James Spader Joins ‘The Office’ Season 8, Replaces Kathy Bates

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After a lengthy wait, it appears that the job search for Michael Scott’s replacement on The Office yielded the fan-favorite psychological manipulator Robert California, played by James Spader. Unfortunately, Mr. California was too manipulative, and he is now the new CEO of Dunder Mifflin’s parent company, Sabre.

For a brief moment in time during the fictional summer break that The Office documentary crew takes, the Scranton division of Dunder Mifflin had a new manager, and all was well in Pennsylvania. But that didn’t last long.

According to executive producer – and Toby Flenderson alter-ego – Paul Lieberstein, Robert California was “hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted. Within days, he took over the company.” Lieberstein describes California as an “über-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior.”

Spader has grown to become a cult-favorite actor amongst television aficionados. With stints on The Practice, and a three-time Emmy winning role in Boston Legal, his brilliantly executed guest spot in The Office season 7 finale had fans clamoring for him to be given the fictional position.

Says Paul Lieberstein:

“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.”

With a “high-class weirdo Jedi warrior” taking over Sabre, this means the dog-touting Jo Bennett, played by Kathy Bates, is out. Despite the obvious loss of Bates, her departure was set in stone the moment that her NBC series Harry’s Law received a second season order.

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Of course, while it’s great to hear that James Spader will be joining The Office for its eighth season, Dunder Mifflin is still without a new boss. While nothing has been announced, and the producers are just now getting around to actually deciding themselves, it has been rumored that Dwight (Rainn Wilson), Andy (Ed Helms) and Jim (John Krasinski) are currently in the running.

Who will make the best boss? I’ll let you decide:

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The Office season 8 premieres in September on NBC

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  1. Well this sucks. I thought his cameo during the finale was very long and boring. I have no hope at all for the future of The Office. Season 7 was the worst season in the history of the show and that was before they lost their star and added foolish new cast members.

    • C’mon buddy. Worst season? Please.

      • Season 1 was alright and seasons 2 and 3 were amazing. Seasons 4, 5 and 6 were a little rough around the edges but still mostly enjoyable. Season 7 spent way to much time focusing on the relationship between Michael and Holly. Also, making Jim and Pam annoying, stereotypical parents didn’t help the season either.

        • The show is nothing if not stereotypical, that’s the whole point. It takes stereotypes and stretches them out to the point of unbearable and that is precisely why it is so funny. And if that is not your type of humor but instead you’re happy with the shallow sitcom formula then so be it, but don’t condemn a show based on your individual and rather shallow opinion. As with any type of entertainment the show has it’s ups and downs but the fact that it’s going into it’s 8th season while a spew of sitcoms die in their second year speaks for itself.

          • I’m a British guy who loves the office both sides of the Atlantic. UK office is better in my opinion but I really do enjoy the US version. James Spader was awesome and reminded me of the laughs I had with Office UK. Because of that cameo I will be watching season 8 every single week.

  2. I would love to see a revolving door of people hired and fired as boss. They could even have a guest star for a couple episodes and kill him or her off in some ridiculous paper accident. Obviously I’m grasping at straws here but I’m just trying to think of a way to keep one of my favorite shows funny IMO.

  3. Great news…I thought Spader was terrific on the last show. He is a terrific actor and should keep things interesting as CEO.

  4. Seriously? I thought he was the worst cameo, I hope they do the revolving door thing and Gervais does a few episodes…

  5. Can we add an “Other” option to the poll? We’ve tried Jim as a manager and he’s much better the office clown, Dwight is meant to be the power hungry annoyance (besides, he was pretty blah in his one episode as manager anyways), and Andy would just feel like a very poor man’s Michael Scott.

    As for the revolving door approach, sure it’d be ok for getting fresh blood in there, but it’d be pretty difficult to get a solid season plotline or any real consistancy to follow. As much as people complain about how last season was bad, think about how horrible it would be when you get one good four episode guest shot followed by a Will Ferrell-esque guest shot for a few episodes.

    • Agreed, I doubt it will be Jim or Dwight because a) been there, done that with both of them and b) they’re much better off feeding off each other as employees, as both experiments to put them as the boss showed.

      Andy would be funny but he’s too much like Michael. Last season Darryl was in the rumors too, I don’t know why he’s not an option now, and his star shines just as bright as anyone else’s on the show, arguably.

  6. that’s what she said

  7. Dwight Is The Most Efficient Of Them

  8. omg that made my night last comment… i have a feeling that its going to be jim or Darryl but i really hatted spander to snobby and lame is like another Dwight but on crack and acid…

  9. I think Jim Carrey would also make a great boss anyone agree? let me know:)

    • That would be awesome

  10. Ricky Gervais would be great. The show has been getting a bit silly and sentimental so i think Gervais would help keep it grounded with quality laughs.
    Totally agree about Jim and Pam getting annoying. Maybe Gervais could give Dwight an order which he takes the wrong way and then kills Jim and Pam? :P

  11. Who cares? It’s a spot part anyway. You people know how to react ridiculously.

  12. I think Pam should be the new boss. She is the one that always fixes everything and is pulling the strings behind the scenes, whether people notice it or not. She would not take any of Dwight’s crap and would make a hilarious boss.

    As for previous seasons getting worse and worse, I agree. The Office needs to improve season 8 or I think their days are numbered.

  13. It cant be getting that bad if you all stuck with it for years and then proceeded to inquire more about next season by seeking and writting on this wall. Guess they must be doing something right if they got you hooked!

  14. I’ve been watching the offie since season 1 and it is my favorite show on tv and I love dwight but if he becomes the new mgr I will stop watching the show which is a shame because it has the potential to still be a good show even without the great michael scott I feel as though dwight jim and andy are important to the show just the way they are the best shot the show has is to bring in an outsider that would fit right in a dificult but not an impossible task I can’t wait to see what happens

  15. Because the characters are so funny in their current employee roles, I agree that they should pick some sort of replacement for Michael as impossible as that seems. However, whoever does replace The boss role needs to not try to mimic Michael’s character. Darryl’s character has just the right amount of humor and uniqueness that could work. The fact that he was acknowledged for having a more efficient way to ship could help segwe him into the role of boss. For example, what was he doing in his office? He could have been expanding his ideas to not just the warehouse but to the office world. Just sayin

  16. So for the poll…Dwight is 24% really? Really guys? Andy is a horrible salesmen. Jim is unmotivated and doesn’t care that much. Dwight is the man. So what he fired a gun in the office. Jim said it best “dwight you were a great manager…everything got out on time…” etc.