By publishing a list like that I'd worry that we would be contributing to the death of certain shows. I've heard rumors that other "dead" shows are being considered again (no, I won't talk about the titles), but if fans were told "it's dead" then the resurrection of those titles wouldn't even be a possibility. This is one of the reasons studios never say a series is dead, they say "it's not on the schedule at this time." I remember Martin Blythe from Paramount saying that "Shogun" would NEVER be released on DVD due to the cost associated with remastering the material. Well, Shogun was released, and it looked great.
There's something else that hasn't really been explored yet, but will start to be, is companies licensing a "failed" show to a smaller company. I have a news item that I'll be posting in a little bit that illustrates this perfectly. A larger studio (NewLine) released the first season of "Wanted: Dead or Alive" but has no interest in finishing it due to poor sales. Now BCI will release the second season of the show this spring. So if this title made "the list" then fans may have sold their copies of season 1, only to realize that season 2 (and most likely season 3) are coming out. I hope that this is the start of more deals like this, and we can see smaller companies pick up the abandoned shows from the larger studios.
Of course there are some titles that we could do research on, like Bionic Woman, and Six Million Dollar Man, where there are holdups to having the first season released. I think it would be interesting to try to dig up the reasons, the real reasons, those aren't out on DVD, but are out in Region 2. And we've heard so many things about Batman, I'd like to find out what the real story is and whether there's a way around it. The studios would have to co-operate on some of those stories, and there's nothing forcing them to do that.
| Originally Posted by BradD |
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