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7 Supporting TV Characters More Deserving Of A Spin-Off Than That Sassmouth Deb Morgan

By Joanna Robinson | Seriously Random Lists | April 23, 2013 | Comments ()


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Rumor has it that Deb Morgan, foul-mouthed cop and sister of beloved serial killer Dexter Morgan will be getting her own spin-off show next year. No good, very bad move. Deb Morgan started out as a cool, strong, nuanced character but just as Jennifer Carpenter's performance has grown stronger, her plot line has become increasingly weaker. Of course, since presumably Michael C. Hall would not be involved in the Deb spin-off, it might be interesting to see what happens when her character strikes out on her own. That being said, here are seven characters I would prefer see get their own shot at the limelight.

Dickie Bennett -- "Justified": Along with Dewey Crowe, of course. This kid hopped his way into my heart long ago and as much as I loved this last season of "Justified," it was sorely lacking in the Bennett department.
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Nancy Crozier -- "The Good Wife": Mamie Gummer (aka Meryl Streep's daughter) popped up this week and, dammit all, I love her madly. I'd be so happy to see a spin-off featuring all of the antagonistic lawyers we've seen over the years on "The Good Wife." That's right, Michael J. Fox and Martha Plimpton, I'm looking at you.
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Chalky White -- "Boardwalk Empire": I think we can all agree that Michael K. Williams has been pretty wasted on HBO's period drama. And I think we all know he has MUCH much more in him. As interesting as the world of white gangsters in New Jersey is, I'd be very interested to see the goings on of the non-white residents (criminal and non).
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Alice Morgan -- "Luther": Okay basically my proposal is this: there is never a length of time when either "Sherlock" or some form of "Luther" aren't on the air. If we need an "Alice" spin-off to make my year round morbid Brit-crime fantasy a reality, then so be it.
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Garth Blundin -- "Parks & Recreation": As delightful as Patton Oswalt was on "Justified" this year, his cartoonish energy fit the world of Pawnee so much better. I'd love to see more of this.
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Felix -- "Orphan Black": Oh god this kid is amazing. I'm worried that as they go deeper into the mythology/science of the show he'll be edged out, plotwise. Should that ever be the case, Fee, my dear. Get yourself your own show. I'd watch the sh*t out of it.
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Daryl Dixon -- "The Walking Dead": Don't spoil it for me, comic book readers, but in my dream world, Rick dies a horrible, violent death and Daryl is the new leader of the pack. If that doesn't happen, I say Daryl packs up his poncho and snags his own show. Leave the moping to someone else.
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  • Daryl isn't in the comics. He was created just for the TV show.

  • Salad_Is_Murder

    I imagine "The Adventures of Dickey B and Dewey Crowe" as a animated series, like an Appalachian Adventure Time.

  • maydays

    All Things Saul. Two back to back shows featuring Saul Goodman and Saul Berenson. Because everyone knows the best television characters are named Saul (or Daryl).

  • Spif!

    I'd love to see a road movie with Arya and Sally Draper, girlpowering their way through Mexico...

  • fluff_fluff

    Not so much girlpowering as murdering everyone, but I'm still up for it.

  • Norman Reedus was in "Boondock Saints" so kill that noise, even if he DOES do an outro for the "Thrilling Adventure Hour."

  • Ben

    For those missing out on Dewey Crowe, the actor is back in Aus as a regular in The Elegant Gentlemans Guide to Knife Fighting, a sketch comedy show on the ABC.

  • Ed

    Also featuring the hilarious and versatile Patrick Brammall, who is awesome in everything.

  • e jerry powell

    I'll update my resume and get an agent to snag an audition for the Chalky White Show.

    Well, as long as Scorsese will direct the pilot, anyway.

  • lowercase_ryan

    You list lawyers from the Good Wife but somehow omit Elsbeth Tascioni???

    You better recognize.

  • JoannaRobinson

    Oh but she's not one of the antagonistic lawyers. I want basically a bizarro firm. Basically, a Crozier, Nyholm, Canning and Assoc. Tascioni should be a regular on "The Good Wife." FOR. SHORE.

