It looks like NBC is passing on "The Office" spin-off featuring Rainn Wilson's character, Dwight. In a story that was buried under all of the Hurricane Sandy news, the actor tweeted that NBC has, in fact, passed on "The Farm." The show was to serve as the next chapter in the life of Dwight, easily the quirkiest character on "The Office." Fans will still get to see the pilot when it airs as an episode of the current show, but that will be it. Barring any surprising changes, there will be no spin-offs for this show. That means that when the ninth season ends its run next spring, that will be it for the characters that fans have grown to love. Here are a few reasons why that might be a good thing.
The spin-off was a weak ideaAs funny as Dwight is, the whole concept seemed a little weak. "The Office" has visited Dwight's farm a few times in the past, and it has been funny. However, it's one of those things that's funnier in small doses. Staging a whole show around Dwight and his oddball family never seemed like a smart idea. The humor would have felt stale relatively quickly in the series, and that would have spelled doom. Not only that, but it would have been a bad sendoff for one of the best TV characters in recent years. Perhaps NBC learned its lesson from "Joey" and decided not to take the same plunge this time. It's better to leave Dwight in the office and leave his life on the farm up to the imagination.
Dwight won't leave earlyHad NBC picked up "The Farm," it could have meant Rainn's early departure from "The Office." For a show that has already dealt with some lost characters, that wouldn't have been a good thing. Dwight has always been one of the best reasons to watch this show. If he were to leave, it would seriously drain the humor. Fortunately, that won't be an issue now. It looks like everyone can enjoy Dwight's strange behavior right up until the final episode -- exactly the way it should be.
A chance to end on a proper noteOne of the major issues with spin-offs is that they spoil the ending of the original series. If "The Farm" were a series, you can assume that several of "The Office" stars would have made guest appearances. At the very least, there would be references to them. That gives those characters development beyond what the original show creators envisioned, and that's an issue. "The Office" deserves a finale that offers closure for every character. However the writers decide to end things, fans should respect that. If things are left to the imagination, they should stay that way. It would be a shame to try and define characters beyond the series finale. After nine wonderful seasons, it will be nice to let the show end on its own terms.