5 Upcoming Spin-Offs of Popular TV Shows
Some of television’s most popular shows, like Breaking Bad and The Walking Dead, have recently inspired a number of upcoming spin-off series. Here are 8 that will soon be coming to the small screen:
1. Better Call Saul, February 8
The upcoming Breaking Bad spin-off will focus on the life of small-time lawyer Saul Goodman (played by Bob Odenkirk) six years before his appearance on the popular AMC drama. The show was developed by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould, who first wrote the episode that introduced Saul. The cast includes Breaking Bad alumni Odenkirk and Jonathan Bank, as well as Michael McKean (This Is Spinal Tap), Patrick Fabian (The Last Exorcism), Rhea Seehorn (Franklin & Bash), and Michael Mando (Orphan Black).
Though the first season hasn’t kicked off yet, a 13-episode second season has already been preemptively greenlit for 2016. It will be made available for streaming on Netflix after the first season finale.
2. The Walking Dead spin-off
The untitled spin-off series to another of AMC’s biggest shows began shooting last month. Though specific details have been kept tightly under wraps, the series has been described as a prequel. The project, also known as Cobalt, reportedly takes place in Los Angeles at the dawn of the zombie apocalypse.
As for the cast, Cliff Curtis (Gang Related) is set to star as Sean Cabrera, a teacher who shares a son with his ex-wife, Andrea, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The character is described as a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life. Sons of Anarchy alum Kim Dickens will take the lead female role of Nancy Tomkins, Sean’s love interest who works also works at the same school as a guidance counselor, according to THR. Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods) also co-star as Nancy’s lazy son, Nick, and ambitious daughter, Ashley, respectively.
So far, the cable network has only given the Walking Dead spinoff a pilot order. No premiere date has been confirmed just yet.
3. Chicago Med
Chicago Fire has already successful spurred Chicago PD, and now it’s on the verge of inspiring yet another spin-off. NBC is reportedly looking to launch a medically-themed branch of the franchise. Per Deadline, an episode of Chicago Fire will serve as a planted spin-off later this season, introducing the Chicago Med team. “There will be an event that brings Chicago Med within Chicago Fire,” Dick Wolf, executive producer of both Chicago Fire and Chicago PD, recently confirmed, per Deadline.
Like Chicago PD, the spin-off hails from Chicago Fire creators/executive producers Derek Haas and Michael Brandt, as well as Wolf. No exact date for the planted spinoff episode has been revealed.
4. Criminal Minds spin-off
NBC has given the go-ahead to a Criminal Minds planted spin-off, which will air as an episode of the original series later this season. The new series will reportedly follow an elite team of profilers that travels the globe and works with local law enforcement to solve the crises of American citizens abroad. Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn will play Ally Lambert, an international law expert and talented linguist, who is an indispensable part of the team that makes sure that criminals don’t escape international law. Gary Sinise will also star as Jack Garrett, a 20-year veteran of the bureau who is currently in charge of the FBI’s top team for handling cases involving Americans abroad.
The pilot for the spin-off will shoot in mid-February and the planted episode in the flagship series will air at a later date.
5. CSI: Cyber, March 4
The newest CSI spin-off follows the FBI’s team of cyber crime investigators, headed by Special Agent Avery Ryan (Patricia Arquette), as they work to solve Internet-related cases, such as cyber-theft, hacking, sex offenses, and blackmail. The pilot aired as a regular episode in the original series in April before CBS officially picked it up to series in May, with a premiere date in 2015. The show also features James Van Der Beek, Peter MacNicol, Charley Koontz, Bow Wow, Hayley Kiyoko, and Luke Perry.
Additional reporting by Kirsten Klahn