Endless observations have been made over the years regarding Heather Locklear's impressive show-saving abilities, and much of that is based on some very compelling evidence. She revived Dynasty, she elevated Melrose Place from fairly entertaining trash to deliciously addictive guilty pleasure, she swooped into Spin City to lighten the ailing Michael J. Fox's workload halfway through the series and boosted ratings for a bit, and now she's returning to Melrose tomorrow night in an attempt to save that train wreck as well. She's obviously doing this out of some sense of show-saving duty, not unlike the Spider-Man of primetime soaps, but her inability to save a disaster is not unprecedented. Let's look back at the Melrose reboot-sized flops even Heather Locklear couldn't rescue.
All this talk about the Grey's Anatomy/Private Practice crossover event (which ends this week) has got us at TWoP thinking: true television crossovers are rare. They are not merely spin-offs (though they often involve characters from a spin-off), and they require more than just a mere mention of something from one show on another -- actual characters from both realities must interact. For ease in production, crossovers often happen between shows on the same network -- usually between shows from the same creator -- but occasionally they occur between shows that have seemingly nothing to do with each other. So what are the best examples of this elusive and mysterious breed of television event? Here are seven that we feel stand out from the annals of character-jumping television history.
Hmm. Boston Legal got renewed in March last year. Here it is May, and still no word if producer David E. Kelley's law-'n'-sex romp will make ABC's fall lineup. Since the network announced renewals of half its current slate in February, one has to wonder if William Shatner will have a place to play this fall.
Oh, wait. Shatner always has a place to play.