James Spader had by far the best of the cameos in the episodes that followed the departure of Steve Carell from "The Office." Here's a sample above, which led to his taking on a larger role on the 2011-12 season of the NBC comedy.

Spader will effectively replace Kathy Bates, who played parent company CEO Jo Bennett but will be full-time on "Harry's Law" duty for the Peacock.

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