Is NBC developing an 'Office' spinoff for Rainn Wilson?
January 26th, 2012
11:38 AM ET

Is NBC developing an 'Office' spinoff for Rainn Wilson?

Rainn Wilson's Dwight Schrute didn't end up being the new boss of "The Office," although we know at least one person who was pulling for him, but he just may get a show of his own.

Deadline is reporting that NBC is eyeing a spinoff concept for Wilson's unique bespectacled character, who hasn't been too pleased at the "Office" since Steve Carell's Michael Scott departed and new boss Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) has stepped in.

The proposed idea, a family comedy, is said to be the brainchild of Wilson and "Office" exec Paul Lieberstein, and would find Schrute back home at his family's beet farm and bed-and-breakfast.

An introduction of the concept is expected to appear in an upcoming episode of "The Office" set at Schrute Farms, a locale viewers will be familiar with as its popped up in prior episodes.

"Paul [Lieberstein] and Rainn have been joking for years about Dwight's life on the farm, his family and how well-suited he is to run a B&B," an unnamed source said to be close to the project told Deadline. "A while ago, it started to feel like a show to them. NBC agreed, it's been further developed to include multiple generations, many cousins and neighbors...At its base, it will be about a family struggling to survive and a family trying to stay together."

No deals have been made, but Deadline notes that if it were to happen, the spinoff could appear in 2013's midseason.

Rainn Wilson himself appears to be calming down any excitement about the rumored spinoff, as he tweeted Wednesday, "Don't believe everything you read in the press, OK?"


Filed under: television • The Office

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  1. Sokman

    Speaking of Adult Swim, Dwight would make an excellant cartoon character, much better than Napolean Dynamite

    January 27, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sokman

    I don't see Dwight as the focal point in a family comedy, unless it's considered so by Adult Swim's family standards

    January 27, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  3. Sokman

    I don't see Dwight as the focal point in a family comedy, unless it's considered so by Adult Swim's famiky standards

    January 27, 2012 at 12:20 am | Report abuse |
  4. Guest

    I didnt really like the new boss at first,but he is starting to get interesting.
    i dont see why they dont just continue with the show and let it develop.
    Some people think shows should end,but I dont.
    Ill watch whatever show they make though,because its tv and I likeee watchee

    January 26, 2012 at 5:00 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jeepers

    Just for the record...if there were a Dwight Shrute spinoff show, I would absolutely watch it because Dwight is DA BOMB!

    January 26, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Report abuse |
  6. beenz

    Sounds like a sweet deal to me, home skillet!

    January 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dave

    Mormon?? Bill where did you get that from lol..Nothing about him says mormon plus you can easily find on the internet that he is part of the Baha'i religion..whatever the hell that is

    January 26, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  8. BILL

    I think it is a great idea. He is tallented and funny. Plus since he is a Mormon he has good morals. He truly is a gentleman. All The Best.

    January 26, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. jayarby

    Yeah, great idea! They should also make a spin-off of M.A.S.H. and call it Aftermash, get it , AfterM.A.S.H.? Oh, forget it. No wait, how about a spin off of Friends with Matt LeBlanc as Joey and…Damn, forget that one too!

    January 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
    • Guest

      They should make a show about the war on terror
      but that would probably be racist

      January 26, 2012 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Observer

    Oh for the love of all that is holy, NO!

    First!

    January 26, 2012 at 11:58 am | Report abuse |

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