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Supporting characters who deserve their own shows.


The Pink Panther was supposed to be a star vehicle for David Niven. Then Peter Sellers started stealing scenes. So they tweaked the script a little, and it became the Inspector Clouseau show.

What supporting characters do you think could carry a book or film of their own?

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Jonathan Quayle Higgins, from Magnum, P.I. John Hillerman is dead now, but I would love to have seen a movie or mini-series about Higgins and a half-dozen of his half-siblings.

Joseph, Graham Greene's character in the 1994 Maverick. Travelling the Wild West, separating gullible palefaces from their ill-gotten lucre.

Paul d'Arnot, from the Tarzan novels. Although I suspect Burroughs' ignorant stereotypes about Frenchmen would probably be just as bad as his ignorant stereotypes about Africans.
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Boyd Crowder should have had a spin off from Justified. Instead, they had him lose his mind in the last season.
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Jay Leno and Fran Drescher played a young couple in the movie American Hot Wax who could have been a great pairing on the big or little screen. They were in the midst of that kind of juvenile courtship full of sexual tension and sarcasm. It was clear then they would have great careers as comedians ahead of them. Life got side tracked by for Fran after that, and Leno turned into the rat bastard that stole the Tonight Show from David Letterman. It's too bad we didn't seem them paired like that again, but she did appear on his lousy version of Tonight.
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Iím now picturing 007 as the supporting character in a Q movie: sure, we see Bond show up and get handed this or that plot device; but how often was the brains of the outfit in the midst of something else entirely? Always getting a sharp-edged and magnet-powered serving tray ready in time for Achmedís tea party, or field-testing a piece of jewelry that makes slot machines pay out, or whatever, whenever he isnít playing around in disguise or trying his hand at drone surveillance or getting swarmed by grateful women right after he swoops in to incapacitate a bad guy?

What, like you couldnít get two hours out of that?
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Old 10-30-2019, 07:49 PM
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Baldrick.

I'm sure he has a cunning plan to do just that.
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Old 10-30-2019, 09:25 PM
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Moe Szyslak's story how he became this grumpy misanthrope, and more episodes of his romantic life like in the spin-off show with the lovematic grandpa.
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Dr. Donald "Ducky" Mallard from NCIS could easily have his own spin-off. Steal the format from the old "Young Indiana Jones" show. Most of each episode is actually a flashback where we actually see a young Ducky living the stories his elder self is recounting to a classroom full of young medical students.
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Now I'm imagining an Avengers TV series with Cathy Gale, Emma Peel and Tara King as a Swinging London version of Charlie's Angels.
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Big Pussy from The Sopranos. He was a complex character with mixed loyalties. They should have killed off Paulie. He was a one dimensional clownish character with little room for growth. Also, the actor Vincent Pastore is a better actor than Tony Sirico.

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Watching an episode of Green Acres on MeTV, I'll say Arnold Ziffle.
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Why did Cleveland Brown get his own show and not Glenn Quagmire?
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CJ or Charlie from The West Wing
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I could see a family sitcom about Sheriff Buford T. Justice.
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Boyd Crowder should have had a spin off from Justified. Instead, they had him lose his mind in the last season.
I get what you're saying: Crowder was freaking amazing.

However, I think they made the right choice. Justified was, at its heart, the show of Crowder and Givens. Actually resolving that feud, in a way that gave Givens not only the actual victory, but also the character victory, gave that show one of the best finales I've ever seen. If Crowder had gone to a spinoff, it wouldn't have been nearly as satisfying to me.
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Why did Cleveland Brown get his own show and not Glenn Quagmire?
That was news to Quagmire , too.
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That was news to Quagmire , too.
Well, of course Seth got there first.
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I was seriously hoping The Initiative (Riley and his wife, maybe Xander) would spin off of BTVS.
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In some ways some shows wasn't about the stars. How I met your Mother, was Barney and Lily and Marshall show. Ted and the mother were unimportant. Just a title leading to a pointless payoff.

Badger and Skinny Pete would be something I'd watch. Definitely.

Jenna's offshoot from 30 Rock would be too much though. One or two decent lines per episode were superb, the character would die off with the real details:

"Listen up fives, a ten is speaking"

"Oh, I can play dead. I watched my whole Church group being eaten by a bear"
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Old 10-31-2019, 09:19 AM
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Jack from Will & Grace. A show with Jack in his late teens struggling with his sexual identity and coming out in the last episode would be a great service to all young gays and lesbians. Throw in a rah-rah Christian neighbor (Pray The Gay Away) and the young woman who loves Jack and it's a hit!
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Guerrero from Human Target.

