Fall Entertainment Guide 2011

UPDATED: James Spader To Join ‘The Office’ But In A Different Role

Wednesday, July 6 by

UPDATE: James Spader has officially been announced as the new CEO of Sabre on The Office. Prepare for even more uncomfortable stares on the NBC sitcom.

It looks like Robert California, James Spader‘s creepy, cosmic applicant, will be joining Dunder Mifflin, but not as Regional Manager, the position left open by Michael Scott‘s departure. Rather, Mr. California (awesome, btw) will be replacing Kathy Bates‘ character as CEO of Sabre. Unlike Bates’ character, Spader would be a regular on the show, micromanaging the hell out of that Scranton branch.

EW reveals from a source that producers loved Spader’s weird energy during his “interview” last season and are eager to work it into the show going forward. However, with Spader sitting atop the firm, the question remains: Who will run the Scranton branch? Right now the odds-on favorite is female Brit comic Catherine Tate, though her participation next season hasn’t been confirmed. As of now, geriatric weirdo Creed Bratton is in the hot seat due to seniority.

Frankly, I like the one-two punch of Creed and California. Take all your loyal viewers, NBC, and just creep the hell out of ‘em till they don’t know what’s what.

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