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The "What's The Hold-up?" FAQ

Created: 9/04/2009
Most Recent Update: 9/2/2013
By David Lambert

One of the most common questions we've routinely gotten at TVShowsOnDVD.com since the site was founded in 2001 is, "why isn't such-and-such released on DVD yet?" The only answer we're able to give is usually the most basic one of all: "we don't know". When we DO know, the usual answer has tended to be "because the studio hasn't gotten around to it yet".

But as time has gone on, the studios have gotten around to releasing most of the biggest TV properties in their libraries...or at least tried to get to each of them. Many of the shows that aren't out, or aren't being continued after previously getting at least one release, have some sort of issue behind them. This is a limited attempt at listing the most often-asked-about ones, where we do happen to know the reasons involved.

The Fine Print: This could either be a really great idea, or a really bad idea. Great because it helps share the information, which is always a good thing. Bad because 1) often nobody really wants to hear what amounts to bad news so this could possibly result in hostility from some of the fans, 2) we can only pass along the stuff we know about, and fans of shows not mentioned here will be yelling "but what about my favorite unreleased program? why isn't it listed?"...and our only possible answer is "because we don't have that sort of information about it at this time", and 3) what's below is the info we have...but that doesn't mean it's 100% (or even 1%) correct in the slightest, so please take everything with a grain of salt.

As time goes on we may add to, change, update or even remove (if something on this list gets announced!) anything from this FAQ. If you are an "insider" to a situation mentioned below, and have some info about it, please just e-mail us directly and let's discuss it; talk to Gord and/or Dave directly and we'll consider updating the FAQ with what you pass along.

Please also remember that this FAQ is copyrighted by TVShowsOnDVD.com and their owners at TVGuide.com, and may not be duplicated in whole or in part, for any reason, with or without any monetary gain. - David Lambert, FAQ author

TVShowsOnDVD's "What's The Hold-up?" FAQ





Alphbetical Index:
  1. American Dreams
  2. The Apprentice
  3. Ashes to Ashes
  4. Batman ('60s)
  5. Blossom
  6. Brooklyn Bridge
  7. CHiPs
  8. Crossing Jordan
  9. Doctor Who "Missing Serials" (1st & 2nd Doctor)
  10. The Drew Carey Show
  11. Eastwick
  12. Ed (2000 series starring Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen and Michael Ian Black)
  13. Facts of Life
  14. Freddy's Nightmares
  15. Good Morning, Miss Bliss
  16. Green Hornet
  17. Homefront
  18. Human Target (1992, with Rick Springfield)
  19. Human Target (2010, with Mark Valley)
  20. I Dream of Jeannie's 2 post-series telefilms
  21. King of the Hill
  22. Knots Landing
  23. Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
  24. Malcolm in the Middle
  25. Mister Peepers
  26. Mr. Belvedere
  27. Murphy Brown
  28. My Two Dads
  29. The Paper Chase
  30. Parker Lewis Can't Lose
  31. Perfect Strangers
  32. Peyton Place
  33. Rhoda
  34. Romantically Challenged
  35. Room 222
  36. Saturday Night Live (further season sets)
  37. Small Wonder
  38. Third Watch
  39. Wait Till Your Father Gets Home
  40. Werewolf
  41. Wizards and Warriors
  42. WKRP in Cincinnati
  43. Women of the House
  44. The Wonder Years
  45. X-Men Evolution



Entries:
  • Batman ('60s)
    Probably the most-asked-about item, and probably the show with the most rights issues. There's no sense in covering all this again here; Dave did an extensive write-up about it at the main site in September 2008. Note that, following that write-up, a few people tried to tell us that everything posted there is all wrong, and that the REAL issue is this one other thing over here. We tried to get them to provide details, offer proof of what they were saying, etc. Nothing ever came of it...so we're sticking with the info there, at least for now.
  • The Wonder Years
    Music rights issues, plain and simple. The show included SO much music that it is taking a long time to either license the original music, or determine that a piece can't or won't be licensed (or isn't affordable to license), and find a suitable replacement that can be used for DVD and make the switch. The studio wants to release it, but this is a long process. Note that in 1998 two single-disc "best-of"-type DVDs came out with extensive music changes; they are long out of print and can sell for tons of dough on the used DVD circuit.
  • WKRP in Cincinnati
    Fans had demanded the release of this show on DVD, and Fox obliged with a Season 1 set that needed extensive music replacement, per the situation with The Wonder Years as described above. Fans spurned the release, saying that they didn't like the results with all the music changes, and sales were hugely underwhelming. There's practically no chance the studio can re-release Season 1 (or any other seasons) without the music changes. Since too many fans aren't accepting of those changes, the studio basically has no current plans to move forward with further season sets of this show.
  • Good Morning, Miss Bliss
    Before NBC aired 5 seasons of Saved by the Bell (not to mention the subsequent telefilms and spin-offs), there was a season of a show starring Hayley Mills called "Good Morning, Miss Bliss". Fans of Bell (and not just the so-called "completists", either) wonder where the DVDs are for this original version of the show. The answer is pretty straightforward: somewhere in Disney's vaults. While NBC picked up on the retooled version of the program, they originally passed on the form of the show that starred Mills, and it aired instead on The Disney Channel. So Disney's rights on Miss Bliss episodes have to be considered as part of any hold-up on DVDs.
