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By / 01.26.12

I know Vince at FilmDrunk speaks of her frequently, but I’m not sure how often Matt used to write about Nikki Finke, the “TOLDJA” Lady over at Deadline.com. She’s like this old cat-lady who never leaves her house and yet somehow manages to out-scoop the rest of Internet civilization, often by berating television and movie executives or threatening to break their pacts with the devil. For this reason, I like to refer to her as Satan’s Desiccated Vagina.

Anyway, it has come to the attention of one of Finke’s underlings that NBC is planning a spin-off of “The Office” for mid-season 2013 that would revolve around Rainn Wilson’s character, Dwight Schrute.

No deals have been closed yet but I’ve learned that 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. NBC agreed, it’s been further developed to include multiple generations, many cousins and neighbors.

It sounds like a terrible idea, not just because “The Office” — which will enter its 9th season next year, has already outstayed its welcome — but because the episodes that take place on the Pennsyltucky farm tend to be some of the weaker episodes. However, if they were to combine it with a spin-off of the “Home” episode of “The X-Files,” in which inbred’s inbred’s inbreds hide under the floorboards of Schrute Farm and pick of various members of the Schrute Family “American Horror Story” style, I would definitely throw my support behind it.

It should be noted, however, that despite the fact that this come from one the assistants of Satan’s Desiccated Vagina, it’s not official and, in fact, Rainn Wilson himself suggested in a Tweet yesterday that we should not “believe everything you read in the press, ok? However, it’s hard to distrust Satan’s Desiccated Vagina because she’s been known to throw her weight around and make projects happen just so her scoops turn out correct.

(Source: Deadline)


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