James Spader Taking a Job at THE OFFICE

     June 24, 2011


After having one of the best interviews out of the round of guest stars being considered to take over Michael Scott’s job after Steve Carell completed his last episode of The Office, EW says James Spader will end up getting the manager position at Dunder-Mifflin. However, there’s a bit of a twist to his involvement with the series. For those who want to stay clear of any spoilers and not know what’s coming early on for the next season of The Office, we’re putting details of his hiring after the jump.

Apparently Spader, or rather his character Robert California (great name), will snag the job of the Scranton branch manager, but because of his arrogance, ends up deciding the job is just too small for him and using his amazing and intimidating speaking skills, somehow fenagles himself into corporate as the new CEO, thereby replacing Kathy Bates and allowing her to be free for season two of Harry’s Law. However, whereas Bates was only on the show every now and then, apparently Spader will have a significant weekly presence on the show, and that should shake things up just as much as his joining Boston Legal back in the day brought to that series cast.

A source on the inside of the show says, “In the finale, he kicked ass. He was so funny and had this weird energy. We didn’t want to pass it up.” California will apparently demonstrate a manipulative power over the rest of the staff and a somewhat “creepy sexual vibe.” In addition the source says, “Dwight has never come up with somebody equally powerful and diabolical. With Andy, he could be a real father figure and make life really hard for him once he senses he can manipulate him. Jim reads people really quickly, yet wasn’t sure what to make of this guy.” Seriously, with my interest waning as The Office seems to be winding down, this is one way to get my attention back. Looking forward to seeing how Spader shakes things up. Of course, the question is who will take the manager job once Spader leaves?


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  • Mark Tornits

    absolute best option-

    first thing the office got right in years!

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  • Alex H

    I’m betting—once Spader leaves the regional manager position—that one of the members of the current cast will take his place, most-likely Darryl, Andy, or Jim.

  • Jay-Me-Dee

    Wow. Bold choice. And perfect. I may just start watching the Office again.

  • Anthony Morales

    im not a big fan of Spader i like Bates more but i still think Will Arnett would have been perfect for the job as boss or maybe David Cross or Bob Odenkirk they would really be able to make the show funny. i never really liked Steve Carrell on the show i thought he was the least funniest character and i thought James Spader was the least funniest guest as well.

  • Sam

    Against the grain on this one, I guess; wasn’t a fan of Spader’s character in the finale. Thought it was contrived and one-note. Love Spader, normally. But, don’t think he’s a good fit in Office. Bates kills it every time she’s on screen, and they’d be foolish to let her loose. If anything, she should be on the show more. I dunno, I’m not a fan of any of the Scott replacements. I think they’re shooting themselves in the foot with the direction they’re taking. It should be Darryl. And not the current, neutered, Darryl. But, the old school Darryl. The one with balls. Seriously, what the hell did they do to Darryl?!

  • Sam

    Anthony, you’re right. Will Arnett would be great. Forgot about him. Only because they totally wrote his character wrong in the finale. He’d be great. But, they shouldn’t try to make him the Will Arnett from Arrested. They should allow him to be a fully realized character.

  • Titus

    Actually, James Spader joined and shook up the cast of “The Practice,” not “Boston Legal.” “Boston Legal” was his and William Shatner’s show from the start.

  • Murph

    BAOW! BAOW! Duh duh duh duh! BOSTON LEGAL rocked and Spader was the only decent thing in the finale. Will Arnett is a one note lame comedic actor. The Office is luck yo have Spader. Watch him turn around this flailing show too!!!!

  • Eric

    Finally the show is adding a bang by making James Spader a reg. cast member. Season 7 really put me to sleep. He was the only high point of the season finale.

  • LN

    I’d like to see Charlie Sheen (same character as 2 & 1/2 men, but different name) take over Michael Scott’s job. His character would really shake up The Office staff. It would be hilarious to watch everyone’s reactions to Charlie’s shenanigans.