This week's discussion question is brought to us from Brian. Hi, Brian!!
I'm not sure why Picket Fences* isn't available on DVD.
I have two assumptions (and actually? I'm usually quite good at making up stories about this type of stuff that turn out to be true.) If anyone knows the true story, or if I make a fool of myself with my answers, please post!
First, the contracts with people didn't include what happens when shows appear on DVD (or similar new media), and that's something that either hasn't been worked out or no one has even tried to work out. Since I believe people should be paid for their work, and that the people who create the work should be treated fairly,** I am all for those involved with the TV shows getting something for their work appearing on DVD.
Second, music. Music was often bought just for that one show; and now there is the headache/cost of either purchasing that song for the DVDs, also; or replacing that song altogether which drives some of us mad, because some songs work so well with some scenes.
So here's my question:
What TV shows do you wish were available on DVD?
My answer is easy: thirtysomething.
Additional links: I've touched on this in the past here, here, and here.
* Yes, I know that the IMDB shows a DVD link for availability. Click on it and you'll get something like this.
** What is not fair: one "star" making 8 digits plus a percentage while everyone else makes a flat minimum amount and no percentage; or the studio having all profits and no one else benefiting from a success. Yes, the studio is entitled to make money; but so are the people who work on the series.
Cross Posted at Pop Goes The Library.
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