Rainn Wilson Denies Reports of ‘Office’ Schrute Farms Spin-Off

Rainn Wilson of 'The Office' (Photo: NBC)

One of the more heavily-circulated stories from yesterday was that Rainn Wilson and Paul Lieberstein were developing a spin-off of “The Office” which will concentrate on Wilson’s character, Dwight Schrute, and his family as they operate the Schrute Farms bed and breakfast.

That seems to be news to Wilson, who dismissed the long report from Deadline with a very brief tweet: “Don’t believe everything you read in the press, ok?”

Does that mean that a show is absolutely not in the offing? Of course not. It just may not be as far along as the report claims; it says the spin-off would be debuting in early 2013 as a midseason show, with Wilson coming back for a ninth “Office” season that hasn’t even been agreed to yet.

We’re not even sure that a Dwight-centric spin-off would be that good of an idea, anyway. A little of Dwight goes a long way, and while his over-the-top nefariousness has been toned down this season in an attempt to expand what we know about him, the thought of him being the center of a show is still a stretch. There’s a reason why Andy Bernard (Ed Helms) is the new regional manager and not Dwight; the writers couldn’t figure out a way to give Dwight enough dimensions to make him the center of the show.

Besides, any Schrute Farms-centric show would need heavy doses of Mose. One problem of that: Mose is played by Mike Schur, who’s pretty busy running things on “Parks and Recreation.” A Schrute Farms without Mose is not a Schrute Farms we would be eager to watch.

By the way, we give Wilson bonus points for using a Dwight-ish picture of young Newt Gingrich as his Twitter profile picture…

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