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James Spader Interview on 'The Office'

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Reports are that James Spader is in talks with The Office to appear next season as Steve Carell's replacement in the Scranton office and then eventually Dunder Mifflin's CEO.

As we have seen, he is a powerful negotiator. No doubt these skills were honed on the set of Boston Legal with the Priceline.com Negotiator himself, William Shatner.

Here's an excerpt from his fictional interview as Robert California in The Office season finale:


"You don’t work in sales, do you? ... You see, I sit across from a man, I see his face, I see his eyes. Now, does it matter if he wants a hundred dollars of paper or a hundred million dollars of deep-sea drilling equipment? Don’t be a fool. He wants respect. He wants love. He wants to be younger. He wants to be attractive. There is no such thing as a product. Don’t ever think there is. There is only sex. Everything is sex. You understand that what I’m telling you is a universal truth, Toby?"

"Okay, I’m almost a little concerned …

A 'Twibute' to Mark Haines

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On this Father's Day I can't help but think of Mark Haines, the CNBC anchor who passed away unexpectedly on May 25. I was watching that day when Carl Quintanilla read the announcement on-air and afterward I phoned my own dad to commiserate. Another reminder of him on this day is the obligatory tie often given as a gift to dads before they head off to the golf course or fire up the grill. You'll probably see many of these ties proudly displayed on Wall Street tomorrow. Even Google acknowledged this trend by incorporating one within its banner.

The day Mark Haines died it was as though the financial world stood still while CNBC's on-air anchors did their best to process it and put their loss in perspective. They shared stories about him and the loving nicknames he bestowed upon them. Among the many sentiments they shared were Haines' love of the Mets and the Giants, but above all, the love he had for his family. My heart goes out to his wife, son and daughter today.