2020 TV Releases Guesses?

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Well, Guys. . . It’s time to start guessing what tv shows will come out on DVD for 2020.

You can stop laughing now.

I know. I know. TV shows on DVD are going the way of the dinosaur, and more things are going to streaming than anything else. But I thought I might articulate a thought or two.

First off, I have to give CBS/Paramount props this year for their releases on Gunsmoke, Bonanza, Our Miss Brooks, and Ben Casey. Congrats. If I were to choose between CBS/Paramount’s MOD releases and WB Archives tv releases, I would have to give the award to CBS/Paramount. WB Archives has fallen way behind on classic tv releases, and hopefully they can catch up in the years ahead.

Okay. Okay. I can hear the laughing again.

For 2020, I’m going to guess the following to come out:

the short lived VR5
the short lived series Rounders 
from WB Archives
Goodnight Beantown from WB Archives
the animated Wildfire from WB Archives
Goldie Gold and Action Jack from WB Archives
Fangface from WB Archives
the New Adventures of Gulliver from WB Archives
the New Adventures of Tarzan set II 
(filmation version) will come out.
Symbiotic Titan 
(I guessed this series for 2019, but we got Detention from the WB Archives instead)

Step by Step, the Jamie Foxx show, 
and Hanging with Mr. Cooper, will finished.

And I’m going to go out on the limb, and guess that sixties cartoon Super President might make it out, and the seventies Emergency plus 4 as well.

Gunsmoke will be finished. Bonanza will get two to three seasons out. Our Miss Brooks and Ben Casey will get a season or two out. Kudos to them. 2020 will be a catch up season more or less.

We did get a few surprises this year, so don’t count anything out.

Comments? Thoughts? Laughter?

James

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  1. I give Bonanza a chance at making it through season 12 next year, with it being finished up in 2021.

    Unfortunately, the only Bonanza season to fall below the magic and arbitrary 24 episode threshold CBS seems to have set is the final season, season 14.

    But, with Gunsmoke almost certainly finishing up next year, the western slot is wide open and I could see them getting two, two set seasons of Bonanza out, with a further two set release and the final, single set the year after.

  2. I've given up on guesses since for the last several years I've been waiting for Warner to finish "Eleventh Hour" and still not seen that happen (and that frankly soured my enthusiasm for what Warner Archive would put out TV wise on DVD). I still can't believe a whole decade plus has gone by without Season 2 of "Burke's Law" either.

    Pretty much I feel like I'm at a dead-end as far as new TV on DVD purchases go. I think we heard a report that "One Step Beyond" was coming complete from the 35mm elements and if that comes to pass I'll get that.

  3. Richard V

    I'm guessing nothing I want to see (77 Sunset Strip, Hawaiian Eye, Bourbon St. Beat, Colt .45, The Alaskans, Surfside 6, the rest of The Defenders, etc) will be released.

    I am hoping for those first couple. Way overdue.

  4. Find my wish list for 2020

    SIXTIES
    ’Way Out (1961)
    The New Breed (1961)
    The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (1962)
    12 O’Clock High (1964)
    T.H.E. Cat (1966)
    Blue Light (1966)
    The Man Who Never Was (1966)
    Garrison’s Gorillas (1967)
    The Outsider (1968)
    The Name of the Game (1968)

    SEVENTIES
    Dan August (1970) (restored)
    The Silent Force (1970)
    The Psychiatrist (1971)
    Hunter (1977)

    TELEFILM
    Hunter (1973)
    Savage (1973)
    Skin/Shirts (1973)

    Footnotes
    Those I really want hard are:
    12 O’Clock High (1964)
    Garrison’s Gorillas (1967)
    Hunter (1977)
    Hunter (1973)
    Savage (1973)

  5. Josh Steinberg

    I’m going to guess that we’ll get one thing we never would have seriously imagined was in the cards (though I have no guesses for what that could be) and slow progress for shows still working their way towards completion.

    Better yet. Just make a systematic list of EVERYTHING which has ever been on tv which has not been released yet on dvd/bluray/4Kbluray.

    Hope that at least a few entries in such a giant systematic list is released this year.

