Good news “Breaking Bad” fans, Saul Goodman (Bob Odenkirk, left) may be joined by some familiar faces when AMC launches the upcoming spin-off series “Better Call Saul.” Aaron Paul recently told Details, “Both Bryan [Cranston] and I want to be a part of that, if they’ll have us.” Walter White and Jesse Pinkman just may show up after all in this much anticipated series.
We cooked up a few other forgotten classics that could be resurrected. Take a look, tell us which shows you’d like to see get a spinoff, and which of our choices you’d be most likely to watch. Next
Based on: “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” (1990-96)
Plot: Sassy English housekeeper Geoffrey (Joseph Marcell) goes into business with Carlton (Alfonso Ribeiro), making millions. He moves back to his home country into a luxe mansion a la the Banks household. In a fun twist, DJ Jazzy Jeff returns to play Geoffrey’s butler. Next
Based on: "My So-Called Life" (1994-95)
Plot: Angela Chase (Claire Danes, wrested away from “Homeland” somehow) is a writer out of a job, who has to move back home with her parents. There, she encounters a somehow still sultry Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto, on loan from 30 Seconds to Mars) who is working as a mechanic, trying to jump-start his band with Tito, and still trying to learn how to read. Next
Based on: “Friends” (1994-2004)
Plot: OK, OK, we know “Joey” failed (though Matt LeBlanc is doing fine with “Episodes,” right?). But this gets away from the core group and focuses on the unloved barista (James Michael Tyler), who is now a success story, owning a Starbucks-esque corporation. But he still pines for Rachel, despite her tumultuous relationship with Ross (and the fact the couple has a baby), and his millions aren’t enough to win her heart. Next
Based on: “Sex and the City” (1998-2004)
Plot: They couldn’t keep away long. Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, Kristin Davis, and Kim Cattrall all find their way to Brooklyn, where they critique and envy the hip, young, hot girls who dominate the streets. Of course, they bump into the cast of their HBO rivals “Girls” and teach them a thing or two. Come on, you know you’d watch it. Next
Based on: “The Adventures of Pete & Pete” (1993-96)
Plot: Little Pete’s personal superhero always made for a good episode. Toby Huss returns as the eccentric hero, who has become nomadic after his “Little Viking” Little Pete grew up and his services were no longer needed by just one child. He continues to perform menial miracles, always with aplomb.
Based on: “Freaks and Geeks” (1999-2000)
Plot: This would require dovetailing two Judd Apatow characters, but follow along here. Bill Haverchuck (Martin Starr), the most bookish of the geeks, grows up to become a pot-smoking burnout, like the freaks he was tormented by. Only with heart. There has to be heart. He’s trying to get his life on track in his mid-20s but has been struggling with a string of bad news girlfriends and dead-end jobs. It would be quite a bit like the character Starr played in “Knocked Up,” a later Apatow franchise, only set in the 1980s. Next
Based on: “King of the Hill” (1997-2010)
Plot: This could be a spinoff of a sort of spinoff, since Mike Judge based the Hank Hill character and the neighbor on “Beavis & Butthead” on the same real people. No matter. This series focuses on Hank’s bizarre neighbor, exterminator, and professional conspiracy theorist Dale Gribble. Convinced that Arlen is a hotbed of paranormal activity, Dale and his son Joseph create their own ghost-catching company using Dale’s old extermination tools. It is modestly successful. Next
Based on: “Baywatch” (1989-2001)
Plot: David Hasselhoff just won’t go away. With his son Hoby grown and now a professional snowboarder, his Mitch leaves the beach and the babes of California behind for the gnarly mountains of Colorado where he works ski patrol. Well, maybe he doesn’t leave all the babes behind. There will still be plenty of hot tubbing. Next
Based on: “Arrested Development” (2003-06, 2013)
Plot: In this prequel spinoff, the Bluth children are frequently taught not to misbehave through the father’s use of a one-armed man (a semi-frequent occurrence on the original show). So much of the show is shown in flashbacks, why not show us how they came to this state of arrested development? We’d get to see the kids grow up, attend school where “children are never seen nor heard,” find out more about Lindsay and Tobias’s life in Boston, and eventually meet Michael’s then-alive wife. Besides, the show is returning in 2013, so many of our future spin-off ideas (Tobias makes it as an actor and has a crew a la “Entourage,” Lucille loses her money and is forced to become a maid) could be moot. Next
Based on: "Family Matters" (1989-98)
Plot: Carl Winslow (Reginald Vel Johnson), now retired from the police force, widowed, and living with his daughter’s family, is forced to tolerate his irritating son-in-law Steve Urkel (Jaleel White). With a growing family for Steve and Laura, Carl still can’t hide his disdain for the adult nerd. Next
Which one would you watch?
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