Any Hope For These Recently Canceled Shows?

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  1. Jim Beaver

    Jim Beaver Supporting Actor

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    I've always thought that when a show is canceled (especially if it was one of the good ones) it should get a DVD, it just seems fair and a nice send-off for the fans. Below is a list of new shows from this past season 04-05 that were canceled that haven't had a DVD or any news on one. Sorry if I forget a few and please add others if you would like.

    Eyes
    Hawaii
    LAX
    Committed
    Jonny Zero
    Blind Justice
    Jack & Bobby
    Kevin Hill
    Dr. Vegas
    Clubhouse
    Medical Investigations
    The Mountain
    Listen Up
    Quintuplets
    North Shore
    Method & Red
    Law & Order: Trial By Jury
    Complete Savages
    Life On A Stick
     
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    Law & Order: Trial By Jury
     
  3. Alex Wagner

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    ooh
    I'd love to have North Shore, Eyes, and LAX on dvd.
     
  4. RogerH

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    Blind Justice was a great show damn ABC for cancelling it esp. since the east coast never even got to see the last episode becuase of the NBA playoffs [​IMG]

    I liked Clubhouse too.
     
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    I've only heard of 4, maybe 5 shows on that list. :b
     
  6. TravisR

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    And they were all on less than a year ago. [​IMG]
     
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    Hawaii was a pretty good show that I would give consideration for buying.

    Add Complete Savages and Life on a Stick to that list!
     
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    Would love to have life on a stick, they had I think 5 episodes that did not make it on the air. They are releasing point pleasant so at least some short lived shows from last season are coming out.
     
  9. Jim Beaver

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    I personallly want Eyes the most. It was such an awesome show but because WB seems a little reluctant to release shows with 1 season we might not see it very soon. I mean if they can't take a hint that people want Brisco County Jr will they ever? They have so many of these types of shows it would be a shame if they never released them. I'm crossing my fingers though.

    I loved Hawaii as well. It was a very cool cop show and I hope Universal releases it sometime. I want to see the rest of the episodes.

    I'd love to check out Dr. Vegas, Clubhouse, Kevin Hill & Jack & Bobby. I missed them and they seemed like good shows. Perfect for a DVD release [​IMG]
     
  10. RyanAn

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    Eyes - Sounds familiar
    Hawaii - Never got a chance to watch a whole episode, but I liked the few minutes I saw - Part of the Hawaii'n Invasion with the North Shore
    Committed - Great show with whole lot of potential!
    Jonny Zero - Ditto - Fun cast that just needed a shot - Dredded Friday Night timeslot
    Blind Justice - Watched the first episode - tolerable. Literally one of the stupidest ideas for a show. They give a blind man a gun. [​IMG]
    Medical Investigations - Good premise, generic name - never saw
    Quintuplets - Half as funny as Controls the Universe but 100 times better than the average stuff on television
    North Shore - Great sets. heh.
    Complete Savages - Dan "Homer Simpson" Castellenta was awesome as a teacher in a Holloween episode I saw. Great idea for a show, only saw one ep - though. Best thing on the current TGIF
    Life On A Stick - It had a some funny idea, the boss needing to shave his back was a bit funny although kind of racist.

    Of all the shows -

    Committed, Jonny Zero, Quintuplets, Complete Savages and possibly North Shore and Hawaii are the only ones I would buy on DVD.
     
  11. george kaplan

    george kaplan Executive Producer

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    I'd buy Eyes, though there weren't many shown. Hopefully there are unaired ones that could go into a dvd.
     
  12. Joseph DeMartino

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    Except for SF/Fantasy/cult series that can find a home from time to time on The Sci-Fi Channel, there isn't a hell of a lot the studios can do with a series that lasts less than about 80 episodes, much less a single season or less. DVD, by creating a market for TV series on home video that never existed (in the U.S.) before the format's introduction, may be changing that.

    Pros:

    A DVD release is a way for the studio to make some of its money back on what would otherwise probably be a dead loss. (Since most primetime network series cost more to produce per episode than the network pays in license fees, and therefore don't turn a profit until and unless they are sold into syndication.)

    A DVD can turn a profit with sales in the thousands. A TV show on the broadcast networks needs millions of viewers (and a basic cable show needs hundreds of thousands of viewers) to stay on the air. Flops on broadcast often 6 or even 10 times as many viewers as hits on basic cable.

    Cons:

    Even with few or no extras, and despite the relatively low replication costs, DVDs cost money to produce. There are certain fixed costs per hour of content in digitizing, compressing, programming, creating menus, etc., before the first disc is pressed. So it is never something a studio is going to do just to be nice to the fans. There has to be a business case for releasing the show - epecially since the TV set will consume resources that could go into feature films or shows that are still on the air.

    Only a fraction of the fan base for any show is going to shell out big bucks to own it on DVD. A fraction of a tiny TV audience is a risky proposition.

    So it is a decision that will be made on a case-by-case basis. Sometimes a later effort by the same actor(s) or creative team will make an old series seem like a better bet. I'm sure the success of Rescue Me is pretty much the sole reason that Denis Leary and Peter Tolan's earlier series, The Job, was released on DVD. Warner Bros. released the 13 completed episodes of the Babylon 5 sequel Crusade because the B5 DVDs themselves had sol unexpectedly well.

    There are lots of cancelled shows I'd love to see. The good news is that DVD makes it possible that shows that once would never have been seen after their initial airings will have some kind of after-life. The bad news is that the studios probably won't have good enough reason to release all of them.

    Regards,

    Joe
     
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    I relly hope the 2003 FBI/Organized Crime show "Line of Fire" makes it to DVD. That was a great show.
     
  14. Alex Wagner

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    I hope that since soapnet has picked up the episodes of Pasadena that it will prompt a DVD release.
     
  15. John*P

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    I'd like to see a complete series DVD set for Complete Savages
     
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    I'd definitely get Listen Up on DVD if that was to come out. Great show that just wasn't given much of a chance by CBS.
     
  17. Jim Beaver

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    I never saw Pasadena but I found out that Mark Valley from Keen Eddie and Boston Legal was in it, so I would definitly want to check it out.
     
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    I would get....
    Eyes
    LAX
    Committed
    Jack & Bobby
    Law & Order: Trial By Jury
    Complete Savages

    and maybe dr. vegas
     
  19. Elizabeth S

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    Jack & Bobby would make a wonderful DVD set. Because cancellation was a big possibility, they were able to end the season with a sense of closure. I'm glad they got the chance, rather than get pulled abruptly like some shows. Haven't been this sad about a show's cancellation since EZ Streets. [​IMG]

    Eyes was a lot of fun and Dr. Vegas was very underrated. Just seeing Joey Pants, Rob Lowe and Tom Sizemore together was a treat.
     
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    Of the list I think Law and Order: Trial By Jury would be the only one I'd buy. Blind Justice has to be one of the worst concepts I've seen in a very long time and I knew it wasn't long for life every time I sat through more than two minutes of it.
     

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