“The Office” is reportedly following the “Battlestar Galactica” model of launching a spin-off of its very own: a show following Rainn Wilson ’s maniacal assistant to the regional manager, Dwight Schrute. In the spirit of Dwight leaving Dunder Mifflin for greener, beet-ier pastures, the MTV News team has created its own wish list of TV spin-offs.
Dwight’s permanent relocation to the Schrute family beet farm is a controversial move, certainly, but also a potentially awesome one. Think about all the television characters from your favorite series, both canceled and ongoing, that you would want to see in a show of their own. Peter Dinklage’s Tyrion Lannister yukking it up with mercenary buddy Bronn all over Westeros? “True Blood” hunk Eric Northman’s days as a Viking before arriving in Bon Temps? There’s simply no way that these shows would not be incredible, or, at the least, wonderfully epic failures.
Read on for our highest hopes, and drop your own wishes in the comments section!
The most we ever learn about Mike on “Breaking Bad” comes from the episode “Half Measures.” During a four-minute monologue, he shares a story about his previous life as a beat cop and one of the biggest regrets of his life, the time he didn’t kill an abusive husband when he had the chance. A spin-off following Mike during his transition from beat cop to hired muscle would work not only because he’s a total badass, but thematically his arc would mirror Walter White’s in a way. When did the cop become a drug lord’s right hand? That’s a show I’d watch. — Kevin P. Sullivan
“Masuka: Forensic Investigator”
Sure, Dexter’s fine. But what about everyone’s favorite quirky, bald pervert? Masuka’s spin-off would be a lot like “Dexter,” except with less murder and more strippers. Like, way more strippers. In fact, 75 percent of the show would take place at a strip club. Just think of all of the raunchy things he would say in his inner monologue! — Ryan Rigley
“Lost: The Hurley Years”
Of course the most epic spin-off of all would star none other than Hugo “Hurley” Reyes of “Lost” fame. He and Ben Linus could go around the world recruiting awesome young people with supernatural bird-killing powers whose plots never get resolved, and eating all the Mr. Cluck’s the world has to offer. I’d call it “Hurley’s Super Fun Time Island Action Team Protection Squad,” or something to that effect. — Brian Phares
“The Ugly Truth”
This series is based on the aftermath of the drama-filled “Pretty Little Liars” finale in which it is revealed that Aria is undoubtedly “A” and the brutal murderer of “Queen Bee” Alison. After it is exposed that Aria is the one responsible for all the torment, trickery and burden “A” caused, her friends, family and basically every breathing thing hates her. Forced to live in a world full of “Haters,” Aria’s life is filled with everlasting sorrow and “she be dealing with some issues that you can’t believe!” #KanyeVoice. — Miranda Johnson
Coach Eric Taylor, Tim “33” Riggins, Matt “QB1” Saracen… great characters, all. But the “Friday Night Lights” star I find myself thinking about most often is Brian “Smash” Williams, the astonishingly talented Dillon Panthers running back who left early in season three to bring his A-game to Texas A&M. Unlike most actors who came and went on “FNL,” we never saw Smash again following his departure (save for a few shout-outs here and there). Of all the later season cameos, how on earth did we never get to see him again? Haven’t you heard: he’s the Smash, baby! Peter Berg, Jason Katims and Gaius Charles, I’m begging you: bring the Williams family back to the small screen with Smash’s days as an Aggie and, inevitably, his transition to the pros. After all, you know what they say: clear eyes, full hearts, awesome spin-offs — can’t lose! — Josh Wigler
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