TVShowsonDVD.com posted a story on Sunday about industry rumors that a 10th Anniversary Edition set for the TV series Sports Night is coming later this year. Created by Aaron Sorkin, the series was a critical darling, but failed to capture an audience. In 2002, Buena Vista released the short-lived series in one box set, but the series had no extras whatsoever. Now that the show, which help to catapult actors like Peter Krause (Six Feet Under, Dirty, Sexy, Money) and Felicity Huffman (Desperate Housewives) to TV stardom, is currently out of print, there is speculation at a new edition is in the works. According to sources, this new set will have a decent price and extras this time. Apparently Disney is outsourcing the release to an independent studio – most likely to Shout! Factory who did a stellar job on another Disney property last year, My So-Called Life: The Complete Series.
In other TV on DVD news, Walt Disney is steamrolling along as it pertains to getting its hit shows to the DVD consumer. Already, there is news regarding DVD (and Blu-ray) releases of ABC hits like Lost and Grey’s Anatomy.
Due on September 2 is Desperate Housewives: The Complete Fourth Season — Sizzling Secrets Edition at $59.99. Extras include the behind-the-scenes program “Getting Desperate From Beginning to End”; “Couples Commentary,” featuring the on-screen couples teaming to discuss their favorite moments from season four; the featurette “The Men of Wisteria Lane”; deleted scenes and bloopers.
On September 9 are Grey’s Anatomy: The Complete Fourth Season — Expanded and Ugly Betty: The Complete Second Season. Both five-DVD sets are $59.99, while Grey’s Anatomy also streets as a four-disc Blu-ray at $96.99.
“Betty” extras include “On Set With the Besties,” a tour of the Mode sets; “Wilhelmina Slater: Love to Hate Her,” a focus on Vanessa Williams; “Betty Bloops,” allowing the actors to explain their outtakes; and deleted scenes.
On September 16 are Private Practice: The Complete First Season — Extended Edition and Dirty Sexy Money: The Complete First Season, both at $39.99.
The “Private Practice” set delves into the “Grey’s Anatomy” spin-off with the featurettes “Kate Walsh: Practice Makes Perfect” and “Alternative Ensemble: Behind the Scenes of Private Practice,” plus two extended episodes, deleted scenes, bloopers and commentaries.
The “Dirty Sexy Money” three-DVD set includes the featurettes “The Road to Excess: Making Dirty Sexy Money”; “Enter the Penthouse: A VIP Set Tour”; “Haute Couture: Dressing the Darlings”; “The Other Woman: Candis Cayne”; audio commentary; bloopers and deleted scenes.
A week later, on September 23, are Samantha Who? — The Complete First Season at $29.99 and Brothers & Sisters: The Complete Second Season at $59.99.
Included on the first season set of “Samantha Who?,” starring Christina Applegate, are deleted scenes and bloopers.
The “Brothers & Sisters” five-DVD set includes the interactive “Guest Book,” in which the stars discuss their experiences; “TV Dinners: Food From Season 2,” a look at the food stylist; a set tour; audio commentaries; deleted scenes and bloopers.
And just in time for Christmas (on Dec. 9) is Lost: The Complete Fourth Season — The Expanded Experience as a five-disc set at $59.99 for DVD and $96.99 for Blu-ray. Tentative extras include bloopers, commentaries, deleted scenes, a behind-the-scenes featurette, a featurette about the freighter that played a role in the fourth season, a look at the Hawaii sets, a profile of the guns used on the show, and a featurette about the show’s music.
Paramount Home Entertainment is planning for August to be a big month for some of its television properties. On August 5 are the releases of Family Ties: The Fourth Season and a remastered release of Star Trek – The Original Series: Season Two. The following week (8/12) has the unrated 3-DVD set of South Park: The Complete Eleventh Season and two shows making it to DVD for the first time: Caroline in the City: The First Season, starring Lea Thompson, and Dave’s World: The First Season, starring Harry Anderson. On August 19, Showtime’s hit program Dexter sees the second season arrive to DVD. Also on that date, Perry Mason: The Complete Third Season makes its arrival.
Credit: TVShowsonDVD.com, Home Media Magazine and Paramount Home Entertainment