Pop Goes the Library

Using Pop Culture to Make Libraries Better.

by Sophie Brookover, Liz Burns, Melissa Rabey, Susan Quinn, John Klima, Carlie Webber, Karen Corday, and Eli Neiburger. We're librarians. We're pop culture mavens. We're Pop Culture Librarians.


Donna Martin Needs Work

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? that guy she was married to for six seconds?)

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).

What else?

Cross posted at Tea Cozy.



  • At 9:43 PM, Blogger Susan said…

    MTM also begat "Rhoda!"

  • At 4:59 AM, Blogger Lazygal said…

    MTM also begat "Phyllis", and M*A*S*H gave us "AfterM*A*S*H". Sigh.

  • At 8:00 AM, Blogger Sophie Brookover said…

    How can we forget? The Buffy movie begat the Best Show, Ever: Buffy The Vampire Slayer, as well as the less-awesome, but still pretty good Angel.

    The rebooted Battlestar Galactica is made out of awesome, too!

  • At 8:36 AM, Blogger Chris said…

    "Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore" (directed by Martin Scorsese, begat the vastly different TV show "Alice".

  • At 9:51 AM, Blogger John Klima said…

    Well, the tv show, "Love: American Style" gave us "Happy Days" which gave us "Laverne & Shirley," "Mork & Mindy," and "Joanie Loves Chachi."

    This proliferation of television shows set in Milwaukee (where I grew up) led me to believe/assume that all television shows were set where you live. Which made "The Dukes of Hazzard" very confusing to me.

  • At 6:19 PM, Blogger Liz B said…

    to the best of my knowledge, Poltergeist the TV series had nothing to do with the movies.

    Ditto on Friday the 13th.

    Highlander at least had some continuity with the movies. Kinda. Sorta. I mean, they had McLeods, but there was never only one, of course. Eventually. But not in tv show world.


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