  • Green Hornet
    Many of the hold-ups with this popular series, starring Van Williams and Bruce Lee, are so similar to the Batman issues (both shows came from William Dozier's Greenway Productions), that we'll just refer you to the Batman post above. Keep in mind, though, that while some of the entities involved in each show are the same, others are different entities...so if one comes to DVD, it doesn't necessarily mean the other one will (for example, Batman originated in the comics currently known as DC Comics, while Green Hornet began his career as a radio telecast). Some hold out hope that this classic show will come to DVD in time for the new 2010 Green Hornet film starring Seth Rogan in the title role. Anything's possible, but we have no solid evidence that this will happen...and we honestly have to doubt it. Just like Adam West's Batman didn't come to DVD in time for the recent Christian Bale-starring films: it would be nice, but there's just no guarantee.
  • Crossing Jordan
    As with other shows, there are music costs involved in this series. The studio released the first set with high expectations, especially when show creator Tim Kring found new success with Heroes. But the sales on Season 1 simply weren't enough to cover the high music costs, so the studio has no plans to move forward with further season sets at this time.
  • American Dreams
    This could be, word-for-word, the same explanation as Crossing Jordan, above. The only difference here is that there is, from time to time, word that the people behind the show are working to try to get the remaining two seasons released on DVD. Still, despite that hopeful-sounding word, we honestly haven't seen anything solid enough to believe we'll see more DVDs very soon. We're keeping an eye on it, though.
  • Malcolm in the Middle
    Where is Season 2 and beyond of the popular series? Again, it would be music costs that are the hold-up. Back in 2003 we passed along a report (from an article by our friend at the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Randy Salas) that a studio exec said how the first season set "sold well enough to merit a second-season release, but higher costs to clear the music have so far scuttled the project." In the years since then, the studio hasn't changed their position on it. UPDATE (11/12/2012): More season sets have been released overseas, where music rights laws are different. There are still no plans announced for further North American releases, however.
  • Murphy Brown
    Again, this one comes down to the high music costs with the series especially with all that Motown music. The studio released the first set quite some time ago, but the sales on Season 1 simply just didn't meet the expectations the studio had, and they've put the DVD releases "on hiatus" (our word choice, not the studio's...we honestly don't expect any further releases). UPDATE (4/12/2010): at the live online chat last week (4/5/10) with Warner Home Video, hosted by the Home Theater Forum, WHV said that further releases of Murphy Brown would be "problematic due to high music costs".
  • Homefront
    Yet another one with huge music costs, about which the studio has said, "[it] has an avid fan base that Warner appreciates, but music is 'very very high' and don't know if the DVD base is large enough to release it"; they are "keeping it on the long list, though".
  • Classic Doctor Who "Missing Serials" (1st & 2nd Doctor)
    WikiPedia has an excellent entry about Doctor Who missing episodes, and how the BBC wiped/"junked" over a hundred episodes from the first two Doctors (William Hartnell and Patrick Troughton). Each storyline/arc/serial was usually made up of several episodes, and some serials are missing entirely because no episodes survived or have been found since. The serials with some episodes available had those installments released on DVD quite some time ago, as the "Lost In Time" box sets. Serials that remain completely unfound and therefore aren't expected to be seen on DVD are Story #004: Marco Polo; Story #018: Galaxy 4; Story #019: Mission to the Unknown; Story #020: The Myth Makers; Story #022: The Massacre of St. Bartholomew's Eve; Story #026: The Savages; Story #028: The Smugglers; Story #030: The Power of the Daleks; Story #031: The Highlanders; Story #034: The Macra Terror; Story #042: Fury from the Deep.
  • Perfect Strangers
    In the September 2008 online chat between Warner Home Video and the Home Theater Forum (linked above), the first question poised to the studio was "How were the sales for 'Perfect Strangers'?" (which had come out seven months previously, a Feb. 2008 release with the first two seasons). The response from Warner was "We can't comment on specifics, but sales meet our expectations". So why haven't we seen any further DVD releases since then? Do they hate the show? Well, of course not, don't be ridiculous. Warner has told us that the hold-up is simple: "higher music costs are primary the issue". And when you tie that in with the normal sales drop-off on subsequent season set releases with classic shows such as this, which can often be significant, Warner has not found a way to make the numbers work out for a new release. We hope they can work that out at some point, so we can all do the dance of joy. UPDATE (4/12/2010): at the live online chat last week (4/5/10) with Warner Home Video, hosted by the Home Theater Forum, WHV was asked about Perfect Strangers, and responded "No new updates on Perfect Strangers although we continue to evaluate the title". UPDATE (11/6/2010): A holiday-themed episode of the show is included in the Nov. 2010 DVD release Classic TV Christmas Collection, sold by Warner's online store (WBshop) as a manufacture-on-demand title.
  • CHiPs
    After Season 1 came out in June 2007 and Season 2 came out in June 2008, the summer of 2009 came and went with no hints for the show's third season on DVD. By the end of October 2009, we asked Warner Home Video about the show, and they told us at the time that they had "no plans". Why not? No reason was officially given on the record, but the indication is that it's the same as a few other held-up Warner releases (like Perfect Strangers, for example): a combination of lower sales expectations on subsequent season set releases (the sales drop-off from S1 to S2 was bigger than expected, one retail contact told me) along with higher costs for music rights and other needed expenditures. Lest you forget, the 3rd Season of CHiPs started with a double-length episode called "Roller Disco", with popular music of the time used at a charity event (along with an insanely huge number of guest-star cameos). So this may be a bigger stumbling block than you might imagine. We hope that someday Warner can find a way to make the numbers work (perhaps when a rumored CHiPs big-screen movie comes along, supposedly starring Wilmer Valderrama of That '70s Show as "Ponch" and currently projected for 2011 per IMDB.com), but right now it looks like Ponch and Jon are taking some time off of their patrols. UPDATE (4/12/2010): at the live online chat last week (4/5/10) with Warner Home Video, hosted by the Home Theater Forum, WHV was asked whether they would keep the series going, and replied "No plans for future seasons at this time although we continue to evaluate it." UPDATE (11/6/2010): A holiday-themed episode of the show is included in the Nov. 2010 DVD release Classic TV Christmas Collection, sold by Warner's online store (WBshop) as a manufacture-on-demand title. IPDATE (11/12/2012): The Warner Archive has put out the post-series telefilm, CHiPs '99, as a manufacture-on-demand release. There are still no signs of further season sets, however.
