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James Spader Negotiating To
Permanently Join THE OFFICE!!

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James Spader, who outshined the likes of Jim Carrey, Ray Romano and even series creator Ricky Gervais in last month’s “Office” season finale, is negotiating to join the series as a regular, according to a James Hibberd exclusive at Entertainment Weekly.

Word is the “Boston Legal” vet’s character, Robert California, will at first replace Creed Bratton as Scranton branch manager, then soon after talk his way into replacing Kathy Bates’ character as CEO.

Unlike Jo, California is expected to be a weekly presence on the series.

The same story indicates that former “Doctor Who” companion Catherine Tate, who also appeared in the finale, is rumored to be a strong candidate for branch manager once California is promoted.

Find all of EW’s exclusive on the matter here.


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  • June 24, 2011, 2:35 p.m. CST


    by Bodacious_Crumb

    Just looking at that still of "Jim" makes me cringe. This show should've ended a couple of seasons ago.

  • June 24, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    Like the Spader addition...

    by NotARegular

    Tate? Not so much. Just promote someone from the inside I'd say.

  • June 24, 2011, 2:36 p.m. CST

    This show hasn't been great since season 3.

    by Cole

    Stopped watching after 6. No thanks.

  • June 24, 2011, 2:41 p.m. CST

    Sweet he was the best one.

    by eric haislar


  • June 24, 2011, 2:42 p.m. CST

    If the show must go on

    by maxwello

    at least their choosing the best of the bunch that they auditioned. I like the idea of Spader's character weaseling his way in to the company to surreptitiously pursue the CEO spot. And Tate showed she could do the broad comedy and the pathos over her run on DW and that contrast is a strength of the shows writers. It's what made the Michael Scott character so effective. Better news than I would have expected. I'll withhold judgement for now.

  • June 24, 2011, 2:44 p.m. CST

    Peter Falk is dead

    by AKA_Gern_Blanston

    much more important than who is replacing who on a long past its sell-by date show

  • June 24, 2011, 2:48 p.m. CST

    Ryan Dunn raped the office

    by lostboytexas

    obit = where?

  • June 24, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Spader had the right stuff

    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

    he was creepy, self-confident and a probable sociopath, it'll work for the time being.<P> Catherine Tate has ran out her time ripping off bad Little Britain sketches; she'll be out for anything she can, so I fully expect her to be joining the cast next season in some 'quirky' capacity before she manages to find some inroad to LA proper.

  • June 24, 2011, 2:53 p.m. CST

    Spoiled by a headline

    by jasvll

  • June 24, 2011, 2:55 p.m. CST

    Why not Andy?

    by No time for Haters

    I think the show works better with the core, veteran actors. I think there is great comedy that could come from Andy as the boss. Although, i have a feeling his movie career is going to start taking off as well and might leave the show in a season or two.

  • June 24, 2011, 2:59 p.m. CST

    spoily headline is low class

    by FrodoFraggins

  • June 24, 2011, 3:01 p.m. CST

    Spader was voted in from the Season Finale TB

    by buffywrestling

    Nice to see the producers acknowledging that fact. Finally!

  • June 24, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST

    Clay Davis for manager...



  • June 24, 2011, 3:11 p.m. CST


    by IWasInJuniorHighDickhead

  • June 24, 2011, 3:15 p.m. CST

    The DoctorDonna

    by captain_kirk

    She's gotta win. She'd be the best. She's awesome. Go Cathy!

  • June 24, 2011, 3:22 p.m. CST

    They should just constantly replace managers...

    by Andrew Coleman

    It's not like the Office is going to run another five seasons or anything. Well maybe it will. I like the idea of the new managers just continually leaving for one reason or another. Since every one loved Michael as a character having another manager stay for a long period of time will never match up. Also it would keep the audience on their toes with managers just keep leaving.

  • June 24, 2011, 3:25 p.m. CST

    Spader and Tate are both awesome. I'd prefer Spader

    by slayme

    i've really missed him from the tv landscape ever since his awesome portrayal of Alan Shore on Boston Legal. Tate would be great too though.

  • June 24, 2011, 3:30 p.m. CST

    Robert California

    by SenatorJeffersonSmith

    was way too weird (in true Spader fashion) to be the boss on a sitcom. I didn't think any of the guest stars were very good. If I had to choose one of them, it would be Romano.

