Well, goooolly! Yesterday morning we ran a story
about the 11/22 DVD release of The Andy Griffith Show - The Complete 4th Season
. In our report, we mentioned that this season ended with an episode called 'Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.": this is the story from The Any Griffith Show
in which Sheriff Andy Taylor (Andy Griffith) tries to help gas-pumping Gomer Pyle (Jim Nabors) get off on the right foot with Sgt. Vince Carter (Frank Sutton) as Gomer joins the U.S. Marine Corps. As we know, this was the "pilot" episode of the spin-off series Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
, which formally debuted the following Fall (1964) and would last for five seasons.
In our article, we commented about how we HOPED that this episode's arrival on DVD was an indication that season sets of Gomer Pyle, U.S.M.C.
could be expected in the future. Later in the day, a trusted industry insider - who spoke on condition of anonymity - contacted us and said that the program IS INDEED in the works for DVD release! The first season is in the production stage now, we understand, and therefore no release timeframe has been set just yet.
Even though we probably won't see this until next year sometime, it is very good news to know that it's coming! We're very excited to pass this along to you first. However, please keep in mind that this should be considered a "grapevine" rumor for now, since the studio has not officially announced it yet. As we well know, anything can happen between now and the time of release. So for now just sit back, hang tight, and stay tuned, and we'll fill you in on any updates to this story just as soon as we get them.