Most disappointing abandoned dvd series

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  1. StevePA

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    Dragnet (1960's)
    Adam-12
    SWAT(they couldn't finish it up?)
    AND-if they truly are abandoned-The Rookies, and Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea.
     
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    For me it's Here Come the Brides, The Outer Limits (1990s series), and The Partridge Family. Of these three The Outer Limits happens to be the one I want to own the most.
     
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    While my thread title only says "abandoned" because of space restriction, you'd see I'm also talking about shows that are "suspended" or "stalled" or "in limbo" if you read my first post carefully. So it's not just about shows that have been out and out "abandoned." Heck, the studios almost never even own up to a series being completely abandoned anyhow, even though it's pretty obvious most of the ones I and other folks here have mentioned are indeed abandoned or at least severely stalled.

    Forgot "NAKED CITY" (the first season of half hour episodes) and "RIFLEMAN" on my personal list. And a continuation of "DRAGNET" and "CHEYENNE" would have been nice too.

    When you think about it, this really is a disturbing trend that's far more widespread than I first realized when I started composing my first post on the subject. And I agree with the person that talked about consumer confidence being eroded when this happens with the frequency that it has.

    Gary "thanks to everyone for supplying answers" O.
     
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    Mary Tyler Moore Show
    Bob Newhart Show
    Kojak
    Quincy
    COlumbo
    Mccloud
    Mcmillan and wife
    Simon and Simon
    Hart to Hart
    Diagnosis Murder??
     
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    NED & STACY
    SON OF THE BEACH
    JUST SHOOT ME
    LARRY SANDERS

    If the first set doesn't sell that well, why can't they put out the rest of it as a bog standard set at a slightly higher price for a limited time? & at least give those who want it the chance to buy it. As it is they're just pissing off their customers.
     
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    -St. Elsewhere

    -Hill Street Blues

    -Growing Pains

    -Different Strokes

    -Highway to Heaven
     
  7. Bryan^H

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    Why Happy Days? CBS/Paramount has been awesome at releasing the past couple seasons in a timely manner. Season 4 of Laverne and shirley is coming out, why wouldn't sn4 of Happy days make it?
     
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    Great lists here. I have a lot of the same ones for my list.

    ADAM-12 "1-Adam 12....a 59686 in progress..abandonment of a classic show"
    ALIAS SMITH AND JONES? Maybe not dead
    BARNEY MILLER? 4 more years until S3?
    BIG VALLEY Same as Gary. Hard to believe it's cut off in the middle of a split-season release
    FLIPPER starting to look like Flipper' s lost at sea
    GREEN ACRES Who's running this release...Hank Kimball?
    HILL STREET BLUES
    HAPPY DAYS I also think Hank's right about this one.
    LEAVE IT TO BEAVER I want S5 & 6 BAD
    NAKED CITY I have the box sets but I'd get a complete-season release
    RIFLEMAN same as N.C.; I'd get a complete set
    THE ROOKIES
    WELCOME BACK KOTTER ? maybe there's hope
    WHO'S THE BOSS I think this one's history
     
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    Sony has abandoned almost everything. It seems they are more concerned now about putting out shows on hulu.com, which has seasons of several Sony shows that have not seen the light of day on DVD. In fact, if successful, I fear this trend could hurt the TV On DVD industry.

    As for my disappointments, I am sad to see no more of the following:
    The Lone Ranger
    Larry Sanders
    Fall Guy
    Bob Newhart
    Drew Carey
     
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    Knots Landing
    One Day at a Time
     
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    The Fall Guy
    Oliver's Twist
    Everwood
    Quincy
    Touched by an Angel
     
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    I think it's too early to write off Fox's "The Fall Guy" and WKRP, but it's disappointing that Universal dropped "Quincy", "McCloud" and "Kojak" - so how about theatrical remakes of those... :p
     
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    Here's why. Firstly, L&S and Happy Days had been coming out concurrently. We now have a L&S release coming by itself. Secondly, I recently got in some tapes off ABC of the fifth season of the show and there is music all over the place. Since Paramount has decided not to pay rights to any songs anymore, there would be nothing left of half the shows once they started cutting. The Suzi Quatro (Leather Tuscadero) episodes would run 8 minutes once they got done chopping the music. There is a Valentine's Day episode that is ALL music. Anson Williams does one or two songs in almost every show. I can't speak for the fourth season but if it's anything like the fifth, Paramount would have looked at it and said there's no way we can do this. They're not paying for music and there's too much to cut.
     
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    As others have listed:

    Hill Street Blues
    St. Elsewhere
    NYPD Blue
    Barney Miller???

    Doug
     
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    Paramount is paying for music. They haven't stripped ever song off the last two Happy Days collections. It's just they won't pay outrageous prices to clear music. Also if it it merely a music issue - where's Season 4 of Mork and Mindy - which used to come out with the other 2 Garry Marshall shows?
     
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    We're almost to the Point that I May stop Supporting Studio that have this track record, I know this is a self determing situation, don't support any releases and they'll stop, but hey it's happening anyway. The Biggest offenders are Sony, Fox and Universal. So for now I will only buy from those studio when the sets are complete in the meantime I'll Netflix them. Paramount's been pretty solid except for HGWT so They get my TV on DVD dollar for now.
     
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    And keep in mind Paramount/CBS has just finished off Wild Wild West-whole series, complete and done-good job there!
     
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    Don't know if it's too soon to declare it abandoned, but Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman comes to mind.

    Because of its serialized format, I think it would have made more sense to release it in a "Complete Series" set instead of releasing only a few episodes at a time, with no guarantee that all of the episodes would become available.

    Perhaps a company such as Shout! Factory could license it and give it a proper release.
     
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    It's Sony so it's not too early.
     
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    I forgot to mention Taxi, one of my favourite sitcoms of all time--it seems a shame that the final two seasons may never be released.

    If that Fall release of Night Gallery S2 becomes a reality, I can scratch it off the "abandoned" list.
     

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