James Spader Confirmed as Regular on The Office

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James Spader is headed to Dunder Mifflin.

Executive producer Paul Lieberstein confirmed today that the Emmy winner will be a series regular on season eight of the sitcom.

“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,” Lieberstein said.

James Spader on The Office

As previously rumored, California won't actually serve as the branch manager. Teased Lieberstein: “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."

Sources say the man who will replace Michael Scott in the office itself will be either Dwight, Jim or Andy.

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Dwight: What is my perfect crime? I break into Tiffany's at midnight. Do I go for the vault? No, I go for the chandelier. It's priceless. As I'm taking it down, a woman catches me. She tells me to stop. It's her father's business. She's Tiffany. I say no. We make love all night. In the morning the cops come and I escape in one of their uniforms. I tell her to meet me in Mexico but I go to Canada. I don't trust her. Besides, I like the cold. Thirty years later, I get a postcard. I have a son and he's the chief of police. This is where the story gets interesting: I tell Tiffany to meet me in Paris, by the Trocadero. She's been waiting for me all these years; she's never taken another lover. I don't care, I don't show up. I go to Berlin. That's where I stashed the chandelier.

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