  • King of the Hill
    Between mid-2003 and mid-2006, Fox Home Entertainment released the first 6 seasons of the animated series. The Season 6 set included an insert that promoted the "Fall 2006" release of the 7th Season DVD set. That release never came out, nor has Fox indicated that they would ever release any more season sets of the recently-canceled (after 13 seasons) show. Why not? The releases were stopped due to poor sales. There was an enormous drop-off in purchases with each subsequent season, and sales of the sixth season were so low that Fox couldn't justify the release of the seventh set. Despite rumors earlier this year that the studio would resume DVD releases following the show's cancellation, the studio has not announced anything and retail industry contacts who are in-the-know about such things call such gossip "wishful thinking"; nothing is known to be in the works.
  • X-Men Evolution
    Some readers of our site tipped us off that James Harvey of ToonZone.net (and some of their hosted sites, such as "Marvel Animation Age", "World's Finest") posted over there about the fact that Warner currently has no plans to release the show's 4th Season, or any other DVDs of the series. That honestly didn't shock us here, considering that the last release (Season 3) was several years ago...and even that had followed a 1.5 year delay from the release previous to it. If Warner WAS going to try again to release these, they almost certainly would have done that at the time Wolverine hit theaters (the same time Disney released their first DVDs of the '90s series). It looks like Amazon has a listing for the Season 4 title, but unfortunately that "Sign up to be notified" page on Amazon doesn't mean a release is coming...it only means Amazon is collecting names of potential customers in case it's ever released. Until and unless Warner re-groups the team for DVD, we guess the X-Men Evolution squad has been defeated for the time being. UPDATE (5/19/2010): retailers have forwarded us a "cutout notice" from Warner Home Video (this actually comes from Canada, but should apply to the USA as well), informing them that a pair of titles for X-Men Evolution are being discontinued "due to lost rights". The interesting thing on this notice, though, is the "effective dates" provided: they are for next year, 2011. The effective date of the cutout for "The Complete 3rd Season" shows 1/28/2011, and "Season 1 Vol 4 - Xposing The Truth" shows 5/1/2011. This COULD possibly be a positive sign for fans, however; if the rights go elsewhere (presumably back to Marvel, which as most of you know is now part of Disney), then perhaps new DVD releases would include the show's unreleased 4th season.
  • Knots Landing
    At this time Warner has said that they currently have "no plans" for more season sets of the show. That may change in the future, but then again it may not. What Warner MOST needs to see is that it's not only the passionate fans (the ones willing to come to TVShowsOnDVD and vote, and come to Facebook and complain about no current plans for the next release) who are willing to buy this show on DVD. It also needs to be bought by the "mainstream" group of more casual fans. Think of a family member (aunt, uncle, cousin, etc.), or friend, or a co-worker who's seen the show and enjoyed it, but isn't as heart-and-soul into the series as someone reading this probably is. Did THEY buy Knots Landing on DVD? If not, then why not? What's stopping them? It's in stores and it's at Amazon, it's at a decent price (at the time of this writing, roughly ~$27 for S1 and the same for S2)...why hasn't it sold more? It was popular on broadcast (ran for 14 seasons, 1979-1993 on a Thursday night time slot going against big-ratings NBC shows like Hill Street Blues and LA Law); why isn't it selling better on DVD? If Warner sees the copies of the first two seasons - the ones that they've already produced - start to move out of stores and into people's homes (without having to lower prices so much that they're losing money on every copy), then they would most definitely start to make plans for S3 sets. UPDATE (4/12/2010): at the live online chat last week (4/5/10) with Warner Home Video, hosted by the Home Theater Forum, fans checked in with WHV about the status of further season sets. The most definitive studio response on the subject during the chat was this one: "sales for Season 2 were less than expected which has prevented us from scheduling the next season release but...we're continuing to look at it". UPDATE (12/1/2011): In mid-November a fan, Ed Clarke, asked on Facebook to the Warner Archive Collection about this show. The reply from the studio was this: "We'd love to release the rest of this series. The problem is that there are heavy music clearance costs involved. Our company is dedicated to resolving these long-standing music stalemates, but the process is very time-consuming. We certainly know of strong fan interest in this great series."
  • The Apprentice
    Season 2, from 2004, never came to DVD...and when it didn't come, none of the seasons thereafter came, either. So why didn't that ever hit DVD? Some speculated that it was from low sales of the first season set. Others speculated, in a similar vein, that it wasn't released based on the idea that a "contest-style" reality show isn't a good fit for DVD, because everybody already knows who won so there is no suspense (but isn't that true of key dramatic plot points for fictional shows, too, though?). However, the biggest bit of speculation was that it had to do with possible legal action from NBA star Chris Webber, who for the final challenge was named in the show as backing out of a charity appearance. Webber said publicly at the time that he was NEVER contacted about such a thing, and that the show producers possibly made it up just to give the contestant a higher degree of challenge. As far as we know, Webber never did sue...but perhaps keeping that season off DVD was part of why he didn't go for the legal action. Having watched that season when it aired, we can see NO WAY that the studio could edit around all of that stuff which was the basis of his complaint; it was pretty key material shown during the final task. So that could very possibly be why there was never any Season 2 home video releases...or any further seasons of The Apprentice. Take that with a grain of salt, though...the sales issues are MUCH more likely to be bigger factors. Or maybe the correct answer is more along the lines of: "D) All of the Above".
