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15 Spinoffs That Outshined The Original Series

Spinoffs are a tricky thing to get right.

If the new series sticks too closely to the original's premise and formula, it can end up feeling superfluous. On the other end of the spectrum, stray too far away from it, and you run the risk of alienating the core fanbase.

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That small margin of error in between is where a spinoff series finds success. There have been countless attempts at spinoffs throughout the history of television, but very few succeeded in capturing the magic of the original series. And some even managed to surpass them.

Here are the best TV Spinoffs that not only captured the spirit of the original but drove the franchise to exciting new heights!

1. The Flash Marvel may own the big screen, but what DC has been
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NYPD Blue sequel series gets a pilot order from ABC

NYPD Blue sequel series gets a pilot order from ABC
It looks like the classic 90s police procedural series NYPD Blue could be set for a return, with Variety reporting that ABC has granted a pilot production commitment to a sequel from original series writers and executive producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton, along with Jesse Bochco, the son of NYPD Blue co-creator Steven Bochco.

The potential series will follow Theo Sipowicz, the son of Andy Sipowicz (Dennis Franz), as he looks to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating the murder of his father.

Created by Bochco and David Milch (Deadwood) and premiering on ABC in 1993, NYPD Blue ran for 261 episodes across twelve seasons and was the network’s longest running primetime drama until it was surpassed by Grey’s Anatomy in 2016. During its critically acclaimed run, it won 20 Emmy Awards and 4 Golden Globe Awards.

In addition to Franz, who was a regular for all 12 seasons,
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NYPD Blue: ABC Developing Sequel Series About Sipowicz's Son

Are you a big fan of NYPD Blue? Deadline reports ABC is developing a follow-up to the classic TV show.

The police drama was set in the 15th precinct of New York City's police department. The cast included Dennis Franz, David Caruso, James McDaniel, Sherry Stringfield, Amy Brenneman, Nicholas Turturro, Gordon Clapp, Sharon Lawrence, and Gail O’Grady. The show ran on ABC for 12 seasons before ending in 2005.

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ABC Sets Up ‘NYPD Blue’ Sequel Series Following Andy Sipowicz’s Son

  • The Wrap
ABC has given a pilot production commitment to an “NYPD Blue” sequel series centered on Andy Sipowicz’s son.

Written and executive produced by original series writers Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton, the new drama will center on Andy Sipowicz’s (Dennis Franz’s) son Theo as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder.

Jesse Bocho, son of “NYPD Blue” co-creator Steven Bocho, who died in April after a long battle with leukemia, will direct and executive produce. Dayna Bochco, Steven’s widow, will produce the drama, which hails from ABC Studios and 20th Century Fox TV.

Also Read: Steven Bochco's Legacy: 4 Ways 'NYPD Blue' Co-Creator Changed TV

Created by Steven Bochco and David Milch, “NYPD Blue” ran for 12 seasons on ABC between 1993 and 2005. The police procedural was praised for pushing the boundaries of serialization, and is
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ABC developing a TV sequel to NYPD Blue following Andy Sipowicz's son

  • JoBlo
Although you may only know Dennis Franz from the TV movie Homer S: Portrait Of An Ass Grabber, the actor also played the role of Andy Sipowicz for all twelve seasons of NYPD Blue. The ABC series followed the fictional 15th Precinct detective squad in Manhattan and featured an ensemble cast which also included David Caruso, Jimmy Smits, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Kim Delaney, Amy Brenneman,…
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‘NYPD Blue’ Follow-Up Series Lands Pilot Production Commitment at ABC

  • Variety
‘NYPD Blue’ Follow-Up Series Lands Pilot Production Commitment at ABC
A new installment of “NYPD Blue” has scored a pilot production commitment at ABC, Variety has learned.

The new series follows Andy Sipowicz’s son, Theo, as he tries to earn his detective shield and work in the 15th squad while investigating his father’s murder. Original series writers and executive producers Matt Olmstead and Nick Wootton will write and executive produce the new show, with Jesse Bochco–son of “NYPD Blue” co-creator Steven Bocho–executive producing and directing. Dayna Bochco, Steven’s wife, will produce. ABC Studios will produce in association with 20th Century Fox Television.

Olmstead is repped by Wme and Bloom Hergott. Wootton is repped by Wme and Hirsch Wallerstein.

