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The Office Is Hiring James Spader

The Office has found the man to replace Michael Scott ... sort of. EW reports that James Spader, who guest-starred on the show's season finale, is now in negotiations to join the cast full-time this fall. The twist? After being appointed office manager, Spader's character Robert California will sweet-talk Dunder Mifflin into letting him serve as CEO, which could leave the manager position open for a new actor or Office regular. (You may recall that in 2003, Spader also joined The Practice late into its run and shook up the show's chemistry quite a bit.) "In the finale, [Spader] kicked ass," a show source told EW. "He was so funny and had this weird energy. We didn't want to pass it up." [Inside TV/EW]

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