NBC Nixes Dwight-Centered Office Spin-Off

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Office Spinoff The FarmNBC isn’t buying The Farm.

The Peacock net will not be moving forward with its Dwight-centric Office spin-off, Rainn Wilson announced on Twitter late Monday.

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“NBC has passed on The Farm TV show,” Wilson wrote. “Had a blast making the pilot — onwards and upwards!”

An NBC insider confirms that the network will stick to its original plan and air the pilot in early 2013 as a standalone episode of The Office, which is set to conclude its nine-year run this May.

Thoughts? Do you think NBC’s pre-emptive move was a smart one? Hit the comments!



Comments (49)

  • Raise your hand if you saw this coming.

    Comment by a – October 29, 2012 03:09 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • *hand raised*

      Comment by amanda – October 29, 2012 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • *raises hand*

        Comment by Elyse – October 29, 2012 03:38 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • *Raises two hands*

          Comment by Tweeny – October 29, 2012 03:39 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
          • Well, I mean I knew it would be bad, but this is NBC. Its just as likely they would have gone forward with it.

            Comment by Alake M. (@AllieKMalik) – October 29, 2012 04:19 PM PDT  
    • Hand raised high.

      Comment by Derek Johnson – October 29, 2012 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • *raises both hands then figures thats not enough to make my point so raises both feet as well*

      Comment by Alan – October 29, 2012 04:25 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • *raised* The Office is done, let it rest.

      Comment by Samantha – October 29, 2012 05:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • ***raises hand***

      Comment by Kel – October 30, 2012 09:17 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Best photo for the story, I’m sad but honestly NBC need to move away from what its doing right now. Animal Practice… Guys with Kids???? Really NBC?

    Comment by Rob A – October 29, 2012 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Animal Practice was already cancelled.

      Comment by Meg – October 29, 2012 03:37 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Yes… but it still happened.

        Comment by Emily – October 29, 2012 03:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Actually considering the situation Fuys With Kids is doing ok and it’s a pretty funy show. Paired with Whitney it could start doing a lot better and could potentially have a fighting chance for a second season. Everyone I know who actually watches it ends up liking it, you should give it a chance

      Comment by Ram510 – October 29, 2012 04:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • yeah, I actually really like it too! This show just seemed like a disaster though.

        Comment by fiyero – October 29, 2012 04:21 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • GOOD JOB NBC YOU DID SOMETHING RIGHT

    Comment by RT Cable – October 29, 2012 03:10 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes. That’s what I said when I read the article. It was a terrible idea so this is really a no brainer.

      Comment by tripoli – October 29, 2012 09:43 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Maybe as a DVD extra, but otherwise this needs to never see the light of day.

    Comment by M – October 29, 2012 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank goodness! Let go of the past NBC and move into the future. Stop grasping at the threads of dying shows.

    Comment by Barb – October 29, 2012 03:15 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Ha…when this was announced, I said this would never happen.
    Pats myself on back.
    Carry on!

    Comment by GOOFS – October 29, 2012 03:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Damn. I wanted to be a snot about how horrible it is. Guess I’ll have to just hate Dwight till the series ends next year.

    Comment by TigerNightmare – October 29, 2012 03:18 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m a little disappointed, I was looking forward to seeing Majandra Delfino as Dwight’s sister but even if the show had gone forward doubt it would’ve lasted very long. It would be interesting to see it as an Office episode before the show ends, just for curiosity purposes.

    Comment by Becca – October 29, 2012 03:20 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yeah…I’m really bummed for her. She is incredibly talented. Really nice vocal material, interesting writing skills- musically, great paintings and she is a really good actress with promising comedic timing. On top of that she is gorgeous!
      Hopefully she’ll get a shot at something that’ll finally make the cut. She deserves a break.

      Comment by kateshomesick – October 29, 2012 04:16 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m still baffled as to why this was considered in the first place. Glad to see it’s dead, if only because Rainn Wilson really honestly deserves better than to live as Dwight Schrute for any longer than necessary.

    Comment by Jacob – October 29, 2012 03:26 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I was going to crack a joke about how an Office spinoff was a terrible idea; Then I remembered that technically Parks & Rec started as a sort of Office spinoff and Parks is one of the best, if not the best, comedies on the air.

    Comment by Ari – October 29, 2012 03:28 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Parks is not, nor has ever been, an Office spin-off. That rumor, for whatever reason, just won’t die!

      Comment by SJ – October 29, 2012 03:48 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • Uh that’s not a rumor at all. When the show was first announced, it was billed an as office spin off. However, this eventually changed and became a show that would also use the documentary style but would not be a spin off. If you don’t know what you’re talking about, it’s better to keep your mouth shut.

        Comment by Mark – October 29, 2012 03:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • it was conceived as a backdoor pilot coming from the office, so yeah it started life as an office spin off

        Comment by Alan – October 29, 2012 04:27 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • If you watch the Parks DVD commentary track (which I have because a lot of them are just as funny as the actual episodes) they discuss this in the second season. It was originally developed as a spin off but mutated into what became Parks & Rec. Not a rumor, a truth fact. It was decided not to run it as a spin off before the pilot was filmed but it was originally pitched that way (and approved that way). It wasn’t until they saw how much it wouldn’t work that it was rewritten.

        Comment by Ari – October 29, 2012 05:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not surprising-Dwight really wasn’t the kind of character you could build a show around. Too much like Joey in that he was more of a punchline than a character.

    Comment by Derek Johnson – October 29, 2012 03:42 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Joey was much more than a punchline. He was a great character. The show wouldn’t have been the success it was without the 6 of them, thus that is why the show Joey was a failure.

