What James Spader will bring to ‘The Office’ (video)


If you just can’t wait until Sept. 22 for the return of “The Office” sans Steve Carell, NBC has a preview clip teasing the arrival of James Spader, who was introduced in last season’s finale as the enigmatic Robert California. Dunder Mifflinologists, take note: California is not replacing Michael Scott; he appears to be the executive in charge of picking Scott’s successor as regional manager, who could very well come from the current cast.

What this preview illustrates is Spader is going to bring a completely different vibe to “Office.” As Angela astutely observes, California’s reserved, chilly demeanor is the very antithesis of the kind of mopey antics Scott constantly engaged in to get attention. Or as Phyllis Lapin more succinctly puts it regarding California: “He scares the s**t out of me.”

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