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Why James Spader Only Starred In One Season Of The Office
Showrunner Paul Lieberstein told The Hollywood Reporter that one year for Spader was the plan. He said, “James 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.”
Since Spader was slated to appear in the upcoming Steven Spielberg movie “Lincoln,” executives told him they'd take whatever commitment he could give for a Season 8 character arc. The decision to appear in the entire season came down to Spader, who negotiated time off to do “Lincoln,” and agreed to a single season as the memorable, short-lived, Robert California.