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(Entertainment Weekly)   Rainn Wilson cast as an "irascible cop" in new CBS sitcom. Somehow, the idea of him running a beet farm seems more enjoyable   (insidetv.ew.com) divider line 30
    More: Followup, Rainn Wilson, CBS, human beings, Marg Helgenberger, Josh Holloway, Toni Collette, Shawn Ryan, Anna Faris  
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2013-03-18 05:32:47 AM  
Who?
 
2013-03-18 06:05:12 AM  

MadAzza: Who?


He's the five head from The Office.
 
2013-03-18 06:24:55 AM  
The article mentions several times that it's a drama. Nothing about a sitcom.
 
2013-03-18 07:42:45 AM  
The "preview episode" of what was supposed to be the Dwight spin-off that never was that aired last Thursday was the first The Office episode I think I've ever fast-fowarded through.  Even if I didn't know why there was so much focus on the farm, I would have still hit >>.

/The ceremonial shotgunning of the relative and Dwight's explanation was pretty funny, though
 
2013-03-18 07:48:00 AM  
I need to preface this by saying my wife and I have seen every single episode, and are completely in fanboy/girl territory.

The shotgunning was hilarious, but overall I've found that they started this season with like 5 homerun episodes, but have graudally gotten worse. I'm glad they didn't go with the Beet Farm spinoff, I mean it's neat to see how they were setting up the characters, but it was just too much Dwight. Mixed in to the main cast he's legendary, but just him and his family all the time is too much.

I would love to see more awkward Clark interactions with people. The dynamic of being a fat ugly kid who's so condescending and confident is hilarious. Pete is a good new addition as well. It's weird when an old one comes on in a rerun and they characters look miles away from where they are now.

What was my point here? I can't recall... too early...
 
2013-03-18 08:12:27 AM  

The Billdozer: The "preview episode" of what was supposed to be the Dwight spin-off that never was that aired last Thursday was the first The Office episode I think I've ever fast-fowarded through.  Even if I didn't know why there was so much focus on the farm, I would have still hit >>.

/The ceremonial shotgunning of the relative and Dwight's explanation was pretty funny, though



I might have bailed on the episode if not for the fact that I find Majandra Delfino really hot and hadn't seen her in a few years. The funeral was funny, but things did bog down pretty quickly after that.
 
2013-03-18 08:14:26 AM  
He played against type in Hesher very well. And he was great in Six Feet Under. Basically he's a very good actor.
 
2013-03-18 08:21:25 AM  

sure haven't: The shotgunning was hilarious, but overall I've found that they started this season with like 5 homerun episodes, but have graudally gotten worse. I'm glad they didn't go with the Beet Farm spinoff, I mean it's neat to see how they were setting up the characters, but it was just too much Dwight. Mixed in to the main cast he's legendary, but just him and his family all the time is too much.


Well, you notice that Dwight dropped way down the crazy scale in this episode; they knew he had to be more likeable, so suddenly he's attractive to the women, excellent with the small child and whatnot.
 
2013-03-18 08:28:12 AM  
Sorry, what was the article about, I was distracted by the Selena Gomez photo in the right column.
 
2013-03-18 08:53:49 AM  
I never liked THE OFFICE in any of its incarnations.  Its not really funny.

There, I said it.

dletter: Sorry, what was the article about, I was distracted by the Selena Gomez photo in the right column.


I was much more distracted by Vanessa Hudgens' duck lips distracting me from her bikini.
 
kab
2013-03-18 08:54:31 AM  

Crewmannumber6: He played against type in Hesher very well. And he was great in Six Feet Under. Basically he's a very good actor.


Very creepy in Dexter, and he did a good job in 'Super' as well.   I suspect that most folks watching TV are going to simply assume that it's Dwight in a cop uniform though, so..
 
2013-03-18 09:06:03 AM  

mattharvest: sure haven't: The shotgunning was hilarious, but overall I've found that they started this season with like 5 homerun episodes, but have graudally gotten worse. I'm glad they didn't go with the Beet Farm spinoff, I mean it's neat to see how they were setting up the characters, but it was just too much Dwight. Mixed in to the main cast he's legendary, but just him and his family all the time is too much.

Well, you notice that Dwight dropped way down the crazy scale in this episode; they knew he had to be more likeable, so suddenly he's attractive to the women, excellent with the small child and whatnot.


Oh yeah I could see that, however Dwight sometimes is just written as a ladies man. Remember him and Michael going to visit Ryan in New York? Or even Jim and Pam's wedding, Dwight had that hottie and brushed her off after they slept together.
 
2013-03-18 09:09:28 AM  
Dwight is a tough character to get away from. While I did enjoy the show save for the occasional stinker episode I was disappointed at how the characters all gradually became caricatures of themselves. The beet farm was a lot funnier when we had to imagine what it was.

In essence the show pulled back the curtain and revealed the wizard in order to please a broader audience. Nobody (except me) wants to laugh at normal people.

The Dwight show could have been funny had there been an emphasis on secondary characters like "My Name Is Earl" but it looked more like they were pushing for a fish out of water story with the sister while making Dwight an unlikely hero. This will likely be a missed opportunity as the potential for laughs were there but again it would have had to have gone the intelligent route to leave any lasting impression. The people that actually sit down and watch network TV, commercials and all, prefer canned laughter and blatantly setup one liners.
 
2013-03-18 09:39:05 AM  

there4igraham: Dwight is a tough character to get away from. While I did enjoy the show save for the occasional stinker episode I was disappointed at how the characters all gradually became caricatures of themselves. The beet farm was a lot funnier when we had to imagine what it was.

In essence the show pulled back the curtain and revealed the wizard in order to please a broader audience. Nobody (except me) wants to laugh at normal people.

