This might not be the biggest DVD release day in history, but it's certainly one of the business. There's something for everyone this week, including a bunch of "Fan Favorites" DVDs for various sitcoms, including NewsRadio, All in the Family, and I Dream of Jeannie. That's a neat idea, though I wonder, if you're a big fan, wouldn't you already have the DVDs?
Oh, and remember Day Break, the ABC mystery series from a couple of years ago? You can get the Complete Series. I don't think I ever saw the end of that show. You can watch it on SlashControl, so maybe I'll start there before buying the set.
- All in the Family - Fan Favorites
- Ax Men - Season 2
- Barney Miller - Fan Favorites
- Bewitched - Fan Favorites
If a young Julie Newmar is a robot, is she the first fem-bot? I suppose in many ways she's a sex toy ahead of her time.
I like the concepts behind Alternative 3 (a documentary about a group of people who have abandoned the planet Earth as a lost cause) and The Ultimate Imposter (an agent with a chip in his head to give him a different personality each week). I see elements of the latter in Joss Whedon's new series Dollhouse.
Here are the new TV DVDs, in stores tomorrow.
- Arrest & Trial - Best Of, Part 2
- Arthur - Season 10
- The Catherine Tate Show - Series 2
- Checkmate - Best Of Season 2
- Day Break - Complete Series
- Frisky Dingo - Season 1
- The Invisible Man - Season 1
- Kong: The Animated Series - Vol. 4
- Laredo - Best Of Season 1, Part 2
- Midsomer Murders - The Early Cases and Box Set Ten
- The Mike Douglas Show - Moments and Memories
- Noble House - Noble House
- Painkiller Jane - Complete Series
- Party of Five - Season 3
- The Price Is Right - Best Of
- The Shield - Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5
- Sliders - Season 4
- Suburban Shootout - Season
- Tripping The Rift (Movie)
- Upright Citizen's Brigade - Asssscat
- Wings - Season 6
So, it seems to be a good time to look back at our coverage of last year's upfronts, to see what was considered news, which shows became hits, which shows never aired, and which pilots looked promising but mostly ended up causing each network piles of money, bad press, and misery.
Click on the network name to see to our coverage of that network's 2006 upfront:
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the two-hour spinoff episode will have Walsh's character of Dr. Addison Montgomery contemplating leaving Seattle Grace Hospital. If the spinoff gets picked up, the takes the new job. If it doesn't, she'll turn down the job and return to SGH. No word on what role Diggs will play.
Perhaps to make up for the quick demise of Day Break, ABC has extended its development contract with Diggs' production company for another two years.
Before you go jumping for joy Day Break is not returning to the ABC schedule. So, please sit down on the couch before you hurt yourself!. The good news we are talking about is that previously aired episodes, as well as three new ones, will be streaming from ABC.com very soon.
I know you're scratching your head on this one, since you already thought that Day Break was already streaming on that site. Well, not quite. They were supposed to air on the website but never showed up. The
excuse reason given was that there were online music right issues that needed to be resolved. Shortly after that news the entire Day Break site was taken down, which ticked off fans even more.
Now, according to ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson, Day Break episodes will begin streaming on the network's website starting on Monday, January 29th and continue each Monday afterward until all 13 episodes are released online. The series finale is scheduled to be available on February 19th. Whether or not old episodes of the show will be pulled to make way for new ones is unknown at this time.
We might not have to wait that long though. As Joel reported yesterday, ABC entertainment president Stephen McPherson announced that remaining episodes will be available online by the end of February. There weren't any details about how the release is going to go. I would prefer just dumping them all on the site for a marathon viewing, but at this point even one a week would be just fine. They are sticking to the 'music clearance' issue as the reason for the delay. And of course, this comes with all the foibles usually associated with TV on the internet. But hey, it's better than nothing.
[thanks Matt ]
Anyway, some of the information he gave at the Q&A after the jump.
NBC's handling of Studio 60 and Friday Night Lights - Many of us, myself included, are quick to jump on the networks when they dump a show just a few episodes in. So it's worth acknowledging that the network has been more than patient with these two shows. Many shows that have come before them have been blown right off the schedule for generating similar ratings. Studio 60 kicked off their season with ratings that declined week after week and, honestly, Friday Night Lights just never had any ratings to begin with. I really hope their patience pays off and audiences find these shows. They both deserve to see a second season.
(Part 3 of 5) In our review of the top television stories of 2005 former TV Squad scribe Ryan J. Budke said this about TV on the Internet, "If you think that 2005 was big, wait 'til 2006 -- you ain't seen nothing yet." Boy howdy, was he correct! If 2005 was the year that TV came to the Internet, then 2006 was the year that it bought a home, settled in, and joined the local PTA. From pilots and first-run episodes to classic and canceled shows, television and the World Wide Web took one step closer to being officially married in 2006. And, we have one site on the Internet to thank for this explosion . . .
Okay, maybe YouTube isn't the only site we should be thanking. I mean, according to Ryan, the networks realized back in 2005 that this newfangled technology called the Internet wasn't going away any time soon, so they began to utilize it. However, it was the utterly huge popularity of YouTube that pushed the networks into getting their collective acts together to get their content onto the Web.
As John McEnroe would say, "You cannot be serious." I could understand the holdup with something like the WKRP DVD set because of music clearance issues. When Johnny and Venus were spinning records, nobody had dreamed of what the home video market would become. But given the fact that ABC has been putting a whole mess of their shows, including Day Break, online, how were these issues unforeseen? That's like your car breaking down because of unforeseen cars burn gas issues.
I have no idea what ABC is doing at this point. If the best they have to offer instead of Day Break is repeats of According to Jim and George Lopez, what's the point? The slight gain in ratings still landed them in fourth place, and isn't worth the ill will they are garnering from viewers.
I think this has to signal a change at the networks. The big serial drama experiment is now officially a failure. With Surface and Invasion failing to get a second season, and now Smith, Kidnapped, The Nine, Six Degrees, and Day Break all failing to finish one, I think we can look for the networks to try something different next season. And hey, if Diggs really wants to be on a hit show, they're still casting for the next Dancing with the Stars, right?... Too soon?
I love how the show is editing sequences now, so that instead of seeing every detail, we see what is relevant. On the other hand, if we miss something (my husband ran out to get our son from swim practice) they will show you enough of what has happened that you can pick it up again pretty easily.
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