James Spader joins The Office

Entertainment Weekly reports that James Spader is joining The Office for Season 8.

James Spader’s ultra-confident and sexually charged character featured briefly in the NBC hit’s May finale is set to join the cast of the show’s upcoming eighth season, NBC confirmed.

“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,” said Paul Lieberstein, one of the series’ executive producers and a series regular. “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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  1. James Spader probably had the best character that made the most impact out of all the candidates. His interactions between each of the office regulars was brilliant because of how fresh and different it was to what the others did.

    Great choice!

  2. Sounds like a storyline that would set him up to be a recurring character as opposed to a regular…

  3. This solves several problems for TO. Spader acts as manager while Catherine Tate is still occupied doing theater in London. Eventually he replaces Kathy Bates (busy with “Harry’s Law”), and Tate takes over as manager.

  4. I really hope he doesn’t join, nothing against the actor but I HATE his character so much and I would stop watching the show if he was a permanent character or even a recurring one… just can’t stand that know-it all, I’m better than everyone here – attitude.

  5. Karen, I am also not happy with this news however I am willing to keep an open mind. I would not have chosen him as the person to take over.

  6. I’d be happy with this if it meant we got one of our in-house cast members as perm. manager.

  7. Spader was funny in the finale, but I’m not sure I’d like to see that mind game stuff week after week. I wouldn’t mind seeing Darryl messing with people or Andy being Andy, but Spader’s stuff while brilliant, would not work for me as the permanent boss.

  8. I think they’re just trying to generate interest by incrementally leaking rumors that last a few weeks before getting squashed.

    At least I hope so, because that is a profoundly horrible idea.

  9. I would love this! Spader was my favorite of all the “applicants” in the season finale. I hope this isn’t just rumors.

  10. I thought he was one of the highlights in the season finale, but this sounds like a terrible idea. Some things are better in small doses, and Spader’s character is one of them. His character would take over the show, when I was hoping that the main cast would step into the limelight when Carell left, so I sincerely hope this is a false rumour.

  11. Well if this is true, then I officially won’t be watching The Office anymore. Spader himself irritates me, and his character is just not a good fit for
    the show…it will totally overpower the other characters! I don’t see why they can’t allow the other characters to shine now.

  12. Anyone but Andy, as he would just be another Michael Scott, only on a slightly smaller scale and far less interesting and complex.

    If i thought he’d steal all the scenes, i wouldn’t like this. But the new boss won’t be the “lead actor” of the show anymore. So i’d certainly be willing to give him a shot.

  13. No matter who it will be, I trust the producers to make the right choice. They have shown they make good decisions. I liked his character and I think they will be able to have different storylines to bounce this character off.

  14. I adore him, and his character. Great news! Although I don’t know how they’ll get rid of Jo…

  15. I think the idea is fine and I will keep an open mind about it, but is becoming unrealistic to have all this turnover in the position. Spader would be good in a recurring role like CEO, just not as permanent manager. I also think this probably means Darryl will become the manager, just as I suspected from the beginning.

  16. Very good news! Looking forward to him and Dwight interacting more. Now the real question is, who will Robert California choose to be manager? He will have the only say in the matter as CEO and former manager.

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