The Office Shocker: NBC Spinning Off Dwight!

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Dwight Schrute, your moment has finally arrived.

Our sister site Deadline.com is reporting that NBC is developing an Office spinoff built around Rainn Wilson’s long-suffering second banana, to launch in early 2013.

The in-the-works offshoot, which would be introduced in an Office episode set to air later this season, would find Dwight running his oft-mentioned Schrute family beet farm and bed and breakfast.

For more details on this story, including what impact this will have on Wilson’s future with The Office, head over to Deadline.com.



Comments (99)

  • Dwight is my least favorite character

    Comment by Cat – January 25, 2012 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • THIS

      Comment by christine – January 25, 2012 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Nope nope nope NO way. I had to quit watching “The Office’ because I can’t stomach him, so NO way I would watch any show so called starring him…Nope, NO thanks!

      Comment by Martha – January 25, 2012 09:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Maybe NBC is following the Fraiser after Cheers model versus the Joey after Friends or AfterMash after Mash models.

      Comment by Mika – January 26, 2012 07:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d watch if Mose was involved.

    Comment by Ev – January 25, 2012 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • THIS. Dwight and Mose’s interactions are pretty hilarious.

      Comment by Lime – January 25, 2012 07:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • WHAT is with all the comments, one after another, that says “THIS”?

        Comment by Martha – January 25, 2012 09:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • It means they agree with the above post. Which, incidentally, I do as well. Mose and Dwight are hilarious together.

          Comment by wordsmith – January 26, 2012 12:09 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • never gonna happen

    Comment by AprilFOOLS – January 25, 2012 05:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Didn’t NBC learn anything from “Joey”? If a spin-off means that Dwight is no longer on The Office so quickly after Michael’s departure I can’t see The Office (or the spin-off) lasting.

    Comment by JeffHink – January 25, 2012 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Gosh, now with ideas like this, I wonder why NBC is in the gutters?

    Comment by Mika – January 25, 2012 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • EXACTLY! NBC hasn’t had an original idea for a new show in about a decade. They killed the only new show I actually liked (The Event). The expectation that a new show must achieve sky-high ratings immediately is completely ridiculous. The first season of The Office wasn’t widely embraced, but thank God they gave it another shot! What happened to that strategy, NBC?

      Comment by Lauren – January 26, 2012 04:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No. No. Put a fork in it. It’s done. Just a bullet in the head

    Comment by Vicente – January 25, 2012 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Noooo!!!

    I’m sure the show will be hilarious and super awesome. But I love him on The Office and I don’t want that show to end or to not have him on it.

    Ughhh…. NO!

    Comment by Elle – January 25, 2012 05:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A Dwight spinoff isn’t a bad idea but if NBC intends to keep both shows on the air then Rainn Wilson would have to star in both shows. Removing him from The Office would be the kiss of death for a series that’s already struggling a bit after Steve Carell left last year.

    Comment by Anonymous – January 25, 2012 05:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Seriously? Someone finds this a good idea? No disrespect to Mr. Wilson, who I thoroughly enjoy, but…no.

    Comment by Heather_kaye – January 25, 2012 05:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • JOEY!

    Comment by Ryan – January 25, 2012 05:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Schrute is strictly a second banana character. Not a lead. Good in small doses only. Won’t watch it.

    Comment by Jon – January 25, 2012 05:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I am going to assume that this means the end of the Office if it is true. Probably for the best.

    Comment by Jack – January 25, 2012 05:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes, because taking a quirky character from a successful comedy and giving them their own series has always worked so well before, hasn’t it.

    And yes, Frasier is the exception that proves the rule. That being said, I’d definitely watch Troy and Abed in the Morning!

    Comment by Michael – January 25, 2012 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • This. All of it! Troy and Abed in the Morning would be appointment TV, for sure.

      Comment by Tiffany – January 25, 2012 08:12 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d compare Dwight more to Pierce. Troy and Abed are their own thing. I wouldn’t watch a show just about Abed or just about Troy, but they make a great team. Dwight is too over-the-top and awkward – more like Pierce.

      Comment by Lindsey – January 25, 2012 09:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • I wasn’t comparing Troy and Abed to Dwight. Dwight and Abed can both be described as “quirky characters”, though obviously their quirks are vastly different.

        Comment by Michael – January 26, 2012 02:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • At this point I’d be happy just to watch Troy and Abed on COMMUNITY…

      Comment by Not Daniel – January 26, 2012 07:04 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dwight is nothing without his fawning love-hate relationship with Michael, and since Michael is gone, so much for that.

    Comment by Donna – January 25, 2012 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • No. How about NBC finds a timeslot for Community before thinking about new shows?

    Comment by Rachel – January 25, 2012 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If this is true it will be an epic failure. This is why NBC is such a terrible network. They absolutely cannot come up with original programming. Proof? Joey. I’m a fan of The Office, which is part of the reason I don’t want to see it killed and used for parts. Keep your integrity NBC! What little you have left. And, lastly, does this sound the death knell for The Office? Sounds like it.

