It's been a little while since "The Office" aired "The Farm," an episode meant to act as a backdoor pilot for the Dwight-centric spinoff series of the same name. Originally aired on March 14, "The Farm" set events in motion for Dwight and his family to take ownership of a large farm and work together as a family.
While the episode as a whole wasn't perfect, there were some nice character moments that revealed the potential for a Dwight-centered spinoff series to work. Sadly, NBC passed on the Dwight Shrute pilot.
Naturally, "The Farm" was not the first spinoff series that was declared dead on arrival. Here are some examples of other spinoffs that were canceled before they had their chance to dazzle.
One of the most impressive things about "Babylon 5" creator J. Michael Straczynski was his amazing planning and preparation for each show. Unlike "Lost" or "Battlestar Galactica," where the creators made up the story as they went along, Straczynski meticulously planned his projects to have five-year story arcs.
Like "Babylon 5" before it, "Crusade" featured this five-year plan, ensuring a quality story over five seasons. However, "Crusade" didn't jive with the rest of the TNT lineup, and it got pulled from the schedule. It was too bad: The series starred Gary Cole and a pre-"Lost" Daniel Dae Kim and had great potential.
Unfortunately for Sally, her show's timeslot put her in direct competition with "The Odd Couple," so the show got low ratings. However, Jeanette Nolan did score an Emmy nomination for her work, which proves the show itself was solid, despite low viewership.
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