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James Spader Officially Joins 'The Office'

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Jul 06, 2011 | 9:04am EDT

James SpaderThe Office just officially gained a pretty hefty name: James Spader. And it seems he'll be the boss after all -- well, he'll be the boss of the boss. No folks, we still don't know who'll take the helm at our beloved Scranton branch of Dunder Mifflin, Spader will be making life harder for everyone as the CEO of their parent company, Sabre. (You don't nab a guy like Spader and then ask him to play the nice guy.)

This actually makes sense because with her schedule all booked up thanks to Harry's Law, Kathy Bates needs to follow Steve Carell out of The Office and Spader is her replacement. This of course makes me curious as to what the explanation for the sudden change-up will be; this is a clear opportunity for something hilarious, so let's hope the writers take it.

But what's this new CEO going to be like? Well, after his character, Robert California, interviewed for the regional manager position -- a job he's clearly overqualified for -- on the season finale, he'll be back, bringing his elitist attitude as "this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior," as executive producer and Toby portrayer Paul Lieberstein so aptly put it. This is exactly the type of angle The Office needs to take after losing Carell; Robert California is almost the exact opposite of Michael Scott. And that's pretty refreshing.

Of course, we still have no idea who the new regional manager will be, but something tells me the writers will use that as a draw for next season. I wouldn't expect any big announcements anytime soon.

Source: AOL TV

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