I have mixed feelings about Rainn Wilson. His Dwight Schrute has become one of the more memetic characters over the last decade of television, but he's also never really proven himself capable of really doing much with his solo work, with The Rocker bombing horribly, netting just 6 million dollars from a release in 2,700+ theaters, and even Super underperforming a fair amount, netting a few hundred thousand dollars versus a 2.5 million dollar budget. Still, he deserves a fair amount of credit for making the least likable member of The Office, one Dwight Schrute, a singularly notable character among the wide cast of that sitcom. As such, NBC is apparently looking to reward him with a sitcom of his very own, which...well, we can all hope it'll turn out better than his movie career.
Said sitcom would apparently be an Office spin-off for the Dwight Schrute character, and would take place primarily at Schrute Farms, the odd bed-and-breakfast that has seen action in a few Office episodes. That is, of course, a completely natural course of events for a sitcom that is now in its eighth season; most American television shows don't extend much beyond their seventh season (that number being apparently the sweet spot for syndication deals, as most of the Star Trek series would indicate). As Deadline's inside source says:
Paul and Rainn have been joking for years about Dwight’s life on the farm, his family and how ill-suited he is to run a B&B. A while ago, it started to feel like a show to them. NBC agreed, it’s been further developed to include multiple generations, many cousins and neighbors. (It is unclear if that would include cousin Mose who has been featured on the show, played by /parks-and-recreation/17-8679/Office alum and Parks & Recreation co-creator Mike Schur.) At its base it will be about a family farm struggling to survive and a family trying to stay together.
So, cool, I guess. This seems like the most natural spin-off opportunity that The Office has to offer, what with Ed Helms, John Krasinksi, and Mindy Kaling all likely opting to leave for brighter pastures after this season. NBC is reportedly trying to lock down at least one more season of The Office for next year, but with Helms apparently slated to make almost $15 million for The Hangover 3, is he likely to come back? Can the show survive two manager searches in two years? We'll find out in a year or so, but in the meantime, what do you think about a show entirely built around Dwight Schrute? Would it work, or does he need the more level-headed members of The Office to keep him sane?