CBS MOD DVD for 2019?

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Here is a wish list of what I hope CBS DVD may release in 2019 through its MOD program…

TV SHOWS
Barefoot in the Park (1970)… also includes the 1982 HBO special of the same name
Me and the Chimp (1972)
Love Story (1973-74)
Kate McShane (1975)
Busting Loose (1977)/The Ted Knight Show (1978)
Blansky’s Beauties (1977)
Having Babies (1978-79)
Grandpa Goes to Washington (1978-79)
Who’s Watching the Kids? (1978)
Brothers and Sisters (1979)
$weepstake$ (1979)
Makin’ It (1979)
Out of the Blue (1979)
Working Stiffs (1979)
Struck by Lightning (1979)
Goodtime Girls (1980)
Foul Play (1981)
Star of the Family (1982)
The Renegades (1983)
Ryan’s Four (1983)
Mr. Smith (1983)
Mr. Sunshine (1986)
All is Forgiven (1986)
The Tortellis (1987)
Marblehead Manor (1987)

TV MOVIES
Seven in Darkness (1969)
The Silent Gun (1969)
Quarantined (1970)
Weekend of Terror (1970)
Assault on the Wayne (1971)
Dr. Cook’s Garden (1971)
Escape (1971)
Terror in the Sky (1971)
Women in Chains (1972)
Night of Terror (1972)
The Heist (1972)
The Weekend Nun (1972)
Poor Devil (1973)
Call to Danger (1973)
A Time for Love (1973)
Egan (1973)
Delancey Street: The Crisis Within (1975)
Red Alert (1977)
Mary Jane Harper Cried Last Night (1977)
True Grit: A Further Adventure (1978)
The Clone Master (1978)
Almost Heaven (1978)
Flesh & Blood (1979)
Act of Violence (1979)
The Gift (1979)
Top of the Hill (1980)
The Girl, the Gold Watch and Everything (1980)
The Girl, the Gold Watch and Dynamite (1981)
Little Darlings (1982)
The Final Eye (Computercide) (1982)
Space (1985) (a miniseries, based upon the book by James A. Michener)
Shooter (1988)

~Ben

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  1. If there's one program that still deserves to be released, it's gotta be the original Love, American Style. Both volumes of season 1 (1969-70) had been released on DVD a decade ago (all these 24 episodes restored to their original 1-hour length), but it's seasons 2-5 that are crying for help to be pieced back together the way they were when on ABC Friday nights (especially those occasional 90-minute affairs, including the 1974 series finale and a rough-draft version of the pilot that had been intended to be the first ABC Movie of the Week).

    The season 2 (1970-71) run was odd in that 2/3rds of the run was 1/2-hour long (just as it is in present reruns). It was not until January 22, 1971 (episode 17) that it was restored back to 1 hour. I think it was a bad move for the first two seasons to be re-ran on ABC's daytime schedule too early (September 6, 1971).

    ~Ben

  2. ClassicTVMan1981X

    The season 2 (1970-71) run was odd in that 2/3rds of the run was 1/2-hour long (just as it is in present reruns). It was not until January 22, 1971 (episode 17) that it was restored back to 1 hour. I think it was a bad move for the first two seasons to be re-ran on ABC's daytime schedule too early (September 6, 1971).

    ~Ben

    Why were most of the second-season episodes only a half-hour, before the remainder of that sophomore year went back to an hour?

  3. ClassicTVMan1981X

    Probably a test run, to see how well it might do under that length.

    ~Ben

    And probably the same kind of test that would be done on The Powers of Matthew Star, wherein Paramount experimented with videotaped post-production for 2 or 3 outings of that 1982-83 NBC sci-fi series.

  4. bmasters9

    And probably the same kind of test that would be done on The Powers of Matthew Star, wherein Paramount experimented with videotaped post-production for 2 or 3 outings of that 1982-83 NBC sci-fi series.

    3: "Winning," "Experiments" and "Fugitives."

    ~Ben

  5. bmasters9

    Why would TCF be behind that short-lived 70s Markham Mason, while CBS itself was behind the longer-running 1957-66 Burr series?

    Probably because CBS's rights to the franchise expired and Fox bought the rights with the idea that re-booting it with a new cast might breathe new life into it.

  6. ClassicTVMan1981X

    If there's one program that still deserves to be released, it's gotta be the original Love, American Style. Both volumes of season 1 (1969-70) had been released on DVD a decade ago (all these 24 episodes restored to their original 1-hour length), but it's seasons 2-5 that are crying for help to be pieced back together the way they were when on ABC Friday nights (especially those occasional 90-minute affairs, including the 1974 series finale and a rough-draft version of the pilot that had been intended to be the first ABC Movie of the Week).

    The season 2 (1970-71) run was odd in that 2/3rds of the run was 1/2-hour long (just as it is in present reruns). It was not until January 22, 1971 (episode 17) that it was restored back to 1 hour. I think it was a bad move for the first two seasons to be re-ran on ABC's daytime schedule too early (September 6, 1971).

    ~Ben

    Ben,

    You're in luck as DECADES Channel (if you get that channel) will be running a LAS Marathon from Noon CT (12/8/2018) – 6 AM CT (12/10/2018), so set your recorder to tape all those episodes if you are so inclined to do as such.

  7. rmw650

    Ben,

    You're in luck as DECADES Channel (if you get that channel) will be running a LAS Marathon from Noon CT (12/8/2018) – 6 AM CT (12/10/2018), so set your recorder to tape all those episodes if you are so inclined to do as such.

    That's how I got mine, from the pre-launch Decades marathon of the whole series. Missed 2 segments but unfortunately I don't have access to the network anymore. Thanks, CBS.

