Design your own TV crossover!

20:47, Feb 02 2012

Did you know Homicide: Life on the Street's Detective John Munch (played by Richard Belzer) appeared in Arrested Development, Law & Order, The X Files and The Wire? Or that a Firefly-class ship can be seen in the first few minutes of the Battlestar Galactica mini-series? Or that Lost's Charlie Pace hooks up with a girl whose father is in the middle of purchasing a paper company in Slough, the same town where The Office was set?

The crossover is one of the most fun aspects of regular television viewing - and I was reminded of just how much fun they can be after coming across Poobala's Crossovers and Spin-Offs List last week ... which resulted in about half my weekend being spent in front of my lappy, gobbling up every last crossover I could read about.

Crossovers can be subtle and they can be comical, like when Mulder & Scully appeared on The Simpsons. But crossovers can also be big, acting as backdoor pilots for new shows or establishing a shared reality for two series; for example, if Detective John Munch is a real character on Homicide, Arrested Development, Law & Order, The X Files and The Wire, then isn't it fair to assume that all of those exist in the same fictional alternative universe? I think so.

Anyway, I don't want to get too complicated - in fact, I wanted to have a bit of fun today: seeing as it's the Friday before a long weekend, I thought we could have a bit of a laugh designing our own TV crossovers.

All you have to do is pick a character, setting, object or story event from one show, and introduce it to another show. Your crossover can be as big or small as you'd like; make it a glaringly obvious reference or a delightfully subtle nod to a favourite show. Just make sure you post your ideas in the comments section below.

To get things started, here are five crossovers I'd like to see take place ...

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CSI / Fringe / Person of Interest: Nick heads to a crime scene on the roof of the Mandalay Bay, where a man swears he saw a person jump off the edge of the building and fly away; unable to disprove the witness, the case is sent to the FBI where it lands on Olivia Dunham's desk. At the same time, the Mandalay Flying Bird Man (so named by the awkward Las Vegas media) has become a target for the mysterious Mr Finch after his social security number popped out of the machine, leading to a gripping face-off (is there any other kind?!) between Reese and Dunham.

Go Girls / The Almighty Johnsons: Britta wears fairy outfits and seems she probably believes in a heap of kooky-spiritual-fantasy stuff ... isn't it at least possible that she might be Frigg? If it isn't possible, it certainly will be after I take over at South Pacific Pictures and green-light The Almighty Go Girls: Gods of the North Shore.

Dexter / Criminal Minds / Sons of Anarchy: The BAU team are called in after the murder of several men involved in a hostage crisis at Harrison Morgan's daycare centre, unaware that the unsub is actually Dexter "The Bay Harbour Butcher" Morgan. Meanwhile, Dexter escapes to Charming, California, where he hides out with new friend Jax Teller under the assumed biker name Dogwood Corgan ... until an Irish guy kidnaps Harrison and takes him to Belfast, at which point I switch off because that s*** was boring the first time.

House / Monroe: This is actually a fully formed spinoff in which the two doctors just argue back and forth about who is making the correct diagnosis, while simultaneously one-upping each other by sabotaging their own personal lives, until a minor cast member saves the day in the final act. Who wouldn't watch an hour of that every week?!

Downton Abbey / Boardwalk Empire: This might be the greatest idea I've ever had, and it fits into eight simple words: Nucky Thompson, the Countess of Grantham's American brother. I've got a large grin just imagining the possibilities. Would Thomas leave Downton to join the booze war in Atlantic City? Could Arnold Rothstein join Nucky for a short visit to the estate? How quickly would Owen Sleater talk Anna into cheating on Mr Bates? Perhaps Margaret Schroeder and Branson the Chauffeur could be old school friends?! Dear god, please make this happen.

What television crossovers would you like to see happen? Post your ideas in the comments section below ...

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