From a marketer’s perspective, spinoffs are a dream come true. Spin off a new series from an already popular show and you should have a built-in fan base. Half the marketing work is already done.

In practice, TV success is more elusive. True, lots of spinoffs have been long-running hits, like Xena: Warrior Princess (arising from Hercules: The Legendary Journeys), Frasier (Cheers), and Saved by the Bell (Good Morning, Miss Bliss). Lots of others have failed miserably. In the end, a spinoff series has to stand on its own two feet and many spinoff shows couldn’t manage that.

So many spinoffs think that just recreating similar elements to the successful original will lead to a hit show, but ...

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