Though we still don’t know who will replace the void left by Steve Carell’s character Michael Scott on The Office, today we got the most in-depth look at what’s to come in season eight. Entertainment Weekly scored the exclusive, with quotes from James Spader (who plays Robert California, CEO of Dunder Mifflin) which we’ll highlight below. Check it out:
— If Michael Scott is replaced at all, it’s not going to be someone already on The Office cast. “They didn’t just want to bring in a new Michael Scott. There’s not an attempt to fill those shoes,” Spader tells EW.
— The debut episode (Sept. 22 at 9 pm EST) is called “The List,” and centers around Spader’s character accidentally leaving a note behind in the office; on it is a line down the middle and every Scranton office staffer’s name on either side of said line. The mystery begins.
— Spader will appear in 15 episodes.
— Spoilers: Season eight storylines will include the birth of Jim and Pam’s second child, the Dunder Mifflin warehouse workers winning the Lottery, Dwight building a productivity machine and California challenging the office manager to double sales.
You’ll no doubt remember that Spader was a guest star on last season’s finale. The Emmy winner was received so well that he started negotiations to join The Office full-time shortly after the finale. And despite the few details we were afforded today about the the new season and especially Spader’s character, there’s still a boatload to look forward to. So tell us, will you be tuning in to the premiere on Sept. 22? And what about season eight of The Office are you most excited about? Let us know!