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

DIDN'T WE LEARN ANYTHING FROM JOEY? NEWS

... 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]


MORE DEVELOPMENT NEWS

... 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]


FINALLY! NEWS

... 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]


CASTING NEWS

... 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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Mar 23, 2012
Blech! Television just keeps getting worse and worse. Why do big-time movie stars keep doing television? I can only assume that film is even worse off.
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Feb 01, 2012
my buddy's half-sister makes $79 hourly on the computer. Shehas been without a job for 7 months but last month her pay was $8284 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read more here NuttyRich. com
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Jan 27, 2012
It's interesting to note for you kids that don't remember, that Frasier sounded like exactly this sort of awful idea and it paid off for them huge. Just doesn't make it sound less awful.
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Jan 28, 2012
That's EXACTLY what I was just thinking. NBC is currently batting .500 in regards to spinoffs of modern sitcoms. Not bad! The problem with Joey was that they were trying to appeal to everyone (like a CBS comedy), and the end result just wasn't funny. Frasier, on the other hand, was written almost like each episode was a one-act play. The pacing wasn't for everyone at first, but we all got used to it, and was a brilliant show.

If it's funny, I'll watch it.
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Jan 27, 2012
I'd give the Dwigt show a fair shake.
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Jan 27, 2012
N.o B.ody C.ares!!

A.nother B.asterdized C.rapfest!!

C.ommericials B.lasting S.eniors!!

C.onsistant W.hining !
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Jan 27, 2012
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Jan 27, 2012
Dwight Schrute is funny A) in small bits only since he's a broad character; B) when he's playing off a few other characters that are wildly different from him yet are forced to tolerate him through circumstance (working together); and/or C) when he bucks his own stereotype. None of that sounds like something that'll work on what they're considering, and they really need to announce an April 1st date for that project.



How do you know you're being sexually harassed by The Good Wife's Colin Sweeney? When you're DEAD! He's a lady-murderer! That is a character the writers are having too much fun with, it makes it unrealistic to have him come back over and over.
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Jan 27, 2012
The Schrute farm stuff is funny in my opinion and wouldn't bash the idea so quickly. It's true that Dwight is best when played off of Jim and back when Carrell was there but have to wait until it comes out I think. And for Morena Baccarin, I first saw her in Firefly and fell in love with her. :D Never knew she did nude scenes in Homeland and may start watching just for that, haha.
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Jan 27, 2012
Guys, I know this has nothing to do with any of the news above. Please someone tell me, in One tree hill (SPOILER ALERT -if someone didn't watch the last episode) does anyone know, did the baby actually die at the end?
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Jan 27, 2012
Look it up on the recaps here. I am sure there is something somewhere about it.
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Jan 27, 2012
- Dwight Schrute without The Office is like raspberry pie without the pie. It's just an annoying fruit.

- As soon as I heard "Widow Detective", I envisioned a female detective whose family gets killed and she dedicates her life to finding the killer(s). But this sounds way more moronic! I might actually watch it to see just how idiotic it is. So who's going to play the main character? David Hasselhoff??
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Jan 27, 2012
NO NO NO to the Dwight show.
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Jan 27, 2012
Why isn't anyone talking about the absolute sickening ending of the last OTH episode? Killing of one of the babies was just a step toooooo far for me. I can understand the first season episode now, the cliff hangers being presented up front. Still, I don't know if I want to keep watching it, and I'm still a huge fan. Nope, don't go killing off the babies guys. Adios from LiseLotte the Viking (from snowy Stockholm in IKEA-land)
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Jan 27, 2012
Wait! did the baby actually die? I thought they saved it on time??
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Jan 27, 2012
Why Nbc? I watched an old episode (season 2) of The Office and I realized just how far The Office has fallen, and now, A dwight Schrute spin off!? That's just stupid!
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Jan 27, 2012
Rainn Wilson and Paul Lieberstein are very talented and funny people, but still...worst idea ever.
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Jan 27, 2012
NBC, wow. I am sorry as much as I used to like Shrute as a character. This is many years too late and it sounds horrible. And for Rainn Wilson to be a part of this idea, man just go into movies. Super was great and he was good in The Rocker. I just don't see this going anywhere. Office is past its prime by a long shot. And is in no way strong enough right now for a spin off. But again NBC is going to name recognition rather than a quality show. They are trying to do this with Chelsea and the not very good sounding Jimmy Fallon sitcom pilot. They are circling the drain.
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Jan 27, 2012
I'll watch the Office spin-off, but couldn't they have picked a more likeable character?

Banshee sound intriuging even though it isn't supernatural.