The original “NYPD Blue” ran for over 260 episodes and 12 seasons on ABC from 1993-2005. The series starred Dennis Franz, David Caruso, Jimmy Smits, James McDaniel, Amy Brenneman, and Nicholas Turturro among many others during its run. The
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When co-stars collide at the Emmys: Drama Actor pits two pairs against each other

When co-stars collide at the Emmys: Drama Actor pits two pairs against each other
Some TV shows have such a wealth of great performances that several of the cast end up competing against one another in the same category at the Emmy Awards. This year, two shows — “This Is Us” and “Westworld” — can each boast of two leading men vying for Best Drama Actor with Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia representing the former and Ed Harris and Jeffrey Wright the latter.

This throws up an interesting dynamic given that Emmy voters no longer rank the nominees but choose just one winner. Will they split the votes for each show or be so torn as which actor to choose that they end up voting for Matthew Rhys (“The Americans”) or Jason Bateman (“Ozark”), the only two nominees not competing against a co-star? Rhys is ranked second on our Best Drama Actor chart behind reigning champ Brown. In third is Wright while Ventimiglia is fourth and Harris is last,
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Quotes of the Week: $100,000 Pyramid, Casual, Claws, Seth Meyers and More

Quotes of the Week: $100,000 Pyramid, Casual, Claws, Seth Meyers and More
The dog days of summer are still upon us, but our latest Quotes of the Week provide the perfect excuse to stay inside and laze on the couch.

This time around, we’ve got a weight loss program on Claws that is not endorsed by doctors, a somewhat predictable slogan from Making It co-hosts Amy Poehler and Nick Offerman, healthy sibling rivalry on The $100,000 Pyramid and Samantha Bee’s nod to David Caruso.

Also featured in this week’s roundup: double doses of Late Night With Seth Meyers, Animal Kingdom, Orange Is the New Black and Casual‘s final season.
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Samantha Bee Invokes ‘CSI: Miami’ to Mock CBS Response to Les Moonves Scandal

  • The Wrap
Samantha Bee Invokes ‘CSI: Miami’ to Mock CBS Response to Les Moonves Scandal
Samantha Bee ended her “Full Frontal” monologue Wednesday night by invoking “CSI: Miami” to criticize how CBS has responded to accusations of sexual misconduct against its CEO, Les Moonves.

“In the words of one of the immortal characters he helped create: ‘It’s time for this Moonves to be eclipsed’,” Bee said at the end of her monologue as she put on a pair of sunglasses. The gag was a reference to David Caruso’s “CSI: Miami” character, Horatio Caine, who routinely puts on sunglasses to emphasize a pun related to the murder case he’s currently investigating.

Last week, Moonves was accused of sexually harassing six women in a New Yorker article by investigative journalist Ronan Farrow. Notably, two of the women said Moonves physically intimidated them or threatened their careers in order to keep them quiet. Moonves has denied the accusations, and CBS is currently conducting an investigation.
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‘Siberia’ Review: Keanu Reeves Cheats on Molly Ringwald in a Lifeless Russian Thriller

‘Siberia’ Review: Keanu Reeves Cheats on Molly Ringwald in a Lifeless Russian Thriller
“I want you to do something for me,” says a steely femme fatale (Ana Ularu) to the married American diamond merchant (Keanu Reeves) she’s been screwing for a couple of days after their chance encounter in the Russian hinterlands: “Fuck me, right now, like you fuck your wife.” The man agrees. They make love in the missionary position. The woman asks him to grunt his wife’s name when he orgasms, and he agrees to that, too. It’s a strange scene, and one that’s shot with all the erotic power of a David Caruso movie from the ’90s, but it’s one of the only times that Matthew Ross’ (“Frank & Lola”) torpid and dysfunctional new thriller actually focuses on the part of the story it should be telling.

The appropriately frigid “Siberia” hinges on a man named Lucas Hill (Reeves). And the thing about Lucas Hill
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‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

  • Variety
‘Sicario: Day of the Soldado’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying
Early reviews are coming in for “Sicario: Day of the Soldado,” the sequel to Denis Villeneuve’s 2015 crime thriller about a secret border drug war between the United States government and Mexican cartel. According to critics, Stefano Sollima’s “Day of the Soldado” ramps up the violence and tension as well as provides memorable performances from Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin and proves itself to be a brutal-but-worthy entry in a new series of gritty modern western films, notching a 71% score on Rotten Tomatoes so far.

