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NBC Doesn't Buy 'The Farm'; The Dwight Schrute 'Office' Spin-Off Is Dead

Rainn Wilson announced yesterday via Twitter that NBC has opted not to pick-up The Farm, the spin-off of The Office based around his character Dwight Schrute. A pilot episode was filmed, as a standalone episode of The Office that introduces Dwight's family, and the episode will still air sometime in early 2013, giving us a glimpse of what the Dwight spin-off would have looked like. This means that Rainn Wilson will be sticking around for the rest of The Office's final season, instead of leaving for his own show, which'll make for a more fulfilling finale for fans in May.

The Farm was created by Paul Lieberstein (the [...]

Dwight's Spinoff & Mindy Kaling's Pilot Are Taking Their Toll on The Office

Big shakeups are about to hit Dunder Mifflin. Paul Lieberstein will likely exit as showrunner next year, the better to focus on the Dwight-centric spinoff. Meanwhile, Mindy Kaling's absence to work on her new series seems inevitable after the casting of Ed Helms, Bill Hader, and Richard Schiff in the pilot. So in theory, next year could see the loss of: the showrunner, an influential writer, Dwight, Andy, Toby, and Kelly. That'd make for an empty Scranton office, all right. I know this show is good at adapting, but isn't it kind of time to close things out already?

The Office's Paul Lieberstein on James Spader, Cast Exits and How Many Seasons The Show Has Left

In addition to playing the droopiest H.R. rep on primetime, Paul Lieberstein is The Office's showrunner, a writer and an executive producer. As such, I reluctantly accept his claim that most shocking thing about Steve Carrell's absence is how everything seemed to remain the same. "Actually, it's remarkably similar," Lieberstain told The Hollywood Reporter about the show's upcoming season. "There were months of discussions about how to tinker with existing characters and enter new ones, but in the end, it continues to be writing for people we hear a voice of very clearly."

Top Comedy Showrunners Just Doing Some Roundtabling

The Hollywood Reporter brought together showrunners Carter Bays (How I Met Your Mother), Bill Prady (The Big Bang Theory), Liz Meriwether (New Girl), Paul Lieberstein (The Office), Steve Levitan (Modern Family), and Emily Spivey (Up All Night) to have a roundtable discussion. (Though, the gang actually shared three roundtables. Also, for some reason they were arranged by who did or did not wear glasses.) They address all the many stresses of the job, like deciding on pen color:

Liz Meriwether: I was unprepared for the leadership; people are looking to you for everything, and you’re pretending to be an expert on, say, props. It’s been the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But I haven’t had a baby.

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Paul Lieberstein Has Even More Office Details to Spill

The Office hints and spoilers are just racking up. The latest is this interview with Paul Lieberstein, who says that the "rotating center" of focus during this season may not last, what with the departure of Robert California and Nellie Bertram. "I have a romantic feeling for the simplicity of the single-manager structure. Next year might see a return to it," he says. He also promises that guest stars Chris Bauer (Frank Sobotka on The Wire) and Georgia Engel (Georgette from The Mary Tyler Moore Show) will appear later this season. Cool news, but doesn't it kind of feel like this show is frequently stuffed with unnecessary new [...]

How the Producers of The Office Are Dealing with Carell's Exit

Steve Carell's third-to-last Office episode airs tonight, and Vulture talked to Toby/Exec Producer Paul Lieberstein about how they approached his exit and the secrecy around who's going to replace him on the show. We initially, a year ago, had a plan of very quietly exiting Michael Scott. And then after he announced, it became very clear that nobody was going to allow us to quietly exit Michael Scott and Steve Carell. It was a big story people wanted to talk about. At that point, we decided to play out on air what happens in an office when someone leaves, the growing pains and adjustments that come with management [...]

'The Office' Brings in New Executive Producers to Help and Possibly Reboot the Show

With the departure of showrunner Paul "Toby" Lieberstein, Dan Sterling and Brent Forrester have been brought in to help run The Office's office. Both Sterling and Forrester have the type of top-notch pedigree that you'd expect Greg Daniels to hire. Both worked with Daniels on King of the Hill. In addition, Sterling helped run The Sarah Silverman Program, co-created this year's failed pilot for Sarah, and actually co-wrote an upcoming episode of Girls. Forrester started on The Ben Stiller Show, and then worked on The Simpsons, Mr. Show, and Undeclared, before serving as a consulting producer for The Office. No word yet on who will act as [...]

There Might Seriously Be an Office Spinoff About Dwight and His Beet Farm

The entertainment world was flabbergasted, befuddled and awestruck last night to hear of the proposed Dwight-centric Office spinoff conceived by Rainn Wilson and Paul Lieberstein. The show would focus on the Schrute family beet farm and B&B (which will be re-introduced to audiences in an Office episode later this season), and we could be watching Dwight's antics for a full half hour as early as midseason 2013.

Any predications? Dwight's an extreme, sometimes cartoonish character – he's excellent at livening up the realism of The Office, but could the character carry an entire show? It worked for Frasier when he spun off from Cheers. Plus, the last time [...]