The Office Spinoff Pilot Will Still Air Even Though The Farm Isn't Happening

By Kelly West 2012-12-26 15:39:11 discussion comments
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If there was one good thing about the potential Office spinoff The Farm, it was that we'd still have Rainn Wilson starring in an NBC comedy next season, had the comedy gone to series. Alas, NBC's not moving forward with the project. But the intended planted pilot will still air mostly-as-planned during The Office's final season. Some changes have reportedly been made and with The Farm not going forward, the fate of Dwight and a certain other Office character may have changed. Vague spoilers ahead!

We learned this fall that NBC had opted not to move forward on The Farm, the planned Office spinoff that would focus on Rainn Wilson's character Dwight Schrute. The pilot for the potential series was set to air as an episode of The Office later this season. Today TVLine reports that The Office developer Greg Daniels says the planted pilot will still air, though it's being tweaked a bit.
“We’re not going to air exactly what it was, because it has certain aspects that were appropriate for a pilot of a new show,” he says. “We’re going to shoot a little additional material to make it fit into the season more.”

The episode will air at some point before the series finale next year. It also sounds like, without The Farm, Dwight and Angela's fate may have a happier ending than what might have played out if Dwight was set to be featured in his own comedy. TVLine's wording on that gets a little bit tricky, as the site references two scenarios, one of which had Dwight leaving for his own show ("presumably without a certain petite blonde cat enthusiast in tow") and the other didn't. On that, Daniels says "We’re into the [latter] scenario," which I'm taking as an implication that Dwight and Angela could end up together, though it certainly doesn't sound guaranteed.

The two have had a romantic relationship that goes back further than Jim and Pam's, though Dwight and Angela's off period may be a bit longer as the two split in Season 4, then started secretly dating (or meeting in the warehouse), which went on through Season 5, before eventually imploding. Lately it's been looking like the two could be headed back toward an "on" period, with Angela recently discovering that the Senator has been cheating on her with Oscar. With just half a season to go, there's still plenty of time for the two to firm up a fresh start as we all know they're a perfect match for one another.
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