See What the Cast to Dwight Schrute's 'The Office' Spin-Off, 'The Farm,' Looks Like

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See What the Cast to Dwight Schrute's "The Office" Spin-Off, "The Farm," Looks Like

By Dustin Rowles | Trade News | August 27, 2012 | Comments ()


As most of you know, the upcoming ninth season of "The Office," will be its last. But that doesn't necessarily mean it'll be the last we'll see of all the characters. Specifically, NBC is working on a spin-off of The Office called The Farm built around Rainn Wilson's character, Dwight. The show will follow Dwight and his kin (not Mose) who will " inherit a large family farm/bed-and-breakfast. When the bespectacled beet farmer decides to give the new venture a go, he must talk his brother and sister into joining him."

The series will begin as a backdoor pilot to The Office, and if it performs well, it's expected to be picked up for series starting in 2013. Principal casting is complete, and now we have faces to go along with the character descriptions obtained by TVLine a few months ago. I've seen all of NBC's sitcom pilots for the fall, and from the look and sound of The Farm, it will be right in NBC's new wheelhouse, as they attempt to corner the sitcom market on generically amusing spearheaded by Go On, The New Normal and Animal Practice.

Here's the character descriptions and the casting on the series.

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.

Played by Majandra Delfino


JEB SCHRUTE | Dwight's easygoing thirtysomething 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.

Played by Thomas Middleditch


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.

Played by Blake Garrett.


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.


In addition, Dwight's cousin -- who was originally written as a recurring/guest character but has been expanded to a full cast member -- is being played by Matt Jones, best known as Badger from Breaking Bad.


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  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    The ONLY positive I can see is the name Thomas Middleditch. For that name alone, this guy should have his own show.

    Everything else about this makes me want to punch a kitten in the face.

  • katenonymous

    Not only does it sound awful, but the total lack of Mose makes me think of "Woman of the House," in which Suzanne Sugarbaker returned to TV with a completely different backstory. Oh, and that show was awful, too.

  • Rocabarra

    So far, this does not sound promising. However, there are two Dwight moments from The Office that force me to give this show a fighting chance.

    "I was shunned from the age of four until my sixth birthday for not saving the excess oil from a can of tuna."


    For these, Dwight Schrute, you receive an eternal pass.

  • pockets full of stones

    Oh. Quirky. Quirky quirky quirky. Did they not realize New Girl succeeded IN SPITE of its/her quirkiness?! I'm gonna have a rant about quirk right now. It's gonna be in Croatian and it's gonna be spectacular. You're missing out, people. Learn Slavic languages. They're incredibly filthy. Filth beats quirk anytime. Just ask the guy from last night. He was so pretty. If i were any quirkier I wouldn't have gotten laid. Luckily I was filthy. I told him he his pants looked spectacularly filled by his presence. I apparently said a lot of other stuff about his presence--I might not have used the word presence--but It turned out I had him at Pants. Give us Pants, NBC. Not the useless quirky tirade about pants. Just Pants. Anyway, I got laid and this looks quirky. Thanks for listening.

  • Littlejon2001

    Thomas Middleditch is THE MAN. The dude is an amazing improviser and comedian. He alone is the reason I have hopes for this show

  • space_oddity

    Just say "no," people. "Giving it a chance" and "sticking with it [in the vain hope that the turd miraculously stops stinking]" is why we're about to have season 9 of The Office. Bad TV should not be supported.

  • Strand

    Why? Frasier sounded like shit at first. I didn't think you could base an entire show on a Cheers supporting character, especially when the quality of that show nosedived in its later years, but it turned out great.

  • dizzylucy

    I always enjoyed the brief glimpses of life at Schrute Farms that we got on the Office - probably because they were brief glimpses. I worry a show solely about that will not be good.
    I'll probably give it a shot, but I'm suspecting this will be the Joey to the Office's Friends.

  • NoPantsMcLane

    This does not sound good. Season 1 through 5 of The Office is almost perfect and still some of the funniest stuff i have seen on TV, but now it's awful and this seems even worse. I will give it a chance, but i doubt i will like it. These characters all sound like awful cliches.

  • Snath's a beet farm, full of "whacky" characters, and a Nazi.

    What. The. Fuck.

  • BarbadoSlim

    Can't wait for the hot jews and oven jokes. You know, comedy.

  • Strand

    I think the Schrute family was always described as bunch of quasi-Amish/Nazi beet farmers.

  • Javier

    so the farm/bed-and-breakfast is a different one from the farm/bed-and-breakfast Dwight already has?

    the only new character that looks somewhat Schrute-y and neuroticlly crazy like Dwight is the great-uncle, and knowing Dwight's older relative's stories from the bits and pieces his shared his bound to be the redeeming note in this series.

  • BWeaves

    The brother and sister do not look like they share the same DNA as Dwight.

  • Green_Eggs_and_Hamster

    I thought the same thing. Maybe Dwight was adopted?

  • sheepeyes

    Majandra Delfino?! Be still my Roswell fangirl heart.

  • RocksEaglesHats

    I will watch this.

  • Sara S.

    as will i

  • This sounds abysmal and unwatchable. Badger's not enough to make it all better

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