  • June 24, 2011, 3:31 p.m. CST


    by NeoMyers

    He outshined all of the other candidates. This really IS Cool News.

  • June 24, 2011, 3:44 p.m. CST

    Spader was hilarious

    by Wcwlkr

    I'm cook with James Spader being added I thought his interview was funny. But his interaction with Dwight was hilarious! Uh Catherine Tate no so much I could do without her.

  • June 24, 2011, 3:45 p.m. CST

    But the Boss should come from within

    by Wcwlkr

    I'm good with him replacing Kathy Bates, but the branch mangager should come from within.

  • June 24, 2011, 3:47 p.m. CST

    I resign from The Office

    by trekguy1966

    I can't stand Spader. If he becomes a regular, I am done with it. If the rest of the characters stage an office coup and burn him in a dumpster, I will keep watching.

  • June 24, 2011, 3:57 p.m. CST

    Spader sucks ass

    by Supershadow

    one dimensional actor, can't stand the guy

  • June 24, 2011, 4:25 p.m. CST


    by J-Tall

    The idea for Spader's character was funny. Spader in reality is creepy and terrible. Oh to live in a world where Will Arnett didn't have another show is was committed to...

  • June 24, 2011, 4:40 p.m. CST

    this is awesome


  • June 24, 2011, 4:49 p.m. CST

    Love it.. cant wait

    by lucky slevin

    and screw you guys .. more laughs for me! I found season 7 to be one of the funniest and most memorable of them all. nothing of course, can top season 2 (as we all know)

  • June 24, 2011, 5:13 p.m. CST

    The DoctorDonna

    by CoffeeShopThirtysix

    With the mighty Catherine Tate - My love for the show will be renewed. James Spader just creeped me out and I don't think I could stand watching him every week. I mean there's uncomfortable and then there's California.

  • June 24, 2011, 5:29 p.m. CST

    Yes! No!

    by Dollar Bird

    I'm all for more of Mr. California. That character was hilarious and something different. I am not, however, pleased with the idea of Catherine Tate's character taking over later on, as I feel like she was just Lady Michael Scott and brought nothing new. Who wants to see the same thing on a show that has lots a bit of steam over the years. (Though I did like a lot of the end of this season.)

  • Change the title or something. Call it, "Find out who gets the Office gig". Come on!

  • June 24, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST


    by Duchess

    A great way to build upon the momentum created after Carrell's exit! Spader was easily the high point of the finale.

  • June 24, 2011, 6:46 p.m. CST

    Hey Herc, thanks for the spoiler...douche

    by Badger23

  • June 24, 2011, 7 p.m. CST

    Is Spader slowly morphing into William Shatner?

    by schizoschizo

  • June 24, 2011, 7:17 p.m. CST

    Spader was fantastic, Tate was HORRIFIC

    by Pongo

    Catherine Tate was, by far, the least funny part of that season finale. If she's anywhere near this show I'm done with it. If the producers are reading this, DO NOT HIRE TATE. I haven't talked to one person who thought she was funny.

  • June 24, 2011, 7:19 p.m. CST

    How is the spoiler in the title? What a fucking idiot

    by Jonathhan Kana

    Obviously the powers that be just dont give a shit anymore. Or they just truly get off on being dicks. What other explanation could be there?

  • If they make her funnier, then that's fine with me.

  • June 24, 2011, 7:23 p.m. CST

    NO!! DONNAAA!!!!!!

    by pills_26

  • June 24, 2011, 7:24 p.m. CST

    Have to agree with Pongo: Spader = good. Tate = horrible.

    by American Mythos

    Spader was surprisingly funny as hell in the finale. Afterward my cousin (who isn't even familiar with Spader) and I were both in agreement -- he should be the new boss. But Tate would be a horrible midseason replacement.

  • June 24, 2011, 7:36 p.m. CST

    Dick Move Headline is Dick Move

    by The Ref

  • June 24, 2011, 7:49 p.m. CST

    Andy is the only good choice

    by daggor

    Andy doesn't have to become as important a character as Michael Scott - he just have to move into the Manager's office, and the rest of the cast can have expanded duties helping him adjust to the promotion. I don't like any of the new characters they have added to the original cast EXCEPT Andy.

  • the proposed character arc above seems enjoyable, but the boss should probably come from within.