      Comment by Blake – October 29, 2012 04:01 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
      • NO!!!! I totally agree with you that Joey WAS a great character. Loveable, fun, entertaining and so loyal. I still think it was wrong for Friends to wrap things up without wrapping up Joey’s story, ie. moving to LA. But I don’t agree that Joey failed because the 6 of them weren’t there. I believe Joey failed because of the continued story of Joey the failure. I have given my take on it to many people and they see my stance and agree (to the point they thought I should have written it to the producers, but what does that get you other than them stealing and me getting nothing?), and now here it is public: Fans of Friends loved Joey. They loved to see him struggle but they also loved to see him succeed. He was already mid-thirties when Friends ended, and we had watched him struggle for ten years. TEN years. It was too hard to watch Joey as a struggling actor still failing and we didn’t care that it was LA, he was STILL struggling and failing. My idea was that for the first few eps, we see him going to auditions and not getting roles. He attends an audition and speaks to the actor sitting beside him, this guy is really great for the role but the producer offers it to Joey if he will sleep with her. He doesn’t. He tells her what a great actor the other guy is. Finally we see him attending an audition for a “young Italian-American”. He’s sitting waiting to be called when the young man beside him strikes up a conversation. The young man finally says to Joey: “I wish my Dad was as supportive as you, which one’s your son?” Joey wishes him well and leaves. Later, we see the first guy, so successful in the role Joey turned down (because he wouldn’t sleep with the producer) thanking his “agent” Joey Tribbiani! And there and then is the start of our deserving Joey’s career as a very successful agent. After all, why not? He has 15 years under his belt in the business. He never made it as an actor (other than his shortlived stints on DOOL), but he knows the business and is actually quite knowledgeable. He’s hired by an outstanding firm, and we get to see our beloved Joey finally succeed in show business! And we get to see him at work, where there are many fun characters at the agency (and many opportunities for his “Friends” and others to appear as themselves for cameos), and we get to see him in his personal life, but he’s always our loveable Joey. Okay come on guys, it’s a sitcom! Stop being so critical of me, lol.

        Comment by april-ann – October 29, 2012 07:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
        • How successful do you think Frasier would have been if he was shown as a LOSER in his professional life? He had a gorgeous apartment and had his own successful radio show. It’s okay to see our beloved characters as vulnerable and challenged in their personal lives as far as their quest for love goes, but it was a mistake to make Joey a failure still in his professional life. That, to me, is why Joey failed.

          Comment by april-ann – October 29, 2012 08:54 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • I’ll never understand the hate towards Joey. I actually enjoyed the show. Of course, I wasn’t a fan of Friends. So I can see how it’d be possible to like one show and not the other.

      Comment by onemovieeachday – October 29, 2012 04:56 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Never thought I’d see the day – a “suits” decision I actually agree with!

    Comment by april-ann – October 29, 2012 03:44 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Yes

    Comment by Ruth – October 29, 2012 03:51 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • It was a backdoor pilot so it will likely still air as an episode of The Office for people who like to rubber-neck at car crashes.

    Comment by Oliver – October 29, 2012 03:59 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I hope this makes it possible for Dwight and Angela to end up together, although the characters’ stories for the ending of The Office were probably in place long before anyone knew for sure that this spinoff was not going to happen. Oh well I’m still hopeful because I think those two belong together.

    Comment by april-ann – October 29, 2012 04:06 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
    • Yes! I hope so too!

      Comment by laws – October 29, 2012 04:34 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m gonna have to agree with NBC on this one. Its hard to spin off a successful new series when nobody’s watching the original.

    Comment by DC – October 29, 2012 04:17 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I’m glad they cancelled it, because I did not want to see this show crash and burn. I would however like to see the pilot air as an episode of The Office. Just to see what was going to happen.

    Comment by Courtney – October 29, 2012 04:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I guess the only reason i was excited for this show was because i’m scared to let go of the Office, but life goes on, i haven’t been this upset about a show ending since the Original Law & Order, and even then knowing that L&O: LA was replacing it, i felt a little better

    Comment by Kenny – October 29, 2012 05:08 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I love Dwight but I don’t know how I’d feel about an entire about him. He’s great in small doses just like on the Office. Glad they cancelled it.

    Comment by A – October 29, 2012 05:47 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Thank you Jeebus! This show was never a good idea.

    Comment by Kelly – October 29, 2012 07:31 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • A Dwight spinoff was a horrible idea, but I would still like to see the backdoor pilot Farm centric episode of The Office. Only to see more of Dwight’s family. It was only ever a one episode story anyway

    Comment by Daniel – October 29, 2012 09:52 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Aw, I was looking forward to lots of Mose. :(

    Comment by Ruby – October 29, 2012 10:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Sounds like a smart move. There are already too many TV shows about stupid jerks.

    Comment by Larc – October 30, 2012 06:47 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Not sure why everyone thinks The Farm would be a bad show? A bit presumptuous to me, IMO. With good writing, such as the Office had in it’s peak years, it could of been a big hit. #OhWell

    Comment by s01 – October 30, 2012 10:28 AM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • Because there is sooo many great shows on tv nowadays… especially on nbc… makes sense they wouldn’t buy it…

    True fact is, the insurmountable backlash of the office ‘fans’ cancelled this show without giving it any chance… because it had absolutely no chance of being a good show. Despite the fact that we couldnt see one episode of it that is…

    Comment by Andre – October 30, 2012 12:46 PM PDT  Reply To This Post
  • I wish they went ahead with this show, mainly because I am not at all sure if he will continue to get roles after playing Dwight for so long, and it seemed like an interesting story at least.

    Comment by ThebaTheJudicator – December 8, 2012 06:45 PM PDT  Reply To This Post

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