The Dwight show could have been funny had there been an emphasis on secondary characters like "My Name Is Earl" but it looked more like they were pushing for a fish out of water story with the sister while making Dwight an unlikely hero. This will likely be a missed opportunity as the potential for laughs were there but again it would have had to have gone the intelligent route to leave any lasting impression. The people that actually sit down and watch network TV, commercials and all, prefer canned laughter and blatantly setup one liners.


This truth is the worst truth of all.
 
2013-03-18 09:54:32 AM  

Crewmannumber6: He played against type in Hesher very well. And he was great in Six Feet Under. Basically he's a very good actor.


I'll agree.  His Hesher character was excellent / tragic / self destructive.  It was a small-ish supporting role, hopefully he can expand on it and not be too distracting to audiences hoping for an Office-like retread.
 
2013-03-18 10:06:39 AM  
NBC passed on Wilson's spinoff of The Office dubbed The Farm

In what world is NBC in a position to pass on a spin-off with a built-in fan base?
 
2013-03-18 10:38:46 AM  
I'm sure it will do as well as every other series that features newly out of work cast member who were iconic in their roles, and are at least for now, typecast.

Michael Richards, Julia Louise Dreyfuss, Jason Alexander etc....
 
2013-03-18 10:49:36 AM  

indarwinsshadow: I'm sure it will do as well as every other series that features newly out of work cast member who were iconic in their roles, and are at least for now, typecast.

Michael Richards, Julia Louise Dreyfuss, Jason Alexander etc....


Julia Louise Dreyfuss has down pretty well since Seinfeld.  That New Adventures of Old Christine show seemed to do alright, and wasn't complete crap.  And Veep is great.
 
2013-03-18 10:56:18 AM  

there4igraham: Dwight is a tough character to get away from. While I did enjoy the show save for the occasional stinker episode I was disappointed at how the characters all gradually became caricatures of themselves.



Flanderization.
 
2013-03-18 11:23:18 AM  
If they had made the Dwight farm spinoff like a parody of Duck Dynasty, it could have worked. Instead they went too far into the "Hills have Eyes" territory. The add on characters were also too basic. You had the new goofy one and the sister from the big city trying to escape her past. Pass.
 
2013-03-18 11:53:57 AM  
Shut up, Crime!
 
2013-03-18 12:17:48 PM  

Boxcutta: NBC passed on Wilson's spinoff of The Office dubbed The Farm

In what world is NBC in a position to pass on a spin-off with a built-in fan base?


This.
 
2013-03-18 01:39:34 PM  

Malcolm_Sex: Boxcutta: NBC passed on Wilson's spinoff of The Office dubbed The Farm

In what world is NBC in a position to pass on a spin-off with a built-in fan base?

This.


One word: Joey.
 
2013-03-18 01:49:05 PM  

Guelph35: Malcolm_Sex: Boxcutta: NBC passed on Wilson's spinoff of The Office dubbed The Farm

In what world is NBC in a position to pass on a spin-off with a built-in fan base?

This.

One word: Joey.


True. But I give you another word: Frasier.
 
2013-03-18 02:01:28 PM  

kab: Very creepy in Dexter, and he did a good job in 'Super' as well. I suspect that most folks watching TV are going to simply assume that it's Dwight in a cop uniform though, so..


Never saw him do serious dramatic work, but I think this is a very smart move for him.  If it were a comedy, he'd be typecast as Dwight... no two ways about it.
 
2013-03-18 02:23:51 PM  
Oakenshield:
Flanderization.

I knew there had to be a name for it. It's older than Flanders but it seems to progress a lot quicker these days. The Fonz did it so gradually nobody noticed until he water ski'd over a shark. There's no room for integrity in the business of show unless you're in demand. The subject was handled beautifully in Ricky Gervais' "Extras."

Some shows have successfully pulled a 180. 30 Rock tried it and almost lost Baldwin. My guess is that they shifted the goofiness back to Morgan and Maroney who were supposed to be caricatures to begin with in order to sneak their intelligent comedy back in. I'm convinced that Kenneth Parcell was the embodiment of the network execs and why they ruin shows. They wrote him so well that nobody noticed they were being made fun of.
 
2013-03-18 02:49:35 PM  

mjohnson71: Guelph35: Malcolm_Sex: Boxcutta: NBC passed on Wilson's spinoff of The Office dubbed The Farm

In what world is NBC in a position to pass on a spin-off with a built-in fan base?

This.

One word: Joey.

True. But I give you another word: Frasier.



The aborted supporting character spin-off is pretty common. Here are several that never made it.
 
2013-03-18 03:21:05 PM  

Sybarite: mjohnson71: Guelph35: Malcolm_Sex: Boxcutta: NBC passed on Wilson's spinoff of The Office dubbed The Farm

In what world is NBC in a position to pass on a spin-off with a built-in fan base?

This.

One word: Joey.

True. But I give you another word: Frasier.


The aborted supporting character spin-off is pretty common. Here are several that never made it.


Maude and The Jeffersons would also like a word with you.
 
2013-03-18 03:24:06 PM  

Sybarite: mjohnson71: Guelph35: Malcolm_Sex: Boxcutta: NBC passed on Wilson's spinoff of The Office dubbed The Farm

In what world is NBC in a position to pass on a spin-off with a built-in fan base?

This.

One word: Joey.

True. But I give you another word: Frasier.


The aborted supporting character spin-off is pretty common. Here are several that never made it.


Sure, but a lot of those involve situations where the characters were brought back into the original show (Mona from Who's the Boss? and Nick from Family Ties).  None of those involved a network that is on occasion in fifth place in the ratings behind a foreign language channel.
 
2013-03-18 03:40:59 PM  
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