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Old 02-02-2009, 01:10 AM   #61
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back in the 60s; Gene Rodenberry wanted to make a spin-off of "STAR TREK". I forget what it was going to be called, but it would have been about a man named Gary Seven who was a human raised by aliens, or something like that. The pilot aired as an episode of "STAR TREK".
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Oh yeah, wasn't there a spin-off of M*A*S*H that never went anywhere? I believe it was supposed to be on "Radar" and was called W*A*L*T*E*R. I think only the pilot was made.
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I'm sure someone has mentioned "The Metzes" which would've happened if Vivian Vance wasn't such an evil stubborn bitter woman.

She WAS evil because she celebrated once she heard William Frawley died and that's just sickening. There was no reason to hate him since he was an actor just like she was so she should've never held such ill will towards him.
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There have been proposed spinoffs for many shows. The following are spinoffs that were planned or had one pilot but never materialized after that. Which ones would you have loved to have seen get a chance? If you know of any others please let me know.

1. Jackie(jackee')- the spinoff from the sitcom 227, starring Jackie from Sister, Sister fame.

2. Nick - the spinoff from Family Ties, starring Nick the boyfriend of Mallory. The premise is he moves to NY with his sister.

3. The Facts of Life actually had 3 spinoffs planned and nothing really materialized.
a.) a spinoff featuring Jo's cousins
b.) a spinoff where Natalie moves to NY to become a writer
c.) a spinoff where Blair buys Eastland school and becomes headmaster. That spinoff had Seth Green, Juliet Lewis and the future star of Blossom( I forget her name)

I know there were several others, however, I can't think of them off the top of my head.

HOW do you know these spinoffs were planned at all? You have a link for them being planned but never happening?

Nick would've been good IF Mallory was with him. They had a good chemistry together.
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I remember a couple that never got off the ground on CBS:

In the summer of 1978, I remember reading in a magazine (I think it was US which ran bi-weekly) that the upcoming season of "Rhoda" was going to marry off 'Rhoda's' sister 'Brenda' to 'Benny' and eventually 'spin off' "Brenda" to Connecticuit in early 1979.

Sure enough, Brenda's engagement was written into the storyline of Rhoda's 5th season, but "Rhoda" was cancelled in early December, 1978 - without Brenda's wedding taking place. (Didn't CBS realize 'married' women in MTM productions were not that funny?)

In May, 1986 CBS wanted to spin-off "Julia", a character introduced in one episode of their hit sitcom "Kate and Allie" (which served as the 'pilot').

'Julia' was played by actress Lindsay Wagner; the character was a recently divorced woman who moves back to NYC from LA. She was a full-time drama teacher, and taught cooking classes on the side - which is how she meets her new friends. I remember it was not a funny episode and luckily CBS never followed through with it.
I think the only funny married woman on an MTM-produced show was Emily Hartley (Suzanne Pleshette) of The Bob Newhart Show. Then again, she and Bob were already married when the show began, so what do I know?
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Oh yeah, wasn't there a spin-off of M*A*S*H that never went anywhere? I believe it was supposed to be on "Radar" and was called W*A*L*T*E*R. I think only the pilot was made.

Yes, and it was shown one time in the summer of 1984.

Back in those days, if a pilot didn't sell, they often would show them during the summer as "specials."

The W*A*L*T*E*R pilot is on You tube. He played a rookie cop, of all things.
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yea, "W*A*LT*E*R" was only shown once, but only in a couple parts of the country. It was set a year after he guest-starred on "AFTER MASH". Clips from it and info. are on the site bestcareanywhere.net
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Yes, and it was shown one time in the summer of 1984.

Back in those days, if a pilot didn't sell, they often would show them during the summer as "specials."

The W*A*L*T*E*R pilot is on You tube. He played a rookie cop, of all things.

I don't really know much about W*A*L*T*E*R. What do you think was the downfall... or lack of interest in this?

