The Office spinoff (Official Speculation Discussion)
That said, it was around this time four years ago that fans of the UK Office were worrying whether or not the NBC version would go the way of Coupling, so I think it's worth giving NBC the benefit of the doubt on this one. I'd like to open the floor to our enlightened commenters on just what the premise of an Office spinoff might be...
Here is my thinking about the different spinoff possibilites (and, please, feel free to disagree; my logic is usually less cohesive than a stoner after his eleventh pumpkin-bong hit):
1. It won't be Dwight. I know that's where most of the speculation is headed, but Dwight is too much at the center of the show to ever be moved. When was the last time a "big four" player was moved off a sitcom? This would be like sending Carla from Cheers off with her ex-husband to anchor The Tortellis.
2. It might be Ryan. He's already been shuffled off to corporate, which gets us into a new setting and conflict (as it's been established that he's a less-than-popular figure there). Add on to this that B.J. Novak is a producer and writer on the show, and it starts to make some sense from a business angle as well.
3. The most likely scenario, in my opinion is Angela, Oscar, and Kevin being spun off into The Accountants. All three are popular (Kevin especially so), and all three have already starred in their own mini-adventure (remember NBC's webisodes of The Accountants?) It'd be easy enough to have the three of them decide to strike out on their own as private accountants and watch the hilarious fallout. (Though, admittedly, even as I type this, it does feel just a little bit like Chief Wiggum, P.I. This might wind up being too stupid to consider.)
Give me your best spinoff scenario in the comments (as well as your reasoning behind it). It'll give us something to do until The Office returns next Thursday.
(And, uh, small plug: I'll be reviewing The Office again starting next week as well. Be sure to stop by TV Squad by midnight on the night the show airs to start the discussion!)