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