5 TV Characters Who Would Rock A Spin-Off

Spin-off plans and rumors seem to be popping up everywhere this season. NBC kicked things off with a proposed spin-off of The Office focused on Dwight Schrute, but sadly the network decided America wasn’t ready for a sitcom about beet farming just yet. Then The Vampire Diaries got into the game with The Originals, with a backdoor pilot set to air this spring. The most recent spin-off rumors have been focused on Once Upon A Time‘s Mad Hatter, but according to EW, showrunners Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz are still in the “brainstorming” phase on that one.

All of this chatter has put me in a spin-off frame of mind, so below I’ve come up with five characters who I think it would be fun to see headlining their own shows.

Michonne, The Walking Dead

Michonne hasn’t said much since she showed up on the scene with her pet zombies and awesome katana, but her killer stares speak volumes. Thanks to her expert survival skills and stoic personality, Michonne has proven to be one of The Walking Dead‘s most capable characters. Now that she has joined up with Rick’s group, she’s becoming a valuable asset for them as well.

As much as I would hate to see Rick lose another fighter, I would love to see Michonne carrying her own show. Given the character’s penchant for speaking softly and carrying a big sword, I imagine a Michonne spin-off would look something like a live action Samurai Jack with zombies. How could that not be fun?

Dolorous Edd, Game of Thrones

I know what you’re thinking, there are approximately five thousand characters on Game of Thrones, so why would I pick Dolorous Edd?

The short answer is because he’s the only character in the bunch that could give us Game of Thrones: The Sitcom. With his droll sense of humor, Dolorous Edd is Westeros’ answer to Louis C.K. He may be a background character, but thanks to him, we have little gems like “if the gods wanted us to have dignity they wouldn’t make us fart when we died.” After a long, angst-filled hour of Game of Thrones action, it would be nice to sit back and listen to the most sardonic member of the Night’s Watch offer up his hilariously grim observations on life at The Wall for thirty minutes.

Charlie Bradbury, Supernatural

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For years, I daydreamed about a Bobby Singer spin-off, but that seems unlikely now that Bobby has hung up his baseball cap for the last time. Luckily, the Supernatural team has introduced a new spin-off worthy character in the form of Charlie Bradbury. The expert hacker and nerd girl comes complete with a mysterious past and a charismatic actress to play her in the form of Felicia Day, who really ought to have her own show by now.

Given how long we’ve seen the monster hunting world through the eyes of the Winchester boys, it would be nice to focus on someone who is new to the hunter lifestyle for a change. Thanks to her tech savviness and quipping, Charlie’s first two appearances have given Supernatural a renewed sense of energy, so why not see if she’s up to the task of expanding the Supernatural universe with her own show?

Saul Goodman, Breaking Bad

Vince Gilligan has said he wants a Saul spin-off to happen, and while I’m not entirely sure what a show about Breaking Bad‘s resident shady lawyer would look like, I would love to find out. Bob Odenkirk is both funny and weirdly charming in the role of Saul, so much so that he makes Saul’s ambulance-chasing ways almost seem palatable, and with Breaking Bad ending this year, anything that keeps us in Albuquerque a little bit longer is a good thing.

Lix Storm, The Hour

The BBC axed its stylish ’50s era newsroom drama after two (brilliant) seasons, but I’m desperate to stay in the vibrant world The Hour created. While Freddie, Bel and Hector were the core trio of the show, the character with the most spin-off potential is the enigmatic war correspondent Lix Storm, whose past is full of fascinating nooks and crannies just begging to be explored.


Now that I’ve shared the characters I’d like to see take center stage in shows of their own, I’d love to hear which characters you’d bestow a spin-off on if you could. Share your picks in the comments!

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