    Basically similar to the notion that a dead mechanical clock is exactly "correct" two times every day. 😉

  6. Some as-yet unreleased TV shows might stay in the vaults and not be available on streaming services, either. At least those which had not previously been released on VHS or DVD.

    Several titles not on DVD may have to be worked on to be made available for streaming, particularly those made in collaboration with other companies.

    All this being said, I still hope there will be more classic TV releases on DVD!!! Among those I still hope for to be released on the medium are:
    The Millionaire (1955-1960)
    Breaking Point (1963-1964)
    The Cara Williams Show (1964-1965)
    Slattery's People (1964-1965)
    Funny Face (1971) / The Sandy Duncan Show (1972)
    Me and the Chimp (1972)
    Love Story (TV series) (1973-1974)
    Paper Moon (TV series) (1974)
    Archer (1975 TV series) (1975)
    Serpico (TV series) (1976-1977)
    Blansky's Beauties (1977)
    Who's Watching the Kids? (1978)
    Brothers and Sisters (1979)
    Out of the Blue (1979 TV series) (1979)
    Working Stiffs (1979)
    Struck by Lightning (1979)
    The Associates (U.S. TV series) (1979-1980)
    Goodtime Girls (1980)
    Making the Grade (1982)
    Madame's Place (1982-1983)
    Star of the Family (1982)
    The Renegades (1983)
    Ryan's Four (1983)
    Mr. Smith (1983)
    The Cavanaughs (1986-1989)
    Bronx Zoo (1987-1988)
    Duet (1987-1989) / Open House (1989-1990)
    Hard Knocks (1987)
    Day by Day (1988-1989)

    Cartoons still wanted on DVD:
    Ruff and Reddy (1957-1960)
    The Huckleberry Hound Show (seasons 2-4, 1959-1962)
    The Quick Draw McGraw Show (1959-1962)
    Touche Turtle and Dum-Dum (1962-1963)
    The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (1968-1969)
    The Adventures of Gulliver (1968-1969)
    Cattanooga Cats (1969-1970) / Motormouse and Autocat (1970-1971)
    The Flintstone Comedy Hour (CBS) (1972-1973)
    These Are the Days (1974-1975)
    CB Bears (1977)
    Skatebirds (1977) / The Three Robonic Stooges (1978)
    Yogi's Space Race (1978) / Galaxy Goof-Ups (1978-1979)
    Jana of the Jungle (1978)
    The New Fred and Barney Show (1979)
    The New Shmoo (1979)
    The Flintstone Comedy Show (NBC) (1980-1981)
    Trollkins (1981)
    Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985-1988)
    Wildfire (1986)

    ~Ben

  7. If there are more TVDVD releases, I'm betting they'll be shorter lived series. Hopefully.

    Whoever thought we'd get the Fonzie and the Happy Days and the Laverne and Shirley cartoons. They were the last ones I'd ever expect.

    –James

  8. Wishlist for 2020:

    The Defenders (Seasons 2, 3, and 4)
    Alfred Hitchcock Presents (Season 7 in Region 1)
    The Alfred Hitchcock Hour (all three seasons in Region 1)
    Amazing Stories (Season 2 in Region 1)
    Burke's Law (Seasons 2 and 3)
    Cliffhangers! (all 11 episodes)
    The Avengers (as complete as possible set of all existing episodes in Region 1)

  9. Gonna go way out on a limb and guess that Gunsmoke season 20 comes out in 2020. <_< Hard to believe that at this point CBS is the most active in releasing classic tv.

    There's lots of other things I'd love to see, but none of them I expect to see next year. I'll go along with Josh's thought there will definitely be something that we didn't see coming. But at this point that is almost everything else that hasn't been released yet.

  10. ClassicTVMan1981X

    Some as-yet unreleased TV shows might stay in the vaults and not be available on streaming services, either. At least those which had not previously been released on VHS or DVD.

    Several titles not on DVD may have to be worked on to be made available for streaming, particularly those made in collaboration with other companies.