    Comment by Eliz – January 25, 2012 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What is this? ‘Golden Palace’? Each episode, Dwight welcomes a new guest into his bed and breakfast, leading to wisecracks and hilarity to ensue? Im sorry, but spinoffs don’t really tend to work if its the quirky character that’s being spun off. This just really doesn’t seem like a good idea.

    Comment by Hype – January 25, 2012 05:57 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Golden Palace was pretty cute.

      Comment by Mark – January 25, 2012 06:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • no. no it wasn’t. it took a group of realistic lovable characters from a somewhat realistic scenario and put them into a complete joke of a scenario that noone could EVER believe and begged you to still laugh at the jokes. It reeked of desperation and i prefer to pretend that it never happened. Kind of like that spinoff of Scrubs, Joey, and the last episodes of Roseanne and Lost.

        Comment by hohum – January 25, 2012 10:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • I liked Joey and technically that wasn’t a spin off of Scrubs. Stupid sitcoms can be fun at times too. Golden Palace and Joey blow Whitney out of the water.

          Comment by Mark – January 26, 2012 12:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Spinoffs don’t work??? Quirky character???
      Uh, I think you’re fogetting a little show called Enos.
      Who feels stupid now???

      Comment by ultimate troll – January 25, 2012 11:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • You are my hero.

        Comment by Not Daniel – January 26, 2012 07:06 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC = Joke.

    Comment by Jarrod – January 25, 2012 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The Office has been going downhill for a while. I can’t imagine a Dwight spinoff without any of the other characters like Jim succeeding.

    I would rather they renew Community next season.

    Comment by K – January 25, 2012 05:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Doesn’t Dwight already live on his beet farm??

    Comment by Jason – January 25, 2012 06:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • That was what I thought when I read it too. And I don’t think Dwight without Jim or Andy would work. Another thing this idea needs to work is Mose. And I am pretty sure they have had a hard time getting him for random guest spots now as he is the head writer on Parks and Rec. So just all around bad idea.

      Comment by Christy – January 25, 2012 06:36 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I will only watch this if it’s Dwight sitting in front of a television watching Community. And the camera remains fixated on the television screen and doesn’t show any Dwight. If he promises to wear a smoking jacket, I’d be okay with Dwight “hosting” Community as if it were Masterpiece Theatre. I would totally watch that.

    Comment by Kat – January 25, 2012 06:04 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This is a terrible idea. I have been a fan of The Office from the beginning, but I would never watch a Dwight spin-off.

    Comment by Lori – January 25, 2012 06:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Do you remember how you felt watching Jodie Foster get raped in “The Accused?” That’s how I feel watching them do this to the once great TV show, “The Office.”

    Comment by Bill – January 25, 2012 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dwight is only funny when he has Jim and the rest of the The Office cast to work off of. Separate him from a formula that works and it won’t survive just like most spin offs fail. Fraiser is the only spin off that I can think of that wasn’t horrible.

    Comment by paburrows – January 25, 2012 06:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I agree with the comment about “Joey,” from Friends not lasting too long. The Office is a strong, amazing show. And you can only take so much of it apart before it completely fails. And although Dwight’s a wonderful character (completely quirky and weird as hell) it wouldn’t be as fulfilling as the Office is. Please don’t kill the Office. And if you really wanna please people – give the Halperts a show. I can’t think of anything better. And Michael can come visit them. And everything will be great. Okay.

    Comment by shelbee – January 25, 2012 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Um. No. Just, no.

    Love the office, including Dwight. But, this? I just have one word for you: Joey.

    Comment by Amy – January 25, 2012 06:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • NBC’s problem isn’t so much that is can’t find good ideas. Heck, this is a good enough idea… crazy guy running a B&B&BF (Bread, Breakfast, Beet Farm). However they can’t seem to find decent writing (Whitney) or promote the decent shows they do have (Community) or wait as long as possible to put on the promising new shows (Smash, Awake)

    So would I watch this? It depends. Is it poorly written? Then no. If it’s good, then yes.

    Comment by emmitwest – January 25, 2012 06:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’d watch a creed spinoff

    Comment by b – January 25, 2012 06:22 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Probably won’t watch. I think they should just end The Office now before they run it into the ground.

    Comment by Diana – January 25, 2012 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • This might have worked if it had been done in like, season four. But the Office is terrible now and so will this spin-off be if it is made. Get Rainn Wilson his own show centered on a different character, it is time for the Office to finish. It was already pretty mediocre before Steve Carell left and now it is just woeful.

    Comment by Lauren – January 25, 2012 06:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Insert Michael Scott screaming NOOOOOOOOOO a la Toby’s return here.

    Comment by Jenna – January 25, 2012 06:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Uhhh give me Dwangela in it and I’ll watch.

