Office Spin-Off Scoop: Meet Dwight's Brother Jeb

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The Office Spin-Off Thomas MiddleditchDwight’s baby bro is coming to The Office — and, if he’s lucky, The Farm, too.

Thomas Middleditch — who can currently be seen in the Will Ferrell/Zach Galifianakis comedy The Campaign — has been cast as Jeb, the Dunder Mifflin salesman’s sibling,  TVLine has confirmed.

The character — along with the previously cast Majandra Delfino (Roswell) and Blake Garrett (Bridesmaids), who will play Dwight’s sister and nephew, respectively — will first be introduced in an episode of the departing NBC comedy this fall. Should the network move forward with the Schrute-centric spinoff, all three would be series regulars.

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Tentatively titled The Farm, the project, from former Office showrunner Paul Lieberstein, centers on Rainn Wilson’s Dwight and his kin inheriting a large family farm/bed-and-breakfast. When the quirky beet farmer decides to leave the paper biz and give the new venture a shot, he must convince his brother and sister to join him. Middleditch’s Jeb, however, is the polar opposite of Dwight, with absolutely no work ethic and few life aspirations. In fact, the most success he’s found in his thirtysomething-years is running his own pot farm.

Thoughts on Dwight’s ever-expanding family? Hit the comments!

Comments (14)

  • FAIL

    Comment by God – August 23, 2012 07:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • The show may or may not be good, but Middleditch is an amazing performer. He’s one of the best improvisers I’ve seen live, and he will be hilarious in this show. Guaranteed.

    Comment by Brian – August 23, 2012 07:23 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was hoping for either a Eric Christian Olsen-type or a Jon Lajoe-type, but this works.

    Comment by Zachary – August 23, 2012 07:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why can’t producers resist the temptation to spin off the one who is more often than not THE MOST ANNOYING character on a show? (note to tvline: how’s about offering us the option of bold or italix? Then we won’t have to place our full wine glasses on our caps key to hold it down). The premise really doesn’t sound too bad, but too much Dwight is not a good thing regardless of the supporting cast. They need to end The Office with dignity which means doing right by us, which means doing right by the characters we’ve grown to care about. I’ve hated Dwight and I’ve hated Angela, but I’d be happy if The Office ended with those two together.

    Comment by april-ann – August 23, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Really 9 years in and we’re just now learning about Dwight’s brother and sister? I’m not buying it. Also, since he is Angela’s baby daddy, Ms. Kinsey better have some part in this nonsense.

    Comment by Catie – August 23, 2012 07:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds awful. I bet it will last just as long as Joey did after Friends was over.

    Comment by ABC – August 23, 2012 08:03 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • You’d think NBC would’ve learned something, right?

      Comment by Meg – August 24, 2012 03:52 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Like Fraiser, right?

        Comment by wmjindsm – August 24, 2012 07:33 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Dwight is fun in the context of the show, but, as much as I love Rainn Wilson, Dwight doesn’t have the ability to stand on his own.

    If a spin-off is done, I think that Darryl would be a far more interesting character to follow.
    Or even an Andy/Erin spinoff. Ed and Ellie have great chemistry.

    Comment by Ryan – August 23, 2012 09:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • An ensemble spin-off built around Erin moving to the city would be great. Plenty of stories there, Ellie Kemper is incredibly likeable, and the character isn’t tired.

      Comment by Oliver – August 24, 2012 04:32 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Why oh why do they think this is a good idea? Oh yeah, TV execs check their brains at the door when going to work.

    Comment by Country Queen – August 24, 2012 10:34 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I think Schrute has been doing too many Shrooms!

    Comment by Bob – August 24, 2012 12:14 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m glad that there is so much great comedy on TV right now that people can immediatly dismiss and start crapping all over shows that haven’t even started shooting yet.

    Comment by onemovieeachday – August 24, 2012 02:24 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Just get on board. It is absolutely going to be utterly terrible.

      Comment by tripoli – August 24, 2012 04:19 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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