"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," executive producer and series regular Paul Lieberstein said in a statement.
Spader, who won three Emmys for his role on Boston Legal, appeared on the NBC comedy's finale as one of many contenders to replace the departing Michael Scott (Steve Carell). When the show returns on Sept. 8, he'll have made his way to CEO, replacing Jo, played by Kathy Bates, who now stars on NBC's Harry's Law. "He'll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted," Lieberstein explained. "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," Lieberstein continued. "We're thrilled he's joining our cast."
You can watch Spader's original Office interview below. Do you agree with the hire?