The 10 Best Television Spin-Offs of All Time

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The successful television spin-off has a high wire act to maintain. It has to differentiate itself from its source material while maintaining enough of what fans love so they’ll come along with it in the first place. But for every Better Call Saul there are a dozen Joeys – spin-offs that fail right from the start. With the former returning for its third season, let’s take a look at ten spin-offs that were just as good (if not better) than their parent series.

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star wars rebels

This week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels had a lot of mythology and introduced some massive changes to the DisneyXD animated series. Let’s take a look at some of executive producer Dave Filoni‘s comments on this big change, including the implications of possible returning characters and the big question: Will we get a Star Wars Rebels season 4?

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In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Mark Hamill sticks up for Jake Lloyd and George Lucas.
  • Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may be hitting Blu-ray and DVD very soon.
  • Star Wars: The Clone Wars is leaving Netflix.
  • You can now dress like Jyn Erso for $450.
  • Marvel’s new Darth Maul comic miniseries is very good.
  • Jimmy Smits and Mads Mikkelsen discuss their time on Rogue One.
  • One Star Wars legend speaks out as another passes away.
  • The next Star Wars: Battlefront will have a single player campaign.
  • And more!

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Rogue One - Forest Whitaker - Saw Gerrera

Lucasfilm president Kathleen Kennedy says that the character of Saw Gerrera, introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars before making the leap to live action in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, will probably be further explored in future Star Wars projects. And since he’s one of the most intriguing recent additions to the canon, this is something I hope they do end up exploring.

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Rogue One connected to Star Wars Rebels

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is filled with easter eggs and references to previous pieces of the Star Wars saga. What follows is a complete Rogue One easter eggs compilation I have seen on the internet. It includes cameos, references, characters, locations, tributes to other films and previous Star Wars history and much much more. In all, there are over 40 Rogue One easter eggs.

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darth maul

In this edition of Star Wars Bits:

  • Darth Maul is getting his own comic book miniseries.
  • A Star Wars: The Clone Wars season five storyline was almost its own movie.
  • Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown would like to play Princess Leia.
  • New Han Solo actor Alden Ehrenreich has not met Harrison Ford yet.
  • Yeah, J.J. Abrams is a little sad that he’s not directing Star Wars right now.
  • Updates on Visceral’s new Star Wars video game.
  • Marvel’s Poe Dameron comic sheds light on the Battle of Jakku.
  • And more!

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jedha

One of the new planets introduced in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a small desert moon located in the galaxy’s Inner Rim called Jedha. Director Gareth Edwards has described the world as “a Mecca or Jerusalem within the Star Wars world” where people who believe in the Force come to worship. In the years before Star Wars: A New Hope, the planet has become occupied by Galactic Empire and serves as a key location in this first Star Wars standalone movie.

However, a new fan theory suggests that Rogue One might not be the first time we’ve seen Jedha on the big screen. Some fans believe that the planet was later used by the First Order as Starkiller Base, as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Is it true? Could it be possible? Let’s explore the Jedha Starkiller Base theory, after the jump.

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saw gerrera rogue one

A few months back it was revealed that Forest Whitaker‘s character in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is Saw Gerrera, the Onderon rebels leader who fought alongside Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. In Rogue One the character has become “a battered veteran who leads a band of Rebel extremists” and wears an armored suit for flight and maintenance. So when I got a chance to talk with Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars showrunner Dave Filoni, I had to ask about how his creation ended up in the first Star Wars standalone movie.

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When Disney bought Lucasfilm and unified Star Wars canon across all storytelling mediums, it created the possibility of characters introduced in the books, televisions shows and video games crossing over into the live-action big screen movies. And Star Wars Rebels producers Simon Kinberg and Dave Filoni have both expressed interest in that possibility in previous interviews. But it turns out that one of the characters created for the Star Wars animated series might have already appeared in a live-action Star Wars film. Filoni talked about the possibility at the world premiere of the Star Wars Rebels season two finale (no spoilers for that episode, I promise). Learn the details after the jump.

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Oscar Issac in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Marvel Comics’ four-issue miniseries Star Wars: Shattered Empire has come to an end, and it doesn’t really tell us much about Star Wars: The Force Awakens. But it does end with some questions which I wanted to dive into. For instance: what does that tree at the end of the story mean for The Force Awakens and the future of the Star Wars galaxy? What does the comic book series suggest about Oscar Isaac‘s character Poe Dameron? Letls try to unlock the mysteries of that Shattered Empire tree and figure out what it might all mean.

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