Originally Posted by Jeff Willis
My guess is, yes, overall as I think we've seen the peak of the classic TV/DVD era but we're still seeing some great releases with the LITB set among them, with the upcoming 70's Bionic series (R1) releaes coming later. I think it's a situation where we'll still see some good things coming but the frequency of releases has decreased. I don't see a return to the glory days of the past few years of continuing news announcements of the older show releases.
As usual, I agree with Jeff. There have been some extremely pleasant surprises this year (LITB being the biggest one for me), but the overall quantity of what I'd consider "Classic" TV on DVD has dropped. In fact, if not for Shout, Timeless and CBS/P, we'd be looking at a serious drought of vintage fare.
My Best Hopes for 2011? Hmmm. If I'm truly trying to use a little logic and not just throw out a wishlist of stuff (much of which I know will almost assuredly never get released), then here are my thoughts.
I think CBS/P might complete The Fugitive
and The Untouchables
before this year is up, but if not then I'd say those two are locks for completetion next year. I'd also like to believe that Fox would somehow manage to get that last Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
set out. And if for some reason our friends working on Steve Canyon
's last volume don't finish it this year then I've got to believe they'll find a way to get it done in 2011. These are all shows that I think might still be finished up before New Year's Eve of this year, but if not then I've got to think next year they'll get done.
Some other CBS volumes I feel confident will see in 2011 include:
The Lucy Show
I'd like to add things like Rawhide
, Beverly Hillbillies
, Petticoat Junction
, Barnaby Jones
, Phil Silvers
, Happy Days
, Love American Style
, and Family Ties
. I think any of these are a possibility, but none are a given like I believe the ones above are.
Shout seems committed to finishing up Father Knows Best
and Mr. Ed
so I've got to list them. I'm guessing we'll see more Ironside
I'd like to believe that Smore would get the last season of Mr. Peepers
out, but that one might be more of a long shot.
My actual wishlist of shows I'd personally like to see come out next year would be long and boring to most, so I'll stop here.
Gary "take care, everybody" O.