Well, it’s official—there’s a new boss on The Office.  In the wake of Steve Carrell’s (and his character, Michael Scott’s) high-profile exit from the show last season, most Office fans have been spending the summer speculating about who would replace the classic character and the great actor behind him.  And now, according to The AV Club, NBC has announced the new addition to The Office via a press release:

You guessed it, James Spader.

“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, one of the series’ executive producers and a series regular. “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.”

Pretty good choice—the Spades is a great comic actor; however, whether or not anyone can truly replace Carrell remains to be seen.  Guess we’ll find out this fall.

What do you think about Spader heading to The Office?