Dwight Schrute Getting His Own Show Now

January 26, 2012


With The Office winding down (it is winding down, right?) and the debacle that was Joey apparently wiped from NBC's mind with Matt LeBlanc's sudden Golden Globes respect, the network is now reportedly considering an Office spin-off centered on the wacky times of Dwight Schrute. But don't worry, guys, this will not be another Joey. It will be more of another Golden Palace, because Rainn Wilson will be trying to run a little inn:

...the proposed spinoff is 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.

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.

With the network already on board to desperately prolong Wilson's tenure for as long as it takes to get rid of all the fucking bobbleheads they ordered for the NBC store, the idea has reportedly already progressed even further since conception, "developed to include multiple generations, many cousins and neighbors." Because what a show acutely focused on an eccentric, beet-obsessed oddball needs is a rotating cast of even wackier characters and distracting cameos to create a hazy white noise of unbelievable insanity.

If the series gets picked up, it would potentially launch midseason 2013, leaving The Office with one less voice in its cacophony of crazy comments and forced romances. Not that the series will necessarily go on much longer anyway. Deadline notes that Ed Helms, John Krasinksi, and Mindy Kaling all have other, larger prospects in development and no deals yet in place for even the next season. This could be the beginning of the end for The Office. Or it could be the beginning of Stanley inexplicably becoming the boss and James Spader's dopey identical twin showing up to play an intern/love-interest for Oscar. We'll see.

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