Monday, July 11, 2011

James Spader in The Office

Emmy-winning actor James Spader has joined the regular cast of "The Office" as Robert California, the new CEO of Sabre, the parent company of Dunder Mifflin.

Spader guest-starred on this season's finale of the series as a scarily capable applicant for Michael Scott's job. He not only gets it, but quickly rises above it.

"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," said series regular Paul Lieberstein, one of the series' executive producers.

"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," Lieberstein added. "We're thrilled he's joining our cast."

Spader won three Emmy awards for playing Alan Shore in "The Practice" and "Boston Legal," making him the only actor to win consecutive Emmys playing the same character on two different series.

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