James Spader Hired Full-Time for ‘The Office’

NBC has signed James Spader as a full-time cast member of “The Office.”

The network announced Wednesday that Spader will reprise his guest role as manipulative salesman Robert California when the comedy returns this fall.

Californiawill have been hired over the summer as the new manager of theScrantonoffice of Dunder Mifflin paper company. But within hours, he wangled a promotion to CEO of Sabre, the parent corporation of Dunder Mifflin.

This leaves the branch manager’s position vacant again. An actor to replace departed series star Steve Carell is yet to be announced by NBC.

Spader appeared as one of several guest stars on “The Office” this spring. He’s previously starred in the drama series “Boston Legal” and “The Practice.”In a statement, Paul Lieberstein, one of the series’ executive producers and a series regular, described Spader’s character, saying, “Robert is this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior. 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. We’re thrilled he’s joining our cast.”

 

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Online: www.nbc.com

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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