Posted August 29 2005 - 02:16 PM
| The Fugitive (original series). .... I'm getting terribly discouraged over the lack of ANY news from the Quinn Martin estate. |
There could be a ray of light at the end of the QM tunnel (hope so), re. "The Fugitive" (1963)
. From info I gathered on a Fugitive newsgroup, evidently Paramount Studios in just a few days will be technically acquiring full video rights to most of the QM Library of programs (inc. The Fugitive).
Here's the blurb (from early August 2005)....
>>> "As of 2005, the Republic Pictures holdings consist of a catalog of 3,000 films and TV series, including the original Republic library (except for the Roy Rogers and Gene Autry catalogs, which are owned by their respective estates), the pre-1973 NBC library (including Bonanza), most of the Quinn Martin shows (The Fugitive, The Streets Of San Francisco, etc.), and Aaron Spelling's catalog (The Love Boat, Twin Peaks, Beverly Hills 90210, etc.), and selected pre-1952 UA (High Noon, Copacabana, etc.) and NTA holdings (Fleischer cartoons, It's a Wonderful Life, etc.). These are now sold on video through Lions Gate Home Entertainment, while Paramount Pictures holds television and theatrical distribution rights. In September of 2005, Paramount will gain full use of the Republic library as they will inherit the video rights from Lions Gate." <<<
| Morse, Roy Huggins, Richard Anderson, Diane Baker and Jacqueline Scott (Did I miss any?) are the last surviving cast/crew members from this show. |
Well, Paramount could always get some commentaries from some of the surviving Fuge guest stars, including Suzanne Pleshette, who adored David Janssen immensely, and, in fact, was even going to co-star in a TV series opposite David when Janssen died at age 48 in early 1980. Suzanne's comments re. her two excellent Fuge guest roles ("World's End"
and "All The Scared Rabbits"
) would be quite illuminating I would surmise.
Bill Shatner, Ed Asner, Angie Dickinson, Robert Duvall, Ron Howard, and Kurt Russell also each put in guest appearances on The Fugitive
. Hearing any of their thoughts about working on that show would also be nice. Russell played Lieutenant Gerard's son ("Phil Jr.") in the episode "Nemesis"
(a fave of mine). Re-uniting Barry & Kurt for a DVD commentary would be simply fab.
There was a rumor in 2002 or 2003 that both Barry Morse and Jackie Scott were set to do some audio commentaries for a Fuge DVD set. But I have a feeling (given the length of time that has now passed) that that was simply a "Wishful Thinking" kind of rumor that had little to no degree of truth in it. But, we can always hope -- because having Barry's observations on DVD would be ideal IMO. He's quite a gabber too.
BTW, speaking of The Fugitive
, today (August 29) marks the 38th anniversary of the airing of (at that time) the most-watched single TV program in history -- "The Judgment"
-- which was the final Fuge episode. 26-Million people tuned in to see Richard Kimble exonerated.
When "The Fugitive Season 1"
eventually does arrive on DVD (and it will
, I have absolutely no doubt about that fact; because the show is just too dang good
to be left out in the cold forever IMO), I'd enjoy seeing the famous "Kimble Wanted" poster being used as a portion of the DVD front-cover artwork. ......