Viacom to Move TV Library to DVD

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  1. Jeff*H

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    This was posted yesterday on IMDB.com's entertainment news feed:
     
  2. James Landau

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    Just found this story on Yahoo news. It's mostly about CEO Redstone's plans to restore Viacom's growth rate to previous levels and drive their stock higher, but about half way through the story is this little tidbit:

    "He added that under incoming Paramount head Brad Grey, the studio will be more aggressive in releasing its film and TV library on DVD, with only 50% and 5% currently available on DVD, respectively."

    So it looks like Paramount is looking to really increase the pace of their TV on DVD releases. Perhaps Mission: Impossible and The Wild Wild West will be coming sooner rather than later. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for Love American Style as well, but won't get my hopes up. At the present time, it's not even available for syndication.
     
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    Wow! I will cross my fingers for "Mission Impossible" [​IMG] That's another all-time classic.

    Hope this news item comes true!

    - Jeff Willis
     
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    They should move their asses and start getting more product out. After all, what was the point of buying up so much if not to put it to use. The fact is, for many of these shows from the 50s and 60s, DVD is really the only market left to make any money on them. Not even counting the lesser known shows, Paramount/Viacom has a ton of popular shows they have just been sitting on. Bilko anyone?
     
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    The Odd Couple was a missed opportunity. Tony Randall died, now are they waiting for Jack Klugman to die too before releasing the show on DVD? I don't understand these studios that have these great properties, but don't do anything with them until it's too late, and the chances for great extras have gone.
     
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    What is in their catalogue, can anyone give us a list of their shows?
     
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    According to previous articles at TVSODVD Paramount had already announced plans to "fast track" several series in 2005. If this what Mr. Redstone was referring to, then TVSODVD scooped everybody else on this [​IMG]

    What I'm hoping is that Mr. Redstone's comments will shake loose some of the other great Viacom/Paramount series that have yet to surface even in rumor stage (Perry Mason, Get Smart, Odd Couple, and for my friend Gary OS, the Fugitive). These are not obscure shows; all have fairly high name recognition and are recognized as some of the best TV series of all time.

    Steve
     
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    According to imdb.com, here are the tv Titles distributed by Paramount Television [us].

    Not too sure about the accuracy of this list, because "All in the Family" is listed but I know that is owned by Sony. I also didn't see some of the shows requested in the previous posts on this list: Mission:Impossible or Perry Mason. I'm sure there are many more, but this is just the distribution list.

    Here are the 94 matching titles:


