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James Spader Joins 'The Office' As New CEO

NBC has announced that James Spader will join the 'The Office' as its new CEO.

The Emmy-winning actor, known for his roles on 'Boston Legal' and 'The Practice', will join the show as CEO Robert California of Sabre, the parent company of Dunder Mifflin.

Spader replaces Kathy Bates, who stars in another NBC series, 'Harry's Law'.

"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," says Paul Lieberstein, one of the series' executive producers and a series regular.

"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 appeared in the season finale of 'The Office' as one of several people vying for Michael Scott's regional manager position.

It is yet to be announced who will replace departed series star Steve Carell and fill his once again vacant position.

July 7, 2011 |

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