  • I Dream of Jeannie's 2 post-series telefilms
    Following the end of the regular series, there were two post-series TV movies made: I Dream of Jeannie: 15 Years Later and I Still Dream of Jeannie. Neither of these have been released on DVD yet, not even as part of the "Complete Series" set that Sony put out for the show. We asked the studio about these, and in the reply we were told that it's all about the "revenue requirements" vs. the "sales expectations". A mention was made that the current state of the economy helps to make those sales expectations to be lower than is required to proceed. The response finishes by saying "That doesn't mean we will never release them, just not planned right now." UPDATE (9/3/2013): Earlier in 2013, Sony released I Dream of Jeannie - ...15 Years Later as a manufacture-on-demand (MOD) title. No word on the other telefilm, however.
  • The Drew Carey Show
    Last week (4/5/10) Warner Home Video participated in a new live online chat, hosted by the Home Theater Forum. When queried about whether more seasons of The Drew Carey Show are being planned, Warner informed the audience that at this point it is "problematic due to high music costs".
  • Wait Till Your Father Gets Home
    Last week (4/5/10) Warner Home Video participated in a new live online chat, hosted by the Home Theater Forum. One person inquired about further DVD releases of this 1972 Hanna-Barbera-produced primetime animated show starring the voices of Tom Bosley, Joan Gerber, Kristina Holland, Lennie Weinrib, David Hayward, Willie Aames and Jackie Earle Haley. WHV said that "Based on poor performance, additional seasons...is doubtful."
  • Third Watch
    Last week (4/5/10) Warner Home Video participated in a new live online chat, hosted by the Home Theater Forum. When an HTF member asked the studio about further seasons of Third Watch (seasons 3-6), a WHV exec responded, "Music costs are very high on Third Watch Season 3. We're still looking to see if we can make that work." UPDATE (12/1/2011): A week ago a fan named Vincent Fordyce asked on Facebook about this show and two others: "I wanted to inquire on some TV shows. Will you be releasing the live action Saturday morning series 'Shazam!', Eight is Enough, or Third Watch: Season 3 anytime soon?" The quick (less than two hours later!) response from the Warner Archive Collection staff was, "Nothing new to report....yet....There's always hope for better news in the future."
  • Kung Fu: The Legend Continues
    When asked about this title, our contact at Warner Home Video said this: "The original Kung Fu did well enough for us and was a true classic. (We) don’t expect the spin-off to do nearly as well, which is why we haven’t green lit, but it’s still on our long list." UPDATE (12/1/2011): A Facebook post by fan Paula Vitaris to the Warner Archive Collection asked them nicely to release the show as part of their MOD (manufacture on demand) program, and garnered supporting comments from other supporters of the show. The studio's response, unfortunately, explained that there's a roadblock, and immediately revealed what that roadblock is: "We'd love to release this series, and hate to sound like a broken record, but yet again, this is another series riddled with music clearance issues. We know the demand is there, and we hope to resolve the problems so we can bring this series to the fans."
  • Freddy's Nightmares
    The new "A Nightmare on Elm Street" remake film (starring Jackie Earle Haley of Watchmen and Human Target) is in theaters this Friday (4/30/2010)...so where is the DVD release of the 1988 TV series that was spun off from the original franchise? Wouldn't it make a good tie-in? Our contact at Warner Home Video acknowledges this, and hopes the new movie is a big enough success to generate a sequel or even a new franchise. Now, that is not the ONLY thing which could bring Freddy's Nightmares to DVD, but if it happens then apparently the opportunites for a release will go way up.
  • Blossom
    Shout! Factory released Blossom - The Complete 1st & 2nd Seasons in January 2009, but since then has shown no sign of releasing the third season. What's the hold-up? Shout! DVD producer Brian Ward explains it at the studio's official message board by saying, "Unfortunately, there are serious music clearance issues. And this time, we don't have the option of swapping music. Hurdles we're trying to leap over." Why don't they have the option of swapping music? While Ward doesn't specifically say, in other cases where he's said the same thing, he's explained that there are times when the soundtrack has all the sounds (dialogue, sound effects and music) all "married" together on one track, rather than individual tracks for each one. Replacing music means erasing important dialogue (and trying to pay the actual actors to come in an loop their lines is even MORE costly, and may also even be a license violation). The only other alternative is to cut such scenes entirely, which is way too upseting to fans, so many studios will not consider this to be a viable option. The best option is to find a way to clear the original music at a cost that is within the budget of the DVD-producing team, so that the release can happen at a list price that is acceptable to fans. This applies not only to Blossom - Season 3, but also to many other musically-challenged DVD releases! UPDATE (11/8/2010): DVD producer Brian Ward has posted new details today at the Shout! official message board: "As for the status of S3, sadly, we're no further along. The big problem is music, as stated before. Unfortunately, there are a couple of songs that we're not allowed to remove via replacement or editing. But we can't afford the asking price and the label's refusing to budge. And this isn't a case of 'we're not willing to pay it.' This is literally a case of astronomical costs that are impossible for us to afford. So, at the moment, we're at a bit of an standoff. We can't afford the costs of the music (from one label, mind you), we're not allowed to remove the songs and the label's not working with us. So, yeah...That's the hold-up. We're both willing and eager to get started on a third season release. We just can't go anywhere at the moment."
