For years, NBC has been rumored to be considering different ways to spin a new series out of "The Office." And now the network seems to have settled upon Dwight Schrute as the main character for the long-awaited spinoff.
According to Deadline, "The Office" costar Rainn Wilson and showrunner Paul Lieberstein are actively developing an "Office" spinoff that would follow Wilson's Dwight as he leaves the city behind to move back to the Schrute family beet farm and take over the bed & breakfast. The setting for the potential new series was previously introduced within "The Office" and will also be featured in an episode later this season that sets up the proposed spinoff.
Deadline quoted a source close to the show as saying “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 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 farm struggling to survive and a family trying to stay together.”
The report notes that it is not clear if Mike Schur ("Parks and Recreation") will reprise his role as Cousin Mose on the proposed spinoff. If "The Office" is renewed for a ninth season, Wilson would remain on the show before moving over to the proposed spinoff during the midseason. Apparently, the seeds of Dwight's departure have already been planted in his deep dissatisfaction about being passed over to be Michael Scott's replacement.
And while NBC seems to be leaning towards a ninth season of "The Office," it is by no means a sure thing. Several actors are at the end of their deals, including John Krasinksi, Mindy Kaling and Ed Helms. Even if some re-sign for at least another season of "The Office," it seems likely that a few of them won't be back.
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