Because Hollywood seems to be unable to make any movies or television shows that are not recycled ideas, it’s surprising that lately, we haven’t seen too many spin-offs. Perhaps the studios still think of Joey and recoil in horror?*
Sometimes, characters are so awesome that you want to see them on another show, either because the original program is over, or they don’t get enough air time, being part of an ensemble cast. Right now, my choice for a dream spin-off is one that I can actually see happening in a few years:
Cam and Mitchell on Modern Family - Now, I like Modern Family. But sometimes, I get sick of Phil Dunphy and his borderline-unbelievable antics, or Gloria shrieking at Jay about something insignificant. You know who I can never get enough of? Cam and Mitchell! Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson have amazing chemistry, and play off of each other so well. Although I miss the old actresses who played Lily (her stone face 24/7 cracked me up), I still want to see what happens to this branch of the family far into the future.
This one theoretically could happen, but don’t hold your breath:
Kelly Kapoor on The Office - This is a true ensemble show, and my favorite character, Kelly Kapoor, is often relegated to the back. I’ve heard that the Dwight Schrute character will get a spin off, but that is just too much weird for 30 minutes. Kelly might be too annoying for a whole half hour herself, so we just have to give her some friends that can tone her down a bit and voila! an instant hit, I’m sure.
Now, this one will never happen, but bear with me:
Blair Waldorf on Gossip Girl - This show is basically dead, and I won’t be shocked when it’s finally cancelled. BUT, I love and adore basically every outfit that Blair Waldorf has ever worn over the course of the series. I want her to have a show where all she does is try on different clothes that I can drool over.
What spin-offs would you like to see?
*Actually, let me amend that statement a bit: reality shows are always coming up with spin-off shows, from Bethenny Ever After (which came from The Real Housewives of New York City, which wouldn’t exist if not for The Real Housewives of Orange County) to MTV’s The Challenge (which comprises cast members from former challenges, The Real World, and Road Rules). The reason behind this is because reality shows are cheap to produce – you don’t need to pay the stars millions, you don’t have to employ tons of writers, etc.