  • Ed (2000 series starring Tom Cavanagh, Julie Bowen and Michael Ian Black)
    With the announcement that Six Million Dollar Man will be coming to DVD in November 2010, Ed moves up to become the 4th-most-wanted unreleased TV show among registered members of TVShowsOnDVD.com...so where is it on DVD? In February 2007 star Tom Cavanagh ("Ed Stevens") said in an interview that the music was the hold-up: "The stumbling block as it's like a lot of the time is the music rights. They were fortunate enough because of the clout they had as the Letterman's producers to get a lot of great music as one-offs, of course when you put those on a DVD that becomes a whole different thing. I think that's the difficulty." HOWEVER, just a few weeks later, in March 2007, a separate interview with Ed creators Rob Burnett and Jon Beckerman revealed that there are other reasons for the hold-up as well. Beckerman said, "...our understanding is that things got kind of tied up in between the different entities that were involved in producing the show. Because it was a joint production of Viacom Productions, which no longer exists, and NBC Productions and I guess Viacom kind of got absorbed back into Paramount and I don't know, it's just a whole maze of executives and confusion." So it sounds like there are 2 different legal hurdles keeping this highly-wanted show off the DVD market: ownership rights and music licensing. But that was a few years ago now, is there anything more current? In an interview from February 2009, Cavanagh updates the status by saying "Um, that is in the works as we speak." However, he immediately gets humorous about the long delay for this release, and doesn't clarify if "in the works" means that the legal issues are in the process of being sorted out, or if they've gone so far as to actually begin producing discs, or what. When the interviewer responds by commenting, "Oh, I see. I'll see Love Monkey out on DVD in 2030, then. Right?", Cavanagh replies, "You'll probably see Love Monkey before you see Ed, but they're both in the works. How about that?" Well, we think that is still very vague, and as of this writing a year and a half later (August 2010) there still has been no sign of an actual Ed DVD announcement (neither from CBS/Paramount or from NBC/Universal). Or a Love Monkey DVD announcement, for that matter! Not even any industry rumors, sorry, beyond the fact that there are several 3rd-party studios interested in licensing the DVD rights; however, noone has successfully cut a deal yet to our knowledge. We're keeping our ears to the ground, though.
  • Mister Peepers
    Word from industry experts has pointed to the too-high costs of restoring kinescopes of older shows such as this one, along with the regular costs of DVD production, compared with limited anticipated sales, as the reason they haven't moved forward yet with producing the remaining seasons of this show.
  • Brooklyn Bridge
    Following some positive-sounding news earlier in 2010 about a DVD release, Brooklyn Bridge fell straight off the radar. To try to investigate the situation, we were in touch with the office of show creator Gary David Goldberg, and also with CBS DVD. It quickly became apparently to us that there were communication issues between these two parties, which were leading to hard feelings on both sides. Goldberg's official website has previously said different things about the situation, but now it instead points to a TVWorthWatching.com article which is probably the most fair discussion we've seen about both sides of the story. It's probably safe to say that for the duration of this situation, it's unlikely that there will be much forward momentum with Brooklyn Bridge DVDs. Some fans have speculated that the situation might also be what is holding up more DVD releases of another Goldberg show that is in the CBS DVD libriary: Family Ties. We honestly don't know one way or the other about that, as neither party has spoken about it. However, we've observed that both CBS DVD and the sister company which acts as their distributor, Paramount Home Entertainment, have scaled back the frequency of their TV-DVD releases in 2010. This is simply due, industry sources tell us, to the slow economy. For example, other popular CBS/Paramount shows such as Love Boat, Early Edition and others have been stalled on DVD releases since 2009.
  • Saturday Night Live (further season sets)
    From 2006 to 2009, Universal released season sets of SNL at LEAST once a year, usually in December (2088 saw an extra season set release, in May). Fans were quite pleased with getting the first five seasons in a row, but then they were upset that the sixth season was never announced for DVD in 2010. Rights-owners Broadway Video have informed us that the reason they are not able to continue with those season set releases is due to the high cost of the music in the performance segments of the episodes. As a result, only "best-of" DVD releases are being made available to the fans at this time.
  • Werewolf
    This 1987 show was among the earliest hit shows on the Fox Network, and in 2009 Shout! Factory - who had licensed the rights from Sony - was planning to release the complete series on DVD. They began putting it together and got quite far into the process, but then found out that a pair of music tracks in key scenes of key episodes could NOT be licensed, because the music-rights-holders (each of the two songs had a different rights-holder, is our understanding) simply declined to do so. It was, we hear, not a matter of money, but for other reasons (which have not, and possibly never will be, made public). Now, for the majority of TV shows, there are separate audio tracks for the vocal dialog, for the sound effects, and for the music. Therefore, changing music can be fairly easy in these situation. But in the case of Werewolf, however, there was just one track with all those items mixed together. So these songs were "married" to the dialog and audio effects; there was NO way to eliminate the restricted music without literally re-recording the scenes with the original actors (an excercise that would have been HUGELY and prohibitively expensive, even if the actors were generous and waived their payments the cost still would been so much that it would have boasted the list price for each copy of the DVD set to a cost so high that fans would find it incredibly difficult to buy). It was such an impossible situation for Shout! Factory, that at their request Sony effectively canceled the license contract to them for the show, and took the property back (Sony and Shout! continue to work together on lots of other shows, of course). So Werewolf, to our knowledge, belongs to Sony now. As of this writing, Sony has not announced that they will put it out, or that they are licensing it anyone else. Of course, any other studio (Sony or otherwise) would still have to deal with the music issues that thwarted Shout! Factory. So this program is likely to be sitting on the shelf, unless something changes.
  • Ashes to Ashes
    Fans of the original UK version of Life on Mars have been wondering if the "sequel" series, Ashes to Ashes, would be released in North America...just as Acorn Media did with the original show. The spin-off takes place in the 1980s this time, although we do see older versions of some of the characters from Life on Mars. Along with the rest of the fans, we've also wondered whether Ashes to Ashes would make it to DVD in the USA and Canada. So we asked Acorn Media about it, and we're told that they are still assessing the feasibility of bringing the spin-off to DVD on this side of the Atlantic. The key to the wait, however, has been securing the music rights for all those great '80s songs which were used in those episodes. Acorn wants to ensure that the music can remain intact on any North American DVD release, as they feel that it's a key part of Ashes to Ashes (just as it was with Life on Mars, in order to set the "mood" of the era). The work to try to make this release happen is still ongoing, so it's certainly not a lost cause or anything like that.
