Laverne & Shirley Split Up With Final Season DVD Release

Laverne & Shirley: The Eighth and Final Season ends the tale of two women from Milwaukee who left for the sunny skies of Hollywood. The DVD boxset is scheduled for release on May 4, 2014. Laverne & Shirley‘s final season is noted for being more about Laverne with just a touch of Shirley. Off camera, Cindy Williams (Shirley) had become pregnant and had a list of changes for the show. The producers decided to just make her character vanish after the second episode. The show still was in the Top 25 without Shirley. ABC wanted a 9th season, but Penny Marshall (Laverne) wanted major changes. Thus it all came to an end on May 10, 1983. Here’s part of the press release from CBS DVD:

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The final season of the half-hour situation comedy focused on brassy, tough-talking, street smart Laverne De Fazio who – along with her family and friends – continued to pursue making all her dreams come true. Starring award-winning actress and director Penny Marshall (A League of Their Own, Big) in the role that made her a star! Includes Cindy Williams’ final episodes as “Shirley Feeney”; also starring Eddie Mekka, Phil Foster, David L. Lander, Michael McKean, and co-created by producer Garry Marshall (The Odd Couple, Happy Days).

Guest stars include Leslie Easterbrook (Police Academy), Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family), Carrie Fisher (Star Wars), Hugh Hefner, Laraine Newman (Saturday Night Live), Carol Kane (Taxi), James Belushi (According to Jim), Adam West (Batman), Louise Lasser (Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman), Vicki Lawrence (Mama’s Family), Joanna Kerns (Growing Pains), and comedians Jay Leno and Shecky Greene. 3-disc set includes all 22 final season episodes and also includes episodic promos and gag reel.

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