    All this being said, I still hope there will be more classic TV releases on DVD!!! Among those I still hope for to be released on the medium are:
    The Millionaire (1955-1960)
    Breaking Point (1963-1964)
    The Cara Williams Show (1964-1965)
    Slattery's People (1964-1965)
    Funny Face (1971) / The Sandy Duncan Show (1972)
    Me and the Chimp (1972)
    Love Story (TV series) (1973-1974)
    Paper Moon (TV series) (1974)
    Archer (1975 TV series) (1975)
    Serpico (TV series) (1976-1977)
    Blansky's Beauties (1977)
    Who's Watching the Kids? (1978)
    Brothers and Sisters (1979)
    Out of the Blue (1979 TV series) (1979)
    Working Stiffs (1979)
    Struck by Lightning (1979)
    The Associates (U.S. TV series) (1979-1980)
    Goodtime Girls (1980)
    Making the Grade (1982)
    Madame's Place (1982-1983)
    Star of the Family (1982)
    The Renegades (1983)
    Ryan's Four (1983)
    Mr. Smith (1983)
    The Cavanaughs (1986-1989)
    Bronx Zoo (1987-1988)
    Duet (1987-1989) / Open House (1989-1990)
    Hard Knocks (1987)
    Day by Day (1988-1989)

    Cartoons still wanted on DVD:
    Ruff and Reddy (1957-1960)
    The Huckleberry Hound Show (seasons 2-4, 1959-1962)
    The Quick Draw McGraw Show (1959-1962)
    Touche Turtle and Dum-Dum (1962-1963)
    The Banana Splits Adventure Hour (1968-1969)
    The Adventures of Gulliver (1968-1969)
    Cattanooga Cats (1969-1970) / Motormouse and Autocat (1970-1971)
    The Flintstone Comedy Hour (CBS) (1972-1973)
    These Are the Days (1974-1975)
    CB Bears (1977)
    Skatebirds (1977) / The Three Robonic Stooges (1978)
    Yogi's Space Race (1978) / Galaxy Goof-Ups (1978-1979)
    Jana of the Jungle (1978)
    The New Fred and Barney Show (1979)
    The New Shmoo (1979)
    The Flintstone Comedy Show (NBC) (1980-1981)
    Trollkins (1981)
    Yogi's Treasure Hunt (1985-1988)
    Wildfire (1986)

    ~Ben

    I agree about Gunsmoke , Bonanza , Our Miss Brooks , My Three Sons and Ben Casey .
    I haven't seen Me And The Chimp since it aired back in the early seventies and I did enjoy it back then . Bessel was always a serviceable actor, so I hope the shows sees a release on MOD. Not many episodes filmed . Another "lost " show was the 1970 Tim Conway Show . I watched it back then , and would love to see it again.
    Also like to see America /Fernwood 2Nite get a DVD release (Shout Factory ), and Seinfeld on Blu-ray . Are these possible ?
    Naturally there are other shows , but I don't know what the chances are . Things like Happy , Peoples Choice , December Bride , Johnny Ringo , Colt 45, Adventures In Paradise .

  11. Kasey

    I am hoping CBS puts out Season 5 of My Three Sons (my fave of the B&W years) and starts on the color seasons.

    I also wish the first 2 seasons will someday be re-released with all the original music cues and no edited episodes in any of the seasons. Perhaps wishful thinking.

  12. Seasons 6-8 of The Donna Reed Show, Season 7 of Alfred Hitchcock Presents(Season 6 seems to have become unavailable now on Amazon and other stores and selling for quite a bit on Ebay), Alfred Hitchcock Hour, More My Three Sons, Petticoat Junction, More Beverly Hillbillies…and Sam Nelson finally delivers The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet..Yes I Know…Very Wishful Thinking on That One.

  13. GMBurns

    Gonna go way out on a limb and guess that Gunsmoke season 20 comes out in 2020. <_<

    And CBS will probably promote it in ads by saying something like, "Complete your collection of the greatest Western in television history– Gunsmoke, The Final Season, coming in March" (or April, or whenever it comes)!

  14. bmasters9

    And CBS will probably promote it in ads by saying something like, "Complete your collection of the greatest Western in television history– Gunsmoke, The Final Season, coming in March" (or April, or whenever it comes)!

    (More genrally).

    Does anybody still advertise upcoming tv shows dvd/bluray sets in the form of television advertisements and/or as an in-show promotion?