  • bonnie

    I also want Russell Edgington and In-Your-Opinion (as they're known around my house) as the regular judges in this spin-off.

  • lowercase_ryan

    Sorry for doubting you :)

  • dizzylucy

    I think you could spin off just about anyone from Justified and get a great show, all of those characters are amazing. I'm still waiting for Justified The Early Years when we see all the trouble Arlo Givens and Bo Crowder got into back in the day.

    Felix is definitely amusing, and I would watch Patton Oswalt's Garth churn butter on his own show. Yes, indeed I would.

    No to Deb Morgan. NO.

  • kushiro -

    How quickly we forget our dreams of AfterLost (aka Linus 'n' Locke), co-starring Hurley as the Boss of the Island, with frequent guest-appearances by Sawyer and His Big Bag o' Nicknames.

    And absolutely ZERO Kate.

  • R-Dawg

    I second the Dickie and Dewey Show. Of course, we also could do a show about the wacky and zany adventures of Wynn Duffy and Mike. Throw in Jackie Nevada to one of these shows, and you have yourself a certified hit and not another Booker.

    I will also accept a Saul Goodman spin off but Huell must be involved, and Sons of Anarchy will need a spin off so lets nominate Chibs and Happy.

  • Slash

    Dickie and Dewey should be a talk show or cable access show, like Garth and Wayne. They interview their buds and just shoot the shit. I'd watch that. There aren't enough (or any?) redneck talk shows, that I'm aware of.

  • Mr_Zito

    I started saying that as a joke but now I'm seriously demanding they do some kind of Dickie and Dewey spin-off. It was a great disappointment that they didn't show in season four.

  • Fabius_Maximus

    Jamie Lannister and Brienne of Tarth, obviously.

  • alannaofdoom

    They travel through Westeros performing the collected works of Hepburn and Tracy. (And also mixing in a little All About Eve, because Jaime makes a great Bette Davis.)

  • rumcove

    The guy playing Felix on Orphan Black is great.

  • sean

    The show is a little clunky, but fun. Felix is great as the comic relief. Although I could have done without seeing his ass last week.

  • Fleetwood Mac Sex Pants

    I'd love to see a Jean Ralphio spinoff from Parks and Rec. He always just crops up in great little parts but I need more Ben Schwartz! This would also give us more Jenny Slate as his sister who is the wooooooo-oooooorst!

  • Steph

    Imagine how big his hair would be by the end of the series.

  • TheReinaG

    You can watch both of them over on House of Lies.

  • dizzylucy

    We could watch him earn his money the old fashioned way - "I got run over by a Lexus!"

  • Matt

    Daryl isn't in the comics, so anything is possible!

    And my audible reaction to just reading about this Deb rumour was simply "No." Is anybody's favourite character in Dexter anybody except from Dexter? (exluding Doakes, due to obvious events)

  • Mr_Zito

    All the characters in Dexter are terrible. They were good in the first and maybe second season but now even Masuka stopped being funny, it became one of the worst cast of secondary characters on TV. That's all due to the crappy sidestories they got and the fat that they won't let this show die. And now they want to get another show to further shit on those once-good characters.

  • Jenn TheYellowDart

    Am I the only one who hated Doakes??? But only because of his steroid arms and Michael Jackson nose :( Otherwise he was a good foil to Dexter.

  • JenVegas

    I would like to see Tyrion , Pod and Bronn in a buddy comedy. Does that count?

  • Ian Fay

    How about Darryl and Lil' Asskicker, walking the earth, Lone Wolf and Cub style?

    I'd watch it.

  • Mr_Zito

    That's exactly what I thought seeing that gif. They should just kill everybody and leave the two of them alone. Maybe Carl as a villain, but that's all, the rest of that show is completely irredeemable.

  • lurker_erin

    I'm still waiting for the Pam and Lafayette show.

  • elmediocre

    I want a show where Pam and Lafayette sell Avon door-to-door and host Tupperware parties. I'd watch the shit out of that.

  • Maguita NYC

    Just remember hooker, not all roads must lead to f*cking Sookie.

