When rumors spread earlier this year that "The Office" might spin-off into a new series focusing on Dwight Schrute's beet farm and bed-and-breakfast, I was excited. As fans of the series know, some of the funniest episodes over the past 8 season have happened out on Schrute Farms. 


"Paul and Rainn have been joking for years about Dwight's life on the farm, his family and how ill-suited he is to run a B&B," a source told Deadline in January. "A while ago, it started to feel like a show to them."


Over the last week, information regarding casting for the potential new series has started leaking. Actress Majandra Delfino (Roswell) will star as Dwight's younger sister, Frannie, and Blake Garrett as his nephew, Cameron. The Hollywood Reporter also has information on Thomas Middleditch who will play Dwight's brother Jeb Schrute. From the site:


"While Jeb has tried several different career paths -- worm farmer, Bigfoot hunter, Army farmer and now running a successful pot farm in Northern California -- he lacks Dwight's sense of principle, hierarchy and work ethic. He's also said to have made his own exercise video of things you can do with a knife and canoe (naturally!)."

Fantastic. I would watch that exercise video. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on whether Dwight's hilarious cousin Mose (played by Michael Schur) will also be involved.


Apparently, NBC will gauge viewer reaction to the new cast by focusing one or two episodes on Schrute Farm during the final season of "The Office." 


According to an actual listing on TripAdvisor.com, Schrute Farms "is the number one beet-related agrotourism destination in northeastern Pennsylvania. We offer the finest accommodations for the casual traveler and/or radish enthusiast. Come join us and experience majestic Schrute Farms."


Michael d'Estries ( @michaeldestries ) covers science, technology, art, and the beautiful, unusual corners of our incredible world.

'The Office' farm spin-off cast grows
NBC casts Dwight Schrute's brother, sister, and nephew for new potential spin-off series focusing on the family's beet farm.