NBC issued an official release today confirming who will be the new big boss on “The Office,” but the news still leaves a key question unanswered.
The release confirms that James Spader, a three-time Emmy winner for "Boston Legal," will be the new boss, playing Robert California, the character he introduced late last season on the show.
But California will be the CEO of Sabre, the parent company of Dunder Mifflin. That means the office previously occupied by Michael Scott, played by Steve Carell, remains vacant. As previously reported, some of the familiar faces around the office are considered frontrunners for that job.
In a statement, Paul Lieberstein, one of the series’ executive producers and a series regular, described Spader’s character, saying, "Robert is this uber-salesman that has a power to convince and manipulate, like a high-class weirdo Jedi warrior. 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."