Erin Has an Adorable Encounter With Robert California in Clip from ‘The Office’ Premiere

Robert California may make me want to figure out a way to fit his name into a Red Hot Chili Peppers song, but the new boss-of-the-boss (James Spader) on The Office is already looking to be a good move for the NBC sitcom in its post-Steve Carell era. Though the series has its season premiere tonight, we can enjoy a little sneak peek of the action right now thanks to this clip from NBC in which we find that Mr. California is no Michael Scott. In fact I think Jim said it best when he called him a Jedi. He just might be the Jedi of small regional paper companies. I guess that makes Michael Scott the less-hairy Chewbacca? This metaphor just escaped my abilities, so how about we just enjoy the clip?

Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.