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"Chicago Air," anyone?

(Brian Cassella / McClatchy-Tribune )
March 27, 2013|By Dana Moran | RedEye

This calls for a Chicago woo! NBC is prepping a spinoff of "Chicago Fire," thr.com reported Wednesday. The new show would be based on the city's cops, and likely would air as a back-door pilot this season. (That description may have made us giggle a lot.) Let's keep this trend going! We've got ideas for plenty of other Chicago-based spinoffs and potential Chicagoan stars. Just don't forget to give us a producers credit. (Note: All descriptions are totally fictionalized for hilarity's sake. We love our Chicagoans!)
damoran@tribune.com | @redeyedana

"Chicago Air"
Stars: Michael Ian Black, Anna Chlumsky, Andre Braugher, Jennifer Hudson
Focuses on the rivalry between elitist O'Hare air traffic controllers and their more blue-collar Midway counterparts. This boils down to a lot of scenes with the Midway guys pranking the O'Hare guys, and the O'Hare guys making sourpuss faces.

"Chicago Hot Dogs"
Stars: George Wendt, Bill Murray, Amy Sedaris, Robin Williams, Mr. T
A group of lifelong Chicagoans opens a hot dog shop and sits around shooting the breeze about sports teams while occasionally actually serving customers. Sedaris wears a hairnet the entire time, even in scenes where she's just getting out of bed or going shopping for sport peppers.

"Chicago 311"
Stars: Vince Vaughn, Horatio Sanz, Tina Fey, Mandy Patinkin, Jennifer Morrison
This show would operate with the exact opposite urgency level of the police-based spinoff. City workers mulching branches outside your window at 7 a.m.? Want one of those green crosswalk signs for your street? Trying to get an extra blue recycling bin for your building? Let them put you on hold ...

"Chicago Oprah"
Stars: Oprah, Terrence Howard, Danny Pudi, Michael Flatley (yes, the lord of the dance), Steve Wilkos
A rabid group of all-male Oprah fans attempts to track her throughout the city, only to be foiled at the last second every time a la Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner. The show will include plenty of split-screen shots of Oprah being pampered while her fanclub runs around frantically.

"Chicago Vermin"
Stars: Rats, pigeons, coyotes, roaches, Billy Zane (narrator)
You know those coyotes that roam around downtown controlling the rat population? Attach a camera to one of those guys, and you've got the cheapest reality TV series that ever was.

"Chicago Med"
Stars: George Clooney, Anthony Edwards, Julianna Margulies, Eriq LaSalle, Noah Wyle
A group of hardscrabble emergency room docs and nurses ... wait, this was "ER."

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