As we all recover from the Earth-shattering news that The Office is beginning its final season, its spin-off The Farm has added another Schrute as NBC looks to stomp every ounce of profit out of the formerly great Office that it can.
The Hollywood Reporter says that Thomas Middleditch has been cast as Jeb Schrute, who it described as a "happy-go-lucky guy who's excited but not capable, motivated but lacking follow through."
Jeb has tried his hand in many areas - worm farmer, Bigfoot hunter, Army farmer (huh?) and running a pot farm in Northern California. Seriously.
This project, a train wreck waiting to happen, focuses on Dwight (Rainn Wilson) as a beet farmer running a bed and breakfast. Which sounds thrilling in and of itself, but Dwight isn't a strong enough character to front a show - as seen when he was skipped over to run Dunder Mifflin after Michael Scott/Scarn left.
Middleditch has worked for College Humor and appeared recently in the film The Campaign. He joins Majandra Delfino as Dwight's younger sister, Frannie, and Blake Garrett as his nephew Cameron.
The show has not been ordered to series yet. If it is, Middleditch will be a regular.
Does anyone think this has a chance of working?