As longtime cast members and writers begin to leave NBC'sThe Office, the studio is doing everything in its power to try and salvage as much of a profit as possible from a franchise that still draws in plenty of viewers and advertising dollars. One of the ways that NBC plans on continuing the legacy of The Office is by producing a spin-off of the show based on the life of Dwight Schrute, titled The Farm.
Now, TV Line has revealed some details from the new show that should shed some light on the direction that they are taking. The Farm will center on Dwight (Rainn Wilson) and his family inheriting a bed-and-breakfast on a farm. Dwight evidently decides to follow through with this new business opportunity with his family members as his partners. This premise will be set up in an episode of Season 9 of The Office, and will give fans a peek at what to expect from the show.
The site also revealed a list of characters that will show up on The Farm:
Fannie Schrute: Attractive, urban and in her late 20s/early 30s, Dwight’s younger sister fled the Schrute farm life for Boston as soon as she could, and has had little to do with her roots for quite some time. Now divorced with one son, Fannie is “a bit of a pseudo-intellectual lefty” with an ironic sense of humor and a great heart.
Jeb Schrute: Dwight’s easygoing thirty-something brother hasn’t done well in any of the career paths he’s followed – worm breeder and Bigfoot hunter among them — but has found some success with a pot farm. He’s got none of Dwight’s dedication or work ethic, but he has made an exercise video about things you can do with a knife and a canoe. (We like him already.)
Cameron Whitman: Dwight’s smart and slightly weird 9-year-old nephew (Fannie’s son) is a cosmopolitan lad who nevertheless feels the pull of his Schrute heritage, especially when he’s around someone — his uncles, perhaps? — who can offer the fatherly guidance he lacks.
Heinrich Manheim: The Schrute siblings’ great uncle is charming, greedy, manipulative… and just may have had to spend time in Argentina following World War II, thanks to his German National Socialist roots. Oh, and he vows to kill Dwight by the end of the first episode.
We'll have more information on The Farm as it becomes available.
[via TV Line]