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Office spin-off signs cast members

Dwight

As NBC's The Office slowly (and brutally) inches towards its eventual demise, Dwight Schrute remains a viable character. So viable, in fact, that NBC is preparing a spin-off that will focus on Schrute's (played by Rainn Wilson) extended family and life at Schrute Farms, where he grows beets and runs a poorly-managed bed and breakfast.

To prepare for the new, unnamed series, new cast members have been announced, per TVLineMajandra Delfino (Roswell, State of Georgia) has been cast in role of his Dwight's sister, Fannie, while Blake Garrett (New Girl, Bridesmaids) will play his nephew Cameron.

The intention is for Schrute to appear in about half of The Office's season 9 episodes, with one of them being the launching pad for the new series. Both Fannie and Cameron are expected to appear in an episode of The Office to introduce them to the audience.

Both characters will be regulars if NBC moves foward with the tentativevly titled The Farm.

In the series, Dwight and his family inherit a large farm/bed-and-breakfasts - which sounds confusing, because I thought he already owned Schrute Farms.  Dwight talks his brother and sister into joining him in the new (old?) venture. 

Fannie has been living in Boston for some time, fleeing the Schrute family lifestyle. She has become “a bit of a pseudo-intellectual lefty."

Dwight’s brother, Jeb, has not been cast currently.

Does this seem like a good idea to anyone?


Details
Network:
- NBC
Person:
- Rainn Wilson
Show:
- The Office (1995)

Written by: Hamatosan
Aug 19th, 2012, 6:47 am

Hamatosan

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Message Posted On Aug 19th, 2012, 10:30 am

I don't know. I've never really seen him try anything serious.

msd85
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Message Posted On Aug 19th, 2012, 7:29 am

That's a fair point, but Rainn Wilson isn't quite in the league of Kelsey Grammer.

Hamatosan

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Message Posted On Aug 19th, 2012, 7:27 am

I wonder though if that's what people said about Frasier...

msd85
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Message Posted On Aug 19th, 2012, 7:12 am

Honestly, I think this spin-off will crash and burn, and do it to a high degree. If that prediction proves untrue, I'll be the first to admit it, but this whole concept screams disaster. I don't even mean that as some kind of slam on Rainn Wilson either, who is a pretty funny guy. It's just that Dwight has always struck me as one of those characters that everyone loves when he's in a supporting role, but that all those same people will then get sick of when he's the star of the show.

 

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