The Spinoff: The Birds: Wings of Destruction
The Pitch: Five years after the avian apocalypse, socialite Melanie Daniels (Olivia Thirlby) has become a crossbow-wielding leader of a nomadic human tribe on a quest to find a safe, bird-free home. Running story lines in this serialized drama from creator Damon Lindelof include the mystery of what caused the birds to attack — Science? Magic? Global warming? Space-Jesus? — and the evolution of a new mutated species of bird-people. Think The Walking Dead, but, like, with birds.
Shadow of a Doubt
The Spinoff: Shadows of Doubt
The Pitch: FBI agent Charlotte ”Charlie” Newton (Lyndsy Fonseca) discovers that the ”Merry Widow Murderer” has once again begun to seduce and murder rich widows. There’s just one problem: The Murderer is her homicidal Uncle Charlie (David Tennant). Young Charlie chases Old Charlie in a serialized thriller that combines family melodrama, exciting action, and a new guest-star widow every week. Think The Following with more waltzes.
Strangers on a Train
The Spinoff: Criss-Cross
The Pitch: You thought Strangers on a Train was the first time that sociopathic poor little rich boy Bruno Anthony switched crimes with a random bystander? Well, you were wrong?dead wrong. At least, that’s the flimsy argument put forward by this prequel series. Each week, young Bruno (Ed Westwick) makes a new ”Criss-Cross” agreement with someone he meets on a train. Think Person of Interest where the bad guy always wins.
To Catch a Thief
The Spinoff: Lady and the Cat
The Pitch: In this period-piece sequel series, the newlywed bliss of dashing reformed thief John Robie (James Marsden) and his spunky-but-refined wife Frances (Jessica Brown Findlay) is interrupted when Robie is contracted by INTERPOL to track down an international ring of super-thieves. Features an exciting new heist every week. Think White Collar on an extended European vacation.
The Spinoff: Green Manors
The Pitch: Dr. Constance Petersen (Emilia Clarke) is a brilliant young psychologist. But not even Carl Jung could prepare her for Green Manors, the famous and mysterious mental hospital where the patients are the least insane people on the premises. First-season plotlines include a romantic plotline between Constance and the dashing young Dr. Anthony Edwardes (Taye Diggs), who turns out to be an amnesiac mental patient?which doesn’t mean he’s not hot. Think Grey’s Anatomy populated entirely by crazy people. So think Grey’s Anatomy.
The Spinoff: Jeff Jefferies
The Pitch: Haven’t you ever wondered what life was like for famous photographer L.B. ”Jeff” Jefferies before he broke his legs? No? Well, too bad! This prequel finds a fast-talking young Jeff (Adam Brody) at the beginning of his career as a magazine photographer. Maybe it’s a workplace sitcom. It could even be set in the modern day. Why not? Think Rear Window but without the rear window or anything you liked about Rear Window.
The Spinoff: Rebecca: The Beginning
The Pitch: Mrs. Rebecca de Winter (Minka Kelly) seems to have it all, as the lovely socialite wife of the dashing Maxim de Winter (Chiwetel Ejiofor). But Rebecca has a double life, filled with affairs and lurking secrets. Also, her housekeeper Mrs. Danvers (Frances Conroy) has a secret or three. Think Revenge before the revenge starts.
The Spinoff: Perfect Murderz
The Pitch: Best friends Brandon (Chris Colfer) and Phillip (Chace Crawford) love hosting dinner parties in their magnificent loft apartment. But there’s just one problem: They also love killing people, hiding the bodies in their magnificent loft apartment, and then inviting over the dead guys’ families for a lovely dinner party. And that’s the subject of this laugh-a-minute-or-so multi-camera sitcom from über-producer Chuck Lorre, which features a new corpse — and, more importantly, a new party — every week. Will kooky professor/perpetual guest Rupert (Ken Marino) ever get wise to their schemes? And will Brandon and Phillip just make out already? Think Party Down with more dead people.
The Spinoff: Extreme Makeover: Dead Girlfriend Edition
The Pitch: If you like dating shows, makeover shows, or stories about lost love regained in the ickiest way possible, then you’re guaranteed to love this reality series about dead women and the living women who look exactly like them. Each week, a different grieving boyfriend gets to make over three women who look exactly like his dead love, and then decide which lucky gal will ascend the Staircase of Love. Think The Bachelor meets The Swan.
North by Northwest
The Spinoff: Thornhill on Madison
The Pitch: In this prequel to the classic thriller, Dominic West stars as Roger Thornhill, a dashing and oft-married Madison Avenue advertising executive. Think Mad Men, except Thornhill has a recurring dream of being chased by a crop-duster, and whenever anyone mentions Mount Rushmore, the soundtrack goes all ba-NAAHHHHH!!!!