NBC Passes on Dwight Schrute ‘Office’ Spin-Off ‘The Farm’

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Fans of The Office will either be devastated or stricken with great joy when you read this report. We’ve known that Rainn Wilson was starring in a potential new series tentatively titled The Farm featuring his peculiar Dwight Schrute character from The Office. The spin-off would follow his struggles running a bed and breakfast with his cooky family on his famous beet farm.

The cast also included Majandra Delfino, Tom Bower, Thomas Middleditch, Matt Jones, Blake Garrett, and Michael Schur (Dwight’s cousin Mose from The Office), but apparently this line-up of talent – which also included The Office showrunner Paul Lieberstein (Toby) as executive producer – wasn’t good enough for NBC.

Rainn Wilson updated fans on Twitter saying: “NBC has passed on moving forward with ‘The Farm’ TV show. Had a blast making the pilot – onwards [and] upwards!” That’s about as official of an announcement as we’ll get.

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On the one hand, fans who have grown tired of The Office over the past couple seasons are probably glad that this ninth and final season is the last nail in a coffin that initially began construction when Steve Carell left the series. On the other hand, some fans were interesting in seeing how Dwight fared on his own, especially with his strange family under his command.

It remains to be seen if the presence of Dwight’s family – all of whom were going to be introduced throughout this ninth season of The Office – will be reduced, or if they will still show up. Thus far, there have been a few references to a couple family members (including Dwight’s Nazi uncle), but otherwise, it’s been fairly low-key. Perhaps this will allow for a much neater and more respectful wrap-up for all the characters and Dunder-Mifflin.

At least Rainn Wilson will be free to bolster his career on the big screen now.


Source: Rainn Wilson’s Twitter Account

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  1. Probably for the best but well never know.

    Now Id watch a Jim and Pam spin off. That’s he hilarious.

  2. I agree this is for the best but you know I really don’t see why the networks don’t just air the pilots and if they do excellent in the ratings develop it into a show let the AUDIENCE decide. I guess they figure that will take to long who know??

  3. That’s a real bummer, I really thought Dwight stood out as a character and had the potential to live on past the office.

    • I agree.

  4. NBC seems to keep pulling the plug on shows before they get a chance. They even axed Animal Practice which they advertised a lot before started. What exactly are they making room for?

    • They’re not making room for anything. But Animal Practice was getting garbage ratings, and I found it to be quite unfunny. Not surprising they canceled it.

      That being said, NBC doesn’t know what the hell they’re doing with comedy series right now. Community is in limbo, the news about Up All Night is disturbing. It’s a mess.

      • Isn’t it depressing that if Community had started on October 19th, the Halloween episode would’ve shown last Friday? If NBC is really thinking of premiering the season in 30 Rock’s slot next January, we won’t get a kickass Christmas episode either. So lame…

      • Seriously have been so disappointed in the choices to cancel some great shows. Not finding anything new worth watching. This seems to be an ongoing issue with NBC, which was once a favorite network. Can I please watch The Farm pilot and have an opinion? Up all night is a show I watched too. Hope someone at the network has sense enough to read up on their shortcomings and fix things, soon.

        • Indeed! I’ve never seen Up All Night, but I ended up just getting rid of cable tv because most of my favorite shows are gone or almost gone. I just use Netflix and Hulu to rewatch or watch new episodes of shows I enjoy. I am saving SO much money.

  5. Where can we see this pilot?!

  6. Thank god, please let this series die.

    • Oh. You’re one of those…

  7. Good move, NBC. Dwight is great but it’s not like we haven’t had him for 8 years.

    • It was not a good move! We need him for decades and decades to come! Rainn Wilson should be forced to play Dwight Shrute until the moment he dies! Ok, that might be taking it a bit far, but his character has only continued to grow and I love that about Dwight. I would love to see more.

  8. In a way, it’s disheartening but in another, Dwight’s appeal was his “fish out of water” thing with his unusual upbringing putting him at odds with the rest of society.

    • I would have to disagree. The episode of him around his family was hilarious!

  9. In a few weeks,no one will even care that they passed on it,just like how Jackie Childs from Seinfeld was supposed to have his own show.

    • No one cared about that because it would have been even worse than Seinfeld.

  10. Nooooooo, I was so looking forward to this spin off. Why NBC? Why?!? Why did you pass on this show?

  11. Seriously, what is people’s problem with the office after Steve Carell left? It has been just as hilarious, if not more so! I think they did a great job after he left and I’m sad to see the show go. I guess it’s just the fact that once most people get something in their head, that’s all they see/hear/think.

    The Farm was the only good thing coming from The Office being canceled and now we aren’t even going to have that. NBC is making a mistake.

  12. really sad to hear they didn’t make the show. I guess the ratings weren’t high enough.. but maybe thats because of the success of parks and recreations (is that the right name?) I don’t know.. I think the dwight character was the strongest in the show.. the farm might have gone on to be a real hit and maybe been better than the original show.. a bit like (and this is debatable of course) when the character frasier left “cheers”.