Too bad if you mouse-over the link, the URL pops up in the bottom corner and makes it clear what is is, since EW used an obvious URL. I'm not complaining, I think anyone who comes into this thread deserves to have it spoiled. Only way to get around that would have been to tinyurl it to obfuscate it or something.
Originally posted by Mr. Boffo I think anyone who comes into this thread deserves to have it spoiled.
I would agree, especially since the word SPOILER is in the thread title in bold. That said...
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I like the choice, but am hesitant. Spader knocked it out of the park in the finale, but as I said in the finale thread, I don't know if that's a character that can sustain over a long period of time. However, I am excited about reading that Spader's character talks his way from office manager to CEO. That's brilliant and works for that character.
We hope you enjoyed the interlude between Office casting rumors, because your vacation is over: Entertainment Weekly is reporting that James Spader is currently in talks to join the series after his strong showing in the season finale—but frustratingly, it’s not as simple as merely usurping Steve Carell’s old position. As was slyly hinted at during Spader’s interview scene, his supremely confident former industrial magnate is exceedingly overqualified for the task of running a mere middling branch.
Instead, Spader is expected to be introduced in the fall as the new manager, only to immediately leverage his way into becoming the new CEO of Sabre by ousting Kathy Bates, who plans to exit the show anyway in order to focus on dispensing more eye-rolling justice over on Harry’s Law. That means the manager’s chair would be, yes, still open, leaving room for even more drawn-out casting speculation. British comedienne Catherine Tate was an early favorite, until her theater schedule potentially got in the way. Expect to hear a definite decision on her participation soon—or don’t, probably, as the guessing game over which guest star will join The Office is now entering its first year of being a new national pastime.
It was weird because I was finally watching the season finale yesterday and thought (Spoiler) interacted with the cast quite well. I was actually bummed that (spoiler) was just some "stunt casting" for the finale, and then happened to see the speculation like minutes after having finished watching the episode (some weird/lucky timing on my part). It'll be interesting to see what comes from it, if it indeed does happen.
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Seems like the best case scenario to me. They get a name to replace Steve Carell, who was great and intriguing in his bit, but they don't make him the manager so they can explore that with the regular cast and the show doesn't just become about a new overbearing personality at the center of the office. And no more Kathy Bates is a plus.
It's kind of funny that for all of the hand-wringing that the critics did over Lost moving to a later timeslot and not 'connecting' with viewers due to the complicated plot, it's still the ninth-highest rated show on TV. Where's Ugly Betty on the list?