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The Future of PERRY MASON (Season 6 & beyond)

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#41 of 283 OFFLINE   John Koehler

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Posted April 18 2011 - 06:02 PM

Just saw     The Case of the Bullied Bowler from November 1964, Season 6, in beautiful remastered print on local MeTV.  It is clear that CBS is indeed remastering later episodes.  Curiously, the closing titles these last few nights of Season 6 are in rough shape, but the entirety of the story segments are very obviously pristine remasters.  So there MUST be hope for the best TV series ever, the inspiration and precursor to the excellent, long-lived Law and Order series.  In the 50s and 60s CBS invested heavily in Perry Mason ($170,000 per episode right from the pilot, the equivalent of over 1 million today), the most expensive series on TV.  They cared very much about the show.  Why abandon it now, when it was the impulse for so many modern imitations?  Mason, Drake, Street, Burger, Tragg....none better.  Ever.


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Posted April 18 2011 - 11:50 PM

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Originally Posted by Greg Chenoweth 

I don't think the bible website is up-to-date because the last addition was December 10, 2010 and the last updated info on Perry Mason is from 2006!




Hi Greg, maybe there is conflicting info onthe Bible,but the last Mason update is from August of 2010 which was to update the info on S5.  Please be sure to look under the "Perry Mason (complete)" page.




Just saw     The Case of the Bullied Bowler from November 1964, Season 6, in beautiful remastered print on local MeTV.  It is clear that CBS is indeed remastering later episodes.  Curiously, the closing titles these last few nights of Season 6 are in rough shape, but the entirety of the story segments are very obviously pristine remasters.  So there MUST be hope for the best TV series ever, the inspiration and precursor to the excellent, long-lived Law and Order series.  In the 50s and 60s CBS invested heavily in Perry Mason ($170,000 per episode right from the pilot, the equivalent of over 1 million today), the most expensive series on TV.  They cared very much about the show.  Why abandon it now, when it was the impulse for so many modern imitations?  Mason, Drake, Street, Burger, Tragg....none better.  Ever. 


Hi John,


Great post that provides some much needed hope.Bullied Bowler is actually a season 8 episode which is even more hopeful.   Does ME-TV (which has yet to debut in my area) show the episodes uncut or are they edited for commercials, etc.?  

Yes, I absolutely agree with your "none better. Ever." closing comment.  The 1960s in general were the high mark for TV writing in my opinion with so many excellent dramas and comedies that have stood the test of time and are still popular today.


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#43 of 283 OFFLINE   John Koehler

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Posted April 19 2011 - 05:19 AM

Hi Steve....


the episodes are not cut.  Some earlier TV syndicate shows had fake superimposed video wipes or fade-outs to cut out or reduce time in certain longer scenes or expositions.  These have none of that and look like they were turned off the lab development reels just yesterday.  Commercials are pl;aced exactly as designed in the original episode edits.


 I am a day late but I also wish to follow up on the post of another HTF member to toast the 89th birthday of Barbara Hale, the best example of a confidential, loyal secretary in her portrayal of Della Street.  I should be so lucky to have a work colleague like Della!


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Posted April 19 2011 - 01:40 PM

Thank you, John.  This is great news and makes me even more anxious for ME-TV to enter my market (which it will soon).


CBS/P should at least get kudos for taking care of the Mason 35mm negatives all of these years; they all do look spectacular.

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Posted May 11 2011 - 06:42 AM

Good news! Perry Mason, Season 6, Volume 1 will be released on October 4, 2011; with Volume 2 to follow before the end of the year!


I had contacted CBS Home Entertainment after seeing a rumor about the October 4 date on Amazon.com, and they confirmed it. I expect they'll soon issue an official press release or an update to the Perry Mason Facebook page. (Or maybe HTF's own CBS/Paramount insider would care to chime in.)


I hope this means we can take Perry Mason off the "stalled series" list once and for all!



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Posted May 11 2011 - 07:33 AM

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Originally Posted by Berkshires 

Good news! Perry Mason, Season 6, Volume 1 will be released on October 4, 2011; with Volume 2 to follow before the end of the year!



Sounds good to me!



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Posted May 13 2011 - 10:06 AM



Originally Posted by Berkshires 

Good news! Perry Mason, Season 6, Volume 1 will be released on October 4, 2011; with Volume 2 to follow before the end of the year!


This is good news! I am glad to hear that we will have more Perry Mason's this year.


