Details Emerge Regarding
NBC's Potential Rainn Wilson OFFICE Spin-Off THE FARM!!
There’s an NBC spin-off pilot in the works titled “The Farm” that could evolve into a series that would follow “The Office” fixture Dwight Schrute as he runs the bed-and-breakfast on his beet farm.
TV Line has what appears to be a casting rundown that reveals the potential series' key supporting cast:
FANNIE SCHRUTE | Attractive, urban and in her late 20s/early 30s, Dwight’s younger sister fled the Schrute farm life for Boston as soon as she could, and has had little to do with her roots for quite some time. Now divorced with one son, Fannie is “a bit of a pseudo-intellectual lefty” with an ironic sense of humor and a great heart.
JEB SCHRUTE | Dwight’s easygoing thirtysomething brother hasn’t done well in any of the career paths he’s followed – worm breeder and Bigfoot hunter among them — but has found some success with a pot farm. He’s got none of Dwight’s dedication or work ethic, but he has made an exercise video about things you can do with a knife and a canoe. (We like him already.)
CAMERON WHITMAN | Dwight’s smart and slightly weird 9-year-old nephew (Fannie’s son) is a cosmopolitan lad who nevertheless feels the pull of his Schrute heritage, especially when he’s around someone — his uncles, perhaps? — who can offer the fatherly guidance he lacks.
HEINRICH MANHEIM | The Schrute siblings’ great uncle is charming, greedy, manipulative… and just may have had to spend time in Argentina following World War II, thanks to his German National Socialist roots. Oh, and he vows to kill Dwight by the end of the first episode.
About a month ago I got to conduct a radio interview with Michael Schur, who plays cousin Mose Schrute on “The Office.” Schur revealed Mose will not be a regular on “The Farm” should it go to series because Schur (a former “Office” writer-producer) is busy with his day job as showrunner of “Parks and Recreation.” He said Mose’s absence would be explained, and that the explanation was too funny to reveal ahead of the pilot’s airing.
Find all of TV Line’s exclusive on the matter here.
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July 2, 2012, 4:56 p.m. CST
I wish they wouldn't do this, but I'll keep an open mind
July 2, 2012, 4:59 p.m. CST
interesting description. <p><p> p.s. Please don't do this NBC, it sounds like an epic disaster on the scale of Pink Lady and Jeff.
July 2, 2012, 5:04 p.m. CST
That's the spin-off I want.
July 2, 2012, 5:05 p.m. CST
A solid straight man. He works(ed) brilliantly against straight man Jim. I don't see how this works. Hope it does, just not optimistic.
July 2, 2012, 5:09 p.m. CST
That network is truly run by morons.
July 2, 2012, 5:11 p.m. CST
....when I was reading that my brain read it in this voice www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZxYA6duF
July 2, 2012, 5:19 p.m. CST
by David Duchovny
because we hardly ever get to see it. It's the way Wilson delivers the stories that gets the laughs. This will be a huge turd, but I hope Rainn gets paid. He deserves it.
July 2, 2012, 5:21 p.m. CST
"You will now wrestle my cousin Mose!"
July 2, 2012, 5:24 p.m. CST
Spend less time on the political stuff Herc and more on what your supposed to do.
July 2, 2012, 5:29 p.m. CST
Ok, so I've had this idea since they announced the spinoff titled The Farm that Dwight should shoot up the Office murdering everyone, then goes to prison and we could have a prison themed Office style show...called The Farm. I'm cleary a genius, NBC should hire me now.
July 2, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST
Move over, you're being replaced on the list of the DUMBEST FUCKING SHOWS EVER TO APPEAR ON NETWORK TELEVISION. This will be a turd of epic proportions. There is NOTHING funny being added to the premise in those characters. NOTHING. I do so love to watch NBC shoot itself in the mouth though.
July 2, 2012, 5:35 p.m. CST
by Chris Moody
Interesting. Pseudo literally means "false." Since most lefty's only pose as "intellectuals," it will be interesting to see where they take this. That said: This show has REAL potential of being a cross between FRASIER, THE OFFICE and NEWHART. Let's just hope that it doesn't meander into JOEY territory.
July 2, 2012, 5:40 p.m. CST
Meanwhile, a show that isn't terrible, Community, got moved to Fridays and had the creator (and soul) ripped from it. But then, this is the network that brought you The Jay Leno Show, so we should expect terribleness from NBC.
July 2, 2012, 5:42 p.m. CST
Fannie is Jim. Jeb is Michael, except Dwight won't listen to him or try to help him. Heinrich is Creed. Cameron is Cousin Oliver.
July 2, 2012, 5:51 p.m. CST
July 2, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST
July 2, 2012, 5:56 p.m. CST
This really sounds like a family sitcom. But with Scrutes. Dear god. This is not going to work.. Are they crazy?
July 2, 2012, 5:59 p.m. CST
NBC seems to go through these crazy spurts where they have a hit show and then for about 8-10 years they try to replicate the formula until the original show starts to become unwatchable. They need to clean house and start over. Not just the guy at the top-everyone.
