And the New Michael Scott is…

James Spader has been named Steve Carell’s successor on The Office.

Executive producer Paul Lieberstein confirmed that Spader, who appeared briefly in the season seven finale, will be back in the fall. He said,

“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. 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.”

The cast reacts on Twitter:

  • Mindy Kaling: “Spader, huh? Can’t wait to make small talk with him at craft services.”
  • Rainn Wilson: “I’d like to welcome James Spader to ‘The Office.’ He’s a fascinating chap & a stern disciplinarian!”