When I could afford premium cable for the first time in a long time, I made sure to get HBO again, and got hooked on “Oz,” a clever-but-brutal show about life inside a maximum-security prison.  While it was a fascinating show filled with future “Hey, it’s that guy!” moments, it was quickly overshadowed by HBO’s *OTHER* series about crime, “The Sopranos.”  Nobody much remembers Oz twenty years later (and, man do I feel old, typing that), but I can’t help but wonder if it would have been the Next Big Thing were it not in the shadow of Tony and his ilk, leading to today’s gen pop query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) also wishes that “Sports Night” had been given time to grow the way Aaron Sorkin’s later works did, asking: What show, character or story would you most like to see no longer in the shadow of a more popular “sibling?”


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  1. Malone_hasco on

    I still wish someone in right position would realize how brilliant Futurama was and proceeds to make more of it.

    • I’m giving it time. They did it once already with Comedy Central bringing it back after they made a few direct-to-DVD movies, so I’m guessing in a few years another round of direct-to-whatevermediaformwehavethen leads to another revival.

      Of course, I’m still hoping for a full length special spin-off of “Action Delivery Force”, the anime styled segment from the episode “Reincarnation”, making fun of even more anime and cheap animation tropes.

  2. I wish the Metal Heroes franchise was given a similar chance as Super Sentai and Kamen Rider. Granted, there has been a bit of a revival the last few years with a few theatrical continuations of the Space Sheriff series and a few crossovers (including theatrical films such as Gokaiger x Space Sheriff Gavan and some appeared in the Super Hero Taisen films, as well as Jiraiya appearing in Ninninger), but I would love to see a new series in the franchise, or at least not simply a new person getting the powers of a previous Metal Hero.

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