    Comment by Tami – January 25, 2012 06:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why would Rainn Wilson want to go the Matt LeBlanc route? Is he so convinced that there isn’t work that he could get?

    Granted, he likely won’t get a lot of other offers to be a lead character, but a sitcom built around Schrute Farms just sounds tired. Plus, given how poorly the writers have handled The Office in the past two seasons, how much of an audience is there going to be to transfer over to it?

    On the other hand, a sitcom built around Dwight Schrute, arrogant Lackawanna County Sheriff’s Deputy (with much younger superiors) might be worth watching for a few seasons.

    Comment by Timothy McNeil – January 25, 2012 06:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Scranton 911!

      Comment by Doctagon – January 25, 2012 08:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rainn Wilson is talented, but Dwight Schrute is only good in small doses. And his family members… they’re creepy. Count me out.

    Comment by Jack – January 25, 2012 06:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yeah, Schrute farms is an excellent device for a few laughs in a B-story twice a season. It’s own series? No.

    Comment by Brendan – January 25, 2012 07:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dwight is an great character but I’m not sure if they would be able to fill the void left on the show. It seems like this would be a better idea for something to happen at the end of the series (who knows maybe that’s what is going to happen).

    Comment by David – January 25, 2012 07:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • What does this mean for The Office???!!

    Comment by Brigette – January 25, 2012 07:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The only positive thing I can say about this is the show would probably still be better than Whitney or Are you there, Chelsea?

    But that, NBC, is faint praise, and in no way a reason to do something.

    Comment by XK – January 25, 2012 07:40 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Almost reminds me of Joey. Remember how that turned out???

    Comment by AR – January 25, 2012 07:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rainn Wilson all but denied this report with the tweet: “don’t believe all that you read from the media.”

    Comment by Davey – January 25, 2012 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Worst. Idea. Ever!

    Comment by Steven – January 25, 2012 08:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • sorry but the office needs to crawl into a hole and die, the first three seasons were great, since then it’s just been caricature after caricature with no depth, heart or realness feel to it… it’s a bad show now and it just needs to end. everyone on the show is talented as hell but it’s gotten stale and this just makes it harder for shows that are growing to get airtime like community.

    Comment by Josh – January 25, 2012 08:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Instead of staking an entire series on one concept, the networks need to combine all partial-ideas for shows into one weekly extravaganza, like new episodes of Arrested Development starring Dwight Shrute and the Geico Cavemen, hosted by Jimmy Fallon.

    Comment by Doctagon – January 25, 2012 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dwight works because Dwight is in an ensemble cast. The Office still somewhat works because it’s an ensemble cast. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it…

    Comment by chi – January 25, 2012 08:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The problem is that characters like Dwight and Joey is that they are so over-the-top, an entire show about them wouldn’t really be good. It’s too much. It’s kind of like what, IMO, happened with HIMYM. It became the Barney Show, and it dropped in quality as a result because characters like Barney/Joey/Dwight are better in smaller doses. They need a straight man to act against them. I’m not saying they wouldn’t have a straight man, but it’s never a good idea to focus an entire show on such an over-the-top character. The Office has already been on long enough. Like HIMYM, the quality has greatly declined. The only good thing about this is that it sounds like there’s an end in sight for The Office. In the chance that this spin-off is real and got picked up, it doesn’t sound like a lot would actually watch it either. The Office needs to finally end this season and let that be that.

    Comment by Lindsey – January 25, 2012 09:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • As a big fan of The Office, all I can say is this: NO, NO a thousand times NO!

    Comment by Kerry – January 25, 2012 09:05 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Don’t make this a spin off–make this a webseries!!

    Comment by JAmandaFan – January 25, 2012 09:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rainn Wilson is terrible! His head is already too big, can you NOT make it any worse? IS he worth the final nail in the “The Office’s coffin? I think NOT. Every week it seems there is something that makes one major network worse than all the others. This week NBC is the “winner” for having this “brilliant” idea. Time to quit watching Network Tv. I’d watch 20 hours of Lifetime before 2 minutes of a Rainn Wilson show. Yes, he is THAT obnoxious! (I miss Steve – quit watching once he left.)

    Comment by Martha – January 25, 2012 09:58 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I had to take “The Office” off my DVR, I cant watch it without Michael Scott. Robert California is the worst character, ever. The show, which was not at it’s best last year, tanked after Steve Carrell took off. I cannot imagine that a show only about Dwight would be worth adding it to my DVR rotation. So, in short, no.

    Comment by EddieZ – January 25, 2012 10:02 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Great idea. Should be funny as hell, for those who are in on the joke. Some people just don’t get sarcasm or satire.

    Comment by Loli – January 25, 2012 10:13 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I agree. I should be hillarious for those in on the joke. Who cares what the other 6,999,999,998 people on the planet think of it.

      Comment by squander – January 25, 2012 11:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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