Well, it worked for Degrassi: 90210 Spin Off. And considering one of the 90210/Original!Degrassi rumors is that Spelling created 90210 after watching/ being unable to buy Degrassi, it just makes sense that there may now be a 90210:TNG.
Of course, my knee jerk reaction is "Rob! You had to have gotten some good Hollywood mileage out of Veronica Mars. Why waste it on this?"
So I then started thinking about...spin offs that are superior to and/or vastly different from the original movie/TV show. So it is possible that Rob could create something awesome. (Me, I want it to star Brenda's lovechild, who was born in England, and the question is -- who is the Daddy? Dylan? Brandon?)
There is the Korean War trifecta: serious/funny movie MASH, to half hour comedy yet not quite so dark even when they killed the baby MASH, to Trapper John MD.
Mary Tyler Moore (half hour sitcom) begat Lou Grant (one hour drama).
Cross posted at Pop.
Homicide to The Wire?
Wasn't Melrose Place a 90120 spinoff? I can't remember how, but wasn't there a character in common?
Mary Tyler Moore also begot Rhoda, if I recall correctly.
Love American Style begat
Happy Days begat Laverne & Shirley and Mork and Mindy. (Not better but definitely different)
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