July 6th, 2011
06:20 PM ET
Among the most memorable applicants to replace Michael Scott on last May's season finale of "The Office" was Robert California, played – quite creepily, I might add - by James Spader, best known in recent years for racking up Emmys on "The Practice" and "Boston Legal."
Great news for fans of his character: It's not enough for Mr. California to be in charge of a branch of Sabre Dunder-Mifflin - he's taking over the whole shebang!
Spader will be replacing Kathy Bates' no-nonsense Jo Bennett as CEO of the company. When Bates' series "Harry's Law" was picked up for a second season, her days were numbered as a recurring actress on "The Office."
Executive producer Paul Lieberstein, best known to viewers as Toby, described Robert as a "weirdo Jedi warrior" in an NBC press release.
"He'll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted," he said. "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."
Still unknown, of course, is which of the applicants will replace Michael. One thing that's for sure is that the show returns on September 22, so hopefully by then, we'll know.
In the meantime, what do you think of Spader joining the cast? Does it make you more interested in watching season 8? Share your view below.
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