Dwight Schrute might be getting his own show! Rainn Wilson and executive producer Paul Lieberstein (who also plays Toby Flenderson on the show) have almost finalized their plans for a spinoff of The Office. The spinoff will focus on fan favorite & geek extraordinaire Dwight Schrute, and the rest of the Schrute family. The series will be based in Schrute Farms, a location referenced multiple times in The Office as a bed & breakfast run by Dwight. So does this mean Dunder Mifflin will need a new assistant regional manager? According to Deadline, sources close to The Office suggest that renewal for season 9 is merely a formality, barring unforeseen circumstances. Wilson plans to continue his role on the show till the middle of season 9. The tentative launch date for the spinoff is expected to be in mid 2013, so it's likely that Wilson's character will be making his exit from the show sometime before then.
Rainn Wilson isn't the only cast member making plans for the future. FOX has already greenlit a comedy pilot written by Mindy Kaling. The pilot will center around a gynecologist, a Bridget Jones-type character who tries to juggle her personal and professional life with humorous consequences. Kaling will star in the pilot and will also serve as executive producer along with Howard Klein (The Office, Parks & Recreation). The half-hour comedy pilot was originally slated to be part of NBC's pilot order, but FOX eventually picked up the project.
The Office will be returning on February 2nd (Thursday) at 9/8c on NBC.