    It seems like it is only really recent movies with a lot of recent hype, which the movie companies still advertise the dvd/bluray releases. For example, such as the recent movie Hustlers (with JLo).

  15. LouA

    Also like to see America /Fernwood 2Nite get a DVD release

    I'd like this, too, but this might be even more expensive than WKRP in Cincinnati to clear with at least as much music and more total episodes.

  16. timk1041

    Seasons 6-8 of The Donna Reed Show, Season 7 of Alfred Hitchcock Presents(Season 6 seems to have become unavailable now on Amazon and other stores and selling for quite a bit on Ebay), Alfred Hitchcock Hour, More My Three Sons, Petticoat Junction, More Beverly Hillbillies…and Sam Nelson finally delivers The Adventures Of Ozzie & Harriet..Yes I Know…Very Wishful Thinking on That One.

    All of the above would be great

  17. Malcolm R

    Would love to have this on DVD.

    Would also like more Petticoat Junction (more wishful thinking, most likely).

    I'd like to see more PJ released on DVD. I wonder why it's stalled – poor sales ?

  18. With the DVD release of the one season wonder "Ghost Story/Circle of Fear" (1972-73) many years ago, I've been hoping for a DVD release of the short-lived "The Sixth Sense" from the same period. There were decent guest stars and some good stories. It was released in PAL a few years back, but never in North America.

  19. dstrong

    With the DVD release of the one season wonder "Ghost Story/Circle of Fear" (1972-73) many years ago, I've been hoping for a DVD release of the short-lived "The Sixth Sense" from the same period. There were decent guest stars and some good stories. It was released in PAL a few years back, but never in North America.

  20. dstrong

    With the DVD release of the one season wonder "Ghost Story/Circle of Fear" (1972-73) many years ago, I've been hoping for a DVD release of the short-lived "The Sixth Sense" from the same period. There were decent guest stars and some good stories. It was released in PAL a few years back, but never in North America.

    I agree. I have both "Ghost Story/Circle of Fear" and "Born Free" from Sony and was hoping that this would be a sign of other Sony one-season dramas would be released like "Matt Helm" and "The Quest." But that never happened. I am not even sure when the last time Sony even released a MOD tv show or what it was.

  21. Great Ghost Tales
    Dupont Show of the Week
    Mr. Broadway
    Valentine's Day
    Harry's Girls
    Many Happy Returns
    To Rome With Love
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
    Bus Stop
    No Time for Sergeants
    The Jean Arthur Show
    Love on a Rooftop
    Blondie (1968)
    Hennesey
    The Good Life
    The Little People
    The Reporter
    The Road West
    Second Hundred Years
    Make Room for Granddaddy

  22. I foresee S6 of The Beverly Hillbillies since it seems to be coming one season every 2 years. Perhaps with Gunsmoke finishing, they'll finish up Bonanza, and they'll speed up releases of The Beverly Hillbillies. Along with My Three Sons, I can't think of too many things CBS has of the major 60's stuff left besides the aforementioned Petticoat Junction.

    I really hope to see a blu-ray release of Emergency! Amazon Prime used to have it available for streaming as did Netflix. Netflix removed all of the Universal stuff a few years back, and I'm not sure when Amazon removed Emergency! They're still streaming other Universal properties, so I know they didn't lose them all. I know it's available on DVD, but unless I'm mistaken, they used older, ratty looking transfers for them, and Netflix was showing brand new HD masters that looked stupendous. It would seem to just be a matter of Universal licensing it to Mill Creek or reissuing it themselves on blu-ray.

  23. Neil Brock

    Great Ghost Tales
    Dupont Show of the Week
    Mr. Broadway
    Valentine's Day
    Harry's Girls
    Many Happy Returns
    To Rome With Love
    Mr. Deeds Goes to Town
    Bus Stop
    No Time for Sergeants
    The Jean Arthur Show
    Love on a Rooftop
    Blondie (1968)
    Hennesey
    The Good Life
    The Little People
    The Reporter
    The Road West
    Second Hundred Years
    Make Room for Granddaddy

    What a list! If even a few got a release we be doing great .

  24. ClassicTVMan1981X

    Lots of songs to clear on seasons 4-7, that much I know.

