NBC’s developing a Dwight Schrute Office spinoff, which is odd but not incomprehensible — he’s a concrete character with a specific outlook, and he could plausibly inhabit a universe orthogonal to his origin show. Is he the only one, though? Are there other spinoff-worthy characters on television? Kalinda on The Good Wife could easily sustain her own series — investigations, jazzy bisexual encounters, leather jackets — and Blake Shelton could break off from The Voice for his own Voice-branded talent search. Whom would you spin off? A great character trapped in a lousy show — like Lafayette on True Blood? A silly character who never gets enough screen time? Brendanaquitz?
THE GOOD WIFE–Archie Panjabi as Kalinda Sherma on the CBS drama THE GOOD WIFE scheduled to air on the CBS Television Network. Photo: Justin Stephens/CBS. Photo: Justin Stephens/CBS