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The Office

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James Spader in The Office
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Since Steve Carell’s Michael Scott left a Dundie-size hole in our hearts, Dunder Mifflin’s new CEO Robert California (James Spader) has been tapped to make us forget with his oddly persuasive, Jedi-like powers. Spader will appear in 15 episodes and spend far more time wreaking havoc inside the Scranton branch (challenging the manager to double sales, for starters). The season also features the warehouse staff winning the lottery and quitting, and Pam (Jenna Fischer) and Jim (John Krasinski) having a second baby (to accommodate Fischer’s real-life pregnancy). (Sept. 22)

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