The Office’s Rainn Wilson posted this information on his Facebook page:
Here’s the deal with ‘The Farm’ as there have been so many questions of late. We are shooting an episode of the Office entitled The Farm. It introduces Schrutes we’ve never met before- Dwight’s sister Fannie and her son Cameron who’ve been in Boston for 10 years, brother Jeb, a pot farmer, and (nazi curious) Uncle Heinrich. Also there’s Mose’s brother Zeke.
(note: we’ve assembled an AMAZING cast and I’m so thrilled to be working with them! I know that sounds cliche but it’s TRUE!)
This episode will be done soon and then NBC will decide if they want “The Farm” to be a series or not. Either way the episode will air as an Office episode in the winter sometime.
If we shoot more, they would start airing in the winter/spring probably.
The number of Office eps I do this last season is really dependent on what happens with The Farm. Definitely 12 or 13 and maybe more.
Wish us luck. See you at Schrute Farms!
… current Parks and Recreation showrunner — and former Office EP — Mike Schur is set to reprise his role as Dwight’s oddball kin in the departing NBC comedy’s upcoming Schrute-centric episode/planted spin-off, “The Farm.” No word yet on how Mose will figure into the half-hour, but in a recent interview with TVLine, Schur joked that he’s praying the Farm pilot revolves around Mose’s funeral. “That would be the best case scenario, I think,” he laughed. “If Mose was in a horrible tractor accident, and he was chopped up into little pieces so that there was no way he could come back… I’d be really psyched.”
August 25, 2012: Deadline
Veteran Tom Bower (Die Hard 2) has been cast as Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) great uncle Heinrich in The Office spinoff project, which will be introduced in an episode of the veteran NBC comedy’s upcoming final season. Titled The Farm, the spinoff has Dwight (Wilson) living at the Schrute family beet farm and bed & breakfast. Bower will play the Dwight siblings’ (Wilson, Majandra Delfino, Thomas Middleditch) great uncle Heinrich Manheim, who is charming, greedy, manipulative… and may have had to spend time in Argentina following World War II, thanks to his German National Socialist roots. Co-starring in the project is Matt Jones as Dwight’s cousin Zeke.
Breaking Bad alum Matt Jones has been tapped to play Rainn Wilson’s mysterious cousin Zeke in the potential spinoff of NBC’s The Office… Jones will play Zeke, Dwight’s cousin and joins the previously cast Thomas Middleditch as Dwight’s wacky brother Jeb, Majandra Delfino (Roswell) as Dwight’s younger sister, Frannie, and Blake Garrett as his nephew, Cameron.
While Jeb has tried several different career paths — worm farmer, Bigfoot hunter, Army farmer and now running a successful pot farm in Northern California — he lacks Dwight’s sense of principle, hierarchy and work ethic. He’s also said to have made his own exercise video of things you can do with a knife and canoe (naturally!).
Thomas Middleditch… has been cast as Jeb, the Dunder Mifflin salesman’s sibling, TVLine has confirmed. The character — along with the previously cast Majandra Delfino (Roswell) and Blake Garrett (Bridesmaids), who will play Dwight’s sister and nephew, respectively — will first be introduced in an episode of the departing NBC comedy this fall. Should the network move forward with the Schrute-centric spinoff, all three would be series regulars. When [Dwight] decides to leave the paper biz and give the new venture a shot, he must convince his brother and sister to join him. Middleditch’s Jeb, however, is the polar opposite of Dwight, with absolutely no work ethic and few life aspirations. In fact, the most success he’s found in his thirtysomething-years is running his own pot farm.
Majandra Delfino (Roswell, State of Georgia) has landed the role of his sister, Fannie, while Blake Garrett (New Girl, Bridesmaids) will play his nephew, Cameron, TVLine has confirmed. Both characters will be introduced in an episode of The Office to air this fall. If NBC decides to move forward with the offshoot, tentatively titled The Farm, both will appear as series regulars.
July 17, 2012: TVLine
Question: What can we expect to see from Season 9 of The Office?
Ausiello: You can expect to meet Dwight’s kooky clan in this season’s fourth episode. According to sources, that’s when NBC is planning to air the Schrute-centric planted spin-off The Farm.
Tidbits from Paul Lieberstein:
[Paul] Lieberstein… hints that [in Season 9], there might be a switch back to how things were during the bulk of the show’s run. “I have a romantic feeling for the simplicity of the single-manager structure,” he says. “Next year might see a return to it.” Not surprisingly, Lieberstein wouldn’t elaborate further, except to say that there almost certainly won’t be multiple layers of management at the Scranton office.
Lieberstein confirmed that he’s working with Rainn Wilson on an Office offshoot (tentative title: The Farm) to be top-lined by Rainn Wilson: “It’s a show about Dwight’s life on the farm and [running] the business — the bed and breakfast and the farm — with his family,” he says. “Basically we have a show about a family working together and a family business in the heartland. It’s kind of focused on some people who are not often represented on television. I think it’s really interesting; I’m super excited about it. I haven’t grown up on a farm myself, so I have a lot of research to do.”
Original reports about the spin-off got the timetable for the project wrong, however. While the goal is to do a special episode of The Office that would serve as a pilot for the show, “the plan is to do it early [in Season 9],” not [in Season 8]. “We’ve been talking about it for about a year I guess,” Lieberstein says. “And then when it finally was really coming together, we were just in the heart of the second half of [Season 8], and contracts came together slowly, and we just found ourselves without time to properly do it.” By waiting until the fall [of Season 9], “We’ll be able to focus on casting outside of pilot season… We’ll get to really do it right.” Sadly, Lieberstein confirms what we expected: Dwight’s Cousin Mose, played by Parks and Recreation co-creator Mike Schur, is not expected to be a regular. “We’re going to have to explain why he’s not there,” says Schur. “He will do what he can, now and then. But for the most part, he can’t be Mose.”
NBC is searching for a new showrunner to replace Paul Lieberstein on its top-rated comedy The Office, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Lieberstein — who currently heads the writing staff, produces and co-stars as Toby — is looking to shift his focus from the network’s Thursday staple to The Farm, the rumored Dwight Schrute spinoff the network is currently developing.
January 29, 2012: E!
Rainn Wilson talks to E! about the possibility of a Dwight Schrute spin-off.
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More about the show at The Office Season 9 spoiler page.
Deadline.com is reporting that The Office’s Dwight Schrute (played by Rainn Wilson) may be getting his own show as early as mid-season 2013:
… the proposed spinoff is a family comedy, which was the brainchild of Wilson and The Office executive producer/showrunner Paul Lieberstein. It will have Dwight (Wilson) living at the Schrute family beet farm and bed & breakfast… at its base it will be about a family farm struggling to survive and a family trying to stay together.
Deadline’s report ends with an update on The Office Season 9:
None of the core Office cast members, including Ed Helms, John Krasinksi and Mindy Kaling, have deals for next season, and while the studio can’t formally sign the actors before there is a renewal for the show, it is trying to shore them up in anticipation of a pickup.