The Office to Spinoff Dwight, Schrute Farms?

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To many, The Office has grown quite stale on season eight. But NBC has reportedly come up with a way to freshen up the series:

Remove Dwight and give him his own sitcom.

That's the rumored plan for 2013, according to Deadline. Conceived by Rainn Wilson and Paul Lieberstein, the spinoff would feature Dwight leaving Dundler Mifflin and going to work full-time at Schrute Farms.

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"At its base, it will be about a family farm struggling to survive and a family trying to stay together," a source says, adding that the new show would feature a number of Dwight's relatives.

The Office, intentionally or not, has actually been dropping hints about Dwight leaving for awhile now. He was unhappy that Andy took over for Michael as branch manager and just two episodes he flew to Florida to apply for a new job.

When it comes to sitcom spinoffs, there are one-word pros (Frasier) and cons (Joey). What do you think of this idea? Would you watch a Schrute-based new series?

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The idea behind the Dwight Schrute show is good in theory. Dwight is probably the most enigmatic character on The Office, and it would be interesting to see what his life is like away from Dunder Mifflin. I would definitely watch the show. However, I have two concerns. First, Dwight needs a foil, and Jim is perfect for that role. If you remove Dwight from the Office setting, will he still be as interesting? Secondly, can The Office survive without Dwight? Now that Michael Scott is gone, would it really be a smart move for NBC to remove arguably the most popular character from The Office? I would suggest giving Dwight his own show (Dwight's weekends, evenings, etc), but still have him employed at Dunder Mifflin. While that would mean a lot more work for Rainn Wilson, perhaps they could cut down Dwight's screen-time on The Office.


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