Spader Replaces Bates As The Office CEO

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July 6, 2011 | 6:00pm EST

James Spader is heading back to TV as an executive in The Office.
The Secretary star had a cameo as creepy Robert California in one of The Office episodes following Steve Carell’s departure from the U.S. version of the show earlier this year, and now he has a landed a regular spot on the comedy, replacing Kathy Bates.

He’ll play the CEO of the parent company, which oversees the office formerly run by Carell.

Executive producer Paul Lieberstein tells TV Guide magazine, “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.

“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.”

Spader won three Emmy Awards for his role on TV drama Boston Legal.