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Five more spinoffs I'd like to see

by Paul Goebel, posted Oct 8th 2007 10:27AM

Faith FordWhen one of our favorite TV shows goes off the air, it always brings sadness. However, many times, the silver lining in the cancellation is the birth of a spinoff. Sometimes it can be a great thing (Frasier) and sometimes the results can be less than ideal (The Art of Being Nick). Last month's spin-off ideas were so popular, I decided to make this a regular post. Here are some more spinoff ideas that I would love to see.

The Sherwood-Forrest Report
After the retirement of veteran newswoman Murphy Brown, Corky Sherwood-Forrest and her husband Will Forrest become the hosts of a new show on Court TV. Corky is the moderator while Will provides legal expertise along with a rotating team of guest legal scholars (Marcia Cross, Star Jones, Greta Van Susteren).

The Nelsons
WNYX employees Lisa Miller and Dave Nelson have gotten married and decided to raise a family. In this hilarious sitcom set ten years after the end of Newsradio, Dave is now the editor-in-chief of the Philadelphia Gazette (inexplicably located in Altoona). Lisa Miller-Nelson is now the head of the local PTA and full time Mom to her and Dave's three children, Jimmy James Nelson (Erik Per Sullivan), Billy Matthew Nelson (Nathan Gamble) and little Beth (Brenna and Bronwyn Tosh)

Mike Burton M.D.
The handsomest doctor in Stuckeyville finally gets his own practice. It's twenty years later and Mike's daughter has turned out to be a female Doogie Howser. Sarah is now a partner with Mike and you can bet she keeps him on his toes with her dead-on diagnoses. Rounding out the cast is Ed Stevens' entrepreneur brother Lloyd (Timothy Busfield) as the practice's office manager/publicist.

The Becky Chronicles
After the accidental death of her husband, Mark, Becky Conner moves to Chicago to "find herself." Unfortunately what she finds is a job waiting tables at Hooters. Hopefully with some help from fellow waitress Donna (Drea de Matteo) and her night school professor (Christopher Lloyd reprising his role from Stacked), Becky can find a career and a successful love life in the windy city.

The New Improved Jordan McDeere
Due to the cancellation of the long-running sketch comedy show Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, Jordan's tenure at the network is considered a complete failure. She is forced to leave LA with her newborn daughter in tow, leaving her fiancee, Danny Tripp, and Hollywood behind. She ends up getting a new job teaching video production at a community college in New Mexico. Helping her along the way are the idealistic young English teacher (Adam Brody) and her thrice-divorced hard drinking next door neighbor (Katey Sagal).

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Mike Burton M.D. ... I would watch that, save for the Doogie Howser references. Always liked Mike in that show. Bring back Kenny too as his assistant. Mike, Lloyd and Kenny ... that would be pretty funny.

October 09 2007 at 3:19 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Brent McKee

Does anyone remember back when "Studio 60" was on that people around here were talking about how great a "Pahrump" spin-off starring John Goodman would be?

October 09 2007 at 4:12 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Oh, you probably meant "Marcia Clark"! Dur (slaps self on head). And it only took me 7 hours to figure it out....

October 08 2007 at 8:41 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Other than the Newsradio spin-off, I wouldn't be interested.

October 08 2007 at 8:33 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

"Lisa Miller-Nelson"

I like your attention to detail. Lisa is definitely the type of person who would hyphenate her name.

October 08 2007 at 3:07 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Regarding Lisa and Dave -- perhaps the solution here is to engineer some premise where the Nelsons had to adopt Matthew? Maybe some court-enforced custody arrangement because of his multiple drug convictions?

October 08 2007 at 2:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think Dave would be the PTA stay-at-homer, and Lisa the editor.

October 08 2007 at 1:51 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Hey Thomas, regarding the kids, that is true both Dave being the "mom" and adding kids to a show is a no-no. Then again, Lisa and Dave had to deal with Matthew for five seasons...he's worse than a kid lol. Remember when they took him to the park and he fell off the monkey bars?

October 08 2007 at 1:47 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

These are funny, but I don't get why Marcia Cross would be considered a "legal scholar"????

October 08 2007 at 1:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The New Improved Jordan McDeere would be sooo nice! I miss Studio 60 crew...

October 08 2007 at 1:11 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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