    "Adventures of Jim Bowie, The" (1956) TV Series
    "All in the Family" (1971) TV Series
    ...aka "Those Were the Days" (1971) (USA: pilot title)
    "All Souls" (2001) TV Series
    "All That" (1995) TV Series
    "Amanda's" (1983) TV Series
    ...aka "Amanda's by the Sea" (1983) (USA)
    "Andy Griffith Show, The" (1960) TV Series
    ...aka "Andy of Mayberry" (1960) (USA: rerun title)
    "Angie" (1979) TV Series
    "Archie Show, The" (1968) TV Series
    "Arsenio Hall Show, The" (1989) TV Series
    "Arsenio Jams" (2001) TV Series
    "Beverly Hillbillies, The" (1962) TV Series
    "Beverly Hills, 90210" (1990) TV Series
    "Bosom Buddies" (1980) TV Series
    "Brady Bunch, The" (1969) TV Series
    "Brady Kids, The" (1972) TV Series
    "Cannon" (1971) TV Series
    "Car 54, Where Are You?" (1961) TV Series
    "Combat!" (1962) TV Series
    "Dead Zone, The" (2002) TV Series
    ...aka "Stephen King's Dead Zone" (2002) (USA)
    "Dick Van Dyke Show, The" (1961) TV Series
    ...aka "Dick Van Dyke Daytime Show, The" (1965) (USA: rerun title)
    ...aka "Head of the Family" (1961) (USA: pilot title)
    "Entertainment Tonight" (1981) TV Series
    ...aka "E.T." (1981) (USA: informal title)
    ...aka "ET Weekend" (1981) (Australia: weekend title)
    ...aka "Entertainment This Week" (1981) (weekend title)
    ...aka "This Week in Entertainment" (1981) (USA: weekend title)
    "Family Affair" (1966) TV Series
    "Family Ties" (1982) TV Series
    "Feel the Heat" (1983) TV Series
    "Figure It Out" (1997) TV Series
    ...aka "Billy the Answer Head" (1997)
    ...aka "What Do You Do?" (1997)
    "Fonz and the Happy Days Gang" (1980) TV Series
    "Fugitive, The" (1963) TV Series
    "Get Smart" (1965) TV Series
    "Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C." (1964) TV Series
    "Gunsmoke" (1955) TV Series
    ...aka "Gun Law" (1955) (UK)
    ...aka "Marshal Dillon" (1961) (USA: rerun title)
    "Harlem Globetrotters, The" (1970) TV Series
    ...aka "Go-Go Globetrotters, The" (1978) (USA: rerun title)
    "Hawaii Five-O" (1968) TV Series
    ...aka "McGarrett" (1984) (USA: rerun title)
    "Herndon" (1983) TV Series
    "High Chaparral, The" (1967) TV Series
    "High Rollers" (1974) TV Series
    ...aka "New High Rollers, The" (1978) (USA: new title)
    "Higher Ground" (2000) TV Series
    "Hogan's Heroes" (1965) TV Series
    "Honeymooners, The" (1955) TV Series
    "Howie Mandel Show, The" (1998) TV Series
    "I Love Lucy" (1951) TV Series
    ...aka "Lucy Show, The" (1955) (USA: rerun title)
    ...aka "Lucy in Connecticut" (1960) (USA: rerun title)
    ...aka "Sunday Lucy Show, The" (1955) (USA: rerun title)
    ...aka "Top Ten Lucy Show, The" (1958) (USA: rerun title)
    "Judge Judy" (1996) TV Series
    "Judge Mills Lane" (1998) TV Series
    "Keen Eddie" (2003) TV Series
    "LateLine" (1998) TV Series
    "Laverne and Shirley in the Army" (1981) TV Series
    ...aka "Laverne & Shirley" (1981) (USA: short title)
    "Life Moments" (2002) TV Series
    "Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous" (1984) TV Series
    ...aka "Lifestyles with Robin Leach and Shari Belafonte" (1994) (new title)
    "Love, American Style" (1969) TV Series
    "Lucy Show, The" (1962) TV Series
    ...aka "Lucille Ball Show, The" (1962) (USA: first title)
    "MacGyver" (1985) TV Series
    "Mannix" (1967) TV Series
    "Matlock" (1986) TV Series
    "Me and the Chimp" (1972) TV Series
    ...aka "Chimp & I, The" (1972)
    "Melrose Place" (1992) TV Series
    "Mighty Heroes, The" (1966) TV Series
    "Mighty Mouse, the New Adventures" (1987) TV Series
    "Milton the Monster" (1965) TV Series
    ...aka "Milton the Monster Show, The" (1965) (USA)
    "Moesha" (1996) TV Series
    "Mork & Mindy" (1978) TV Series
    "Mork & Mindy/Laverne & Shirley with the Fonz Show, The" (1982) TV Series
    "My Three Sons" (1960) TV Series
    "Nash Bridges" (1996) TV Series
    ...aka "Bridges" (1996)
    "New Adventures of Mighty Mouse and Heckle and Jeckle, The" (1979) TV Series
    ...aka "New Adventures of Mighty Mouse, The" (1980) (USA: second season title)
    "Petticoat Junction" (1963) TV Series
    "Press Your Luck" (1983) TV Series
    "Price Is Right, The" (1972) TV Series
    ...aka "New Price Is Right, The" (1972)
    "Rawhide" (1959) TV Series
    "Sabrina, the Teenage Witch" (1996) TV Series
    ...aka "Sabrina Goes to College" (1996) (USA: promotional title)
    ...aka "Sabrina" (1996) (USA: promotional abbreviation)
    "Saved by the Bell" (1989) TV Series
    "Saved by the Bell: The College Years" (1993) TV Series
    "Saved by the Bell: The New Class" (1993) TV Series
    "Sister, Sister" (1994) TV Series
    "Slattery's People" (1964) TV Series
    "Spin City" (1996) TV Series
    "Star Search" (1983) TV Series
    "Tales from the Darkside" (1984) TV Series
    "Twilight Zone, The" (1959) TV Series
    "Victory at Sea" (1952) TV Series
    "War of the Worlds" (1988) TV Series
    ...aka "War of the Worlds: The Second Invasion" (1988) (USA: second season title)
    "Wild Wild West, The" (1965) TV Series
    "Young Lawyers, The" (1970) TV Series
    Bad to the Bone (1997) (TV) 4.8/10 (115 votes)
    Dream House (1998) (TV) 3.8/10 (85 votes)
    Full Body Massage (1995) (TV) 5.2/10 (316 votes)
    In the Doghouse (1998) (TV) 4.9/10 (27 votes)
    Life in a Day (1999) (TV) 5.4/10 (79 votes)
    ...aka Antidote (1999) (TV) (Canada: French title)
    MacGyver (1985) (TV) 7.4/10 (800 votes)
    Millennium Man (1999) (TV) 3.6/10 (62 votes)
    Primal Force (1999) (TV) 3.5/10 (112 votes)
    Roswell: The Aliens Attack (1999) (TV) 4.2/10 (95 votes)
    Shooter (1988) (TV) 6.5/10 (24 votes)
    Spy in the Sky! (1958)
    Tenspeed and Brown Shoe (1980) (TV) 5.6/10 (51 votes)
    Woman Called Golda, A (1982) (TV) 8.2/10 (125 votes)
     
