When it comes to comedy TV series, there are few that can compare to the U.S. version of The Office. With hilarious characters like Michael Scott, Jim, and Dwight, The Office won the hearts of nearly everyone who watched it, making it memorable and quotable even years after the series ended.
There are many — myself included — who are still sore that the series ended, and are desperate for more of The Office. Binging and re-watching all 201 episodes on Netflix is just not enough. We want more!
We Were ALMOST In LuckDuring the final season of The Office, the series’ showrunner Paul Lieberstein (who also played Toby) stepped away from the series to work on creating a spin-off starring Dwight titled The Farm. Because of this, Rainn Wilson (the actor behind Dwight) was only slated to appear for 13 of the 25 episodes during Season 9, as the production for The Farm would overlap with shooting the final episodes of The Office.
The Farm would have followed Dwight as he, his siblings, and his other family members take over the farm left behind by their deceased Aunt Shirley. Dwight would lead the farm, with his radically different siblings working under him and, as we can imagine, constantly getting on his last nerve.
‘The Farm’ CastAs far as we can tell, the only returning characters would have been Dwight and his kooky cousin Mose. The rest of the cast would have been entirely new, including Thomas Middleditch (best known for playing Richard Hendricks in Silicon Valley) as Dwight’s brother Jeb.
It also would have featured Matt L. Jones as Dwight’s cousin Zeke, Majandra Delfino as his sister Fannie, Blake Garrett as Fannie’s son Cameron, and Tom Bower as Dwight’s uncle Heinrich. The characters all had their own unique quirks, but Dwight was undoubtedly the quirkiest of them all.
So What Happened To Dwight’s Spin-Off?Lieberstein produced a pilot episode of The Farm with Wilson and the rest of the cast, showing the family attending the funeral of Aunt Shirley and receiving the farm, which would have been the main setting for the series.
Unfortunately, NBC did not warm to the pilot of The Farm, primarily due to how tonally different it was from The Office. Lieberstein’s plans for the spin-off were shelved, and The Farm would never be. Had The Farm got the green light, though, we can imagine that The Office would have ended very differently.Fortunately, the pilot of the series was released, with a few minor tweaks. They actually released it as an episode of The Office during the final season, titled ‘The Farm’. In order to make the Dwight plot fit in with the rest of the series, they also added a short plot for the characters still at the office featuring David Koechner’s character Todd Packer returning to pull one last prank on the characters. However, Dwight’s storyline was undoubtedly the most prominent in the episode.
Check out a clip below from “The Farm” to get a glimpse of what Dwight’s spin-off would have been like:
While it may not have been able to top The Office, I still would have appreciated at least a season or two of The Farm. Of all the characters from The Office, it is safe to say that I miss Dwight Schrute the most. His sarcastic and strange attitude to everything in life is so relatable, even if I don’t want it to be.
Although we did not get The Farm, I’m glad we at least got a glimpse of what could have been with the episode of the same name. Hopefully it is not too late for Schrute farms, and NBC will pick the series back up in the future. It is not likely, but we can hope.
Was NBC right to cancel The Farm? Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading!
[Top Photo Credit: Deedle-Dee Productions / NBC]