Jeez, The X Factor did some serious damage.
Red light, greenlight.
Coming soon: Prison Break: 71 B.C.?
"It's a trick -- get an Axe!"
While many shows try to do very special Thanksgiving episodes, most of them degenerate into a muddle of typical family feuding and melodrama. And if we wanted to see disastrous family meals, we would just tune in to Brothers & Sisters on any given week. But every few seasons, at least one great show gives a holiday episode we can be truly thankful for. Here our favorites from the recent and far past:
James Marsters knows what he likes, and he knows what people like to see him in. From Buffy to Angel to Smallville to Torchwood, he's made legendary appearances on some of the greatest science-fiction and fantasy shows of the past decade, and he's about to start yet another. Marsters will tackle the role of religious fanatic Barnabas, the man behind the Caprica bombings for a multi-episode run on Syfy's new series Caprica. Never ones to turn down talking to Spike, we sat in on a conference call to ask him about his character, whether he'll return to Torchwood or the Buffyverse, and what he thinks of all these new vampires running around.
Tom Colicchio is my Commander-in-Chief.
So it's official: Warner Bros. is rebooting Buffy the Vampire Slayer as a film franchise and Joss Whedon will not be involved. While he was entertainingly glib about it, fans worldwide are losing their collective minds. We here at TWoP agree that Buffy is inextricably linked with Joss' voice and only wish that the studio was revisting one of Whedon's other past properties instead. Folks at Warner's: it's not too late to trade your Buffy reboot for one of the below. We promise we won't mind! (Much.)
Werewolves and rednecks and misfits, oh my! Also: space thieves, performance art, Big Bads, Mark Wahlberg and other scary things.
We're not sure that the world really needs a spinoff to Criminal Minds, but then again, we didn't think sub-divisions of Law & Order were necessary and SVU and Criminal Intent proved us wrong by being far more enjoyable than their mothership. And while spinoffs may not always grab us right off the bat (like NCIS: Los Angeles), sometimes a new series just needs a little time before it starts improving upon its predecessor. Case in point: The City returned this week with new characters and a compelling new focus that made it far more watchable than the now totally contrived LC-less The Hills. But these aren't the only shows that have been better than their originals. Here's our look back at the best spinoffs from the past two decades: