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  1. Jaime_Weinman

    Jaime_Weinman Supporting Actor

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    I notice that some shows are starting to use, as extras, the tapes of panels and the Museum of Television and Radio's annual Television Festival, where a few shows are selected to have a panel discussion with members of the cast and crew. (It used to be a mix of old and new shows; now, alas, it's mostly just new shows.) Freaks and Geeks has the MTR panel as a DVD extra, and the first season of Arrested Development will too. I thought I'd name some other shows, either coming out on DVD or DVD-worthy, that have had this kind of panel at the MTR. I think in many cases the panel discussion would make an excellent DVD extra, though of course I don't know what the MTR's policy is on releasing them:

    - Buffy the Vampire Slayer (edit: oops! that's what I get for not buying the sixth season... now let's see if my dislike of Fonzie Spike outweigh my desire to see that panel. [​IMG])
    - NewsRadio (1999: creator Paul Simms, writer Josh Lieb, director Tom Cherones, and the cast -- except Phil Hartman, alas, for obvious reasons)
    - King of the Hill (1998: creator Mike Judge, the rest of the voice cast, co-creator Greg Daniels, and members of the writing staff)
    - WKRP in Cincinnati (1994: the entire cast and the entire writing staff except creator Hugh Wilson, who couldn't be there because his plane was caught in a snowstorm)
    - Barney Miller (1994)
    - Frasier
    - That '70s Show
    - Angel

    Most of the others are listed here. How good these panels are, I suppose, varies depending on who came and what kind of questions were asked, but the one I've seen (WKRP) was quite interesting and informative (even without the creator there), and it seems to me that more companies should be thinking about acquiring these panel discussions as extras, particularly if they don't want to spring for a lot of new extras.
     
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    Buffy's was already on the season 6 set.
     
  3. ChrisRose

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    I was hoping that The O.C.'s panel (which I read about but could not attend) would be on the upcoming season 1 DVDs. But alas, no. I kinda resent FOX for doing it for Arrested Development, but not for The O.C.

    I'd love it if more shows would include these as DVD extras!
     
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    Chris, WB does "The OC," it just airs on Fox.

    Gord
     
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    And Warner seems to be stingy with extras. They'll do a couple, but they don't want us to have to much fun. Ah, well. Still better than Paramount and Columbia.
     
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    Add "Dark Shadows" to the list: MPI put out a special Dark Shadows Reunion DVD which has the entire MTR panel with some great extras. This is a must for any DS fan!
     
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    Why is the Buffy MTR seminar on a Season 6 set? I hate when they do things like that. The seminar took place during Season 2. At the very least, they could have put it on Season 3.

    Argh!
     
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    The Buffy MTR seminar on the DVD took place between season 6 and 7.
     
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    Oh, so the seminar they used on S6 was a later one. I attended the Buffy Season 2 seminar and I thought that's the only one they used for the DVD set. Good to hear I'm not missing anything.
     
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    Yesterday, TVShowsonDVD.com posted rumored specs for HBO's Carnivale season 1 release. Among the extras they listed was the MT&R panel dealing with the show.
     
  11. Gord Lacey

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    HBO also put one of the panels on an Oz set....season 2 I believe.

    Gord
     
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    I used to work at MT&R and I was there for the Freaks and Geeks one. I had no idea these were on the dvds.

    The best one I saw was a panel with the Daily Show. Jon Stewart had started about six months prior and was on fire that night! Doubt we'll ever see Daily Show dvds.

    btw, that job was not nearly as much fun as you'd think. [​IMG]
     
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    Kinda off-topic here...sorry...just have to respond to this and I'll shaddup. [​IMG]



    Gord, aaahh that explains it. Maybe it also explains why The O.C. won't be widescreen on DVD... I wondered about that because a bunch of upcoming FOX releases will be widescreen (Tru Calling, Wonderfalls, etc), so why not The O.C.? But if it was the WB's decision, I guess that's consistent with their decision to release Everwood and Gilmore Girls full-frame as well. It's too bad.
     
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    Chris, it's actually the wish of the produciton company to release it in full frame. I called the offices myself to verify the information.

    Gord
     
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    And the production company is...Warner Bros? That's what you meant when you said The WB does The O.C., right? Sorry for the confusion... I *think* I understand you, but maybe I don't. :b
     
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    The OC has several companies listed at the end of the show, not sure who is the main "production company" on them. They are Warner Bros. Television, College Hill Pictures Inc., Hypnotic and Wonderland Sound and Vision. Anyone know who has final say on the show?
     

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