It’s no secret that the departure of Michael Scott (Steve Carell) has hit ‘The Office’ hard. The future of the show may be uncertain but according to Deadline, NBC is working with Rainn Wilson and The Office exec producer Paul Lieberstein on a spin off from ‘The Office’! The exciting part is that it will be starring Office’s most quirky character Dwight Shrute (Rainn Wilson).
Here’s what Deadline had to say:
“I hear that NBC is working on an Office spinoff starring Rainn Wilson for a potential midseason 2013 launch. 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 doesn’t make sense for NBC to make a spinoff that would kill ratings to the already failing Office, so they must expect the show to end by 2013. It’d be exciting to see Wilson take a leading role in a new show with his character Dwight. But will it go the same way as Joey, the Friends spinoff? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below!