The always lovable Schrute family continues to grow, as NBC has cast former Roswell star Majandra Delfino in The Office spin-off (tentatively titled The Farm) as Dwight’s (Rainn Wilson) younger “pseudo-intellectual lefty” sister, Frannie. Not too much is known about Delfino’s new role, expect that Frannie left the Schrute family beet farm/bed & breakfast for a faster-paced life in Boston. After getting divorced from her husband, Frannie ends up back on the same farm she fled, only this time with son in tow.
Joining Delfino on the old Schrute family beet farm is young actor Blake Garrett (New Girl, Bridesmaids), who will play Frannie’s son and Dwight’s nerdy and slightly weird 9-year-old nephew, Cameron Whitman. He is described as a “cosmopolitan lad” who still feels the pull of his Schrute heritage, especially when he’s receiving much-needed fatherly guidance and attention from his uncles.
The potential new series will center on Dwight and his siblings inheriting their family’s beet farm, which also doubles as a bed and breakfast. Both Delfino on Garrett’s characters will be introduced this fall in an episode of the upcoming ninth season of The Office, which will act as a backdoor pilot for The Farm. Based on how well the offshoot does, NBC will decide whether or not to move forward on the project. Should the pilot get picked up, both Delfino and Garrett will appear as series regulars.
Wilson will also serve as executive producer of the spin-off – along with former Office showrunner and star Paul Liberstein (Toby), who has stepped down from the parent show in favor of the The Farm. Still no word on who will play the other previously announced characters, or if fan-favorite character Cousin Mose (played by Office co-exec producer Michael Schur) will make a much-anticipated appearance, should NBC make The Farm happen.
Scott Stoute blogs at Screen Rant.