NBC Not Moving Forward With Spinoff to 'The Office' TV Guide
" 'Farm Update: NBC has passed on moving forward with 'The Farm' TV show. Had a blast making the pilot - onwards & upwards,' Rainn Wilson tweeted Monday [Oct. 29, 2012], reports TVGuide.com.
The article continues: "News first broke about plans for the possible spin-off, which was centered on Wilson's character Dwight and his Schrute family beet farm, back in January before it was announced that the current season of 'The Office' would be its last. Paul Lieberstein, who plays Toby on 'The Office,' left his post as showrunner of the NBC comedy to help develop 'The Farm.' "
The story adds: "Much like other spin-offs including 'Private Practice' and 'The Finder' in recent years, 'The Farm' was supposed to first launch in an episode of 'The Office' this season."
Such episodes are known as backdoor pilots.