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Your show has been a smashing success! You're on your sixth season, but your star decides they've had enough and decides to end the series. But you don't want to end just yet! Maybe the producers want to milk the cash cow a little longer. Maybe you can create After Show.

An After Show is a very specific combination of Spinoff and ReTool. It is a clear attempt to extend the life of a show by renaming it. To be an After Show, it must 1) come after the end of the original series, and 2) star as regular cast members at least one member who could have been considered a star on the original, or feature the same setting as the original show. For example ... The Ropers is just a spin-off of Three's Company, but Three's a Crowd is an After Show.

The best way to illustrate an After Show is if it can be placed in this statement.... "________ is an attempt to do _______ without ___________".

Named after the show After M*A*S*H, an Ur-Example of the concept.

If, after the star leaves, the execs decide to carry on under the same brand, then said brand has instituted Final Season Casting. If they decide to keep going by recasting the star's character, that's The Nth Doctor or The Other Darrin. Also compare Post-Script Season, which occurs when a series with season-long arcs gets Un-Cancelled, whereas this variant applies primarily to shows that are Episodic in nature.

Compare From the Ashes, when a fictional work's ending is the starting point of a Spin-Off. See also Revival, which is similar to this trope but tends to come much later after the end of the original show. A subtrope of Sequel Series. Not to be confused with the sort of aftershow that airs directly after each episode with discussion (eg. Talking Dead).


Anime & Manga

  • Dragon Ball GT: It's an attempt to do both Dragon Ball and Dragon Ball Z at the same time —in the sense that it attempts to combine the tone of both shows— without much of the original cast of either besides Goku and Trunks. Vegeta does return to prominence during the later half of the show though, where it also drops trying to be a partial retread of Dragon Ball in favor of just being Dragon Ball Z but Goku is a kid again (most of the time).
  • Genshiken Nidaime is an attempt to do Genshiken with the male cast reduced to occasional cameo appearances.
  • Macross 7: It was a successful attempt to do Super Dimension Fortress Macross without Hikaru, Misa, Minmay, Claudia, Captain Global, or Britai. There is one difference, in that while the actors were of varying willingness to return (Arihiro Hase having died and Mari Iijima having a moderately successful singing career made them the ones least likely to return), it was the creator, Shoji Kawamori, who has professed zero interest in revisiting Hikaru, Misa, and Minmay.

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