And there was another similar character on a show around the same time that he should have teamed up with, but I can't remember who or what show. Into the depths of TV Tropes...

Maybe team him up with Elliot from Leverage.
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What about a show with Abby from NCIS and Garcia from Criminal Minds as college roommates? Sort of like Freaks and Geeks, with them being the computer geeks.
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Boyd Crowder should have had a spin off from Justified. Instead, they had him lose his mind in the last season.
I'd watch a show about the 'other' US Marshall, Deputy Tim Gutterson.
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I'd watch a show about the 'other' US Marshall, Deputy Tim Gutterson.
I'd support this. Rachel's an interesting character too.

I think a prequel to Justified may be good.
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Old 10-31-2019, 11:38 AM
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I could see a family sitcom about Sheriff Buford T. Justice.
It worked for Sheriff Lobo.
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When The Closer was on, I wanted a spin off with Flynn and Provenza retiring, moving to Florida, and opening a private detective agency together.

But Major Crimes ruined the characters. Alas.
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It worked for Sheriff Lobo.
I liked Enos better the the Duke Boys (since I hated them that wasn't that big a deal, but I thought Enos was a fun show.)
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There was an attempt made for a Married...With Children spinoff with David Garrison as Steve Rhoads which would have taken place at Trumaine University, the college that Bud Bundy attended.
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What about a show with Abby from NCIS and Garcia from Criminal Minds as college roommates? Sort of like Freaks and Geeks, with them being the computer geeks.
And Ella from Lucifer. That definitely seems to be a trope now, geeky forensic person.
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Sometimes a little bit goes a long way. Which illustrates why not every supporting character can sustain a show if cast as a main one, and explains why ensemble casts can work so well if no single character dominates.
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Boyd Crowder should have had a spin off from Justified. Instead, they had him lose his mind in the last season.
I get what you're saying: Crowder was freaking amazing.

However, I think they made the right choice. Justified was, at its heart, the show of Crowder and Givens. Actually resolving that feud, in a way that gave Givens not only the actual victory, but also the character victory, gave that show one of the best finales I've ever seen. If Crowder had gone to a spinoff, it wouldn't have been nearly as satisfying to me.
Given that Boyd was supposed to die at the end of the very first episode, I'd say he did pretty well.
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That is one charming motherfucking pig.
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The B.P.R.D.. Hellboy is great, love him. But a B.P.R.D. show Netflix or Amazon could be great.
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And Ella from Lucifer. That definitely seems to be a trope now, geeky forensic person.
And Alec Hardison from Leverage could be a friend of all the computer ladies.
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There a lot of possibilities for characters who could have had long running shows of their own. How about Joey from Friends? Or Joanie and Chachi from Happy Days?

Oh, this is a real good one, Mr. and Mrs. Roper from Three's Company!
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MacFarlane said something along the lines of "Nobody wants to see a show about a rapist."
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Tig and Happy could've done a Sons of Anarchy spin off.
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Kasper Gutman searched for the Maltese Falcon for seventeen years before the events in the movie took place. I'd really like a prequel showing the search. In my opinion he's a lot more interesting than Sam Spade.
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Elaine from Seinfeld could have had her own show. I doubt any of the other principal actors could have done so.
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There a lot of possibilities for characters who could have had long running shows of their own. How about Joey from Friends? Or Joanie and Chachi from Happy Days?

Oh, this is a real good one, Mr. and Mrs. Roper from Three's Company!
What next, give Gomer Pyle from Andy Griffith his own show? I know, Gomer could become a Marine..

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If Angela hadn't ended up with Dwight, he and Oscar could've had a great sitcom.

Uptight religious woman gets taken in by her gay co-worker to help raise her bastard son? It practically writes itself.
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Chances for this went down the tube when he was caught on tape offering to punch Junior's mamma right in the mouth as soon as he got home.
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How about Joey from Friends?
How about Joey from Friends from Married With Children, which had it's own spin-off?
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What next, give Gomer Pyle from Andy Griffith his own show? I know, Gomer could become a Marine..
They should have bit the bullet (so to speak) and sent him to Vietnam.
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