    ~Ben

    Randy Korstick

    Lots of very expensive music rights to clear. Not sure we will see this one continue.

    Okay , that explains a lot . Music clearance rights have also killed the release of the Warner Brothers Detective shows. It's shame that some type of compromise couldn't be worked out with the music publishing companies . For example in Britain there is one fee paid to cover all songs – it more economical so things are more easily released .

  25. LouA

    Okay , that explains a lot . Music clearance rights have also killed the release of the Warner Brothers Detective shows. It's shame that some type of compromise couldn't be worked out with the music publishing companies . For example in Britain there is one fee paid to cover all songs – it more economical so things are more easily released .

    What I don't understand is why some shows have no music clearance issues and others have a lot. There are a number of episodes with music in shows like The Donna Reed Show, The Patty Duke Show, I Love Lucy, Here's Lucy, The Dick Van Dyke Show, Batman, etc. that haven't had to change or eliminate music for home video releases. Then there are others that need to have all or most music changed or taken out. The original music cues in Leave It To Beaver are intact, but the same can't be done for the first 2 seasons of My Three Sons? After many negative comments and extreme disapproval from many consumers, some shows like The Fugitive redid the DVDs and inserted much of the original music cues. Other shows like The Wonder Years and WKRP In Cincinnati have most of the original music. Nothing can be done like this with 77 Sunset Strip or Hawaiian Eye???

  26. In the case of music issues, the question is who exactly owns a particular copyright and the rights of the recording.

    The recent ramblings of international rockstar Taylor Swift in the media, really addresses this issue. Apparently for her first 5 albums, somebody else owns the rights to the recordings. She has plans to "re-record" these songs so that she has complete ownership/control over her own re-recordings.

  27. If a movie company owns the copyright and recording of a piece of music, I suspect there will be no music issues at all. (For example, if something is "work for hire" in the original writing/recording contracts).

  28. One strategy to get around music issues, is to hire a band and/or studio musicians to record "cover versions" of a recent hit song, as "work for hire".

    In such cases, I suspect the movie company mainly has to get permission and pay a fee/royalty on the copyright of the particular hit song. Since they're not using the original recording of said song, I don't know if they're required to get permission from the owner of the original recording (such as a record company that owns the master tapes and rights of the recording).

  29. As an example of this, I noticed on the original Knight Rider dvds that some of the then-current hit songs (from the early-mid 1980s) used in episodes, didn't sound like the original recordings.

    For example, such as Billy Idol's Rebel Yell. (I don't remember the exact episode that had Rebel Yell in it).

  30. timk1041

    After many negative comments and extreme disapproval from many consumers, some shows like The Fugitive redid the DVDs and inserted much of the original music cues.

    I suspect the reasons this was done for The Fugitive, is stuff like:

    – they probably got back too much returned + unsold inventory
    – an executive at CBS/Paramount cared enough about The Fugitive that they were willing to spend some company "political capital" on correcting the music issues

    If nobody with power to call the shots inside the home video division at CBS/Paramount cared enough about The Fugitive, most likely nothing would have been done. (ie. It might have been "stalled" after the first season).

  31. Every year I submit a list of 25-30 movies I believe might well be put on Blu-ray by Warner Archives. I like to hope that 25% of them will actually come out, and so far I’ve only hit about 15%. Here is my list for 2020, and of course this doubles as a wish list:

    7 FACES OF DR. LAO
    ADAM’S RIB
    CANTERVILLE GHOST, THE
    CAPTAIN BLOOD
    CURSE OF FANKENSTEIN
    DAMN YANKEES
    EDGE OF THE CITY
    FREAKS
    HARVEY GIRLS, THE
    LAND OF THE PHAROAHS
    LAST OF SHEILA, THE
    LIFE OF EMILE ZOLA, THE
    LILI
    MACABRE
    MARK OF THE VAMPIRE
    NAKED SPUR, THE
    NIGHT OF THE IGUANA
    NORTHWEST PASSAGE
    OBJECTIVE BURMA!
    OH GOD!
    PAJAMA GAME, THE
    PAT GARRETT AND BILLY THE KID
    PETULIA
    PRINCE OF THE CITY
    QUEEN CHRISTINA
    SCARAMOUCHE
    SHOOT THE MOON
    SINBAD THE SAILOR (1947)
    WHITE HUNTER, BLACK HEART

