With the year half over in a month, I thought it might be interesting to put on our guessing caps and try to predict what the 2nd half of the year (7/13-12/13) will hold for us. Some are obviously no-brainers. I separated them in to 3 categories:
1) Virtual Locks: Mason will finish, Gillis will be released.
2) Good Bets: Bonanza and Gunsmoke will continue, Rawhide, Laverne and Shirley, and Dynasty will finish.
Sure, those were easy. Now the hard one:
3) Crap Shoot: Many questions here. By my estimation, other than the 2 big westerns, CBS will finish all their other un-stalled ongoing releases by the end of the year (or soon thereafter). What happens next? Do they un-stall some stuff or start pulling out of the classic DVD business. As I read the syndication bible, it appears that almost all of their unstalled multiseason classic TV shows have been released on an ongoing basis or stalled. Their shelf is almost bare. What happens next.
What direction does WA go next? Do they go back to their first couple releases (FBI, Medical Center, Daktari, Tarzan) and do additional seasons or continue to add other titles? If so, what titles? Do we finally see the 4 big detective shows?
Does Sony do anything with their MOD program.
What about the indies? Does Shout continue to dwindle their classic TV releases or do they pick it up again? If so, with what?
Will VEI come through with Mod Squad and Diagnosis Murder by the end of the year?
How about that long awaited Rifleman set? Will it finally come out before year end?
I've heard rumblings from some posters about the two rural shows and The Rebel? Will that play through to fruition this year or will it prove to be the forum version of "Bar Talk.?(at least for this year).
How about a curveball? An unexpected release from an established company or an oddball release from an indie?
Just some fun for the holiday weekend