The first “Sicario” holds a 93% on Rotten Tomatoes and received three Academy Award nominations.

Variety’s Peter Debruge described “Day of the Soldado” as topical, given the recent controversies regarding the Trump administration’s border policies, but it’s not as though the film that will settle the debate surrounding the issue, saying, “Tense, tough, and shockingly ruthless at times, ‘Soldado’ doesn’t
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Horror Highlights: Rotting Love at Dances With Films 2018, Michael Vaughn’s The Ultimate Guide To Strange Cinema, South African HorrorFest 2018

Dances with Films is in full swing and Dave Reda's Rotting Love is an official selection at the festival, playing today at 11:45pm. We also have a teaser trailer for the short film as well in this story in case you missed it. Also in today's Horror Highlights: a call for submissions for this year's South Africa HorrorFest and release details for Michael Vaughn's book The Ultimate Guide to Strange Cinema.

Rotting Love Premieres at Dances With Films 2018: Press Release: "Rotting Love, the new horror short film from Bit Parts and My Undeadly writer/director Dave Reda, is an official selection of the Dances With Films festival. The world-famous Tcl Chinese Theatre will feature Rotting Love at 11:45 p.m. on June 15, 2018, as part of their Dances Midnight shorts, block #2.

Rotting Love stars Zombie Dave (Dave Reda) himself, alongside the gorgeous, award-winning star of iMurders, Sinatra Club and Slime City Massacre,
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Damon Wayans Twitter Storm: ‘Lethal Weapon’ Star Takes On Warner Bros. TV and Clayne Crawford

Warner Bros. TV managed to save “Lethal Weapon” over the weekend with a last-minute Hail Mary move to replace fired star Clayne Crawford with “American Pie” alum Seann William Scott. But apparently hard feelings remain for star Damon Wayans, who posted his side of the story on Monday night via Twitter.

After some fans of the show balked at the changes, Wayans wrote that he believed “Warner Bros. TV is not defending me at all,” and posted images (and a video) of an injury he received on the back of his head while shooting an episode directed by Crawford. “Now that the fate of the show is solidified, I’d like to address the Twitter outrage with this video and image to follow,” he wrote.

Wayans also tweeted that he received “no apology” from Crawford. The two stars’ relationship had already been rocky, but insiders said this solidified the animosity
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‘Lethal Weapon’ Season 3 Renewal After Casting Shakeup Comes With Caveat – A Shorter Order

  • Deadline
‘Lethal Weapon’ Season 3 Renewal After Casting Shakeup Comes With Caveat – A Shorter Order
Exclusive: Lethal Weapon yesterday scored a dramatic, eleventh-hour Season 3 renewal by Fox with Seann William Scott replacing original co-lead Clayne Crawford. And this morning, Lethal Weapon was on the fall Fox schedule, retuning to Tuesday night.

No episode count was announced but I hear that, despite the fact that Lethal Weapon‘s third season is premiering in the fall, its order is for 13 episodes, not the standard full-season 22.

Besides sophomore shows that had debuted in midseason, whose initial Season 2 order is for 13 episodes, returning series on the fall schedule normally get full-season orders unless they are designed as limited runs, which Lethal Weapon is not.

I hear the unusual order is believed to be a way for Fox to hedge its bet on the risky reboot. Changing a co-lead on a show could go either way. On today’s upfront call,
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Fox Brass On ‘Lucifer’ Cancellation & ‘Lethal Weapon’ Lead Recasting

  • Deadline
Fox Brass On ‘Lucifer’ Cancellation & ‘Lethal Weapon’ Lead Recasting
Fox made #SaveLucifer the top trending topic on Twitter with its decision to cancel the Tom Ellis-starring series after three seasons and made more headlines yesterday with the dramatic last-minute renewal of another Warner Bros. TV-produced series, Lethal Weapon, with Seann William Scott replacing original co-lead Clayne Crawford.

Cancelling Lucifer was “a ratings-based decision; we had very a successful late year with all four new dramas renewed,” Fox chairman Gary Newman said during Fox’s upfront press call today. “We felt like performance-wise, we needed to make that change.”

On Crawford’s ouster and bringing back Lethal Weapon with a new co-star, Scott, playing a new character, Fox chairman Dana Walden said, “It wasn’t our choice. Our partners at Warner Bros. came to us and said that they could not deliver the show as it was.”

