How do you replace a truly unique character like Michael Scott on The Office? NBC announced today it is going with Robert California.
That’s the name of the Machiavellian salesman played by Emmy winner James Spader. You may remember that in the season finale the staff was interviewing potential replacements for Michael (Steve Carell). See California’s confident introduction in the video below.
He is hired for Michael’s job as the Scranton office manager. But this guy is a comer.
“He’ll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted,” says Paul Lieberstein, who serves double duty as Toby and as one of the show’s executive producers. “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.”