Also, was this made before or after the spin-off AfterMASH? While that one wasn't successful either it ran for 2 seasons.
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I think it was made at the same time, and it was made in 1986 not 84 (I think).
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I think the only funny married woman on an MTM-produced show was Emily Hartley (Suzanne Pleshette) of The Bob Newhart Show. Then again, she and Bob were already married when the show began, so what do I know?


You're right!

You would think that the writers would have learned their lesson when they married off Rhoda, and then quickly 'divorced' her. The Morgenstern sisters were much funnier as single ladies, not married women. I realize the storyline for Brenda was going nowhere, so marriage was the next step. However, how funny was she and Benny together - funny enough to carry their own show? Or would Brenda become the new Rhoda (who became the new Mary on her own show) and have a single frumpy neighbor to mentor as her best friend? Would the audience have had to rely on 'guest turns' from 'Rhoda' and 'Ida' every few weeks to make them laugh?

I guess, in a way, I'm kind of glad we were left 'hanging' with Brenda's engagement.
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I think it was made at the same time, and it was made in 1986 not 84 (I think).

It aired in the summer of 1984. I remember watching it.
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You're right!

You would think that the writers would have learned their lesson when they married off Rhoda, and then quickly 'divorced' her. The Morgenstern sisters were much funnier as single ladies, not married women. I realize the storyline for Brenda was going nowhere, so marriage was the next step. However, how funny was she and Benny together - funny enough to carry their own show? Or would Brenda become the new Rhoda (who became the new Mary on her own show) and have a single frumpy neighbor to mentor as her best friend? Would the audience have had to rely on 'guest turns' from 'Rhoda' and 'Ida' every few weeks to make them laugh?

I guess, in a way, I'm kind of glad we were left 'hanging' with Brenda's engagement.
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You're right!

You would think that the writers would have learned their lesson when they married off Rhoda, and then quickly 'divorced' her. The Morgenstern sisters were much funnier as single ladies, not married women. I realize the storyline for Brenda was going nowhere, so marriage was the next step. However, how funny was she and Benny together - funny enough to carry their own show? Or would Brenda become the new Rhoda (who became the new Mary on her own show) and have a single frumpy neighbor to mentor as her best friend? Would the audience have had to rely on 'guest turns' from 'Rhoda' and 'Ida' every few weeks to make them laugh?

I guess, in a way, I'm kind of glad we were left 'hanging' with Brenda's engagement.

Brenda ended up going into the witness protection program. She now lives in Springfield.
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Two other shows - one from nearly forty years ago, one from a few days ago - that never made it as a 'spin-off'.

From nearly 40 years ago...
I've been reading a Fred MacMurray biography, and in it there's a mention that "Robbie, Katie and the triplets" were to be spun-off from "My Three Sons" in the tenth season.

An episode was devoted to just them in May, 1970 (the young couple dealing with their newborns) to serve as the pilot, but CBS decided against giving them their own show in the Fall. The clan stuck around with MacMurray and the others until the show went off the air in 1972, which was their twelfth season.

From a few nights ago...
Many TV viewers were wondering why NBC stuck an episode of 'The Office' on right after the Superbowl this past Sunday night. Everyone knows that this is considered the best slot of the TV season (with millions of viewers hanging on to watch), and usually a network launches a new show in this slot.

Turns out, NBC had big plans to launch an "Office" spin-off...but plans for the spin-off were abruptly cut short, which left NBC with no other choice but to stick an ep of "The Office" in it's place.
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Whoops! After a little more research, I stand corrected on the above post regarding "My Three Sons"!

The pilot aired in March, 1971 with the spin-off scheduled for September, 1971 (the twelfth season). The show was tentatively titled "After The Honeymoon" which was to focus on Rob and Katie's life with the triplets, in their own home away from the Douglas' brood to help out. The pilot itslef was about the couple finding a place to live with their three sons in their new city (I believe the storyline was that Robbie's job forced them to move away).

CBS didn't pick up the series for the upcoming season (1971-72) and Don Grady (Robbie) and Tina Cole (Katie) did NOT return for the twelfth season on 'My Three Sons', since they were written out the previous season.

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