The Office’s strangest and arguably, most beloved character, Dwight Schrute is all set to get a TV show of his own, landing a much talked about spin-off.
Schrute, played by Rainn Wilson, is an odd, overbearing, extreme and ambitious character with stunning delusions of grandeur, weird lists of facts – most inaccurate – and a dangerous narcissistic streak. He is very, very funny.
Based on Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant’s original BBC character, Gareth Keenan, Dwight Schrute is a big bag of hilarious contradictions – he is an insecure bully, socially awkward lothario and incompetent self described genius.
A salesman at the Scranton branch of the Dundler Mifflin paper distribution company, Schrute is the office’s ambitious schemer, with plans to make it to the top. Often referenced as ”Assistant to the Regional Manager”, the lanky enigma painstakingly refers to himself as ”Assistant Regional Manager” in the hope of gaining a promotion. The aloof fascist nerd with a proclivity for assault weapons and espionage is also a beet farmer. A family trade, as it happens.
With NBC looking to bank on Wilson’s popular portrayal of Schrute, possibly providing the prickly character with his very own TV show, the grumpy beet farmer might just get to fulfill his grand ambitions.
TV Line reports that Schrute and his strange family are packing their bags, leaving The Office for The Farm; as Dwight and his kin inherit a family farm cum bed-and-breakfast. TV Line reveals that “the prospective off-shoot will sneak peek as an episode of The Office’s upcoming Season 9 before getting the green light to make a go of it on its own.”
The proposed project is said to feature several of Schrute’s siblings and loved ones (if the bespectacled misanthrope is indeed capable of loving anyone), including his young, attractive sister, Fannie; his pot growing brother, Jeb; and his great uncle Heinrich, who may or may not have been a Nazi.
Fingers crossed, the show will also have a starring role for Dwight’s other incredibly weird and wonderful brother, Mose – the silent creep in dungarees who’s made several cameos in The Office.
Though Dwight’s departure from Scranton may prove a step too far for Office fans who’ve also lost Steve Carell, the prospect of watching the giant geek run his own business is all too mouthwatering. Growing beets never sounded so delicious.