Today is my birthday! In honor of this auspicious day, I am not writing a full post because I have fun birthday plans. Instead, I give you this brief but heartfelt wishlist of some of the spinoffs that I believe we as Americans richly deserve. Please enjoy, in no particular order.
- Yolanda, the Space Grifter
The Pitch: A spinoff of Joss Whedon’s Firefly, this show would star Christina Hendricks as her recurring character from the series, known alternately as Yolanda, Saffron, and Bridget (or, to devoted Browncoats, YoSaffBridge). It would follow her life as a professional grifter, mimicking the heist-of-the-week format of Leverage. In the pilot episode, YoSaffBridge’s heartless moxie would be tested by an innocent young bystander of one of her schemes. In a fit of humanity, she takes responsibility for the kid. But not all bystanders are as innocent as they seem…
2. Olive’S Nook
The Pitch: A spinoff of Bryan Fuller’s Pushing Daisies, this would star Kristen Chenoweth as the lovelorn, song-prone waitress, Olive Snook. In the pilot, she would open her own dessert cafe, called Olive’s Nook, in an attempt to carve out a life for herself separate from the pie-maker and the girl who was not dead. But when an old friend comes looking for help (Chi McBride as Emerson Cod), she gets drawn right back into the murder-mystery game, itty-bitty blonde head first.
3. MacKenzie, Incorporated
The Pitch: A spinoff of Rob Thomas’s teen sleuth phenomenon Veronica Mars, this show would star Tina Majorino as Cindy “Mac” MacKenzie. In the pilot, Mac would have just quit college to open a tech startup with a new boyfriend. When he turns out to have nefarious designs on both her heart and her software, Mac gets creative. Also features the Kane family as interested investors, and lots more of the shady noir class warfare that Neptune, CA is famous for.