Is The Office’s Dwight Schrute Getting His Own NBC Spinoff?
Dwight Schrute may be getting his own series on NBC in 2013. According to Deadline, the idea is to take Dwight, played on The Office by Rainn Wilson, out of Dunder Mifflin’s Scranton branch and put him on his family farm, where he not only grows beets but also runs a bed and breakfast.
The project has apparently been in the works between Wilson and The Office executive producer Paul Lieberstein for a while. “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 told the website. “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’s unknown whether cousin Mose, played by Parks & Recreation co-creator Mike Schur, will be part of that extended family.
While Dwight’s weirdness might make him interesting in a comedy like The Office, where he’s surrounded by some fairly normal characters, it remains to be seen whether that holds true with him taking center stage. The real question, however, is if the spinoff would be more like Frasier or Joey.
What do you think, does Dwight have what it takes to carry a whole show?