Why not just put Beauty & the Beast in Once Upon A Time? The show could use a few more fairy tale characters.
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Jan 27, 2012
Not soon enough for Gossip Girl. It's gotten quite boring & I no longer watch it.
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Jan 27, 2012
Dwight Shrute is like ice cream. It's a great treat and compliment to a meal, but if you eat too much in one sitting it makes you sick.
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Jan 27, 2012
As much as I like Dwight in The Office I would not like the idea of a spin-off. The main reason is that these characters work so well because of the environment they are in (the other characters f.e. and the interaction with them).



But I understand they are considering it. The Office lost it's magic by losing Michael, and I guess they are looking for ways to bring some of that magic back, I just don't think this is the way to do it.
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Jan 26, 2012
I liked the original Beauty and the Beast, at least for the first couple seasons. The third season messed everything up and ruined the romantic aspect of it. I doubt I'd bother with the CW's version because it just sounds like a teen romance story. But I have to admit the idea of a fantasy set version could be interesting. In some versions of the story, Beauty actually comes from a fairly large family. "There was once a very rich merchant, who had six children, three sons, and three daughters..." That would give the writers plenty of characters to work with.
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Jan 26, 2012
Eww @ Dwight's spin-off.



I bet Widow Detective will be a hit. All the crappy shows on CBS are a hit.
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Jan 26, 2012
Haha @ Widow Detective. As stupid as that is, it's only slightly more stupid than a Rainn Wilson/Dwight Schrute spin-off. His creepiness and oddness really works on The Office because it's set in a such a boring uh, office. I'm pretty sure I wont be able to handle a whole show about Dwight... especially on his beet-farm.
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Jan 26, 2012
HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA Widow Detective HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA



Brilliant!



Is it just me or is all that news kind of blah? I don't mind Colin Hanks, he's a good actor - I prefer his comedy over his evil serial killer though, so he might be quite good on Happy Endings.



Banshee, Office spin-off, Widow Detective (LOL) all sound shite. And White Van Man is very average, so I expect the US version to be the same.
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Jan 26, 2012
my best friend's mom makes $77 an hour on the computer. She has been out of job for 9 months but last month her check was $7487 just working on the computer for a few hours. Read about it here NuttyRich. c0m
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Jan 26, 2012
I bet this works better than an Office spin off.
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Jan 26, 2012
I could see a Dwight Schrute family comedy working if he walked around & disciplined with a shotgun or pitch fork.
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Jan 26, 2012
Tim, I really enjoy reading your articles. You have honed your humour to perfection. I laughed with you at "Widow Detective". But it was mostly because of the hilarious way you presented it.

I belong to the group of people who do not like the idea of an Office spin-off. Admittedly, spin-offs can work, there's no doubt about that. But in my mind they only work for certain types of shows. For sit-coms they don't. In sit-coms the characters, especially the central ones, are so important for the show that if one of them gets a new show without the rest of the cast, fans will feel betrayed. Joey is a prime example of that. Joey wasn't Joey without the rest of the Friends cast. By himself he was nothing. In sit-coms the comedy is personified in the characters. Transferring one of them to another setting without the rest of the cast takes away the essence of the character. In other shows with a stronger plot and mythology a spin-off might work: Torchwood (Doctor Who), Angel (Buffy), CSIs, Stargates etc. Dwight, while a really funny character on The Office, isn't the same without the rest of the cast. And as a viewer it's so hard to see the point of a spin-off with Dwight. I see it mostly as a scheme to make more money instead of quality entertainment, which makes me even more turned-off to the idea.
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Jan 26, 2012
As usual, Taccado, you're right on the money!
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Jan 26, 2012
tim, you're soooooo hilarious that i'll read a cooking book, written by you. or a dictionary. or just everything!
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Jan 26, 2012
I've always thought Dwight was hilarious, but I think his personality only works in small doses with an ensemble cast. I'm not sure I could take 21 straight minutes of unadulterated Shrute-ness.



If Beauty and the Beast is even half as good as Once Upon a Time, I will watch it. Fairytales have kind of become the next big thing (step aside vampires!), so I'm not surprised they make ABC all wet.



Speaking of things that make you wet, I'm looking forward to see what hairstyle Morena Baccarin decides to rock on The Good Wife . . . was that statement a little gross? I'm sorry, she's really hot, okay.



As long as Colin Hanks Happy Endings character doesn't suffer from any form of schizophrenia or dissociative identity disorder, it's all good.
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Jan 26, 2012
I agree that Dwight is hilarious, but he is most funny with a "Jim" who pranks him or makes his eccentric-ness seem hilarious, he is far less funny without that, and I don't think Mose could handle playing a Jim character.



