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Why short run tv shows could be a money maker for studios on dvd....

Discussion in 'TV on DVD and Blu-ray' started by todd s, Mar 14, 2002.

  1. todd s

    todd s Well-Known Member

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    The problem with putting shows on dvd is usually syndication issues. Studios make more money on syndication than on a dvd release. The problem is that their are a lot of show that are not in syndication or are but only in some locations. Granted a show like CSI will definitely make a ton of money in syndication. But, take a show like "Space: Above & Beyond" which is on syndication sometimes on scifi channel. I cannot see a show that is on once in awhile or not at all making a lot of money for a studio. Now I have no idea how much it costs to produce a dvd. But, most people would be happy getting a hard to find tv show that has a clear picture and sound. Even if it is bare bones. You can't tell me that a their wouldn't be at least 15,000 people in the US alone that would buy a season set of any show if the price is reasonable. If they make $20.00 a season on a show that is over $300,000 dollars. Not bad for a show that is sitting in a vault collecting dust. The ideal would be for the studios to release shows that are not popular in syndication. But, that have a fan base. Which is not hard if you ever look on the net and find web sites for almost any show. I know people are going to chime in and say it is more complicated than that. Maybe it is. But, if a studio can make money on something that isn't. Wouldn't it be worth it to take a second look at. Look at how popular the season sets of X-Files, Simpsons and MASH have been. And these shows are constantly on in syndication.
     
  2. Matthew Brown

    Matthew Brown Well-Known Member

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    Todd -

    You have an excellent idea. There are many shows I remember from the late 70's and early 80's that I would buy in a heart beat if they were on DVD. Many of the shows only lasted a season or two at the most.

    A MAN CALLED SLOANE, STRIKEFORCE, and even more recent shows like HERMAN'S HEAD.

    i would go broke if they started releasing these.

    Matt
     
  3. Michael Reuben

    Michael Reuben Well-Known Member

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    Studios figured out long ago that films which did badly at the box office often make up the difference on video. It's time to apply the same thinking to failed TV shows. Great idea, Todd!

    M.
     
  4. Robb Hudspeth

    Robb Hudspeth Well-Known Member

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    I concur,
    Give me the complete run of Ark II!
     
  5. Tony Carter

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    Action with Jay Mohr would be a prime candidate. I thought the show was great in it's early stages. Unfortunately I don't think it had the material to last several seasons.
    There are a lot of cases where a TV show (or Saturday Night Live skit) is made into a movie, but doesn't really work. But I think Action would have made a better movie than it did a TV show.
    I would pick it up on DVD.
    TC
     
  6. Matt Pelham

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    Good Lord, what I wouldn't give for the complete season of The Adventures of Brisco County Jr. on DVD. Would anyone else be interested in this? Maybe I should start a petition!
     
  7. Eric Thrall

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    There are several short-run TV series' that I would love to have the entire run of on DVD:
    Police Squad!
    Sledge Hammer
    Get A Life
    Electra Woman and Dyna Girl
    OK - the last one is primarily because of my childhood crush on Deidre Hall... [​IMG]
     
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    The show I want to see on DVD more than any other is American Gothic, the terrific 1995-6 series starring Gary Cole. The show still has a loyal cult following, and would make a perfect DVD box set. The key cast and crew members were justifiably very proud of this show, and I'm sure they could be persuaded to contribute commentaries, etc.
     
  9. Michael Harris

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    How about "The Flash"? I was overseas during its short initial run and got a taste of it from the pilot when it was released on LD. Same can be said for most of "Space: Above and Beyond". You can't make money if it just sits on the shelf.
     
  10. Jimmy M

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    M-M-M-M-Max Headroom!

    I'd also take the Greatest American Hero and Alien Nation.

    Jimmy!
     
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  12. Jeff Kleist

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    Alien Nation is supposedly on the board to do at Fox

    Brisco County Jr is about to be made available from Columbia house (yes, I know it's not optimal)

    Space Above& Beyond is being spearheaded by Morgan and Wong for a DVD release, they're even trying to do it independantly.
     
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    I heard that "ALF", (NBC, 1986-1990), was possibly going to have a DVD release sometime in 2002. Damn, that was a good 80s show. I'd also like to see "Saved By The Bell", (NBC, 1989-1993), get a DVD release. Flame away. [​IMG]
     
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    JulianK I'm with you on American Gothic . I'd love to get the full 22 episode run. My tapes are pretty well worn out. I remember hearing rumors that Sam Raimi was interested in doing some commentaries for it.
    Greg
     
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    I would like to see BCC release episodes of The Young Ones and The Goodies!
     
  16. Jeff Kleist

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    The ALF thing was a hoax
     
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    Get the campy 60's version of "Batman" on DVD
     
  18. Ted Todorov

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    Buck Rogers in the 25th century
    would be a great candidate. As with most SciFi series, there is a built in audience of fanatics who will grab the thing and make a lot of money for whoever releases it.
    BR lasted for 1.5 or 2 seasons, but only season 1 is worth it -- there was a writers? strike after season 1 and in the prolonged hiatus they changed and ruined the show.
    Bring on Wilma Deering, Princess Ardala & Dr. Theopolis!
    Ted
     
  19. todd s

    todd s Well-Known Member

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    Michael,
    I am with you on the "Flash". I even spoke to someone at Pet Fly productions(the creators of the show). They said they have no say over it. It is Warner Brothers who makes the decision. Flash actually didn't do that bad in the ratings here. I remember a tv guide article where the president of cbs said it was his moving the show around that killed it. It also became a ratings hit in Europe and S.America.
    Jason,
    Their are lots of people like you. Have you ever gone to a Star Trek convention? I have been to one in NY with over a 1000 people attending. And most are fans who are just as obsessed over getting tv shows on dvd. I remember a few years ago one guy who was selling tapes of old tv shows. His table was mobbed. And they were spending a lot of money for shows on vhs that were not always that great of quality.
    Joel,
    ARK II. Now that brings back memories. The cool vehicle with the monkey. [​IMG]
     
  20. Rob Stidham

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    Somehow, I think Cop Rock would do quite well [​IMG]
     

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