CTHE Press Release: "My Big Fat Greek Life" Entire Series

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    Comic Sparks Fly as Two Cultures Clash on the Hilarious TV Sitcom
    Based on the Box-Office Smash Hit Romantic Comedy
    Executive Produced by Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson

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    MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE - THE ENTIRE SERIES
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    Special DVD Release Featuring the Complete Series
    Premiering on DVD November 18
    * * * *
    Culver City, CA (September 8, 2003) - Based on the characters from My Big Fat Greek
    Wedding, the hugely popular and most successful independent film of all time that grossed more
    than $240 million at the box-office, MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE is the Emmy-nominated TV
    sitcom that continues the humor, hijinks and heartwarming hilarity. *Executive produced by Tom
    Hanks and Rita Wilson, MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE premiered on CBS Television as the most
    watched and highest rated comedy of any network in five years with
    22.7 million viewers. *

    Available for the first time ever, MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE - THE ENTIRE SERIES
    contains all seven episodes on DVD November 18 at the collectible price of $24.95 SLP from
    Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

    Created by Oscar®-nominated comedienne Nia Vardalos, Vardalos reprises her star-
    making role as a contemporary woman trying to juggle her conservative family's Old World
    values with her own New World dreams. *Also starring almost the entire cast from the movie, the
    small screen adaptation MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE picks up where the hit movie left off. *Nia
    and Thomas (Steven Eckholdt) return from their honeymoon to begin their new life together and
    find that it will still include her overzealous extended Greek family. *The family includes Nia's
    father, Gus (Michael Constantine), an opinionated man who owns a Greek restaurant called
    Dancing Zorba's; her mother Maria (Lainie Kazan), the consummate worrier; her overly-
    protective brother Nick (Louis Mandylor); her vivacious Aunt Voula (Andrea Martin) who is
    always full of advice; and her big-haired, big-mouthed cousin Nikki (Gia Carides). *

    Loaded with laughs, life lessons and love in equal measure, MY BIG FAT GREEK LIFE
    proves home is where the humor is - and "family" is a universal language we can all understand. *

    DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:
    * * * * Digitally Mastered Audio & Video
    * * * * Full Screen Presentation
    * * * * Audio: *English (Dolby Digital)
    * * * * Subtitles: Greek, Portuguese, Spanish
    * * * * Bonus Trailers
    * * * * Interactive Menus
    * * * * Episode Selections

    Not Rated
    Color
    Closed Captioned
    Running Time: 152 Minutes
    DVD Catalog # 02138 / UPC Code: 0-43396-02138-9
    Order Date: 10/16/03
    SLP: $24.95
     
  2. Brian Kidd

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    You know, of all the great unreleased television show lying around, why bother to release this turd of a show that even fans of the film didn't enjoy? Crass commercialism.
     
  3. Haden

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    Probably because with only 7 episodes this is an easy 1-disc release that will sell to whatever remaining fans there are.
     
  4. Ronald Epstein

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    I am also surprised that time and effort is
    being wasted on this release.

    From what I understand, the show was horrible.

    Who is going to buy this dud?
     
  5. Malcolm R

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    What's up with Columbia? First "Lambada," now the "Greek Wedding" TV series? Don't they have more worthy titles lying around their library? [​IMG]
     
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    If it was so hilarious, why was it canceled after only a handful of episodes? I can think of hundreds of shows I'd rather see on disc than this crapfest.
     
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    There was a very interesting article in my local newspaper last week on the growth of TV shows on DVD. They have become huge sellers, and it isn't just the "successful" shows that are selling.

    According to studio execs, the show "Sports Night" was a big seller on DVD. In my opinion, "Sports Night" is an excellent show, but it wasn't a ratings barn burner.

    I think that (for better or worse) we are going to see a glut of shows being released. It is likely easier to release newer shows than it is older/catalog shows.

    I think the release of "Dragnet" is another example of trying to cash-in on a hot trend. "Dragnet" is a pretty okay show, but it isn't exactly a ratings or critical masterpiece. I am not even sure the show has a cult following like some of the Sci/Fi shows in syndication and cable.

    They will probably package the release of MBFGL with the movie and make it a budget release.

    With so many good shows, it does make you wonder why they would release this. Basically, it is a one shot release that they can do once, and then never have to think about again.

    If successful, it may be a good omen for smaller shows that only last a season or two being released on DVD.
     
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    As far as this release goes, I find the pricing structure on it to be weird. Columbia is planning to offer a $5 mail-in rebate for consumers who purchase at the same time both this 1-disc item at $24.95 SRP and the 3-disc set for King of Queens - 1st Season at a $39.95 SRP.

    First off, it's just $15 more for the 3-disc set of the MUCH more popular show. That just furthers the general impression that I think folks are going to have that "$24.95 is way too high to ask for the 1-disc Greek release".

    Secondly, I'm not sure about the "his and hers" pairing of those two particular shows. Do they really go together?

    Finally, people are more and more of the opinion that a rebate offer is a "false savings" because they know that they won't take the time to redeem them, especially for a mere $5. Instant savings they understand, but mail-in rebates for that amount are viewed like getting paid $4.63 (taking off the price of the stamp) to get your name put on yet another junk mail list. I get the feeling that this offer won't impress too many people.


    Putting out a release like this - of a short lived series that hopefully will find new fandom on DVD - is potentially a great idea, even if people question its wisdom. But to complicate things with a high price and a strange way to recoup some of that price almost seems like inviting a disaster. But maybe they know what they're doing...let's wait and see.
     
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    I just wish Paramount would follow Columbia Tri-Star's example and release Police Squad! - The Entire Series....
     
  13. Tony Mirra

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    Yet we still wait for Twin Peaks, Season 2....

    Baffling.
     
  14. Ryan Wishton

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    Guys, seriously I am all for equal opportunity when it comes to releasing a variety of tv shows on DVD (after all, we all like something different), but this show smelled of dog doodie...

    How does this warrant a DVD release??? I know of not one person who liked it... It's ratings were poor, it never caught on, it just flat out sucked all ways around...

    I really can't imagine many people (if anyone) actually buying this... With the 100's of shows that fans demand on a regular basis that still havent made it to DVD, they give us this???

    Maybe I am wrong, but...
     
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    I bet it'll get a decent amount of sales. People will buy it for gifts to people they know loved the movie, assuming that they would like the TV show. Sales like that will likely be enough to make it profitable, so Columbia's figuring "why not?"
     
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    Yeah, it's all about the MOVIE. They are trying to milk a few more dollars out of the fans who really LOVED the movie and might buy this too.
     
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    This release could be the DVD equivalent of Christmas Cake - the gift that keeps on giving (to the next guy, then the next guy, then the next guy)...

    Enjoyed the movie, hated, hated, HATED this show...[​IMG]
     
  18. Robert Ringwald

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    Felicity was a huge seller, same with Buffy/Angel/Family Guy/Futurama

    None of these were real smashes in ratings, but made profits on DVD. Although, they were pretty much all critical faves...I'd guess at least 50/50
     
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    Yeah, but I don't think that MBFGL can be compared to Felicity, Buffy, Angel, Family Guy, or Futurama. While those shows didn't garner their appropriate ratings, MBFGL just wasn't that good as well as a bomb.
     
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    MBFGL didn't have any real cult following either, compared to the shows you listed. The only people that really bothered to watch were those that loved the movie, and the show LOST a lot of those viewers after just a few episodes. The series only ran for 7 episodes before getting cancelled.
     

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