Six spinoffs you'll probably never see ... but sure would be fun
by Debra McDuffee, posted Feb 10th 2009 1:31PM
The new fall pilots don't excite me very much, what with all of the cops, doctors and lawyers. But I know networks, and original ideas aren't exactly the "in" thing.
So, why can't we design some spin-offs? You know, the networks might go for some ideas based on hit shows, and we can make them a little bit unique, right? Let's add in some elements that excite us to some familiar characters and see if we can't create some new spin-off pilots better than the actual ones.
1. The Psychic
This one is a combination of The Mentalist, Psych, Scooby-Doo and Supernatural. You know it's going to be a hit! Remember the episode of The Mentalist, "Seeing Red," that featured a "psychic" that bested Jane? Well, she's the star of this spin-off. She goes from town to town, communicating with the spirits to help solve murders and right wrongs. The viewers are kept guessing as to whether she's a real psychic or using Shawn Spencer-like antics to solve the crimes. We do get some elements of the supernatural each week, which throw us off the track even further. If it weren't for that meddling psychic, the house wouldn't have been haunted, or something like that.
2. The Home Office
Jan gets her own show in this spin-off of The Office. The series centers on her home candle-making business and the pitfalls of working from home with a baby. There are a lot of scenes with Jan breastfeeding as she pours wax, conducts conference calls, and plans home parties to sell her wares. Jan's assistant is a tall, quirky male who is clearly uncomfortable with seeing his boss's breasts several times a day, but loves calling Dwight Schrute to talk about it.
This spin-off of TNT's Leverage is actually a prequel. We get to see Christian Kane in all his Eliot glory, and little by little his whole back story is revealed to us. And since the show will film on a schedule opposite that of Leverage, Kane will be able to be in both shows.
4. My Name is Jack
Tina Fey and Alec Baldwin: there's just not room for the both of them at 30 Rock anymore, so Alec Baldwin has his own show, a spin-off of 30 Rock, with a little bit of My Name is Earl and Paris' Hilton's The Simple Life. Jack Donaghy loses his job at the network and heads to the midwest / deep south to find himself. He dresses the part, talks the part, and even enjoys fitting in with the locals. Before he knows it, he's begun writing a proposal for a new series based on his experiences.
5. Notice the Burn
Fiona is tired of being spurned by Michael on Burn Notice all the time, so she leaves Miami and the roller-coaster of love and heads back to Ireland to star in her own show. She's angry: a woman scorned, a weapons runner with a flair for arson, bombs, grenades and the like. You don't want to mess with Fi -- she's a badass who's lost at love, so don't get on the wrong side of that gal.
Tori Spelling just doesn't fit in on the new 90210, but she's anxious for her own series, so she's able to strike a deal with CW (you know, people still respect Daddy). Tori reprises her role as Donna Martin, boutique owner. However, the recession has affected her bottom line and to remain open, she most move her store to a cheaper zip code. Yep, Donna's boutique is officially open in East L.A., and we follow Donna's struggles to fit in where she's clearly not accepted. It's not high school anymore, Donna, and your Gucci's have no place in your new neighborhood.
So what do you think? Maybe, just maybe the networks will be inspired by some of these spin-offs....