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Old 09-07-2011, 10:53 PM   #181
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This one is a bit more recent:


Around the time when it was announced that "LOST" was going to end Terry O'Quinn wanted to do a spin-off featuring himself and co-star Michael Emerson.

The plot he was interested in was to feature their "LOST" characters, John Locke and Ben Linus, as suburban teachers moonlighting as hitmen.

The creators of "LOST" said that they weren't going to do any spin-offs of the show. Terry O'Quinn tried to get J.J. Abrams on board with the proposed spin-off, but it ultimately never happened.
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In an interview during the How to Succeed In Business era (I believe it was backstage after the Tony's) John Larroquette said that The John Larroquette Show was originally conceived by the network to be a Dan Fielding spinoff.

Of course then Frasier happened...
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was there a proposed spinoff from the Jeffersons with the willies tom and helen
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if there was, I never heard of it.
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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)
The Facts of Life tried mighty hard to create a spin -- off series . On The Facts of Life, Stone Military Academy was located down the road from Eastland School . Episode # 51 of The Facts of Life ( "The Academy" ) featured Jo dating a student from Stone Military Academy . Episode # 66 ( "The Big Fight" ) featured Natalie and a boy from Stone Military Academy . The characters affiliated with Stone Military Academy in "The Academy" episode were played by Jimmy Baio, Ben Marley, David Ackroyd, Peter Frechette, and John P. Navin, Jr . It looked like the producers of The Facts of Life wanted the main characters of a series about students at Stone Military Academy to be male copies of the girls on The Facts of Life .

Episod # 52 ( "Jo's Cousin" ) featured Jo visiting her family in the Bronx, including her cousin Terry, a teenage girl going through adolescence in a family full of men .

Episode # 188 ( "Rumor Has It..." ) introduced Blair's law professor Richard Katt ( Franc Luz ) whose ethic in the classroom stood in contrast to his reputation for having affairs with many of his students . Blair and Katt had several innocent encounters with Katt in his office where they discussed the classwork . Katt's wife walked in on one of his sessions with Blair, assumed they had an affair, and threatened to leave her husband . Katt resigned from Langley College in the wake of his rumored affair with Blair and became a lawyer at a law firm in Peekskill . In episode # 199 ( "Peekskill Law" ), Blair became an intern at that self -- same law firm and met Richard Katt again .

For the record, the girl on Blossom was Mayim Bialik . I'll admit I had to check to make sure I got her name right, but it's hard to forget a name like "Mayim Bialik"

If The Facts of Life didn't spawn a spin -- off series, it's not because the producers didn't try !

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back in the 70s, there was talk about doing a spin-off of "ALL IN THE FAMILY" about a priest who was on the show named Father Muljecy, or something.

And I think I remember reading somewhere back then that they were thinking of spining off Lenny and Squiggy from "LAVERNE & SHIRLEY".
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in the 70s, they were going to make a spin-off from "ALL IN THE FAMILY" about Fr. Muljeshky; who was a priest on some of the early episode; played by Benard Hughes.
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I think there was going to be a "Laverne & Shirley" spinoff about Lenny & Squiggy.
At one poinnt, there was going to be an "ALL IN THE FAMILY" spinoff about Fr. Muljescy-a priest that was played by Bernard Hughes on "AITF".
His name was Father John Majeski, and he appeared in the episodes "Edith's Accident", "Edith Flips Her Wig", and "Edith's Conversion" of All in the Family . I thought he only appeared in two episodes ! I don't know what they could have done with Father Majeski in a regular series, but the salty sense of humor he used on Archie Bunker would have been interesting .

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I know its not a sitcom, but the original Star Trek back in the 60's had a show that was intended as a spin off to a totally new show that took place in modern (then) times.

The pilot was the episode Assignment:Earth and it included a guy from the 60s named Gary Seven who was taken by aliens in the 60s and made a super human and put back on earth to save earth from its dumb decisions. It even had a very flaky Terri Garr as his assistant on earth.

It is so obvious it is a spin off, and the way they worked it into the ST universe was totally dorky, and just didnt work.

