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.