While the weary, oh so weary, fans of The Office had a double reason to sigh in relief in 2012—at the news that both The Office was getting a long-overdue series finale in 2013, and that the dubious Dwight Schrute spin-off, The Farm, wasn’t happening—it looks like they’re still going to suffer one final indignity before The Office permanently closes its doors later this year. That’s right—despite the fact that NBC has rejected The Farm, the network still plans on airing the pilot episode.
The reason? The first episode of The Farm is actually an episode of The Office, albeit one that sets up the reasoning for Dwight to bail on Dunder Mifflin to work on his beet farm exclusively (this is what’s called a “back door pilot”). And, rather than simply skip airing said back door pilot, NBC is going to strip-mine it for whatever they can, just as they have The Office itself.
The Office executive producer Greg Daniels has stated that NBC will air a “tweaked” version of the episode:
“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…We’re going to shoot a little additional material to make it fit into the season more.”
Moreover, now that Dwight is no longer bailing, Daniels and company will be resurrecting abandoned Dwight storylines to accommodate the character’s presence in the final episodes of the series. And that’s just fine, so long as NBC finally allows The Office to leave with the final shreds of dignity that it has left.
What do you think of The Office news?
Source: TV Line