Thesp to replace Kathy Bates as CEO of Dunder-Mifflin's parent company
“The Office” has hired James Spader.
Former “Boston Legal” star will resume his role as the eccentric executive, who was introduced in the season finale in May, NBC announced Wednesday. He will play the CEO of Sabre, parent company to Dunder-Mufflin.
Spader will make in the neighborhood of $100,000-$200,000 per ep, sources indicate. While he’ll be considered a series regular, he’s contractually obligated to appear in 15 episodes, though the producers have an option to bring him in for more.
Still to be determined is whether Steve Carell will be replaced as lead actor. Series could opt to elevate an existing player, such as Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms or John Krasinski.
Spader replaces Kathy Bates, who played the previous Sabre CEO. As star of another NBC series, “Harry’s Law,” Bates was unable to continue, opening up a slot for him.
“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 Paul Lieberstein, an exec producer. “He’ll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted.”