5. Freaks and Geeks
It's been almost 13 years since teenager Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini, pictured) wandered off with her Deadhead pals in the finale of Paul Feig's much lauded Freaks and Geeks - and it's about damn time we found out what happened next.
But let's face it. A movie would have to involve some sort of flash forward, reunion plot or some other way of getting all the Freaks and Geeks back in the same place after so long. Not to mention (at least ideally) bring together a cast that includes James Franco, Jason Segel and Seth Rogen. On the other hand, such star power could provide all sorts of fun incentives - just the ticket to getting fans to kick in for a Freaks and Geeks movie.
In the third season finale, Deadwood rivals-turned-allies Seth Bullock and Al Swearengen (Timothy Olyphant and Ian McShane, pictured), along with Trixie (Paula Malcolmson), Sol Star (John Hawkes) and many other townfolk lived to see the back of murderous mogul George Hearst (Gerald McRaney), joining forces to defy him even as he lost interest in Deadwood for more tantalizing targets. Although David Milch's beloved HBO western did resolve a fair amount of that storyline, there was plenty more tale to tell.
The cable network and Milch even initially agreed to make a pair of two-hour TV films to finish off the series, but they never happened. As late as 2011, Milch was apparently still hopeful that more Deadwood would be made, but now it's a good bet it won't. That doesn't mean fans wouldn't pony up the cash to help make a movie happen.
Yes, the end of Fringe was planned, and the story even gave viewers a (gasp!) happy, if bittersweet, ending. After four seasons of dealing with broken universes, evil doppelgangers, scary shapeshifters and mysterious visitors from the future known as the Observers, the fifth took intrepid Fringe-science investigators Dr. Walter Bishop (John Noble), his son Peter (Joshua Jackson) and FBI agents Olivia Dunham (Anna Torv) and Astrid Farnsworth (Jasika Nicole) to the future. The year 2036 is a grim time, where the emotionless Observers have taken over, and Olivia and Peter's grown daughter, Etta, leads the human resistance. Those 13 episodes were packed with gut-wrenching sacrifices and bleak developments, but eventually the Fringe team put everything back in order. Except that Walter had to disappear from reality to make it happen.
It was still a pretty satisfying ending, but Fringe fans want more. A final sequence shows Peter receiving a message from his father -- a man he should no longer remember. The look on his face is ambivalent enough to get us wondering: Peter was erased from the world once too, but then he was remembered. Could Walter come back? As they always say on the show, anything is possible. And the idea of a Fringe movie was floated just last year, by none other than John Noble himself at the San Diego Comic-Con.
Fans were stunned and heartbroken when the WB didn't pick up this Buffy the Vampire Slayer spin-off for a sixth season, despite its good ratings. (Head writer David Fury later explained that the re-up fell victim to a "power play" involving co-creator Joss Whedon's attempt to get the network to grant an early renewal.) The series ended on a cliffhanger, with good-guy vampire Angel (David Boreanaz) and his team gearing up for one last seemingly futile stand against the Senior Partners of the evil law firm Wolfram & Hart and their massive demon army.
Like its parent show, the Angel story continued in comics, published by IDW, where the gang emerges from the battle to find that W&H sent the entire city of Los Angeles to Hell. (Hahaha.) Also, Angel befriends a dragon. And we all know how hot dragons are right now ... .
1. Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Joss Whedon's iconic series about the little blonde girl who kicks demon ass ended after seven seasons with Buffy Summers' hometown of Sunnydale sinking into the earth after one last massive dust-up. Whedon continued with Season 8 in comic books published by Dark Horse (which also put out Season 9), wherein Buffy and her loyal Scooby Gang go global with a worldwide network of Slayers and magic-wielders, are targeted by the U.S. government, face a powerful and mysterious villain named Twilight and suffer more of the life and love angst that only Joss can deliver. Definitely the stuff of which an epic movie could be made.
Buffy's TV life ended in part because star Sarah Michelle Gellar quit when her contract ran out, but given how unremarkable her career has been since then, maybe she could be coaxed back for one more stab at it.