These days, it’s nearly impossible to predict whether a TV spinoff series will be a failure or a success. For every one that flops (like “Joey”), one becomes an enormous success (like “Frasier”). This year, AMC tried its luck spinning off “Better Call Saul” from parent series “Breaking Bad” and wound up with seven Emmy nominations, including Best Drama Series (make your predictions in that race below).
With that in mind, we’re curious to know what other Emmy-winning dramas or comedies have the potential to spinoff a successful new show? We asked our forum posters, many of whom are Hollywood insiders, to weigh in on this hot topic. Read some of their comments below and then join the fierce debate in our forums here.
MysteriousRent: I heard somewhere the suggestion of a “Mad Men” spinoff, featuring Sally Draper as she lives and parties in the New York art scene of the late 70s/early80s, and I am kind of obsessed with the idea.
DenizSisman: “Game of Thrones” needs at least 10 different spinoffs to tell its story undistracted and complete.
24Emmy: “Everybody Loves Raymond” almost had one for Robert. I would’ve watched that.
NateDoggg: A remarkable number of Emmy-winning series have had spinoffs. “Homeland” could easily spin-off F. Murray Abraham‘s character into some other setting and still be interesting.
Bradderz: Mr Eko from “Lost” for sure. His backstory was the best, and I remember watching his flashbacks thinking, “Why can’t we have 24 episodes of this?”
OnTheAisle: I would watch Nathan Lane in the “Modern Family” spinoff “Pepper Saltzman.” The supporting cast of his father Chaim Saltzman (who is called Chad Treadwell socially), his mother, and his son Kyle could be a riot. Of course, a series focusing on a gay wedding planner would be cutting edge.
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