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Old 05-09-2014, 03:07 AM   #1
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Post WKRP in Cincinnati - Complete Series coming to DVD 9/23/14 !

WKRP in Cincinnati - Baby, If You've Ever Wondered...Whatever Became of the DVDs...
....They're living with our friends at Shout! Factory, coming soon as a 'Complete Series'!
Posted by David Lambert
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From 1978 to 1982, the CBS network aired 4 seasons of WKRP in Cincinnati, starring Gary Sandy as program director "Andy Travis," Gordon Jump as station manager "Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson" (whose mother owns the station), Loni Anderson as receptionist "Jennifer Marlowe," Howard Hesseman as DJ "Doctor Johnny Fever," Tim Reid as DJ "Venus Flytrap," Richard Sanders as newsman "Les Nessman," Frank Bonner as advertising salesman "Herb Tarlek," and Jan Smithers as "Bailey Quarters."

In 2007, Fox released a 3-disc set of The Complete 1st Season on DVD, but sales of the title suffered because a lot of the original music had been cut or replaced throughout the episodes. As a result, Fox never moved forward with further releases, but fans never stopped wanting this show on DVD. Now the good news: our friends at Shout! Factory have licensed the show's home video rights, and are planning to deliver all four seasons of the sitcom together in one package with WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series on DVD! No timeframe for this title has been set, and they clearly are aware of everything fans want to see on every season of this release. This is just an early heads-up that the item is in-the-works, to whet your appetites. Stay tuned, of course, and we'll update you as further developments occur! Our thanks to reader Todd Eizikowitz for his contribution to this story.


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Old 05-09-2014, 03:31 AM   #2
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WKRP in Cincinnati - Baby, If You've Ever Wondered...Whatever Became of the DVDs...
....They're living with our friends at Shout! Factory, coming soon as a 'Complete Series'!
Posted by David Lambert
5/08/2014


From 1978 to 1982, the CBS network aired 4 seasons of WKRP in Cincinnati, starring Gary Sandy as program director "Andy Travis," Gordon Jump as station manager "Arthur 'Big Guy' Carlson" (whose mother owns the station), Loni Anderson as receptionist "Jennifer Marlowe," Howard Hesseman as DJ "Doctor Johnny Fever," Tim Reid as DJ "Venus Flytrap," Richard Sanders as newsman "Les Nessman," Frank Bonner as advertising salesman "Herb Tarlek," and Jan Smithers as "Bailey Quarters."

In 2007, Fox released a 3-disc set of The Complete 1st Season on DVD, but sales of the title suffered because a lot of the original music had been cut or replaced throughout the episodes. As a result, Fox never moved forward with further releases, but fans never stopped wanting this show on DVD. Now the good news: our friends at Shout! Factory have licensed the show's home video rights, and are planning to deliver all four seasons of the sitcom together in one package with WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series on DVD! No timeframe for this title has been set, and they clearly are aware of everything fans want to see on every season of this release. This is just an early heads-up that the item is in-the-works, to whet your appetites. Stay tuned, of course, and we'll update you as further developments occur! Our thanks to reader Todd Eizikowitz for his contribution to this story.


Taken from: http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/WKR...#ixzz31BSJogvP
I was just watching this on Antennae TV over the weekend. Good to know.
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Old 05-09-2014, 04:04 AM   #3
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I was just watching this on Antennae TV over the weekend. Good to know.
Me too. I hope they are able to secure the music rights for each song. This was a fun show back in the day that still holds up.
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Old 05-09-2014, 05:10 AM   #4
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If Shout! Factory has found a way to retain ALL the music for this series then this is the greatest news since the dawn of man.

This series is the greatest example of how important music can be to the telling of a story.

I have all 90 episodes recorded on VHS tapes from early '80's broadcasts before they changed the music but still missing bits for time. I started recording multiple versions of the episodes because they would make the edits at different places then I would put them together to make the longest possible version of each show but I didn't get too many done this way.

Of course, the altered versions with generic music is completely awful and the laws have to be changed for the ridiculous amounts of money needed for licensing even a few seconds of recognizable music. All because the future of home media wasn't foreseen, greedy artists and an out-of-date law.

Shout! Factory is doing amazing work, especially with titles that require tricky music licensing like SCTV. I'm hoping they get the complete St. Elsewhere next. The rest of Fridays as well.
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I feel a chill in Hell
I know it's more of an undertaking with 4 seasons but Shout! did Freaks & Geeks with all the original music and WKRP has a bigger fan base... so fingers crossed it all comes out right because I've got money to spend on this one, day one!