  • Parker Lewis Can't Lose
    In mid-2009 and early 2010, Shout! Factory released the first 2 seasons of Parker Lewis Can't Lose, and since then fans have been holding their breath for the third and final season of the show. Want to know what the hold-up is? Not a problem! In mid-October, Shout! DVD producer Brian Ward posted a comment at the studio's official message board explaining things: "There are some major music hurdles that our team is actively trying to clear...we are trying to get it done. We'd love to just outright pay for the music clearance, but the second volume didn't sell enough to justify it. Fingers crossed, gang!" So there you have it: music costs again. If more fans purchased Season 2, then it looks like Season 3 would have made it out by now. Unfortunately, sometimes we fans are the actual hold-up! Of course, in the current down economy even the most passionate fans have had to cut back their spending; that's understandable. But be sure to ask for your favorite TV shows on DVD as a holiday gift to fill up the holes in your collection, okay?
  • The Paper Chase
    In 2009, Shout! Factory released the first 2 seasons of The Paper Chase, starring John Houseman in his award-winning role as "Professor Kingsfield" of Harvard Law School, and since then fans (myself among them!) have been sweating it out for the third and fourth seasons of the show, with their final 18 hours (16 episodes with 2 double-length stories) of the program's run. Shout!'s DVD producer Brian Ward spoke about it at the studio's official message board, explaining that the chances are currently poor for a third release, even as a "Shout! Select" direct-sales title, due to BADLY insufficient sales of the first two sets: "The Paper Chase isn't looking good. Unfortunately, sales have been extremely low on these. We'd love to keep working on them, because we've been watching the future seasons and think it's a great show. But until we sell a lot more of S2, I'm afraid S3 will be cooling off at the back of the stove. After all, traditionally, people won't buy S3 until they already own S2 and we've not sold enough of S2 to justify a third release, knowing that sales will drop from even that number. Sorry, gang!"
  • Room 222
    Shout! Factory's 2009 release at general retail of the first season of the show with Karen Valentine didn't sell well enough to convince retailers to accept the show back on their store shelves, but the studio moved forward anyway with a "Shout! Select" online-store-only release of the second season early in 2010. However, Shout! DVD producer Brian Ward has recently revealed at the studio's official message board that "It's...a shame that a VERY SMALL number of people bought S2...We're holding it back because we're going to sell even fewer than we did of S2 and that number was already extremely low." So it looks like school, unfortunately, is out for now. UPDATE (12/1/2011): This is a belated update, but in late August the word from Shout! Factory DVD producer Brian Ward was very straightforward and rather final-sounding when he said, "Doesn't look like we'll be doing S3, I'm afraid."
  • Peyton Place
    Shout! Factory released the classic '60s soap opera to DVD in 2009, with two releases ("Part 1" and "Part 2"), each with 5 discs. Since soap operas are daily programs, it's been estimated that Shout! would have had to get to a "Part 4" set before getting the full "first season" of the show on DVD. But will they ever get that far? The first two home video releases sold well enough that Shout! was interested in continuing, but - as the studio's DVD producer, Brian Ward, had put it - at that point they had "released every episode (they) were contractually permitted to release". They went back to the folks who own the show, Fox Home Entertainment, looking to license more episodes and continue the show on DVD. However, about a month ago Ward had bad news to post on the studio's message board about those negotiations: apparently Fox wanted more money than before. Ward said, "Sorry, guys. Unfortunately, the first two volumes didn't sell well enough for us to justify paying MORE for licensing additional episodes and they don't seem to be interested in giving us additional episodes for the same price or less. We may be at a bit of a stand off. For now, anyway. My fingers are always crossed." Thanks for clearing that up, Brian. Hopefully something will change...but for now, that's the hold-up.
  • Human Target (1992, with Rick Springfield)
    The recent Fox Network-aired series starring Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley is in its second season now, and enjoying some success. But this isn't the first time the DC Comics character of Christopher Chance, The Human Target, has been on TV! In 1990 a pilot was shot starring musician/actor Rick Springfield, and co-starring "E-Street Band" saxophonist Clarence Clemons. In 1992 ABC picked up the show (produced by the same people who brought us The Flash a couple of years earlier), and though much of the cast (including Clemons) changed, Springfield still led as Chance. Too bad the show didn't seem to have much of a chance, though...only 7 regular episodes were produced, and the original Clemons-included pilot was never broadcast. Still, fans of the new show have been curious about the original, and recently one of them asked Warner at their "Warner Archive Collection" Facebook fan page if there was "Any chance of releasing the original HUMAN TARGET series with Rick Springfield?" The Warner Archive Collection (WAC) team, which puts out the studio's manufacture-on-demand (MOD) titles sold online, replied with the reason we haven't seen this item yet: "Many have asked about this series over the years. Recent rights research indicated some music issues need to be addressed before we can seriously pursue a release on DVD. If these issues can be resolved, chances would be very good that fans could get this long-requested series from WAC."
  • Romantically Challenged
    The 2010 ABC-aired sitcom starring Alyssa Milano had its fans who loved it deeply. Unfortunately, there just wasn't enough of them, and the show was canceled after just 4 episodes aired (leaving two or three episodes produced but unaired). A show which is that short-lived is unlikely to get a traditional in-store DVD release. But since Warner owns the program, one fan thought that the studio's MOD (manufacture-on-demand) online-sales-only program might be a good fit for this series. So she recently asked the Warner Archive Collection (WAC) at their Facebook fan page, "Can we please have Romantically Challenged put onto DVD?" The WAC team replied with bad news, though: "Sadly, for fans of this series, we cannot release it on DVD at the moment, as none of the music was cleared for home video release".