  • June 24, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST

    Do I look like someone who would waste my own time?

    by MooseMalloy

    I would start tuning in if he ended up on the show.

  • June 24, 2011, 8:09 p.m. CST

    Will he get a Secretary?

    by thelordofhell

    Do you think T.V. is ready to show someone jizzing on a girl's back?

  • June 24, 2011, 8:10 p.m. CST

    thelordofhell -- I could see Angela going for that

    by American Mythos

  • June 24, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST

    the "Spolier Alert!"...

    by Steepdog1

    After the headline is the F*cking spoiler is sort of an added kick in the groin, wouldn't you think?

  • June 24, 2011, 9:05 p.m. CST

    Works for me.

    by Truxton Spangler

    He was the best of the bunch. Now, about Erin...

  • June 24, 2011, 9:15 p.m. CST

    Spader's character was great

    by smackfu

    he visibly unsettled the other characters as much as he unsettled the viewers lol. replacing Michael Scott with a creepy sociopath is a refreshingly original idea.

  • June 24, 2011, 9:18 p.m. CST


    by kubricksnutsack

    He was good. I thought he was the best fit. Him and Ray Romano just got the tone and pace of the show in a heartbeat. Either of those would have been great. I hope this is true. I will enjoy seeing Spader and Shrute facing off with each other.

  • June 24, 2011, 10:05 p.m. CST

    Anyway, Spader was very good and Tate was terrible

    by FrodoFraggins

  • June 24, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST

    People complaining about spoilers:

    by SilentP

    If Spader joins the cast of the show, it's pretty unlikely that you would make it to the season premiere without finding out anyway. Besides, it's not even a done deal yet.

  • Tate in particular was hilarious. I hope they didn't waste a lot of money on Jim Carrey's appearance.

  • June 24, 2011, 11:02 p.m. CST

    Only going to watch next season for more Scranton Strangler

    by Gault

    All of out of office candidates sucked ass. None of them were Office material. The most exciting bit of last season was Toby on the mic saying he thinks they convicted the wrong guy. That's the only arc I want to see played out. Even Pam and Jim have gotten tiring.

  • June 25, 2011, 3:54 a.m. CST

    When did Spader turn into Walken?

    by Cobb05

    Very creepy.

  • I'm sure the actress if in a better part could be a good fit for the show, but as she was I would not want more. I wish Tate and Arnett actually hadn't been interviewing for the manager, but were just added as salesmen, and get rid of Ryan or Jim or one of the other characters that has played out.

  • June 25, 2011, 8:49 a.m. CST

    Thanks for that spoiler headline

    by MoneyGrabSequel

    Sort of a dick move AICN...not giving us any option. Should have read "Guess who's in..."

  • June 25, 2011, 9:38 a.m. CST

    While Spader is awesome....

    by Zombiana_Jones

    ...I think the character he portrayed was possibly THE WORST POSSIBLE FIT for the show....I mean, we learned to love Michael Scott because he was bumbling-but-well-meaning fool...Spader's character is a socipathic prick. I don't see the dynamic working if you can't empathize with the character. Will Ferrell's character was closer to the mark...

  • June 25, 2011, 9:53 a.m. CST

    Catherine Tate

    by The Alienist

    She's in "Much Ado" with the 10th Doctor in the West End until Sept, so this makes sense.

  • June 25, 2011, 12:25 p.m. CST

    People complaining about Spoiler

    by Nuck81

    Probably don't even watch the show or care. They just feel like complaining about AICN and feeling butt hurt

  • June 25, 2011, 12:52 p.m. CST

    Tate? That'll be the end of the show.

    by OutsideChance

    Spader has a hit series under his belt. Tate is an unknown (to anyone but Dr Who fans) British actress. Expecting audiences to accept her anchoring the show as Carrell's replacement is kind of like when they tried replacing Tattoo on Fantasy Island with a British butler.

  • June 25, 2011, 2:20 p.m. CST


    by NotARegular

    Spader's not replacing Michael's character though. Initially he's taking over for acting manager Creed, who isn't very sympathetic last I checked. And then ultimately he'll be replacing Katy Bates and her character was more of a bitch if anything.

  • Take care of this will ya?

  • June 25, 2011, 4:24 p.m. CST

    Spader's Character...

    by SA_Rhyno

    would become ridiculously boring after a couple of episodes. Save him for a traveling manager of some sort, get someone with out that "creepy" factor.

