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Old 09-19-2009, 08:44 AM   #121
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The following from the DVD release notes of Bonanza:

"One of the season's final episodes, "The Avenger, is essentially a showcase for guest star Vic Morrow as a man named Lassiter, whose heightened sense of justice was forged years earlier when his parents were lynched.

"The Avenger" was clearly intended as the pilot for a spin-off series, but nothing came of it; Morrow would have to wait two years before landing his own weekly program, 'Combat'."
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Old 09-20-2009, 02:58 AM   #122
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The episode "Cavender is Coming" was the basis for a proposed series starring Jesse White who returns to Earth each week as an angel to help those like Agnes Grep but of course it never materialized. It also had nothing to do with whether or not The Carol Burnett Show would've been seen since the series was never intended for her.
I remember seeing "Cavender Is Coming" as a rerun of TZ when I was a teen, and it aired w/ a laugh track, which seemed very unusual to me. Marc Scott Zicree mentions the laugh track for this ep in his book. Since then, I've seen the ep both on Sci-Fi Channel and DVD, and the laughs have been removed. It may have been an interesting DVD option, similar to what I have heard has been done for M*A*S*H on DVD, to watch this ep w/ or w/o the laugh track.
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Smallville was supposed to get a spin-off called Aquaman; coming off the Season Five episode "Aqua".

The Aquaman pilot was made but it never made it to airing. However, the studio made it available for purchase on the iTunes store.

Also, Best Buy had it available in specially marked Smallville DVD sets as an exclusive bonus disc.
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Old 12-31-2009, 07:38 PM   #124
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I'm unfamiliar with Sabrina so I can't help with that one.
It aired on an episode Sabrina as a backdoor pilot. I think it was called Witch Wright Hall. It would have starred MJH younger sister.

Another spinoff that never happened was on Married With Children. Was about college radio station at Bud's college.
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The NBC drama "Heroes" was scheduled to have a spinoff show called "Heroes: Origins" but thanks to the writers strike, they show was canned.
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The most FAMOUS spinoff that never was....The MERTZES!

They could've come up with enough storylines to just do ONE season but Vivian Vance was an EVIL woman for actually wishing DEATH on William Frawley!

There are plenty of people in the history of hollywood who don't get along but still work together and act PROFESSIONAL. Vivian obviously didn't know how to behave professionally and acted like spoiled little brat!!
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Prison Break was supposed to get a spin-off series that was to take place in a female prison.

The characters that were due to appear were in a few eps. of the series and the direct-to-DVD movie The Final Break.
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Prison Break was supposed to get a spin-off series that was to take place in a female prison.

The characters that were due to appear were in a few eps. of the series and the direct-to-DVD movie The Final Break.
That would've bombed. Female prisons aren't exactly exciting.
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That would've bombed. Female prisons aren't exactly exciting.
That may be true considering "The L Word" was suppose to have a spinoff about a female prison and Showtime decided not to pick it up.
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I saw the projected spinoff of Emergency!, called 905 Wild. It is virtually unendurable, to the point you almost begin to wonder seriously if they wanted it to be that bad, they seemed to put so much effort into making it that way!

This is my speculation based on nothing at all but what I saw...maybe someone can confirm or deny my suspicions definitively...I think the producers were looking to keep the slot soon to be vacated by Adam 12 by selling the network on another half-hour show and conceived a pilot accordingly. The decision was made to film it as an episode of Emergency! without enough time to properly rework it, so that everything that happens--to the extent that anything happens at all--takes twice as long as it needs to. Establishing shots, reaction shots, pauses between passages of dialog--you name it, it if will fill time, they doubled it!

Too bad really. With the talented cast assembled, it might have been a cute little show. But the presentation was sooooo woeful (it needed fixing up far beyond just shortening up) it didn't have a lamb's chance in hades.
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Besides "Faith the Vampire Slayer" Buffy had a few undeveloped spin-off attempts:



"Buffy the Animated Series"




An animated series called Buffy the Animated Series was originally greenlit by FOX in 2002 for FOX Kids.

However, FOX Kids ended shortly after and no other netork was interested.

Then in 2004 FOX showed interest in developing and then selling the show to another network. However, the darker tones and elements of the cartoon made it difficult for other networks to fit it in with their regular children's programming.

Creator Joss Whedon officially declared the series dead in 2005.


*Note - A 4-minute pilot was the only thing made from this series that was used to sell it to the networks. It got leaked on the internet sometime in the years past.

All of the main cast from the show reprised their roles for the series with the exception of Sarah Michelle Gellar who didn't want to do it.

Replacing her voice as "Buffy" was voice actress Giselle Loren who had done "Buffy's" voice for the video games based off of the show.





"Ripper"

There were talks of a spin-off show featuring "Giles" played by Anthony Stuart Head titled his nick-name Ripper.

Talks came originally in 2001 for it to be a mini-series for BBC television.

Then around 2005 there was word it was to be a made-for-DVD movie.

Then at Comic-Con in 2007 Joss Whedon mentioned that it was to be a 90-minute tv-special on BBC.

Shortly after Anthony Head and Joss Whedon became involved with other projects so Ripper was put on hold.

Joss Whedon's last comments on Ripper was in 2008 when he mentioned it might become to problematic with the rights and that he was committed to Dollhouse.


*Note - Since the cancellation of Dollhouse there hasn't been any new word on what's going on with Ripper and many fans are waiting to hear from Whedon.





"Slayer School"

Slayer School was an attempted spin-off that never got past talking about it.

When Buffy was nearing its end Whedon and other writers/producers were trying to think about other projects to keep Buffy going.

The general idea was to feature "The Potentials" who are girls from around the world that are randomly chosen to gain the power of a Slayer after another Slayer dies.

The show would show how "The Watchers" track down and guide "The Potentials" into becoming full Slayers.

Joss Whedon felt it "wasn't right" and the early ideas were scrapped.
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The most FAMOUS spinoff that never was....The MERTZES!

They could've come up with enough storylines to just do ONE season but Vivian Vance was an EVIL woman for actually wishing DEATH on William Frawley!

There are plenty of people in the history of hollywood who don't get along but still work together and act PROFESSIONAL. Vivian obviously didn't know how to behave professionally and acted like spoiled little brat!!
In all fairness, I heard that William Frawley was a pretty abrasive man, who drank heavily and did not treat Vivian Vance well. He may have brought some of that hate on himself. And Vance was not happy with being paired with a man who was old enough to be her father. I think Frawley was about 20 years older than Vance as I recall.
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In all fairness, I heard that William Frawley was a pretty abrasive man, who drank heavily and did not treat Vivian Vance well. He may have brought some of that hate on himself. And Vance was not happy with being paired with a man who was old enough to be her father. I think Frawley was about 20 years older than Vance as I recall.
But that happens in hollywood! Louise Jefferson was old enough to be George Jefferson's FATHER eventhough they looked the same age and George may have actually looked a bit OLDER! Amazing yet they got along fine and even did guest spots and commericals together after the show was over.

I'm sure there have been worse people than William Frawley in Hollywood and they could've worked something out to do "The Metzes". Vance could've made Frawley sign a contract that he would change his abrasive ways or she has the right to leave the show anytime.

They could've made history even if they did ONE year of that show and you'd bet it would be on DVD!
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But that happens in hollywood! Louise Jefferson was old enough to be George Jefferson's FATHER...
Um, excuse me...?
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