Well the show didnt either.
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I remember that, and Teri Garr was a babe in that one .
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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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there was an attempt to make a spin-off of "STAR TREK" in its second season, about a character named Gary Seven and his partner Roberta Lincoln (played by Terri Garr). The pilot was shown as an episode of "STAR TREK" but the show never materialized.
That was episode # 55 from the second season . It featured Gary Seven ( Robert Lansing ), his secretary, Roberta Lincoln ( Terri Garr ), and Gary's cat, Isis, who could turn into a human woman ( Victoria Vetri ) . Gary Seven was trained by aliens to prevent the people of Earth from destroying themselves . If there had been a series based on this episode, it might have been called Assignment : Earth . I wish there had been a third season episode of Star Trek where Captain Kirk and Mr . Spock visited Gary Seven again .

I read where Gary Seven lived in twentieth -- century San Francisco, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home also took place in twentieth -- century San Francisco . It's too bad Gary Seven didn't make an appearance in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home . Since there wasn't an Assignment : Earth TV series, a second episode featuring Gary Seven or an appearance in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, I wish there had been an extra Star Trek movie where Captain Kirk and Mr . Spock visited Gary Seven again ( Star Trek : Assignment : Earth ) .

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Season Four of Emergency! had an episode called 905 Wild where Gage and Desoto work with a Veterinarian which started off with an entirely different Opening Theme. It's quite obvious this was a Pilot Episode for a Spinoff that never happened.
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That was episode # 55 from the second season . It featured Gary Seven ( Robert Lansing ), his secretary, Roberta Lincoln ( Terri Garr ), and Gaty's cat, Isis, who could turn into a human woman ( Victoria Vetri ) . Gary Seven was trained by aliens to prevent the people of Earth from destroying themselves . If there had been a series based on this episode, it might have been called Assignment : Earth . I wish there had been a third season episode of Star Trek where Captain Kirk and Mr . Spock visited Gary Seven again .

I read where Gary Seven lived in twentieth -- century San Francisco, and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home also took place in twentieth -- century San Francisco . It's too bad Gary Seven didn't make an appearance in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home . Since there wasn't anAssignment : Earth TV series, a second episode featuring Gary Seven or an appearance in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, I wish there had been an extra Star Trek movie where Captain Kirk and Mr . Spock visited Gary Seven again ( Star Trek : Assignment : Earth ) .

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I seriously doubt they called use that as the plot of a 2 hour movie.
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I remember hearing that at one point, there were plans for a Gilligan's Island spin-off in which Gilligan married Mary Ann, the Professor married Ginger, and both couples had kids.

The Disney Channel series That's So Raven at one time planned to give the character Donna Cabonna her own series. It was to have focused on Cabonna and her new intern Symóne (an obvious reference to Raven Symóne).

Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain, a spin-off of Pinky and the Brain and cross-over with Tiny Toons was brought about by the new heads at Kids WB, who wanted PatB to be more like The Simpsons. WB's decision was to add more characters to the series. The creators of Pinky and the Brain were pretty peeved about this new series. At one point, they even express their anger in the opening theme song ("It's what the network wants. Why bother to complain?")

I remember Diff'rent Strokes had a backdoor pilot involving someone teaching a night school for immigrants.

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A few proposed spin-offs of film series:

Laurel and Hardy's Fabulous Fables - Developed around 1956, this was Intended to be a series of color television specials that would have featured Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy in stories based on popular fairy tales. Laurel completed the script for the first episode ("Babes in the Woods"), but had a stroke shortly before production was to begin.

The Little Rascals In 1977, Norman Lear produced a series of pilots (some sources say two episodes were shot, while others say as many as three or four were made) based on Hal Roach's Our Gang/Little Rascals series. At least Lear's name was attached to the series. He later claimed to have no involvement with the production. This would have been a modernized version of the Rascals. One episode would have featured the kids facing off a gang of martians. Among the kids cast in the series were then-unkown Gary Coleman (as "Stymie"), Christopher Gardner, David Hollander, Doug McKeon, and Patricia Ann Patts. The original Stymie (Matthew Beard) appeared in an episode. The series was never sold, and the pilots never aired. One was shown recently at a Gary Coleman memorial exhibit.

King World (the Rascals former owners) had several plans for other revivals/spin-offs for both film and TV, but few made it past planning stages.