Oh yeah... BOOGER!!!
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It could happen. They ran into a similar issue here in Canada with Hilarious House of Frightenstein where the Woldman bit had to be cut because of music but they were able to secure the rights to some and release those fully. Truthfully, as long as they get the rights for songs that are a key part of the episode, I am okay. I would love to hear all but I know it could cost a fortune so as long as they can get the ones the really need, I would be happy.
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It could happen. They ran into a similar issue here in Canada with Hilarious House of Frightenstein where the Woldman bit had to be cut because of music but they were able to secure the rights to some and release those fully. Truthfully, as long as they get the rights for songs that are a key part of the episode, I am okay. I would love to hear all but I know it could cost a fortune so as long as they can get the ones the really need, I would be happy.
I actually have one of those Frightenstein sets! I think the difference is that the DVD distributors of a small Canadian cult kids TV show (which I grew up with on CHCH) couldn't afford the bread to pay off the greedy Sly Stone people. Whereas as Shout! has the dollars to appease the rights holders because there is a big audience waiting to gobble up a properly done WKRP set. Besides, doing it incorrectly again wouldn't make much sense since FOX's first attempt was delivered to stores with toe tags

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Tim Reid & Howard Hesseman informed fans that shout! is currently working on the music rights issue in order for the show to be released uncut...
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Wow -- WKRP with intact music! I hope Shout will be able to work out good deals with all the rights holders. It's amazing how much even just a few bars of music can cost to license.
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WKRP in Cincinnati - 3D Package Art from Shout! Factory for 'The Complete Series'
Still no street date yet, but Amazon has begun accepting pre-orders for a 13-DVD set!
Posted by David Lambert
6/18/2014


We reported this past Friday that Amazon.com had begun taking pre-orders for Shout! Factory's upcoming release of WKRP in Cincinnati - The Complete Series on DVD. Now the studio has kindly provided us with your very first look at the 13-disc set's packaging! There's no other new info at this time: no date, no info on extras, no info on music clearances. We're working with Shout! to get you that information as soon as it's available. Stay tuned!


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Next 'WKRP' DVDs will include original rock music
John Kiesewetter, jkiesewetter@enquirer.com - CINCINNATI.COM:



The biggest news from the "WKRP in Cincinnati" reunion live streamed from Los Angeles on Wednesday night was plans for a DVD release with the original music.

The old "WKRP" gang also made a couple of surprising statements at the Paley Center for Media event about Dr. Johnny Fever (Howard Hesseman's character) being based on a former WSAI-AM DJ, and about the episode about The Who concert tragedy here in 1979 ... things I hadn't heard in my 29 years on the TV beat.

It seems like yesterday that Dr. Johnny Fever, Venus Flytrap and newsman Les Nessman were "living on the air in Cincinnati, Cincinnati WKRP." But "WKRP" stopped living on the air 30 years ago, when CBS repeated its last episode on Sept. 20, 1982.

DVD RELEASE: The Shout! Factory, which issues DVDs and Blu-ray discs of old TV shows and movies, has acquired the home video rights to "WKRP." All four seasons will be released in a boxed set with the original rock music, said Tim Reid, who played DJ Venus Flytrap.

In 2007, Fox Home Entertainment released the first season with generic rock replacing the 1970s hit songs because of the high cost for the music rights, to the disappointment of many fans.

There's no timetable for the release.

One more musical note: Creator Hugh Wilson said Reid and Hesseman (a former San Francisco FM DJ) "programmed their own music." Reid said he was the first to play Bob Marley records on the air, and some other artists. "Nobody was playing Bob Marley," Reid said.

THE WHO: I believe Tim Reid misspoke when he said that Cincinnati City Council members pre-screened the February 1980 episode about the December 1979 Who concert tragedy. So does Vice Mayor David Mann, who was on the council in 1980.

"The network was very concerned. We were concerned," Reid said Wednesday night. "They wouldn't allow it to air until the City Council of Cincinnati saw the episode."

Mann "has no memory of that. Why would they let us approve it?"

What Reid probably meant to say was that Cincinnati's CBS affiliate – WCPO-TV (Channel 9) at the time – previewed the episode. That's what Wikipedia says.


The idea to do an episode about the WKRP staff in shock over the 11 deaths outside old Riverfront Coliseum (now US Bank Arena) came from a staff party at Wilson's house, Reid said. In the show, WKRP promoted the concert.

DR. JOHNNY FEVER: I knew Wilson created "WKRP" from his days as an Atlanta advertising executive, when he listened to Atlanta radio stations. He had never been to Cincinnati, but picked this city as the setting because it went with "WKRP," the call letters he chose because they stood for "crap."

What I heard for the first time Wednesday: Wilson said Johnny Fever was based on an Atlanta morning drive DJ named Skinny Bobby Harper. Harper was a WSAI-AM DJ in 1964, one of the five "Good Guys" (including Dusty Rhodes) who brought the Beatles to Cincinnati Gardens that year.

Wilson would see Harper in an Atlanta bar after work. "He had to leave at 6:30 p.m. (to get to bed), so he'd get drunk around 2."

Rhodes, now Hamilton County auditor, had never heard that Harper was the inspiration for Johnny Fever. But he could see the comparisons.

"He was a little wild. He was a crazy personality, a free spirit. He wasn't here long," Rhodes said.

