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Posted at 12:55 AM ET, 09/23/2011

Post-Steve Carell, ‘The Office’ reveals its new boss

Ed Helms as Andy Bernard (Ron Tom - RON TOM/NBC)
This past Sunday, Steve Carell walked away Emmy-less after his seven-year run as the boss on NBC comedy “The Office.” But loyal viewers — around 7 million watched last May’s finale — seemed more concerned with who would replace Carell’s character, the wildly inappropriate Michael Scott.

The series endlessly dragged out the “who will be the new boss?” storyline for a good part of last season, and left the finale with a cliffhanger. But on Thursday night’s premiere, the question was finally answered as the new replacement regional manager of the Dunder Mifflin paper company was revealed to be...the socially-inept paper salesman Andy Bernard, played by Ed Helms.

New series regular James Spader also made his debut as Robert California, the new CEO of Dunder Mifflin. Turns out, California was offered the manager job (he guest-starred in last season’s finale), but immediately turned it down and demanded that he be put in charge of the company. Given that former CEO Jo Bennett was played by Kathy Bates, and Bates is now busy in starring in NBC drama “Harry’s Law,” California was a shoo-in for the job.

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