The new boss of 'The Office' revealed
September 23rd, 2011
08:07 AM ET

The new boss of 'The Office' revealed

[Editor's Note: This post contains spoilers from the September 22 premiere of "The Office."]

Thursday night's season premiere of "The Office" wasted little time in answering the question on everyone's mind: Who is replacing Michael Scott as the regional manager of Dunder Mifflin's Scranton branch?

The answer is Robert California. Except as Jim explained, he took one look around the office and drove down to see Jo Bennett to convince her to give him her job as CEO.

So, the position fell to the second choice - Andy Bernard!

I have to say Andy was my personal first choice. He's been on the show for several years now, he's got lots of potential for putting his foot in his mouth (which Michael excelled at), and I'm sure NBC doesn't mind that Ed Helms is well known for co-starring in "The Hangover" movies.

Unfortunately, he didn't exactly command respect at first. When Robert's list of employees - some names on the right side, some on the left - was discovered, the entire office was worried as to what it meant.

When Dwight, Jim, Kevin and the rest of the left-siders went to lunch with Robert, the rest of them - including the very pregnant Pam - felt like "losers," as Kevin called them.

But Andy finally stood up to Robert, and told him that those people on the right side of the list were winners too. Maybe he's got what it takes to be the boss after all.

Were you also happy to see Andy as the new boss? Will you keep watching for James Spader's delightfully creepy performance? Do you also sometimes feel like Erin when it comes to things like planking ("I don't [get it] but I'm so excited to be a part of it!")? Share your iReport or comment below.

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  1. Tandra

    Posted on My wife sufefrs from COPD. She has no problem with me smoking e-cigs in our home or car..

    February 13, 2012 at 4:22 am | Report abuse |
  2. thomas

    Its weird without Michael and Robert California is kinda of funny (only time will tell) but when Andy was picked to be manager I thought he was a good choice he's eccentric like Michael but he's trying to make his own image. The Office is not closed yet it needs to prove itself. And from what I saw the premier was good and I hope it has more good episodes!

    September 23, 2011 at 10:05 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Stephen

    I thought this premier was AWESOME!! I'm so excited about season 8 now. Reminded me why I love the office early seasons. Keep it up!!!

    September 23, 2011 at 12:45 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dee

    Not crazy about the Robert California character, but love the rest. The planking portion was hilarious.

    September 23, 2011 at 11:08 am | Report abuse |
  5. Divina

    I am a huge "Office" fan. First episode rocked! I caught myself laughing out loud several times, especially when Kevin started screaming "Danger, Danger, Danger, and Phyllis fell over. I couldn’t breath from hysteria. I miss Michael Scott too, but will always be a fan.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:09 am | Report abuse |
  6. clarity

    Probably typing on his/her phone and is used to auto-correct fixing off key strokes, but it didn't work because it was too far off. It happens all the time.

    September 23, 2011 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |
  7. mike

    The answer is unfunny Robert California and now they are going to kill the show.

    September 23, 2011 at 9:58 am | Report abuse |
  8. what the eff

    does esoeciakkt mean? I'm the last person to break balls about spelling on the internet, but wow.

    September 23, 2011 at 9:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Prince

      September 14, 2011 adindg cinnamon to your coffee?! that's genius!!Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean recently posted..

      February 12, 2012 at 9:38 pm | Report abuse |
  9. ted

    Boss Hog is lurking in my pants.

    September 23, 2011 at 9:38 am | Report abuse |
  10. Watcger

    I mean to say "I especially liked...."

    September 23, 2011 at 9:35 am | Report abuse |
  11. I-am

    I miss Michael Scott a lot..
    this episode makes a lot difference without Michael..but, still love this show

    September 23, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  12. Watcher

    I really enjoyed the "new" office. Quirky and funny....soooooo much better than the "new" Two and a Half Men! I esoecuakkt liked Stanley's new routine he picked up during the summer. I think I will try it at work today. GREAT SHOW....Hope the rest are as good.

    September 23, 2011 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
  13. Leslie

    Although I miss Michael, the show reminded me of the early seasons when the ensemble cast was featured in all their quirkiness and drama. I think Andy is a great choice and will be a different kind of boss than Michael Scott. I am looking forward to staying a local fan!

    September 23, 2011 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  14. oh yeaaa

    Man, this post makes me firsty !

    September 23, 2011 at 8:26 am | Report abuse |

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