Harper, who worked for seven Atlanta stations, died of lung cancer in 2003.

OTHER WKRP NEWS:

Loni Anderson (Receptionist Jennifer Marlowe): She dyed her hair for the role, at Hugh Wilson's request, and it changed her life.

"I had been a brunette until that time, so blondness was not something I was interested in. … I was a serious brunette actress. But I wouldn't be me, if it wasn't for you (Wilson)."

Jennifer also was independently wealthy and could speak seven languages. Wilson wanted to "have the glamorous woman be the smartest person in the room," she said.

Howard Hesseman (Dr. Johnny Fever): Two weeks before taping the pilot, Wilson hadn't found actors to play Dr. Johnny Fever or General Manager Arthur Carlson. Director Jay Sandrich suggested Hesseman and Dayton native Gordon Jump. Hesseman was totally convinced about the job and did the pilot without a signed contract.

Wilson said: "I wanted him so badly, I didn't care if he didn't have a contract. It was madness, not having a contract, but (MTM studio president) Grant Tinker and Jay Sandrich went along with it."

Hesseman was a rock DJ on San Francisco's KMPX-FM in the Summer of Love in 1967. When he auditioned for Fever, "I knew who this guy is. Components of this guy existed in my experience," Hesseman said.

Tim Reid (DJ Venus Flytrap): CBS initially objected to the spring 1979 "Who is Gordon Sims?" episode about Venus Flytrap going AWOL from the U.S. Army to protest the Vietnam War before getting into radio. "No show on television, not even 'Lou Grant,' had done a show on Vietnam, and the network said no," Reid said.

The cast was expecting to be canceled as the first season (1978-79) was winding down. CBS asked Wilson for one more script for that season, and Wilson again offered the Gordon Sims story. CBS relented, on the condition that "the military sat in the audience every day to watch rehearsals," Reid said.

Reid also said "WKRP" changed his life: "It was an incredible four years. I would have liked it to go another six. I wish we could have gone for 20 years."

Richard Sanders (Newsman Les Nessman): Cast members told a couple of great stories about Sanders, who did not attend the panel discussion. (His absence was not explained.)

Wilson recalled that Dr. Johnny Fever "would always say, 'More music and less Nessman.' And he (Les) never got it."

In the pilot, Sanders wore a small bandage over a recent cut. Wilson tried to think of a way to rewrite the script to explain the bandage but finally gave up. It was Sanders' idea to wear a bandage on a different part of his body in every episode, as an inside joke, Wilson said.

"He got a photo from fans, and they all had bandages!" Anderson said.

It was a great 90 minutes ... except for the fact that nobody talked about the show's most famous episode, the Thanksgiving "turkey drop" promotion. As God is my witness, I thought turkeys could fly.

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I really hope they get all the music - in a show like this, you really need to. Still love to watch this when I can catch it.
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They get all the music, I'm in. I may even buy two.

Without it...
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It's been what...thirty years?...and I still can't hear Tiny Dancer without flashing immediately back to the defector episode.

A lot of times people make big deals out of minor changes but this ain't one of them. The music was a really important part of this show.
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Great news if they really do get back the original music and unedited episodes, but it would be even better if they could manage a Blu-ray release, even though these were all shot in SD video.
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I'm definitely picking this up. Although I was only 2 years old when the show ended it's original run, I watched the syndicated reruns growing up.

I'm glad that they got the music issues straightened out. I never did buy that previous release of the first season because of it. Now I am glad that I waited.

Oh, and I just want to say... Baily is hot!

I'm looking forward to both this release and The Wonder Years.


Now I have to ask the really evil question that no one wants asked... how long before they release The New WKRP In Cincinnati on DVD?
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Umm no, no thanks.
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Now I have to ask the really evil question that no one wants asked... how long before they release The New WKRP In Cincinnati on DVD?
I hope they do release this next. Why not?! Hugh Wilson also created it and it starred three of the original characters (Carlson, Tarlek & Nessman), played by the same actors and Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Carol Bruce & Edie McLure all show up for guest appearances. It was nice to see it back in any form. 47 episodes over 2 seasons.
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I hope they do release this next. Why not?! Hugh Wilson also created it and it starred three of the original characters (Carlson, Tarlek & Nessman), played by the same actors and Howard Hesseman, Loni Anderson, Tim Reid, Carol Bruce & Edie McLure all show up for guest appearances. It was nice to see it back in any form. 47 episodes over 2 seasons.
Yeah, while I admit that it's not a "must have" for me by any means, I would pick it up if released.

I also wish that the Three's Company spin-offs (The Ropers and Three's A Crowd) would come out as well.
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Yeah, while I admit that it's not a "must have" for me by any means, I would pick it up if released.

I also wish that the Three's Company spin-offs (The Ropers and Three's A Crowd) would come out as well.
AfterM*A*S*H was a dud, if I remember but I wouldn't mind if it was included on a BD complete series package of M*A*S*H in the future.
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