NBC (ended 1993)
1.Woody - the fact he was congressman the possibilities are endless
2. Norm- we always heard from Norm how bad Vera was, it would have been interesting if the show had revealed her
3.Cliff - being a postal worker it would have been interesting to see Cliff at work
these characters were the funniest characters on Cheers I think anyone of these characters would have been good spinoffs
|I agree with that.I always thought Frasier was the best character to be spun off,because he was the most realistic one on the show,and plus he always seemed to be the only one outside of Diane who actually had a life beyond the bar.None of the other characters seemed to be people that I would be interested in knowing outside of that bar.I think thats why The Tortellis never really worked,because Nick was most interesting when he was at the bar,trying to pull something on Carla.Taken out of that context,he was just another boringsleazy guy.|
I remember cringing at the idea of "Frasier" because I wasn't really a fan of him on the show. Also they basically (tho not completely) reinvented Frasier from being a beer-drinking sports fan common-man wannabe to an uptight sherry-swilling elitist snob. Also they basically wrote Lilith out of the show on Cheers as well so he was a single & free man. But basically, if "Frasier" was ever going to be successful, they had to make it nothing like Cheers.
The Tortelli's was just some stereotypical mish-mash of a show thrown together in hopes that somehow strength in character numbers, the show would stick. You don't see it anymore but basically it was a rich successful show burning through an episode order by trotting out a pilot & somehow tricking into earning an episode order. I know Cheers did this at least once in the last few season with "Look Before You Sleep". But I never liked Nick with that dumb blonde bimbo plot. Yes it did have its place, but it didn't stop it from being cringe-worthy.
At the time i think Woody Harrelson was concentrating on the movie business...
|I think Frasier would've been more successful and more likable (at least for me) if Lillith had somewhat of a bigger role|
Actually I think the subtle treatment was the most classy thing they could have done. If they had done a funeral & made it a sobfest with a bunch of Coach stories, it would had been way too much. Plus they did mention the passing very briefly when Gus came back & tended bar and he asked after interacting if Woody was Coach's son. Sometimes less is more. Plus I remember Harrelson being added made a lot of news back in the day so it wasn't like any of us were caught off-guard.