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James Spader gets The Office job

Posted by Patrick Sauriol on Wednesday, July 6, 2011

James Spader is no longer unemployed.

After appearing as one of several possible candidates to take over Steve Carell's job on NBC's The Office, it's now official that Spader got the job to become Dunder-Mifflin Paper Co.'s new office manager. Actually, it's more than just manager: he's going to be the big boss of the entire company.

As co-star/exec producer Paul Lieberstein explains, "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. 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."

It sounds like the writing staff of the show is finding a way to make Spader's character kooky in his own different way from Carell's nice-guy-but-ineffectual chief.

While Carell had left to pursue his movie career, when The Office returns this fall for its eighth season it will come back with all of its regular cast members. Series regulars include John Krasinski as Jim, Rainn Wilson as Dwight, Jenna Fischer as Pam, Ed Helms as Andy, Craig Robinson as Daryll, Angela Kinsey as Angela, B.J. Novak as Ryan and Mindy Kaling as Kelly.

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