The Five: Great shows you'll never, ever, ever see on DVD
It seems that everything is being released on DVD these days. Not just shows from the 50s and short-lived shows like The Adventures of Brisco County and Profit and many others. But there are many shows you'll never see on TV, because they're too obscure, don't have enough fan base, wouldn't be worth it financially, and/or just don't have any "buzz" to make it worth releasing by the studio. Now, I've been surprised before. I'm still shocked that Riptide made it to DVD. But I'm pretty confident we won't see the five shows below on DVD. Which is a shame, because they're five of my favorites.
In fact, if any of these shows are released on DVD (whole seasons, not an odd episode thrown on another DVD), I'll run naked through Central Park while eating a chicken salad sandwich and singing the theme song from Fame.
1. The Fifth Corner: This spy show was really ahead of its time. It was about a man who wakes up in a bed with a dead woman beside him. He has amnesia, and can't remember who he is, what he does for work, even what food he likes. But people are trying to kill him, and we find out he's a spy. He tries to figure out who he is while staying one step ahead of the bad guys. It starred Alex McArthur, Kim Delaney, and James Coburn. It only lasted two episodes. The third was pre-empted by breaking news on NBC and then the show was never seen again. Which is a pity, because it was quite cool. In this era of Lost and Heroes, I can picture this serial-type mystery show catching on.
There were other episodes filmed, just never shown. If anyone out there worked on the show and has them, let me know.
2. Breakfast Time. Oh, I loved this show. I was even on it a couple of times, but I liked it long before that. It was a live, two hour daytime show that was broadcast from a large apartment in NYC. It was hosted by Tom Bergeron, Laurie Hibberd (aka the wife of Regis and Kelly producer Michael Gelman), and a sarcastic puppet named Bob. The Amazing Race's Phil Keoghan was one of the "Road Warriors," reporters who roamed the country doing live features. This was a very funny, outrageously entertaining show, a real antidote to everything else on in the morning. It's not the type of show they release on DVD, of course, so we'll never see it.
3. Raven. Martial arts expert/ex-spy (Jeffrey Meek) settles in Hawaii to look for his long-lost son, with the help of ex-Navy guy Herman Jablonski (Lee Majors). Of all the shows on this list, it's the show that has a remote possibility of coming out on DVD, because it's fairly recent and they released a CD of the soundtrack. But I still don't think we'll see it.
4. Private Eye. A stylish P.I. drama set in 50s L.A. It starred Michael Woods and Josh Brolin. It was sort of the third in the period piece detective shows that NBC had. Miami Vice was the 80s, Crime Story was the 60s, and Private Eye was the 50s. Really cool show. Theme song by Joe Jackson.