  • Eastwick
    The 2009 ABC-aired drama based on John Updike's Witches of Eastwick novel (as was a feature film, and a musical) only lasted 1 season with 13 episodes. As we commented above with Romantically Challenged, since Warner owns the program one fan thought that the studio's MOD (manufacture-on-demand) online-sales-only program might be a way for this series to come to DVD. So he asked asked the Warner Archive Collection (WAC) at their Facebook fan page in January, "Hello, Could we please have Eastwick the tv show put on DVD? It lasted 13 episodes and the fans would love it.Thanks!" The WAC team replied with info, however, which doesn't sound too promising: "Music licensing costs for this series make a release unlikely any time soon. But, anything can change...! If we are ever able to clear the series, we'd love to make it available to the fans through WAC."
  • Women of the House
    The official status regarding this show is that the release has been permanently removed from Mill Creek Entertainment's release schedule; issues surrounding the source material delivery resulted in a termination of the entire deal.
  • Rhoda
    In Spring 2011 an exchange between a member of Shout! Factory's official message boards and Shout!'s DVD producer Brian Ward revealed that the studio hadn't acquired the rights to the remaining seasons. farrahflawless: "Rhoda. Season 1-4 were released so why the hell not just get season 5 out and be done with it" --- B Ward: "We'd love to. We can't get the rights, thus, making it a tad bit difficult at the moment." Nothing more has been said since then. UPDATE (12/1/2011): Shout! DVD Prodcer Brian Ward had the most recent update about this item in late August when he said this at the studio's official message board: ""Yeah, acquiring the license for that final season isn't looking good. But who knows?""
  • Facts of Life
    In Spring 2011 an exchange between a member of Shout! Factory's official message boards and Shout!'s DVD producer Brian Ward revealed that the studio hadn't acquired the rights to the remaining seasons, and that there are music issues as well. Colton001: "I was hoping maybe you could enlighten us with a comment about Facts? Where things stand, the hold up, whatever you could actually provide would be really great!" --- B Ward: "The hold up on The Facts of Life is the rights. These are currently not ours to release. We're still trying to acquire them, but the negotiations aren't exactly swift 100% of the time. Fingers crossed. It really comes down to whether or not we can justify spending what's being proposed, with the knowledge that there is plenty of music still needing to be cleared before we release it." Nothing more has been said since then. UPDATE (12/1/2011): Shout! DVD producer Brian Ward followed up yesterday by saying, "No plans to release the remaining seasons of Facts of Life. We've released everything we currently have the rights to. And we've not been able to license more to this point."
  • My Two Dads
    In Spring 2011 a post on the studio's official message board by Shout! Factory DVD producer Brian Ward said that sales of the first two season sets were too low to continue producing any more: "I'm afraid the hardcore M2D fan collective may have proven to be a bit too small to continue with S3, just yet. Sales on the first two seasons just aren't what we'd hoped."
  • Small Wonder
    In Spring 2011 a post on the studio's official message board by Shout! Factory DVD producer Brian Ward said that sales of the first two season sets were too low to continue producing any more: "Small Wonder has proven to be a bit of a novelty series that most people are comfortable owning one season of. The second season fell below even the usual, expected decline in sales. I can't give numbers. But a lot more people have to prove, with sales S2, that Small Wonder is, indeed, a demanded title. Otherwise, the supply will not be created."
  • Mr. Belvedere
    After releasing the first 4 seasons of the sitcom in three DVD sets from 2009 to early 2010, Shout! Factory hasn't released anything more from the show's 6-year run. What's up with the final two seasons? In Spring 2011, Shout! DVD producer Brian Ward revealed at the studio's official message board that they released all the seasons they had licensed up to that point, and were apparently in long, drawn-out negotiations to acquire the rights to release those remaining episodes. You can read what Ward said in posts here ("Mr. Belvedere's rights are held up by the licensor. We'd release it tomorrow, if we had them.") and here ("We (Shout!) do not have the rights to the fifth season of Belvedere. However, we're certainly still speaking with folks about it. (Cliff) from acquisitions...is saying not to expect it anytime soon, (so) you're obviously getting a fairly good view of the ongoing communication between licensor and licensee." To our knowledge, nothing further has been revealed on this topic since then.
  • Wizards and Warriors
    In Summer 2011, a fan (Jerry Bryant) asked about this show at the Warner Archive Collection's fan page on Facebook, and its chances for a DVD release. Warner responded with news that's overall very positive, but tells us we won't see it immediately: "We've been wanting to release W&W for quite a while, but we're in limbo at the moment. Substantial technical work on the film elements for each of the episodes is required before we can master them to video. There is no ETA on when the work will be complete. We'd like to think that a release could be effected at some point next year, but we can't firm up our plans until the tech work is a done deal. We'll keep fans posted with any updates here as they develop."
  • Human Target (2010, with Mark Valley)
    The recent Fox Network-aired series starring Mark Valley, Chi McBride and Jackie Earle Haley was not renewed, because it had poor ratings at the end. Moreover, it doesn't look like the show's second (and final) season is coming to home video from Warner Bros.; as TVShowsOnDVD webmaster explained in a tweet last November, the first season set had poor sales on both formats and the studio apprently doesn't think a second season set would sell well enough to be profitable.


As of September 3, 2013 there are 45 entries in this FAQ. Look for more updates to this FAQ as time goes on! Please be patient in the meantime. NOTE: At this time, this FAQ is only being updated periodically, with long intervals between updates (example: it has been 10 months since the last update).