  • Tinkerville

    I would watch the shit out of all of these. Alice Morgan is so damn hypnotizing I could watch her do nothing but drink tea for an hour and as long as she maintains that psychopathic smirk and devilish look in her eyes I'll be riveted.

  • Zirza

    Thankfully the internet has it a separate Alice Morgan spin-off might be in the works.

  • Deb is the WORST. She has been the winkest link in the entire cast since the beginning. The only person I'd want to see in a spinoff is Doakes.

  • Bert_McGurt

    I still think there's a market for "The Meth-Adventures of Badger and Skinny Pete". Assuming they survive.

  • kirbyjay

    I just thought of Snoopy and Prickly Pete, George Costanzas horses.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Is "Meth-Adventures" supposed to be pronounced in such a manner it sounds like a pun on misadventures? That's how I'm reading it, but it's one of those cases where it's not totally clear.

  • Bert_McGurt

    You are reading it correctly good sir.

  • Maguita NYC

    Norman Reedus. All day long, all night long, doing anything or nothing at all. That man is watchable in an all-engrossing way, and has so far stolen EVERY f-cking scene in Walking Dead. Please make this happen, please!

  • PDamian

    Okay, you need to stop posting gifs like the one of Darryl. I think I just ovulated, and I'm approaching menopause. Ain't nobody got time for that anymore.

  • Maguita NYC

    Your body understands that it needs to be filled with Norman Reedus babies. Ah, glorious nature.

  • Lauren_Lauren

    YES. The show could be called "Vests: And Other Sleeveless Things".

  • Maguita NYC

    How about an after dark spin-off called "Pants: And Other Pantsless Things" featuring Norman Reedus?

  • Lauren_Lauren

    And a late-late version called "Naked Norman". Our ratings are gonna be HUGE.

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    Why, Spambot, why did you choose me? It was the avatar, wasn't it? No one can resist the asshat.

  • Lee

    Spambots always go for the sexiest people

  • Lauren_Lauren

    Mom, I thought I told you to stop creating online accounts just so you can feed me false compliments.

  • simplysarah

    Yes yes yes.

  • MrsAtaxxia

    I second all these emotions.

  • Pcatt

    Alice Morgan and Felix get my vote. Maybe on the same show????

  • Felix dances on the line of grating on my nerves so very deftly that I've begun to like him. He is often the only voice of reason, and you can tell it irks the hell out of him to be the grown-up. Also, god bless British TV for not being afraid of ass shots, because his is adorable.

  • asherlev1

    ...I think I may need to start watching Orphan Black.

  • Rochelle

    Deputy Marshals Tim Gutterson and Rachel Brooks need their own show.

  • tatertot

    I would totally watch that!

  • Bert_McGurt

    Or ART. Nick Searcy does not get enough credit for how awesome he is.

    Really though, they work best as a foursome. That has got to be the most snarcastic field office in the history of the Marshal Service.

  • Rochelle

    Definitely Art, but he wants to retire and I'd love to see those two crazy kids on their own. But Nick Searcy needs to be on all the shows.

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Art should retire and end up in a retirement community in Florida or Arizona that is just full of murderers.

  • Rochelle

    Murder, He Snarked?

  • Long_Pig_Tailor

    Precisely. In my head, it's slightly terrible, but nevertheless a boatload of fun.

  • the_wakeful

    How the fuck do you people watch this many tv shows? I've bailed on all of these simply for lack of time. I still miss Justified.

  • Nicole_OCTV

    Truthfully, if it came to it I'd probably re-prioritize my life a bit if I felt like I didn't have time to watch Justified. Showering everyday is overrated anyway. Right? Guys? GUYS?!?

  • Slash

    Unemployment or underemployment is my guess. I watch a decent amount of TV (for an employed person), but I haven't seen most of these, not for lack of interest, but mostly for lack of "premium" cable. And time.

  • Mrs. Julien

    Concentrated application of profound laziness.

  • Insomnia. I marathon watch a lot of t.v. in the middle of the night thanks to Netflix or Hulu. :)

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