California, who will actually be replacing Kathy Bates as CEO (since her Harry’s Law show has been renewed for a second season), is psychologically manipulative and more quirky than Michael Scott ever was. He’s a Svengali in a suit jacket: a salesman with the power to charm, intimidate, and ostensibly make people do whatever he wants them to. California is also strangely sexy, but his creep factor is way off the map, offsetting any real appeal he might have in that way. I can see the writers having a tremendous amount of fun with him. Already he’s faced down Dwight Schrute, and caused a stunned Jim Halpert to mutter, “I think he’s a genius,” after interviewing him for Scott’s position.
Paul Lieberstein, an executive producer of The Office’s gives a bit of insight into how California’s story will continue. "He'll have been hired over the summer as the new manager, but within hours, got himself promoted. Within days, he took over the company. James has an energy that is completely his own, and The Office has no tools for dealing with this guy. We're thrilled he's joining our cast."
The announcement of Spader’s hiring and the question of who will take Michael Scott's place has people talking about The Office again in a positive way. If the writers do their job and handle this intriguing character well, season eight has the potential to be one of the brightest and best of the entire series.