The Marx Brothers - One of the earliest of many attempts at doing an animated version of a live action franchise. Produced by Filmation, a five minute pilot ("A Day at the Horse Opera") was completed and pitched to the networks. Groucho Marx was a consultant on the pilot, and may have provided his own voice. Don't know who played Chico. And Harpo, well, you know. Joe Besser was also featured. The pilot never aired, and the series never sold. After spending years in the vaults, it was finally shown to the public at the 2012 Comic-Con (it show up at about 48 minutes in).

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I remember hearing that at one point, there were plans for a Gilligan's Island spin-off in which Gilligan married Mary Ann, the Professor married Ginger, and both couples had kids.

The Disney Channel series That's So Raven at one time planned to give the character Donna Cabonna her own series. It was to have focused on Cabonna and her new intern Symóne (an obvious reference to Raven Symóne).

Pinky, Elmyra, and the Brain, a spin-off of Pinky and the Brain and cross-over with Tiny Toons was brought about by the new heads at Kids WB, who wanted PatB to be more like The Simpsons. WB's decision was to add more characters to the series. The creators of Pinky and the Brain were pretty peeved about this new series. At one point, they even express their anger in the opening theme song ("It's what the network wants. Why bother to complain?")

I remember Diff'rent Strokes had a backdoor pilot involving someone teaching a night school for immigrants.
That spin-off from Pinky and the Brain was horrible. The original was and is still the best.
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As a kid not knowing what the term "backdoor pilot" meant I was always confused watching my favorite show when all of a sudden an episode will pop with the focus on characters that are not part of the show.

Here's from Who's The Boss?
- The first attempted Who's the Boss? spin-off had its origins in the final episode of season 2, "Charmed Lives", a backdoor pilot for a program about two women up for the same job. Starring Fran Drescher and Donna Dixon, it was not picked up as a series.

In 1987, producers had planned a spin-off entitled Mona, which focused on Mona's character leaving Angela to help her brother Cornelius run a seedy hotel in Manhattan.[20] The third season featured this plot in a two-part episode, but when ABC changed their mind about the spinoff, fearing what Mona's departure could mean to the show, the ending was rewritten to feature Mona returning to Angela's home.

The next attempted spin-off, which did make it to series, was titled Living Dolls. Premiering and ending in 1989, the show starred Leah Remini, Michael Learned, and Halle Berry. The show featured Remini, who had appeared in two Who's the Boss? episodes as a friend of Samantha's, as a homeless model taken under the wing of an agent played by Learned.
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After the success of the reunion flick Rescue From Gilligan's Island, NBC asked Sherwood Schwartz to create a new Gilligan's Island series during the late 70's. The result were the TV movies The Castaways on Gilligan's Island and The Harlem Globetrotters on Gilligan's Island, both of which acted as pilots for the proposed spin-off.

The idea was that the location of the castaways' island was finally discovered, and the Howells decided to celebrate by building a hotel resort. Gilligan and co. ran the hotel. Guest stars would show up each week (think The Love Boat). The reason for including guest stars was that Schwartz didn't want to put the now older Gilligan cast through so many physical demands. From what I understand, the Gilligan/Globetrotters movie received low ratings.

Had ALF gone on for a fifth season, the entire setting would have been changed. Paul Fusco and the writers were running out of ideas for stories involving ALF in the Tanner home. It was decided that the following season would find ALF kidnapped and held hostage in a military base. Inevitably, ALF more or less becomes Sgt. Bilko, and drives everyone insane. I'm assuming the Tanners would have been written out.

Season 4 ended on a cliffhanger, in which ALF is discovered by the Alien Task Force. However, NBC decided to kick the show in favor of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, thus leaving audiences with a surprisingly dark ending for the series. The concept for the fifth season was later reworked into the TV movie Project: ALF (which, from what I understand, was intended to be a backdoor pilot for ABC).
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TV critics complain at how awful a show Small Wonder was with it's premise of a computer tech father that creates a life like 10-year old girl, at least that show was in first run syndication where expectations aren't as high.

But the premise of ALF is just as equally absurd that I don't know how an actual TV executive at NBC thought of it as a good idea.
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