Posted May 29 2008 - 12:56 AM
| Originally Posted by MatthewA |
Rhino did this, and I guess unless their license lapses that and the Guthy-Renker subscription discs (which I bought) will be it. Although with Dick Martin's death and the show's 40th anniversary there is an opportunity to try for season sets. The only music issues would be the first few episodes; most of the musical material after that is original to the show. Even if they (or anyone) did put out season sets the last season would probably not be released. George Schlatter, who didn't produce them but got their copyrights in a court battle, really hates them, and supposedly they're not that great anyway. When Trio aired the show they only went to 1970.
As far as the Trio showings, your statement is somewhat misleading. The reason the Trio airings stopped when they did is that the syndication package was being sold in two lots of 70 episodes each. Trio only bought the first package, which was exactly one-half of the episodes produced. In fact, the final episodes of the Trio run were the first four shows of the fourth season (not the end of the third). I'm sure it was a cost-saving measure on Trio's part to only lease half of the run, not the perceived lack in "quality" of the last two seasons.
As for George Schlatter, I'm sure if it meant making some money, he'd probably let them "escape" (if he holds veto rights anyway). Seen with a (admittedly jaded) modern eye, just about any episode of Laugh-In
can be seen as sort of "bad", and I'm not trying to be insulting here. I have a warm spot in my heart for Laugh-In
, and have VHS recordings of all the Trio showings, but I'm not going to stand here and say it's one of the funniest TV shows ever. Very innovative and ground-breaking for its day (particularly in pace, editing, etc), but lots of corny, old jokes. Hey, the Sid and Marty Krofft shows can quite justifiably be seen as "bad TV", but I do like some of it myself.
| I don't see why, if Paramount would let them, MPI couldn't release the rest of the Beverly Hillbillies picking up from where they left off. |
Well, that really is the question, isn't it? Guess they have to make up their minds on whether they want to release the rest of it themselves or go ahead and licence out. The fact that a few of the B/W episodes didn't fall into P.D. makes Paramount just "picking up" a little more awkward (i.e. if they could've just started with "season 3", it would be a lot easier than releasing that with "what's left of" season 2).