NOTE: IF THE SHOW YOU ARE INTERESTED IN IS UNRELEASED ON DVD AND IS NOT LISTED IN HERE, THEN WE SIMPLY DON'T KNOW (AND HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO FIND OUT) WHAT THE REASON FOR THE HOLD-UP IS!

FAQ Update Log:

  • Sep. 4, 2009 - Created FAQ.
  • Oct. 6, 2009 - Added an entry for Boy Meets World.
  • Oct. 20, 2009 - Update the Scarecrow and Mrs. King listing in the FAQ with a link to today's news post on the subject. Also confirmed with Warner the reasons about what is holding up more releases of
  • Perfect Strangers, so an entry was for that show.
  • Oct. 28, 2009 - Added entries for CHiPs, Alice, Ironside and King of the Hill; updated Tales of the Gold Monkey.
  • Nov. 2, 2009 - Added entries for X-Men Evolution, Knots Landing and The Apprentice.
  • Nov. 12, 2009 - Removed the entry in the FAQ for Scarecrow and Mrs. King, following yesterday's studio announcement for the title.
  • Nov. 13, 2009 - Updated the Tales of the Gold Monkey entry further with news that a USA release is planned for 2010.
  • Nov. 20, 2009 - Added and entry for the '80s cartoon M.A.S.K.
  • Dec. 9, 2009 - Updated the Ironside entry with news that Season 3 is going to be available as a direct-sale item, starting in a month.
  • Jan. 31, 2010 - Removed entires for Ironside and Fresh Prince following new season sets either being released or solicated for each shows. Added updates for Superboy and Jem explaining that we've had recent word from studio sources that these shows are NOT being planned for release soon (despite rumors otherwise). Andded an entry concerning the 2 post-series telefilms for I Dream of Jeannie.
  • Feb. 1, 2010 - Added an update to the Doctor Who entry about a new U.K. release of The TV Movie (with Paul McGann as the 8th Doctor) is being produced, but no indication that USA rights issues have been resolved mean that there is little hope that we'll see this "revisitation" DVD over here.
  • Feb. 17, 2010 - Updated the Family Matters entry with news of a first season set announcement.
  • Feb. 20, 2010 - Removed the Tales of the Gold Monkey and Family Matters entries following their official announcements.
  • Feb. 27, 2010 - Updated the Max Headroom listing (1987 ABC series announced) and Boy Meets World (possible upcoming new release).
  • Apr. 2, 2010 - Updated the Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman entry with links to the story(s) that both shows are finally in the works.
  • Apr. 12, 2010 - Massive update to the FAQ, adding new word from the BBC that the 1996 Doctor Who movie's rights issues remain unresolved, and adding updates and new entries - based on info from last Monday's online WHV/HTF chat - for hold-ups with Superboy, Murphy Brown, China Beach, Perfect Strangers, CHiPs, Alice, Flo, Knots Landing, The Drew Carey Show, Wait Till Your Father Gets Home and Third Watch. Began work on moving this FAQ from the notes tab of our Facebook fan page to the main site itself.
  • Apr. 28, 2010 - Removed the Max Headroom entry following its official announcement; updated Eight is Enough and added entries for Shazam!, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Logan's Run, Freddy's Nightmares and the 1990 DiC production of G.I. Joe.
  • May 10, 2010 - Added an entry about Blossom
  • May 19, 2010 - Updated the entry about X-Men Evolution; added one for Power Rangers
  • August 5, 2010 - Removed the Six Million Dollar Man/Bionic Woman entry, updated the Boy Meets World entry, added a Wildfire entry
  • August 14, 2010 - Added an entry for Ed
  • September 17, 2010 - Removed the Boy Meets World entry following a Season 4 announcement; removed the portion of the Doctor Who entry which dealt with Doctor Who - The 1996 Movie since it has been announced for North American DVD release, with extras; added entires for Mister Peepers and Brooklyn Bridge.
  • November 6, 2010 - Mentioned that Warner's MOD title "Classic TV Christmas Collection" contains 1 episode each of Eight is Enough, Perfect Strangers, CHiPs and Alice (plus it has episodes from six other shows which do not currently have listings on this FAQ, because we don't know what their hold-ups are). Added listings for Saturday Night Live (season sets), Werewolf, Ashes to Ashes, The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis and the final season of Parker Lewis Can't Lose.
  • November 8, 2010 - Updated the Blossom entry with new details
  • November 12, 2010 - Added entries for The Paper Chase, Room 222 and The Donna Reed Show
  • January 7, 2011 - Added entries for Peyton Place, Human Target (original, with Rick Springfield), and Romantically Challenged
  • April 11, 2011 - Removed entries for M.A.S.K., Jem and the Holograms and DiC's version of G.I. Joe; updated Donna Reed Show, Logan's Run; added an Eastwick entry
  • August 20, 2011 - Added entries for Women of the House, Rhoda, Facts of Life, My Two Dads, Small Wonder, Mr. Belvedere, Simon & Simon and Wizards and Warriors
  • December 1, 2011 - Removed entry for The Donna Reed Show; updated existing entries for Alice, Eight is Enough, Facts of Life, Knot's Landing, Kung Fu: The Legend Continues, Logan's Run, Rhoda, Room 222, Simon & Simon, Shazam!, and Third Watch
  • January 10, 2012 - Removed entry for Eight is Enough
  • February 1, 2012 - Added entry for Human Target (2010)
  • November 12, 2012 - Removed entries for Alice, Logan's Run, Power Rangers, Wildfire, Shazam! and Simon & Simon. Updated CHiPs, Malcolm in the Middle.
  • September 3, 2013 - Removed entries for China Beach, Dobie Gillis and Superboy. Updated I Dream of Jeannie. Added note.

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