‘Slash Film: Why James Spader Only Starred In One Season Of The Office’

Slash Film

When Steve Carell left “The Office,” the writers turned their focus to prominent ancillary characters. Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson), specifically, became a centerpiece of the show. His evolving relationships with his co-workers and growing desire to become manager was a highlight of the series’ final two seasons (and almost led to a spin-off).

The show, however, needed a new boss. Will Ferrell appeared in four episodes as the bumbling new regional manager, Deangelo Vickers. And in the season 7 finale, a search committee is tasked with selecting a new manager. The episode features guest appearances by Will Arnett, Ricky Gervais (as David Brent from the British version of “The Office”), Catherine Tate (who would return as Nellie Bertram in the final two seasons), Warren Buffett, Jim Carrey, Ray Romano, and James Spader — all interviewing for the manager job.

After season 8, then-series showrunner and executive producer (who also played the oft-hated Toby Flenderson) Paul Lieberstein told the Hollywood Reporter that Spader brought “life and intrigue” to his character to the point that they wrote him in for an entire season. Lieberstein said:

“James [Spader] always wanted this to be a one-year arc, and he now leaves us having created one of the most enigmatic and dynamic characters in television. He’s been a great friend to me and the show, helping us successfully transition into the post-Michael Scott years, and I’m grateful for that.”

It took a while, however, to get Spader on board.

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Author: Travis Yates
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January 22, 2023

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