When we last checked in with the Dunder-Mifflin crew, there was a whole lot of much ado about nothing. When the finale ended last season, we still didn’t know who the new boss would be. Over the summer, we learned James Spader’s character, Robert California, would be the new CEO, after talking Jo (Kathy Bates) out of her own job.
Elephant in the room: Michael Scott was definitely missed tonight. It’s simply not the same show and it’s kind of unfair to compare them because there is just such a gaping hole — and Michael Gary Scott wasn’t brought up at all this half hour, save for Pam joking that Micheal was the father of her baby. I never thought I would be so desperate for a "that’s what she said." But NBC made the decision to continue without the star so I suppose it went as well as could be expected. It really did feel like a totally different show, though. And if it was a new pilot, I don’t know that I would be coming back. It’ll be interesting to see in the coming weeks if it can carve out a new vibe for itself because right now the show feels like a spinoff of a once-popular program that no one asked for. Read More...http://popwatch.ew.com/2011/09/23/the-office-james-spader-new-boss/