The phenomonal Catherine Tate will be returning to The Office for uh, liaisons with Robert California (James Spader). Oh, and a job! She’s going to have a job. (…Wow, that’s totally a that’s what she said!)

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Catherine Tate Photo: NBC

Who is Catherine Tate? Briefly, you should know that she is a British Comedy Award winner and BAFTA nominee Catherine Tate (BBC’s “The Catherine Tate Show”.) She was also one of the companions during David Tennant‘s Doctor Who years. (Donna Noble, we heart you.)

On the show, Tate plays Nellie Bertram. She was hired via the favoritism of her friend and Chairman of the Board Jo Bennett (Kathy Bates, now on Harry’s Law) as a “misguided special projects manager working directly for the corporate office.” But now that Bennett isn’t in charge, things might be different. This time, she has to work with Robert California.

Executive producer Paul Lieberstein fills us in via a statement on what to expect… “Catherine is hysterical. We introduced her briefly in last season’s finale and knew she had to be a part of the show somehow. We’ll meet her again as corporate’s special projects manager, and her relationship with Robert California (James Spader) will be far from professional. We’re thrilled that she’s joining the cast.”

The Office hasn’t been amazing this season (our favorite thing is not supposed to be Erin, no matter how great Ellie Kemper is), but with Tate around there’s no way we’re going to skip any future episodes. Let’s keep going, guys!

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