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'The Office' season 8 premiere, or what life's like without Michael Scott
'The Office' season 8 premiere, or what life's like without Michael Scott

"The Office" began a new era in its season 8 premiere Thursday night, more specifically an era without the beloved Michael Scott (Steve Carell). Life without Michael seemed grim to a devoted "Office" fan like me. What would Dundler Mifflin (or is it Sabre?) be like without the "that's what she said" jokes and the "World's Best Boss" mug? Who would be there to squash Dwight's dreams and hate on Toby? No one could be as oblivious yet completely devoted to his job like Michael.   Rather than trying to replace him with a wannabe jokester, NBC decided to add James Spader as creepy Robert California to Dundler Miffilin's payroll....

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