News Briefs: NBC Is Developing a Dwight Schrute Office Spin-Off

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... NBC just doesn't know when to say, "Awwww hellllll no." The network is developing a spin-off of its once-mighty comedy The Office with resident weirdo/nerd Dwight Schrute (Rainn Wilson) in the spotlight. The proposed show, described as a family comedy, would follow the happenings at Dwight's beet farm, where he runs a bed and breakfast. The idea was hatched by Wilson and Office EP Paul Lieberstein. Clearly, they must be stopped. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Cinemax has ordered a pilot from True Blood creator Alan Ball. Banshee, which was announced eons ago, isn't about a screaming ghost, as its name implies. It's about an ex-con who assumes the identity of the sheriff of Banshee, Pennsylvania, where he continues to be a crook while dodging figures from his past who are after his hide. Ball would juggle both Banshee and True Blood. [Deadline Hollywood]

... ABC has ordered a pilot for White Man Van, an adaptation of the British comedy of the same name. In the single-camera sitcom, a dude takes over the family handyman business from his father and must put his own aspirations on the back burner. Bobby Bowman, an executive producer on My Name is Earl, will helm. This is about as vague a description as you can get, so I'll make a snap judgment and say the show will be... average! [Deadline Hollywood]

... Because television is where originality goes to die, ABC has ordered a pilot based on Beauty and the Beast. This is the second B and the B pilot in production for next season, as The CW ordered one last week. But unlike The CW's, which leans toward the modern-day version of the story that CBS aired in 1987, the ABC version will be more of a fairy tale. That's 'cause fairy tales make ABC all wet right now due to the success of Once Upon a Time. In related news, ABC will soon be unrecognizable from its parent company, Disney. [EW]

... CBS has ordered a drama pilot for a show called Widow Detective. It's about... wait, Widow Detective? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA *wheeeeeze* HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. WIDOW DETECTIVE! Oh, just click the link if you want to know what it's about. Widow Detective. Good one, CBS. [Deadline Hollywood]


... Gossip Girl executive producer Stephanie Savage is looking at making next season the last for the CW soap. The contracts for the actors end after that, making it a logical end point for the series. Actually, a REAL logical end point for the series would have been last season, when the show's viewership plummeted to well below 2 million. [THR]


... Morena Baccarin, of Homeland and Firefly fame, will guest-star on The Good Wife. She'll play a character who is smokin' hot. Okay fine, she'll play a powerful executive who accuses Colin Sweeney of sexual harassment. I'm not saying that sexual harassment is okay, but if you're going to do it, Morena Baccarin is a good way to go. [EW]

... Colin Hanks will guest-star on Happy Endings as Colin Hanks, an actor who happens to be the son of Tom Hanks. I had to describe that because I'm not sure Colin Hanks is big enough to say "plays himself." [EW]

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