One of the most popular news stories (#3) at TVShowsOnDVD last month (December 2005) was our story
about rumors that Nick's beloved classic show You Can't Do That On Television
would come to DVD this Spring. We were *very* sure of our info at the time, but now the plans for this release have suffered a reversal.
A few days ago we posted the bad news
that The Adventures of Pete & Pete - Season 3
was cancelled. What we've been keeping under our hat was that when our studio contact gave us the info that Pete & Pete
was pulled from the schedule, that person volunteered to us that You Can't Do That on Television
had been pulled as well. Since that title had never been officially announced by the studio, and we had gotten our info mainly from other industry sources, we wanted to take a couple of days before passing that bad news on to our readers and see what our same sources had to say about that.
Our industry sources did indeed confirm that YCDTOTV
is off the schedule, at least for now. They had not been able to discern a firm reason for the change, but speculate that the recent behind-the-scenes changes at Viacom (which have been in the business pages of your newspapers and magazines, so we won't repeat the whole thing here) may have had a lot to do with changes in scheduled releases, including this one and several others from Paramount and their sister studios. It's also worth noting that the prez of Nick just stepped down, so things Nick-related could be on hold while new management takes over there.
Our industry friends had also heard that the YCDTOTV
clearances were really complicated, so any delay could simply have to do with clearing those up. They don't think that the Nick Rewind collection of DVDs is going to implode or anything, though. They rightly point out that the other elements of the Rewind line-up (clothing, etc.) are all doing very well, and that the DVDs are among the biggest sellers and the most obvious items to include in the Rewind line of products. So we'll probably see You Can't Do That On Television
back on the schedule, possible even later this year. No promises, but it's not looking all bad. Not yet anyway. Stay tuned and we'll keep you informed, okay?