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. ) - 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.