and just about every guest star in the current season has been linked with the top job. Most recently, we reported that 'Office' creator Ricky Gervais could be taking over from Carell, but now even more names have been added to the ever-expanding list of nominees.

The upcoming Season 7 finale was already set to be a star-studded affair, with Gervais, Will Arnett and Will Ferrell all having booked guest slots. However, according to TVLine.com, yet another comedic trio has signed on for the episode -- Ray Romano, James Spader and Catherine Tate -- and now they're all being linked with the top job.

Is there a grain of truth in the rumors, or is it all just smoke and mirrors?

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James Spader Has No Qualms About Playing a Fairy (VIDEO)

by Oliver Miller, posted Mar 26th 2010 3:52PM
James Spader Considers Playing a FairyOn Friday's 'The Today Show' (weekdays, 7AM ET on NBC), James Spader discussed the difficult casting decisions that all actors must face. He's currently on Broadway in David Mamet's 'Race,' about three attorneys offered the chance to defend a black man against a white woman.

Not one to let a serious matter stop her, host Kathie Lee Gifford asked Spader "Then why didn't you want to play like a little fairy in 'Midsummer Night's Dream' as opposed to being a lawyer again?"

Spader seemed surprisingly on board with the idea of playing a fairy, even suggesting that his character in 'Race' could sprout wings. As the segment progressed, it had the most uses of the word "fairy-- without any sexual innuendo attached to it -- that you've ever heard.

Watch the video after the jump.

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Giveaway Tuesday: 'Boston Legal' Joins TV Land and Someone's Winning an HDTV

by Allison Waldman, posted Mar 9th 2010 10:39AM
boston_legal_TV_land_promoAre you ready for some fun stuff, like maybe winning a free HDTV? Well, get ready. 'Boston Legal' is going into syndication on TV Land, which means if you have yet to enjoy the antics of Alan Shore, Denny Crane and company, this is the chance of a lifetime to enjoy one of the best legal dramas in recent TV history. Oh heck, ever!

'Boston Legal,' starring William Shatner and James Spader, runs weeknights at 11 PM ET on TV Land. And to celebrate, you may be able to tune into 'Boston Legal' five nights a week with a brand, spanking new TV! Yes, sir. There will be one (1) Grand Prize winner receiving a 26" LCD HDTV (MSRP $349.99). The contest begins today, March 9, 2010.

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Boston Legal saves its silliest for the finale

by Joel Keller, posted Dec 9th 2008 1:02PM
Boston Legal finaleLet's face it; Boston Legal has always been a silly show. A show that dealt with serious issues and spun out some seriously stern sermons on the status of the human condition in 21st century America, but always in front of a backdrop of chaos at Crane, Poole and Schmidt.

From cases that even Don Quixote would think were lost causes to the inappropriate behavior of Alan Shore, Denny Crane, and others, to the not-so-subtle references that these lawyers know they're on a TV show, Boston Legal was always was one moment away from drowning in its own silliness.

But last night's series finale descended into more silliness than I think even the show's most ardent fans could handle. There were sincere moments, but most of them barely had time to breathe and linger on people's consciousness before we got even more silliness.

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TV journalists make their Emmy picks

by Brett Love, posted Sep 12th 2008 9:26AM

neil patrick harris - how i met your motherOver at the L.A. Times, Tom O'Neil has put together two teams to predict the Emmys. One consists of writers who cover TV, including our pal from AOL, Maggie Furlong. The other is filled with award nuts, like O'Neil. The teams found a lot of common ground, with overwhelming agreement on Mad Men for Best Drama and 30 Rock for Best Comedy. They also seem pretty set on Glenn Close (Damages) for Best Actress, Drama and Alec Baldwin (30 Rock) for Best Actor, Comedy.

Those all sound like reasonably safe bets. Things get a little more interesting when you look at some of the other categories. Best Actor, Drama looks to be a three way race between Jon Hamm (Mad Men), Hugh Laurie (House), and James Spader (Boston Legal). All solid choices, to be sure, but the most surprising part of the category is that Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad), who should win, only garnered one vote. Read on past the jump for more of the categories.

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