  • June 25, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST

    I saw an episode on how they make paper on Sesame Street.

    by RobertoInfiniteTHEMoonLander

    GET OUT.

  • June 25, 2011, 4:55 p.m. CST

    Tate? PLEASE NO. And Spader deserves a better show

    by rhaemye

    Another vote against Tate. However, Spader deserves something better than a long crashed and burnt away show. I'd actually love to see him reunite with William Shatner in a classy show. What The Office needs is a complete restyle, new set, new company, new characters, make it sillier by giving one of the Muppets a big role for all I care but change is pivotal.

  • June 25, 2011, 7:10 p.m. CST

    For those whining about "Spoilery headlines"...

    by Executor

  • June 25, 2011, 7:11 p.m. CST

    For those whining about "Spoilery headlines"...

    by Executor you think you would have made it to the Office season premiere without learning who's gonna be on the show? You were not going to watch any NBC, see zero promos, not watch the news, and not look at any TV websites for 3 months? Ok.

  • June 26, 2011, 12:51 a.m. CST

    Spader was hilarious in The Office

    by Mel

    by far the best one else was close. I don't know if that character can run a show, though.

  • Is he gonna manipulate his way to the top. Meh.

  • Remember when Jan Levison was someone you felt bad for because she had to put up with Michael?

  • June 26, 2011, 7:09 a.m. CST


    by Rebel Scumb

    Well while I agree to an extent, I don't actually watch any television other than the hand full of shows that I torrent. So I actually could of quite possibly made it to the premiere without finding out. As it happens I didn't particularly mind having this spoiled.

  • June 26, 2011, 5:26 p.m. CST

    Love this site , my first complaint SPOILER HEADLINE

    by mygirleatsbannanas

    Some of us live outside the USA and are not subjected to crappy entertainment shows who give away eveything , i would of preferred a surprise down the track.In any case the headline indicating the nature of the spoiler did not make sense..still love this site

  • Do you really fucking believe you'll turn on the Office in september and James Spader will be on there and you will have had absolutely no idea? Every fucking Office commercial all summer will promote him. It's not a fucking spoiler. When Kathy Bates joined the cast were you mad that it was spoiled? Dumbasses. Bitch about everything. Even shit that doesn't exist.

  • June 27, 2011, 5:08 a.m. CST

    Catherine Tate? Well, that's a show I'll never watch again then.

    by Hint_of_Smegma

    Loved this show, it's weaker lately than it was for sure but still funnier than pretty much anything else on tv still. Haven't got the the Michael Scott leaving the company episodes yet but hearing Spader is joining is a cool sign. Hearing that talentless, feeble Catherine Tate is now involved (HOW THE FUCK DID THAT HAPPEN???) means though that I'll never see past Michael leaving. That woman is teeth-grindingly fucking terrible, the poster-woman for everything that's shit about the UK right now so I guess that's the show over for me.

  • June 27, 2011, 12:38 p.m. CST

    you know the BANNER alone is the fucking spoiler right?

    by MacReady452

    shouldn't it say GUESS WHO IS NEGOTIATING...instead of prematurely ejaculating Spaders name right in the banner title. That is like wearing a t-shirt that says I AM A PREMATURE EJACULATOR.

  • June 27, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Who keeps pushing Tate?!? No one wants her.

    by riskebiz

    James Spader, fantastic. Tate? She's a big head scratch because she sucked at her interview and would suck with the rest of the office. No one wants her...yet she keeps rising to the top with the show-runners. I swear they are the ones who keep going on these websites promoting her. Anyone...ANYONE...but her.

  • June 27, 2011, 3:55 p.m. CST

    Ryan Dunn Fuckheads

    by proevad

    The fact that you worship a drunk guy who stuck things up his ass for a living says volumes. I'm writing down names for future reference.

  • YES!

  • and if Spader replaces Jo then there goes Tate's connection.

  • June 28, 2011, 1:15 p.m. CST

    How is casting news SPOILERY?

    by BrannigansLaw

    Poor diluted childs. Why are some of you complaining over something so minor. Is it really that life altering; is your head exploding now that you read in the headline info that you won't be able to escape anyway? ... As far as the (potential) Spader news, like I said before... within the geekiverse, Spader is the new gasm!