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NY TV Festival and The People's Choice Awards name spinoff finalists

by Bob Sassone, posted Aug 14th 2008 4:22PM
Married with ChildrenLast month we told you about a contest being held by The New York Television Festival and The People's Choice Awards. They wanted you to come up with spinoffs for your favorite shows. Well, they've narrowed it down to three finalists, and it's time for you to vote at the PCA site.

Contestants had one minute to give a video pitch for their spinoff. The first finalist is The Halftime Show, a spinoff of Friday Night Lights that focuses on the people who play in the school bands that perform at football halftime shows. Married...with Children, 10 Years Later (I think that's the name of it anyway) has Al no longer married but becoming rich and starting to date again. The East Wing is a spinoff of The West Wing, and centers on the goings-on with The First Lady (estranged from her husband) and her staff.
Um ... OK. The only one here that I would watch is The East Wing. I mean, I have no interest in a show about people who play in the band at halftime (though any show can be great with good writing), and a Married...with Children spinoff would just make me change the channel. So The East Wing has potential, though I really have to object with the creator's video pitch declaration that The West Wing lacked two things: romance and kick-ass female characters. The West Wing did not lack those things. I wonder if she even watched the show?

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Allie

Hey, all! I'm Allie and "The East Wing" was my pitch! Thanks for the vote of confidence--I just wanted to say that I definitely watched The West Wing. In the romance department, the show pushed Josh & Donna's will-they-or-won't-they, but I preferred Josh with Amy anyway. As for women, the show FOR SURE had CJ and (every once in a while) Abbey Bartlet and Amy, but the other women (like Donna, Ainsley, and the assistants) were a little on the woebegone side. And, come on, they WERE vastly outnumbered by the guys at the White House. The show had many strengths, but romance and feminism were not among them. If you haven't voted yet, please do so and vote for me!!

August 14 2008 at 10:55 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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