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Posted May 18 2011 - 03:08 PM

Bob - thanks to you for breaking this wonderful news.  And thanks to Gary for confirming (in another thread) that the crystal ball shows the two headed coin landing with Raymond Burr's face up :)


I had given up on this show getting released and now I'm feeling much better that we may actually see more seasons.  I just hope that CBS/P doesn't repeat the S5/S6 gap with S7.

The CBS/P Syndication Bible is due for an update within the next month or so (it'll be a half year since the last update next month) so hopefully we'll get some idea of what else may be in the offering for 2012.


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Posted May 19 2011 - 04:15 AM

Steve, I was glad to share the news. You and Gary have provided many scoops over the years, and I was happy to do the same.


And thanks for the info about the CBS/P Syndication Bible updates. I hope we'll learn that seasons 7, 8 & 9 have been mastered in HD as well.




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#50 of 283 OFFLINE   Dave Jessup

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Posted May 22 2011 - 08:31 AM

Marvelous news; thanks!

We're almost caught up here viewing Perry Mason; look forward to having a "backlog" again.



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Posted May 22 2011 - 09:25 AM

Could there have been issues with the original masters or something that led to S6V1 being delayed (as has happened to Shout's Ironside s5 release), or was it just some weird circumstance that led to CBS/P reversing their decision to stall the show?


Either way, I'm glad S6 is coming, especially of the entire season will be out by the end of the year.



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Posted May 22 2011 - 11:24 AM

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Originally Posted by Dave Jessup 
Marvelous news; thanks!

We're almost caught up here viewing Perry Mason; look forward to having a "backlog" again.


Same here.  This is one of the few shows in my collection where I have to pace myself with it so I don't run out of viewing before the next release.




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Posted May 22 2011 - 10:18 PM

great news! was hoping the delay was so they would release a full season set, but Volumes are still ok.



#54 of 283 OFFLINE   Greg Chenoweth

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Posted May 23 2011 - 12:38 AM

Keep in mind, there has been no official word from CBS/Paramount about this release yet.  If it is coming out in October, then we should be reading about it on TVShowsonDVD.com in June or July.



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Posted May 23 2011 - 12:45 AM

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Originally Posted by Greg Chenoweth 

Keep in mind, there has been no official word from CBS/Paramount about this release yet.  If it is coming out in October, then we should be reading about it on TVShowsonDVD.com in June or July.



Trust me, Greg. It's coming on October 4th.  The crystal ball has confirmed it.



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Posted June 01 2011 - 08:08 AM

Just absolute great news.  Thank you CBS/P!


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Posted June 01 2011 - 08:18 AM

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Originally Posted by Gary OS 
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Trust me, Greg. It's coming on October 4th.  The crystal ball has confirmed it.


Gary "unless there's an earthquake or some other disaster, it's a lock that we'll see Perry Mason S6, V1 on 10/4/11" O.


Three cheers for crystal balls ;).  Barring a mistrial ruling from the bench, it'll be arriving as scheduled,  Mr Burger's objections notwithstanding.

Originally Posted by stevelecher 
Just absolute great news.  Thank you CBS/P!


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Posted June 01 2011 - 08:22 AM



Originally Posted by Gary OS 
Trust me, Greg. It's coming on October 4th.  The crystal ball has confirmed it. Gary "unless there's an earthquake or some other disaster, it's a lock that we'll see Perry Mason S6, V1 on 10/4/11" O.


Let us hope we never have to borrow the Fugitive S3 episode title "Crack In A Crystal Ball" for any of your predictions, Gary. Posted Image




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Posted June 01 2011 - 08:48 AM

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Originally Posted by Jeff Willis 

Three cheers for crystal balls ;).  Barring a mistrial ruling from the bench, it'll be arriving as scheduled,  Mr Burger's objections notwithstanding.


While I stake my life on the crystal ball itself, the problem is that human beings at CBS/P can always change their minds.  Nothing the crystal ball can do about that.  But I like the way you worded that post, Jeff.  Posted Image




Originally Posted by Jack P 

Let us hope we never have to borrow the Fugitive S3 episode title "Crack In A Crystal Ball" for any of your predictions, Gary. Posted Image


LOL there, Jack.  I'd never use a cracked crystal ball.  At least not intentionally.  Posted Image




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Posted June 23 2011 - 11:33 AM

O.K., why hasn't this been picked up on tvshowsondvd.com?   Is it a secret yet that Season 6 will be out?


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