  8. ClassicTVMan1981X

    In fact, I think the CBS MOD team could do better on these two than VEI would, as they would be sourced directly from the original 35mm masters.

    ~Ben

    You're dreaming. CBS doesn't spend the money to do 35mm transfers for MOD. That take whatever is available and already existing on tape. If there's no Betacam or one-inch tape of a series, it ain't coming out on MOD.

  9. As of right now, the only non-videotaped title I could see them releasing in the future on my list might be Out of the Blue (1979), when you consider that the series, in addition to being a spinoff/crossover of Happy Days and Mork & Mindy, has a fantasy theme (like The Powers of Matthew Star, The Magician, I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched).

    ~Ben

  10. ClassicTVMan1981X

    As of right now, the only non-videotaped title I could see them releasing in the future on my list might be Out of the Blue (1979), when you consider that the series, in addition to being a spinoff/crossover of Happy Days and Mork & Mindy, has a fantasy theme (like The Powers of Matthew Star, The Magician, I Dream of Jeannie and Bewitched).

    ~Ben

    Short as the run of that ABC comedy was, I don't doubt it'll sooner or later be released!

  11. Here are a few videos to make my point about Blansky's Beauties and Goodtime Girls possibly also being available on 1" tape:

    (Blansky's Beauties intro)

    (Blansky's Beauties partial outro)

    (Goodtime Girls partial outro)

    Both of these came from vintage TV Land airings (circa 2000), and thus have the 1995 Paramount Domestic TV logo at the end.

    ~Ben

  12. Any shows which aired on TV Land were remastered to DigiBeta. There isn't an elements issue, just a lack of sales potential issue. There's isn't a big market for 40-year old failed series that lasted a half season or less.

  13. rmw650

    Ben,

    You're in luck as DECADES Channel (if you get that channel) will be running a LAS Marathon from Noon CT (12/8/2018) – 6 AM CT (12/10/2018), so set your recorder to tape all those episodes if you are so inclined to do as such.

    I'd been following this binge, and two of the season 2 (1970-71) episodes they're showing keep their original (pre-ABC Daytime run) opening and closing credits.

    These are episodes 2×14 ("Love and the Only Child" and "Love and the Wig") and 2×15 ("Love and the Kidnapper"), both of which were part of the short 16-episode half-hour run (handy for easier digestion in syndication), although they were aired out of order. I also think episodes 2×09 ("Love and the Young Executive") and 2×13 ("Love and the Man Next Door"), also from the same run, keep the original as-first-aired opening and closing credits.

    In fact, these 16 episodes alone would constitute a perfect volume 1 DVD release of season 2 (once the other segmental elements are found and then put back together for the other episodes outside of the four I mentioned earlier)!

    ~Ben

  14. ClassicTVMan1981X

    We're all entitled to our own individual opinions about this and other short-lived titles.

    I stick by my motto, which is "never say never."

    ~Ben

    You are going by opinions. I'm in contact with the folks who choose these releases so my postings are based on facts, rather than my opinions.

  15. Neil Brock

    You are going by opinions. I'm in contact with the folks who choose these releases so my postings are based on facts, rather than my opinions.

    Please let me say that I do acknowledge that not all of the titles I list will be released on DVD, but that they are merely suggestions. You have your favorites, as I do mine.

    ~Ben

  16. Neil Brock

    You are going by opinions. I'm in contact with the folks who choose these releases so my postings are based on facts, rather than my opinions.

    Not that you ever let YOUR opinions be known, right?

  17. Neil Brock

    There is another series coming! Not on your list, sorry. Let the guessing begin.

    Tell me the powers that be have smartened up and are finally releasing Ben Casey.
    I'd even buy the Worldvision one-inch master versions.

  18. Sky King

    Tell me the powers that be have smartened up and are finally releasing Ben Casey.
    I'd even buy the Worldvision one-inch master versions.

    bmasters9

    Or tell us it's The Cavanaughs!

    2 down, 8 to go.

  19. Seems too far-fetched, but could it be a certain CNP anthology series?

    Not that I would have any idea how it might have wound up at CBS-Paramount, but somehow "The Californians" (which I thought was an SFM property) managed to do so. Hence, I guess it's conceivable.

  20. While I wait to see if my crystal ball clears, I’ll take a wild stab based on the hint and go with the comedy Angel. Or as a second guess, I’ll go with The Queen and I for a cheapie 2 disc release.

    Would probably be hoping too much for a Tightrope (technically in the sky if outdoors, and can be quite suspenseful).

    Gary “at least give me credit for going beyond obscure with those first two guesses” O.

  21. Gary OS

    One more silly thought came to my mind. I wouldn’t be interested but it might fit with the hint. Would this release have anything to do with three stewardesses?

    No, but you are actually the warmest yet.

  22. I don't know have a clue where the hints are leading, but will toss a title out anyways. 'To Rome with Love'?

    Unsure if this has any sort of syndication history and the necessary tape transfers for it to get even mild consideration for a made-on-demand release.

  23. Bert Greene

    "Flying High" had actually crossed my mind. "Spencer's Pilots" too. But I have no earthly idea who produced either of the series, and if they are under the umbrella of CBS-Paramount.

    Choose the correct one, and you'll win the game.

  24. The problem with Trackdown is that the rights are muddied. It was a Four Star show, back before they retained rights to their programs. CBS owns it but aren't sure they also have home video rights as well. But at least thanks to ME-TV, modern transfers were done.

  25. Are Fox deals difficult or expensive to make for a smaller company, the only way to see those locked away shows would be through licensing, alas there doesn't seem to be any such current deals (apart from Shout doing WKRP).

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