Yesterday it was learned from Twitter (because I guess Twitter is how we get our news now) that NBC will be completely severing all ties with The Office family after the show’s final season ends this year. Monday afternoon Rainn Wilson announced that NBC passed on the Dwight Schrute spinoff The Farm saying:
A Dwight Schrute-centered show would have been a disaster, TV fans know you can’t put the wild card of a show in the lead role (Joey, anyone?) My roommate’s appraisal of NBC’s rejection was: “Good, at least NBC has half a brain.” Too true Nick, too true. Fans of NBC’s cult favorite Community would attest to that evaluation as well. NBC recently shelved Community, a show that was already given a late October start and a Friday night time slot. (UPDATE: See FACT CHECK below) It seems to be a good year as far as the network is concerned however. NBC is leading the ratings race in adults 18-49 and has given full season orders for their new shows Go On, The New Normal and Revolution. Good for business, bad for critics? We’ll see.
*FACT CHECK UPDATE* 3:00PM – Three weeks after being shelved, NBC has announced that Community will return on Thursday February 7th at 8PM (which is basically its original time slot.)