James Spader joins 'The Office'
NBC officially announced Wednesday that James Spader is the man who will fill void of the "world’s best boss" on “The Office.”
Spader (“Boston Legal,” “The Practice”) joins the cast of the NBC comedy, reprising his role as new CEO Robert California of Sabre, the parent company of Dunder Mifflin.
"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, one of the series’ executive producers and a series regular, 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."
Spader’s Robert California, self-assured and sexually charged, made a brief appearance in the series' May finale. Kathy Bates played the company’s CEO last season and had a small presence on the show, but Spader’s character will have a more full-time role.
The hire adds a new face to the mix following the departure of Steve Carell, who played everyone’s favorite boob of a boss Michael Scott for seven seasons.
The eighth season of the comedy premieres this fall.
Photo: James Spader as Alan Shore in 'Boston Legal.' Credit: Carin Baer / ABC