  32. I have been continuously writing to all different companies to get shows released or at least streamed—-different ones such as:
    Warner DVD- Movie Zying DVDs–Olive Films–Tubi TV (free streaming site)–Sony Crackle (streaming site)–CBS All Access–MGM -Disney (because of the 20 Century Fox takeover) and others.
    Shows such as–
    –Gavilan
    –The Quest (1982)
    –The Hasty Heart (1983)
    –The Fall Guy (seasons 2-5)
    –Star of the Family
    –Just Our Luck (1983)
    –Hawaiian Heat
    –Caribe (1975)
    and other live action shows –as well as cartoons Jeannie–Harlem Globetrotters–Lassie's Rescue Rangers–Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the Groovie Goolies–Tabitha and Adam and the Clown Family–The Mini Munsters and others.

    On the free streaming sites I can always download and put the shows on DVD myself.
    Some of the companies have been affable about the requests but nothing comes to production-while others I get no answer.
    It's almost like a frantic search for someone who'll take these shows out of the vaults and release them all–somewhere—anywhere.

  33. jcroy

    I suspect the reasons this was done for The Fugitive, is stuff like:

    – they probably got back too much returned + unsold inventory

    That's got to be a big driver behind why The Fugitive was redone– that outflow of dissatisfaction w/the musical problems.

  34. bmasters9

    That's got to be a big driver behind why The Fugitive was redone– that outflow of dissatisfaction w/the musical problems.

    This is not always done, due to solely returns + dissastisfaction.

    For example, nothing was done to correct the first dvd release of WKRP season 1. Essentially it had to be outsourced to Shout Factory in order for anybody in power to care about the music issues.

  35. One prediction has come true:
    Hangin' With Mr. Cooper: The Complete Third Season – 1/21/2020

    Good to see WAC is also releasing the final season of Duck Dodgers next month (sadly DVD only), which I hope leads to The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries and also Taz-Mania finally getting completed.

  36. Kasey

    I am hoping CBS puts out Season 5 of My Three Sons (my fave of the B&W years) and starts on the color seasons.

    I was also hoping for more MTS in 2020 and, per this week's TV Shows on DVD Facebook announcement, we're getting Season 5 even before the new year. The posting says that Season 5 is available now, and then it lists 2 links to SAE.

    I'm too realistic (and a bit cynical) to believe there won't be any edited episodes. So I just hope the edits will be few and not too noticeable.

    Volume 1

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    Volume 2

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  37. The issue of music in The Fugitive was a unique case. This was not an issue about songs, but it was about the background score. This was the first instance of the entire background score being systematically wiped out for no other reason than CBS didn't want to take the time, effort or cost to figure out what music they actually owned, what few pieces of the Capitol Music library was used, or what pieces of music might have fallen into the public domain. From what I observed of the situation it was a combination of overzealousness and laziness. They didn't want to take the time to check each piece of music, so they chopped it all to be safe. In the end it cost them more. They paid to have the series re-scored and then they subsequently reinserted much of the original score, and finally restoring all of the original score. It would have been cheaper if they had just taken the time to check it all out in the first place. Yes, public outcry certainly helped get the issue fixed properly but it left a very bad taste. CBS certainly took a bath over it. Their reputation with the public was stained. In the end, however, they really haven't changed their practices much. There are several songs that were chopped from The Odd Couple that are clearly in the public domain and this has yet to be fixed. And that is just one example of their 'chop it all to be safe' mentality.

    As for shows like Knight Rider, Glenn Larson was notorious for having cover bands record popular songs for use in his TV productions. Yes, this cut down on the cost of the music. The company only had to pay for use of the song and not the song and the performance. For myself, I always found those covers to be distracting and awkward sounding. In a word, cheap.

  38. Brian Himes

    The issue of music in The Fugitive was a unique case. This was not an issue about songs, but it was about the background score. This was the first instance of the entire background score being systematically wiped out for no other reason than CBS didn't want to take the time, effort or cost to figure out what music they actually owned, what few pieces of the Capitol Music library was used, or what pieces of music might have fallen into the public domain. From what I observed of the situation it was a combination of overzealousness and laziness. They didn't want to take the time to check each piece of music, so they chopped it all to be safe. In the end it cost them more. They paid to have the series re-scored and then they subsequently reinserted much of the original score, and finally restoring all of the original score. It would have been cheaper if they had just taken the time to check it all out in the first place.

