Parks and Recreation was considered for the spinoff.
Parks and Recreation could have been a spinoff of The Office if not for the role of Rashida Jones. But even though it did not turn out as Daniels had planned, executive producer Paul Lieberstein had a unique way of somewhat pulling it off. Parks and Recreation entered the scene when the copier was loaded into a truck and was dropped off in the Parks and Recreation office.
The character of Oscar Nunez was not supposed to be from the third sex.
Oscar would not have been gay in The Office if not for the pink shirt that was put on him by the wardrobe staff of the series. In the episode where Michael was trying to figure out who among his colleagues was gay, the writers thought it was best to reveal it was Oscar because he was wearing pink at the time.
The back story of Dwight was pulled from different inspirations
The rural background of Dwight came from the bunch of pictures of Daniel’s family that he once showed to the writers of the series. His being an owner of a beet farm was drawn from the grandparents of Greg who happened to be beet raisers in Poland in real life. The idea of the goofy character Mose was inspired by the reality show Amish in the City.
Viewers did not like the strong-willed character of Pam.
When The Office was still airing, several viewers came up to Fischer to tell them how disappointed they were by the assertive and strong-willed character of Pam. This surprised him because he thought the audience would love to know that from being a wallflower, Pam had already found her voice. Fischer admitted the response of the audience ran contrary to what he had expected.
Dwight would have left The Office if The Farm had pushed through.
The plan was that if the NBC would order the series, Rainn would leave halfway through the year and Nellie would step into the shoes of Dwight. This would have also resulted in Mose’s becoming a traveling salesman and Schur’s being a busy executive working on Parks and Recreation. Good thing the NBC did not push through with the show.