  9. Chris:L

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    So Viacom owns Paramount? Or Paramount owns Viacom?



    I was talking about Vicaom
     
  10. Scott Kimball

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    Viacom owns Paramount, MTV, Nickelodeon, BET, CBS and a dozen or more other cable outlets.
     
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    I am hoping we start seeing UPN shows released

    Seven Days
    Special Unit 2
    Jake 2.0
     
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    They appear to have thrown down the gauntlet.

    Here's hoping this spurs Warner Home Video to get on the stick. [​IMG]
     
  13. Jeff*H

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    Here's a link to the Viacom/Paramount site that lists the shows they offer for syndication:

    http://www.paramounttv.com/

    Click "series" near the top right and a list of all Paramount/Viacom shows appears, with clickable links to episode listings...
     
  14. todd s

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    Wow! what a list. It is such a tease to see shows that aren't even in syndication anywhere. [​IMG] More shows I would love to see..

    -Mission Impossible
    -New Mission Impossible (hey, the 80's Twilight Zone made it)
    -The Sentinel
    -The Untouchables
    -The Untouchables (the 90's version, which was great)
    -One Step Beyond (Maybe, they can release good uncut versions instead of these oddball public domain releases)
    -Vega$ (Dan Tanner..nuff said)
    -Barnaby Jones (just to see Buddy Ebson kick some ass) [​IMG]
     
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    Agreed. I also hope it lights a fire under Universal's butts to dig deeper into their vast holdings. They've been hinting strongly at Alfred Hitchcock Presents for some time but still haven't made anything official. There are also several other Revue produced shows that they need to get out with Thriller (hosted by and sometimes starring Boris Karloff), M Squad (starring Lee Marvin), The Virginian (starring James Drury and Doug McClure) and the 1958 version of Mike Hammer (starring Darren McGavin) being at the top of my list.
     
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    I was looking through a list of expired features in their movie packages. There are a lot of tv-movies that I would like to see as well. They have the Pery Mason movies, Don't be Afraid of the Dark, Return to Mayberry, and Return of the Man From UNCLE to name a few.
     
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    That is a great list and these are the ones I'm hoping for in the near future:

    Beverly Hills 90210, Family Ties, The Fugitive, Hawaii Five-0, The Love Boat, Perry Mason, The Untouchables old and new, and Vegas. There are more shows to be listed, however I listed the "must have" shows for me at least.
     
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    I cannot see why studios would not release these shows. Especially, the ones not in syndication. You paid for these shows. So anything you make beyond dvd production costs is gravy.
     
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    While I'd like to see a bit more from Warner, and some improvements to current releases, chapter stops anyone, Warner has a good year for releases and promotions coming up, so lets just wait on them. I'd like to see more from Universal and MGM though.
     
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    In addition to what's been mentioned already in this thread, there is:

    Wendy and Me (1964 w/George Burns and Connie Stevens)
    Our Miss Brooks
    December Bride
    Pete and Gladys (DB spinoff)
    That Girl
    Gunsmoke
    Mannix
    Streets of San Francisco
    T.H.E. Cat
    The Invaders
    Ben Casey
    People's Choice
    Bonanza (not the PD garbage)
    The Lucy Show (same as above)
    The great Herbert Brodkin shows (The Defenders, The Nurses, For the People, Coronet Blue)
    The Immortal (1970 w/Christopher George)
    Sergeant Bilko
    The Mod Squad
     

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