CTHV Press Release: "The Jeffersons" come sto DVD

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    THE JEFFERSONS:
    The Complete First Season
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    Makes Its First-Ever Appearance on DVD
    Aug. 6 in a Special 2-Disc Set

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    Culver City, Calif. (May 27, 2002) - When they moved out of Queens
    and into their "deluxe apartment in the sky," George and Louise
    Jefferson made TV history as the first upwardly mobile African-American
    couple to star in their own weekly series.
    Now THE JEFFERSONS: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON moves on up to DVD in
    a two-disc boxed set that makes its debut Aug. 6 from Columbia TriStar
    Home Entertainment.
    A spin-off of "All In the Family" (also available on DVD from
    CTHE), THE JEFFERSONS began its ground-breaking, Emmy-winning, ten-year
    run on American television in September 1975 and remained a Nielsen
    ratings hit until it left the airwaves in 1985.
    The new two-disc set features the first season's 13 episodes
    starring Sherman Hemsley as the obnoxiously egotistical George Jefferson
    and Isabel Sanford, who won an Emmy Award in 1981 as his levelheaded,
    sarcastic wife Louise - known best to George and the show's millions of
    fans as "Weezy." In addition to her win, Sanford was nominated seven
    times for her performances, and the show received a total of 13 Emmy
    nominations.
    THE JEFFERSONS' memorable supporting cast includes Marla Gibbs as
    the Jeffersons' lazy, wisecracking maid Florence; Roxie Roker and
    Franklin Cover as the racially mixed couple Tom and Helen Willis; Paul
    Benedict as the odd, British neighbor Mr. Bentley; and, during the first
    season, Damon Evans as the Jeffersons' college-aged son Lionel (later
    replaced by Mike Evans).
    Created by prolific television producer Norman Lear, George and
    Louise Jefferson were originally neighbors of Archie and Edith Bunker.
    Their special guest spots on "All In the Family" proved so popular that
    it was a natural to star them in their own situation comedy. The new DVD
    release marks the first time that the first season has been available as
    a single boxed set, and offers each episode in an uncut format that
    showcases one of America's most influential television comedies as it
    was originally presented.

    THE JEFFERSONS SPECIAL FEATURES
    * Digitally Mastered Audio and Video
    * Full Screen Presentations
    * Audio: English
    * Subtitles: English, Spanish
    * Scene Selections
    * Interactive Menus
    No MPAA Rating / Price: $29.95
    Color / Closed Captioned / 338 minutes (all episodes)
    DVD #09428 / UPC Code: 0-43396-09428-4
    Order Date: July 2, 2002 / Street Date: Aug. 6, 2002
     
  2. Eric Paddon

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    "during the first season, Damon Evans as the Jeffersons' college-aged son Lionel (later replaced by Mike Evans)."

    That's not quite correct, actually. Mike Evans, who played Lionel on "All In The Family" was on "The Jeffersons" during its first season, and then was replaced by Damon Evans (no relation) for the next three years before Mike Evans returned to the part for the rest of the run.
     
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    Eric, that's what I recall as well.

    Nevertheless, good to get this official announcement. I'm looking forward to this almost as must as I was AitF. A great series, and I'll be happy to see it all over again!


    "We finally got a piece of the pie-i-i!"
     
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    I hope they have plans to do more than just the 1st season, and release more than one a year, or we can look forward to the complete series in 2013.
     
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    Yes, Mike Evans was Lionel during the first season. He got sick of the show for some reason and asked Norman Lear one day, "What do I have to do to get out of my contract?" Lear said, "Simply tell me you no longer wish to be a part of the show." "Okay," he said, "I no longer wish to be a part of the show." Lear shook his hand and said, "Nice working with you," and that was that.

    (I recall reading that in TV Guide at the time.) Guess he wasn't getting much work and asked to go back to the show.
     

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