Rainn Wilson Confirms Dwight Spinoff Chatter: 'It Would Be Even More Far-Out Than The Office'

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Recent buzz that NBC is mulling an Office spinoff built around Dwight was much ado about something, confirmed his portrayer Rainn Wilson at Sunday’s 18th annual Screen Actors Guild Awards.

After initially joking that a Dwight-centric series is “the worst idea I have ever heard in my life,” Wilson told E!’s Giuliana Rancic during the network’s live red carpet coverage that, “We’re talking about a Dwight spinoff that could be really cool.”

Last week, our sister site Deadline.com, which first broke the story, reported that the in-the-works offshoot would be set at the Schrute Farms and bed and breakfast — something Wilson also confirmed. “It would have a crazy menagerie of characters,” he added. “It would be even more far out and weird than The Office.”

Comments (23)

  • Can’t wait!!!!

    Comment by Ben Kabak – January 29, 2012 05:00 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Could be good, but in small doses like a BBC series

    Comment by Carmichael – January 29, 2012 05:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Only if Mose is the star, Mose the reason I’d go to Shrute Farms. Beets are good.

    Comment by Toni – January 29, 2012 05:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Worst.Idea.Ever.

    Comment by Supadupa – January 29, 2012 05:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Seriously! Screw this and bring back Community!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      Comment by Russ – January 29, 2012 09:53 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dwight as the straight man in an ensemble of crazy kooks? This show has absolutely no hope.

    Comment by Eliz – January 29, 2012 05:55 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • If they wanted to remake Green Acres, why don’t they just do it?

    Comment by Scott – January 29, 2012 06:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Here’s why this show won’t work: Back in the golden days of “The Office” (Seasons 1-4, one might argue even parts of Season 5), what made Dwight’s character so funny was his delusion of power–hie belief that he was more than what he was, that he had power that he didn’t really have and his attempts at exercising power. As soon as you give Dwight real power, the humor goes away because he’ll go on a power trip and people will have to listen to his outlandish demands.

    This is a show that is destined for failure.

    Comment by Emgee – January 29, 2012 07:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’d rather have Dwight in command than Michael or Andy.

      Comment by Jesse – January 31, 2012 05:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Just because a character is dynamic and entertaining, doesn’t mean he can carry a series. Remember Joey?

    Comment by Captain – January 29, 2012 07:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rainn Wilson strikes me as someone who thinks he’s a lot funnier than he is. If not, he’s got no clue as to what people want because this idea is beyond stupid.

    Comment by Marc – January 29, 2012 08:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds great but lets not forget what happened with “Joey”

    Comment by Rommel – January 29, 2012 09:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Rainn Wilson is a funny man and a talented actor. He is NOT leading man material as the Rocker showed us. Unless its another ensemble show then this will fail miserably.

    Comment by Kaibosh – January 29, 2012 09:30 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dwight is a character best taken in small doses, especially the way they’ve turned him into a virtual cartoon in recent seasons. The more “far out and weird” they take him the LESS funny this will be. The Office was always at its best in dealing with those painful but all too real moments in office life, not the over the top wacky crap of recent years. Bad idea.

    Comment by ThatBob – January 29, 2012 10:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Instead of having a Dwight spinoff, they should just bring back Community and have Dwight be a student at Greendale. It’s a win win right?!

    Comment by Cat – January 30, 2012 12:02 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I honestly could see this working if this is another ensemble based series that only uses Dwight as the bridge character between The Office and this new show. The show would need another ensemble base, though, Dwight would likely serve in a capacity similar to Michael Scott or Leslie Knope. This could work if done that way… if not, this could be a disaster, though, to be fair, Joey DID run 2 seasons…

    Comment by Mac – January 30, 2012 01:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • To me, THE OFFICE is at its best when it’s smart and understated. The more Dwight is brought forward, the broader and sillier and frankly dumber it gets (same with Andy). Taking a formerly great show that’s starting to eat its own tail and spinning off the elements that didn’t work in the first place to be their own series is just begging for an unwatchable mess–but of course, that’s mostly what turns out to be a success on television so it’s hard to say…!

    Comment by Russ Burlingame – January 30, 2012 04:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m not very familiar with The Office, but this sort of spin-off doesn’t exactly sound like it’s going to bring on new viewers unless the supporting cast is excellent, and Dwight isn’t always the main focus. Otherwise, it seems like it would only appeal to people who A.) Liked The Office and B.) People who like Dwight.

    Comment by Little Scarf Girl – January 30, 2012 06:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I couldn’t agree more! Such as with the ill-fated Joey.
    Also, The Office (which is great) has been around for too long now. NBC, just let the show rest in peace – and that includes all the wonderful, quirky characters, such as Dwight. In short: I’m totally over it!

    Comment by Princess Adora – January 30, 2012 08:45 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Oops, my post was supposed to be a reply to Little Scarf Girl

      Comment by Princess Adora – January 30, 2012 08:46 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I really hope this is sarcasm.

    Comment by Cs – January 30, 2012 10:39 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • FACT: everyone needs to relax.

    FACT: A Dwight spin off is the beeeest idea ever. Why, you ask? Let me tell you why:
    Bears, beets, battlestar galactica.

    Comment by Nus – February 3, 2012 09:49 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Please make this and please make this good.

    Comment by CM – October 6, 2012 01:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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