She noted that it was a difficult decision on both the part
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‘This Is Us’ would be first show to score back-to-back double Best Drama Actor Emmy nominations in 19 years

‘This Is Us’ would be first show to score back-to-back double Best Drama Actor Emmy nominations in 19 years
This Is Us” pulled off a surprise last year when both Sterling K. Brown and Milo Ventimiglia made the Best Drama Actor Emmy lineup. They were just the fifth pair of co-stars this century to nab nominations. None of the other four duos accomplished it again — one pair, “True Detective”’s Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey in 2014, was a one-and-done deal — so if Brown and Ventimiglia make the cut again, they’d be the first co-stars to go back-to-back in the category since 1999.

The last twosome to score multiple Best Drama Actor nominations together were “NYPD Blue” stars Dennis Franz and Jimmy Smits, who went on a five-year streak from 1995 to 1999, with Franz winning three times and Smits going 0-5. Franz won his first Emmy for the cop drama in 1994 against his original partner in crime, David Caruso.

See ‘This Is Us’: Justin Hartley deserves an Emmy nomination after
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FX Orders a Pilot Based on The Comic Book Series Y: The Last Man

A couple of years ago FX announced that they would be developing a series based on Brian K. Vaughan's comic book Y: The Last Man. FX has finally decided to order a pilot episode. This comic has had a long and rocky road through development, but it actually looks like it's going to happen this time. Directors Dan Trachtenberg, Louis Leterrier, and David Caruso all attempted to adapt it as a film, but I think a TV series will be a much better fit.

The story is set in a post-apocalyptic world and the story revolves around a character named Yorick Brown, who becomes the last man on Earth after a plague wipes out all of the males on the planet except for him and his pet monkey, Ampersand. He journeys across the world in search of his girlfriend Beth, whom he was proposing to over the phone when the plague struck.
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Steven Bochco, Innovative Co-Creator of ‘NYPD Blue,’ ‘Hill Street Blues,’ Dies at 74

  • Variety
Steven Bochco, Innovative Co-Creator of ‘NYPD Blue,’ ‘Hill Street Blues,’ Dies at 74
Steven Bochco, a producer whose boundary-pushing series such as “Hill Street Blues” and “NYPD Blue” helped define the modern TV drama, has died. He was 74.

Bochco had been battling a rare form of leukemia for several years. He had a transplant in late 2014 that was credited with prolonging his life. A family spokesman told the Associated Press that he died in his sleep on Sunday after a battle with cancer, but did not release details of a memorial service.

Working with different collaborators, Bochco co-created some of TV’s most popular series for more than 20 years while helping to create the template for modern hourlongs featuring large ensemble casts, serialized storylines and edgy content.

The recipient of numerous industry awards, including the Humanitas Prize and Peabody honors, Bochco was nominated for an Emmy 30 times in his capacities as producer and writer, winning 10.

On “NYPD Blue,” he consciously set out to
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Wamg Recommends the Book The Ultimate Guide To Strange Cinema

The Ultimate Guide To Strange Cinema is a must-have new book by Michael Vaughn. The book can be purchased Here

It isn’t every film that features man-eating zombie sushi. But for those searching for just that and more strange things in their viewing queue, this film guide is for you. Organized by genre, including comedy, horror, action, drama, fantasy, and sci-fi, this title offers 300 reviews of genre films from all over the world, 160 photos, and exclusive interviews and quotes from the people behind some of the most offbeat films ever made. Alongside this curated list of viewing recommendations, longtime fans and new comers to strange cinema gain bits of fun and informative trivia. For example, David Caruso’s film debut was Without Warning (1980), a carefree trip into the woods thwarted by killer flying alien discs. Lurking in these so-bad-they’re-good-films, you’ll find other familiar actors like David Carradine,
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Valerian and the City of a Thousand Turkeys

Each year the film industry sacrifices one of its blockbusters to the movie gods, in the hope that its other releases will be spared the vicious lash of mass opprobrium. This year the designated victim was Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets. Critics spotted Luc Besson’s space opera on the horizon, sensed weakness, singled it out from the big budget herd, and moved in for the kill, savaging it as, “a stinker”, “a travesty of storytelling” and, “one of the worst films I have ever seen”. Social media gleefully swooped on the carcass to declare it the year’s biggest Doa turkey. And all this before the public had even had a chance to see it.

Rotten Tomatoes gave Valerian a 49% rating, but looking at the site’s reviews round-up (something I do only when writing a piece like this), I’m struck now by how many
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