The Office Spinoff: Dwight Schrute Beet Farms B&B
Published by Seth Quillen in: Television -- Date: 2 Feb 2012 Comments: 0
Looks like NBC’s The Office is falling apart. Last year Steve Carell left the show and now with the increased movie roles of Ed Helms, John Krasinski and producer/actor Mindy Kaling (Kelly Kapoor), it seems like it’s all unraveling. The Office did a lot of meddling this year to fill the void left by Carell, first by hiring James Spader as the new CEO, Robert California, second Ed Helm’s Andy Bernard promotion to regional manager and third, a second baby for Jim and Pam. All these change-ups have only produced average episodes, no where near the Michael Scott years, although the last three of four episodes have benn much better.
On top of all that, Deadline is now reporting that Rainn Wilson (Dwight Schrute ) may be leaving the show as early as midseason 2013 for an Office spin-off. As any true fan already knows, Dwight Schrute owns a beet farm that also doubles as a bed and breakfast and occasional wedding resort.
This is the best idea for an Office Spin-off thus far, and the Dwight character has definitely run it’s course at Dunder Mifflin. He has been passed up many times for promotion, he’s quit the paper company then returned, then conspired to takeover the branch but he’s failed time and time again. Dwight is beginning to look a little pathetic for staying at the company.
The new show was pitched by Wilson and Paul Lieberstein (who executive produces, writes and acts as Toby Flenderson on the show), the duo plan to produce alongside The Office’s executive producers Ben Silverman and Howard Klein.
Deadline describes the potential The Office spinoff as a family comedy, which was the brainchild of Wilson and The Office executive producer/showrunner Paul Lieberstein. It will have Dwight (Wilson) living at the Schrute family beet farm and bed & breakfast, which have been featured on the show several times, including in an episode where Jim and Pam visited Dwight there. (photos below) The potential spinoff will be introduced in an Office episode later this season set at Schrute Farms. “Paul and Rainn have been joking for years about Dwight’s life on the farm, his family and how ill-suited he is to run a B&B,” a source close to The Office said. “A while ago, it started to feel like a show to them.
You’ll also recall there was an attempt at an Office spin off back in 2007 that eventually evolved into Parks & Recreation. The politically show currently stars Amy Poehler Aziz Ansari and Office alumn, Rashida Jones.