Beauty and the Beast, meh. Remember when Ron Perlman did it and I think lived in the sewers? However, I am sure it could be good.



Please, though, AA88 - please say something about Widow Detective. I'm waiting with breath that is bated.
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Jan 27, 2012
Widow Detective: For people who liked Big Love and thought: "You know, this premise could work for a cop show!" - UGH!
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Jan 27, 2012
That is what it sounds like! Thank you!
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Jan 26, 2012
How long do you think it will be before there is a fairy tale show WITH vampires, werewolves etc? I'm thinking the next season of True Blood - seriously, fairies!!!
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Jan 26, 2012
i won't watch a Dwight show, he's pretty annoying most of the time. a whole show about him would be too much.
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Jan 26, 2012
Tim this time you were on fire:)))) this whole thing was hillarious:)
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Jan 26, 2012
Can we say The Cleveland Show 2?
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Jan 26, 2012
"I'm not sure Colin Hanks is big enough to say "plays himself" " - especially after Dexter, [shudder].



And we all love Morena but she's struggling enough for credibility on Homeland as it is. Powerful executive, I think, is starting to push way out of her reach.



And NBC, if you're going to do a Rainn Wilson spin off show, then do his character from Six Feet Under instead. THAT would be interesting (but it won't happen).
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Jan 26, 2012
Is the ABC becoming unrecognizable from Disney comment serious or sarcasm?



Thanks for the Widow Detective. Made me laugh. Sometimes Surette, you can be funny - "wheeeeeze".
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Jan 26, 2012
Maybe there's a third Beauty and the Beast pilot, and it stars Dwight. Think about it!
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Jan 26, 2012
In related near-future news, this is the year Univision will take their place as the 4th largest network and keep it.
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Jan 26, 2012
Why are you against an office spin off? Sometimes I think the writers on this site are too bias, and the only thing worse than an opinionated person is one that thinks people agree with their opinion and are obnoxious about it.
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Jan 26, 2012
Because Spin-Offs generally fail. There are a few success stories, but very few. And who better to discuss television than someone who makes their living writing about TELEVISION!? Unfortunately, this will likely failt, but maybe it means it is the final season of The Office.
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Jan 26, 2012
I'm sorry but if no one is allowed to be opinionated then what is the point in having an opinion about anything? We all may as well curl up and die. Good discussions come from differing opinions and just because these people write for a living doesn't mean they aren't allowed to voice their own thoughts. If you disagree with what they say, that's fine, tell us why, but please don't just attack them for taking a side. I understand that people can get annoyed by other peoples opinions, but instead of just stating your disapproval at their choice (which, just like you, they are entitled to) why don't you try telling us YOUR opinion. If you have one!
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Jan 26, 2012
The response to this question is in the title of the news itself: "didn't we learn anything from Joey?"..
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Jan 26, 2012
To which one could reply, "What did we learn from Benson?"



Didn't bother clicking on the link, but would the writer be as dismissive if CBS announced a Missing Pieces series (based on the '80s Elizabeth Montgomery movie) as he is of Widow Detective?



And wasn't Bobby Bowman also a staff writer on Family Guy?
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Jan 27, 2012
Benson? Really? so you say that a show premiered in 79 and ended in 86 (which happens to be total different era of TV than of today) could really be an argument pro for spin-off's based on single characters, and a reliable model for TV networks?
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Jan 27, 2012
It's as valid a model as making generalizations based on a spin-off from however many years ago Joey was on. As much as TV is recycling ideas, the question isn't how good the idea is, but how well the product is packaged and sold.
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Jan 26, 2012
I agree - a Dwight spin-off may be a good idea. Plenty of shows have had successful spin-offs. People are just resistant to trying anything new.
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Jan 26, 2012
Far far more shows have had ridiculously horribly unsuccessful spinoffs. Three's a CROWD anyone? Joey?
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Jan 26, 2012
Because it is a BAD idea. Plus, they are about 4 years too late even if they had a good idea for a spin off.
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Jan 26, 2012
Agreed.
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Jan 26, 2012
A spin-off is a horrible idea.
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Jan 26, 2012
How about you guys put community back on the air first. Kay thanks.
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Jan 26, 2012
NBC has a problem.. they will buy any pilot no matter how bad in hopes that something might actually be a hit. An Office spin-off is not a good idea at all. Make it a web series if they want to, Dwight's not even that entertaining without feuding with someone. Seriously.. How many memorable Dwight moments do people have that is him without anyone from the office?
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