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May 06 2007

The Clicker Cites Angel as a Successful TV Spin-Off. TV Blend writer discusses the much-hyped Grey's Anatomy spin-off and cites Angel as one of the most successful examples of the increasingly less common premise for a series.

What!? No Xena!? For shame.
Growing Pains was a spin-off? From what show?

The Grey's spin-off really needs a new name. "Private Practice" just doesn't cut it for me. It's too similar to "The Practice". I read somewhere that the title was "Oceanside" and I like that a little better, except it tells you nothing of what it's about.
I love Marti and all, but I don't think the character of Addison has enough force of personality to carry her own show. So while I wish everyone the best, I don't expect it to be an instant success.

On the other hand, glad kudos are being given to Angel. As good spinoffs go, our favorite fanged wonder was definitely the leader of the pack. :)
I also missed 'Xena' on there. From 3 episodes to 6 seasons, surely worth a mention ?

It's an idea that's pretty current in the UK at the moment with spin-offs from 'Doctor Who', 'Spooks', 'Life on Mars' and even a spin-off from a spin-off called 'Holby Blue' (spun-off from 'Holby City' which was spun-off from 'Casualty' a long running hospital drama). All, presumably, to avoid the risk of the new. Quite right too, heaven forbid we should actually seek out original ideas for TV programmes. Sigh.

(I think 'Angel' stood on its own quite quickly, mainly because the tone and noir framework were established so early but definitely by 'Sanctuary' with Angel and Buffy butting heads - and Angel being completely in the right IMO - we're absolutely certain it's its own show)
Growing Pains wasn't a spin-off, it had a spin-off: Just the Ten of Us. So many spin-offs to name and not nearly enough time or space to do it. I think I've watched too much tv.

I know I was supposed to vote for Angel, but I didn't. Sorry. I loved Daria. My dad and I would watch it together. It was his way of bonding with his teen daughter. Besides, I'm only half way through S4 of Angel. *nervous chuckle*
LOL! I guess the loyal Whedonesque readers are to blame thank for these results in their poll for best spin-off:

One of the Happy Days Spin-Offs 1
The Facts Of Life 0
Frasier 10
Daria 13
Angel 346
Other 4

[ edited by ProphecyGirl16 on 2007-05-08 00:20 ]
It's an idea that's pretty current in the UK at the moment with spin-offs from 'Doctor Who', 'Spooks', 'Life on Mars' and even a spin-off from a spin-off called 'Holby Blue' (spun-off from 'Holby City' which was spun-off from 'Casualty' a long running hospital drama). All, presumably, to avoid the risk of the new. Quite right too, heaven forbid we should actually seek out original ideas for TV programmes. Sigh.


They are doing a spin-off of Holby City? Which is basically just an excuse to have two hours of dull hospital drama on the BBC a week. And the spin-off (according to a quick Google rather than me actually having any real interest) is going to be a police drama, which looks for all the world like the BBC decided that they needed a Bill of their very own. Wow, throw in the likes of Heartbeat and it's hospital spin-off, The Royal, and you can really see originality at work, can't you?

Mind you, with the wave of Law and Order and CSI spin-offs that are churned out every single week in the US I suppose you can't blame the BBC and ITV creative sorts for lacking anything remotely creative in their ideas. What's that? A hospital spin-off of Coronation Street is in the works, you say? A new show set in a police station in Emmerdale? Sounds wrist-slashingly entertaining. And then people wonder why I stick to the likes of Lost, BSG and Heroes for my television viewing pleasure.
Its strange - but I never think of Angel as a spinoff nowadays. It became too much its own show. Same with Frasier.

And yes I voted for Angel:)

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