The 'Boston Legal' star is reportedly in talks to join 'The Office,' but not as Scranton branch manager -- as the Dunder Mifflin/Sabre CEO. 'Harry's Law' actress Kathy Bates currently plays the paper and printer company honcho, but won't be able to reprise her 'Office' role and star on 'Harry's Law' at the same time.
"In the finale, he kicked ass," a source close to the show told EW. "He was so funny and had this weird energy. We didn't want to pass it up."
While no scripts have been written for 'The Office' Season 8 and Spader has yet to sign a deal, the likely scenario according to EW is this: Spader's character is hired as branch manager, but quickly decides the job is too small for him. He then convinces corporate to give him the CEO gig. That would leave the branch manager position open for either an internal or external hire ... and we're back to square one.
Bates guest starred in a handful of episodes, but Spader would appear on more regular basis.
'Doctor Who' veteran Catherine Tate emerged as the front-runner for the job, according to reports following her Season 7 finale appearance, but she's doing a play in London until September. The Spader scenario could feasibly give her enough time to wrap the stage production and then join 'The Office' as the branch manager.
Watch James Spader and Catherine Tate's 'Office' episode below.