From a newsgroup post dated January 30, 2011:
This is swiped from a private mailing list I’m on; I hope they won’t mind…
Let us suppose a network decided that you, yes you, are a marketing genius, and they hired you, at extravagant rates, to create three series for them.
The first is to be a continuation of an existing series that was cancelled too soon — tell them which series should have been kept alive, and what direction it would take to prevent a second cancellation.
The second is to be a remake/re-imagining of a canceled series, and you have all of TV’s history to play with, from the 1940s to last week.
And finally, give them a spin-off — doesn’t matter whether the original series is still thriving or long dead.
My original three (later revised, but we’ll get to that) were:
Remake: “Car 54, Where Are You?”
Spin-off: “Wesley Wyndham-Price, Rogue Demon Hunter”
Note: I have 345 more saved newsgroup posts. No, not all will wind up on this blog. I started with 589, and I haven’t posted anywhere near 244 here. Most either just get trashed, or saved as text files for my own use. The ones that wind up here are the ones I think might be of interest.
Follow-up note: I just did another pass through the backlog, and reduced it from 345 to 288.