July 2, 2012, 6:25 p.m. CST
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July 2, 2012, 6:32 p.m. CST
Holy shit. Movie art is dead.
July 2, 2012, 6:33 p.m. CST
For some reason, the idea of seeing Dwight's family reminds me of when we saw Chewbacca's family in the Star Wars Holiday Special
July 2, 2012, 6:54 p.m. CST
by Teddy Artery
This might register a new low!
July 2, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST
July 2, 2012, 7:24 p.m. CST
And nobody can say "I did." because it's after the fact. Though you could say it was lightning in a bottle.
July 2, 2012, 7:55 p.m. CST
Most people I know think Dwight is insufferable.
July 2, 2012, 8:08 p.m. CST
Dwight is ok but he needs good characters to play off. I'm not sure taking Dwight out of the office setting will work for him.
July 2, 2012, 8:09 p.m. CST
...for Sid and Marty Krofft.
July 2, 2012, 8:20 p.m. CST
I don't recall ever hearing of these family members. We've met Mose many times, but we've never even heard of these other people. Do they just happen to all show up at once? Sounds lame, but we'll see.
July 2, 2012, 9:13 p.m. CST
Will this become the new Joey. Or go down on the same level of spin off failure.
July 2, 2012, 9:19 p.m. CST
Unless Dwight's Dad had the Fever!!
July 2, 2012, 9:24 p.m. CST
it reads better than what they've got now at least...but please no spin off with Andy and the receptionist they aren't interesting or entertaining at all.ed helms sucks now and the girl is so weird in such an annoying way
July 2, 2012, 9:47 p.m. CST
I am sick and tired of Hollywood shoving the same fucking people down my throat. Seth MacFarlane, Tyler Perry, Matthew Perry, Matt LeBlanc, George Lopez, Rainn Wilson... FUCK OFF! Quit shoving the same old shit in my face!
July 2, 2012, 9:56 p.m. CST
Where he has been an awful show runner.
July 2, 2012, 10:20 p.m. CST
by Dr. Chim Richalds
Holy shit, is that Spiderman 2 box art terrible.
July 2, 2012, 11:10 p.m. CST
im skeptical, but think it could work with good writing
July 2, 2012, 11:50 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
July 2, 2012, 11:52 p.m. CST
by Tigger Tales
Was classic. "Oh my God, Dwight is totally my friend."
July 3, 2012, 12:08 a.m. CST
Sorry he gets mentioned way too much to be given some lame write-off. At least try to recast him.
July 3, 2012, 12:32 a.m. CST
If NBC wants this to work, they need to make it a 6-8 episode miniseries (or webisodes) and see where it goes from there. This just doesn't seem like full season material.
July 3, 2012, 12:48 a.m. CST
by Balkin Flabgurter
dwight's character was funny only in context and after the first couple seasons really lost all relevance and only served to support michael. all in all his character and background IMHO are too shaky and un-workable to squeeze anything funny from this.
July 3, 2012, 2:27 a.m. CST
unless Dwight's uncle is like a hundred years old. Even someone who was in their early 20s at the end of WWII would be 90 years old today.
July 3, 2012, 4:58 a.m. CST
... it has a chance!
July 3, 2012, 6:13 a.m. CST
guest star guests every week. All these extra unwanted characters will ruin the concept.
July 3, 2012, 6:16 a.m. CST
See how idiotic your comments appear, ccchhhrrriiisssmredux?
July 3, 2012, 10:39 a.m. CST
Although, the whole behind this show sounds pretty stupid so far
July 3, 2012, 10:40 a.m. CST
July 3, 2012, 11:15 a.m. CST
by Cletus Van Damme
July 3, 2012, 11:41 a.m. CST
by Darth Busey
July 3, 2012, 12:53 p.m. CST
July 3, 2012, 1:46 p.m. CST
Angela Kinsey is too hot not to be involved.
July 3, 2012, 2:45 p.m. CST
It can't hold off too long. This Dwight spinoff can't either, for different reasons. The character is too surrealistic to be expanded this way.
July 3, 2012, 6:44 p.m. CST
July 3, 2012, 7:19 p.m. CST
July 3, 2012, 8:29 p.m. CST
The Farm will be hilarious
July 3, 2012, 8:35 p.m. CST
Creed spinoff 6 seasons and a movie , a series of movies, audio dramas, creed comics, Creed network, all Creed all the times, Creed kicks band creed's ass. MUTHAFUCKIN CREED!!!!! If it is a medium of art I want a Creed version of it. I want a twitter, facebook whatever to get a Creed spinoff, Occupy NBC for Creed, CRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
July 4, 2012, 12:41 a.m. CST
But here we are.
July 4, 2012, 1:20 a.m. CST
Clark Duke has been cast as a series regular for the upcoming (and presumably final) season of "The Office".
July 4, 2012, 12:24 p.m. CST
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