Thursday, June 28, 2018
Thursday Movie Picks (TV Edition): TV Spin-Offs
For the 26th week of 2018 as part of Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks series hosted by Wanderer. We venture into the world of television with the TV spinoffs. Shows that came from other successful shows where it allows a certain character to be seen more where it can lead to moments of success or moments of failure. This list is based on the latter so here are my three picks:
1. Top of the Heap
I love Married… with Children. I miss that show for all of its politically incorrect humor as well as the fact that it featured gorgeous women in that show including Peggy and Kelly Bundy. This spin-off involved a friend of the Bundys in the Verduccis starring the late, great Joseph Bologna and pre-Friends Matt LeBlanc as a father-son duo trying to embark on quick-rich schemes that never works out. While it would have guest appearances from Al, Bud, and Kelly Bundy and also featured Rita Moreno as a love interest for Bologna and Joey Lauren Adams as a cute neighbor with a thing for LeBlanc. It never really clicked as it only lasted seven episodes and produced another lame spin-off in Vinnie & Bobby (I never saw it).
2. Models Inc.
Anyone who lived through the 90s must’ve seen Beverly Hills 90210 and its spin-off Melrose Place as the latter was just a fun, overly-dramatic show with lots of gorgeous women and other crazy shit. Then there was its spin-off as it was based on Heather Locklear’s mother played by Linda Gray who runs a modeling agency. While it featured pre-fame Carrie-Ann Moss and Garcelle Beauvais in key roles and would later include Emma Samms. It was not a good show as some of the actresses who played the models can’t act for shit. Some of the dramatic storylines was fucking stupid and it thankfully got cancelled before it got to its ending which was aired years later as it was clear Aaron Spelling just gave up on and put a bullet in its fucking head.
3. Baywatch Nights
Any straight male who watched Baywatch obviously watched that show for two big reasons. Sure, David Hasselhoff was cool but it was about those two big reasons. Then there was its spin-off which had Hasselhoff’s character who was a lifeguard by day but a private detective at night. Wow, it was lame. Sure, Baywatch wasn’t high-brow television but it at least served a purpose for those who weren’t old enough to watch porn. This show with all of its attempt in suspense and mystery, despite featuring a pre-fame Angie Harmon and the velvety-smooth Lou Rawls, was just total shit. It tried to take itself seriously which is not what Baywatch is. Baywatch is about… well…
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