    Sounds like the management folks calling the shots at the time, thought it was less expensive to re-record all the music than it was to pay their lawyers. In the end, the re-recorded music probably ended up being a tax writeoff.

  39. Brian Himes

    As for shows like Knight Rider, Glenn Larson was notorious for having cover bands record popular songs for use in his TV productions. Yes, this cut down on the cost of the music. The company only had to pay for use of the song and not the song and the performance. For myself, I always found those covers to be distracting and awkward sounding. In a word, cheap.

    The early years of The Simpsons did this, too. It's especially obvious with the song "9 to 5" by Dolly Parton, used in the flashback episode to Bart's birth, especially when it originates from a movie (and later a TV show) from the same studio and when Dolly herself was actually a guest voice later at the end of the decade!

  40. Do you remember when we heard news about upcoming projects several months ahead? Not so much these days. I do wish WB Archives could give us a few crumbs so that we could know something. These days they keep everything close to their vest. I do know there will be some Universal tv releases coming from La La Land records in the works for 2020. But I wish there would be more news. Wish there was information about more lost films or ones that need to be restored.

    –James

  41. jcroy

    Sounds like the management folks calling the shots at the time, thought it was less expensive to re-record all the music than it was to pay their lawyers. In the end, the re-recorded music probably ended up being a tax writeoff.

    It certainly was a writeoff. Paying for a score not used is still a deductible business expense.

  42. as far as actual guesses goes for this year,
    i'd say bring on The Flintstone Comedy Hour (1972)
    and since it now has been released on ITunes in full,
    might as well release The Flintstone Kids.

    it's the 60 year anniversary of The Flintstones,
    so bring us some dvd/blu-ray releases already 🙂
    season sets of the original show fully restored to the best of their abilities, like The Jetsons and Jonny Quest.

    as for wishlist stuff…….

    i'd kill for a complete show dvd set of Foofur.
    and also Wildfire (cartoon) and Jeannie (cartoon)
    on that note, with the recent release of The Fonz and the Happy Days Gang and Laverne and Shirley in the Army, might as well hope for a release of the Mork & Mindy (cartoon)

  43. I’m hoping 2020 is the year that Kolchak: The Night Stalker is upgraded to Blu-ray!
    Most of the series I want on Blu-ray are Disney-Fox (Millennium, Buffy, Angel, Alias), so I’m not expecting any physical releases anytime soon. The cost of restoring DS9 or Voyager for HD might still be too prohibitive, but I can still dream.

  44. I can't see it happening but my wishlist for 2020 is

    The Name of The Game (Gene Barry / Tony Franciosa / Robert Stack)
    The Defenders – seasons 2 to 4 (E.G. Marshall / Robert Reed)
    The Felony Squad (Howard Duff / Ben Alexander / Dennis Cole)
    Hunter (James Franciscus)
    Matt Helm (Tony Franciosa)
    The Trials of O'Brien (Peter Falk)
    Burke's Law – season two (Gene Barry / Gary Conway)
    Amos Burke Secret Agent (Gene Barry)
    O' Hara Treasury Agent (David Janssen)
    Richard Diamond (David Janssen)
    77 Sunset Strip (Efrem Zimbalist jnr / Roger Smith / Edd Byrnes)
    and all the spin off Detective shows

    Project UFO (William Jordan / Edward Winter / Caskey Swaim)

    Westerns;
    Lancer (James Stacy / Wayne Maunder / Andrew Duggan)
    The Iron Horse (Dale Robertson / Gary Collins)
    Black Saddle (Peter Breck)
    The Outcasts (Don Murray / Otis Young)

    UK BBC TV;
    Vendetta (seven surviving episodes) – (Stelio Candelli / Neil McCallum / Kieron Moore)

    Comedy
    My Three Sons – remaining seasons
    The Love Boat – Remaining seasons

    the last two might come out but otherwise I will believe it when I see it….

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