Monday, April 30, 2007

Classic TV "Minisodes" Coming Online Soon; Paul Lynde Halloween Special to DVD in the Fall

The Sony Corporation and its production studio, Sony Pictures Television, which controls the rights to those and many other class television shows, have come up with condensed episodes from three and a half to five minutes of classic Sony TV shows such as Charlie's Angels, T.J. Hooker, Starsky & Hutch and even talk show Ricki Lake! Sony even has a name for these shrunken slices of television nostalgia: minisodes.
Sony Television is planning in June to introduce an Internet-based service called the Minisode Network, initially offering the mini-shows for an exclusive run on MySpace (The company may consider establishing a separate Internet channel called the Minisode Network later.). These are not clips of the shows, but actual episodes with beginnings, middles and ends, all told in under six minutes.
Hopefully we have some sitcoms in there that are currently not airing such as Diff'rent Strokes, Silver Spoons, Facts of Life, Benson, etc. Read more at the New York Times. Bill Carter wrote the story.

S'more Entertainment will soon be releasing a lot of DVDs. One of them will be The Paul Lynde Halloween Special from such shows like Bewitched. On October 2, they'll be releasing the amazingly bizarre, iconic and special as a single DVD at $14.99. Not only is the resplendent Lynde in fine form in this October 1976 TV special, he's joined by Margaret Hamilton (who dons the entire costume from The Wizard of Oz for the only time since the original 1939 release, including the green make-up). She is joined by Witchie Poo (Billie Hayes) from H.R. Pufnstuf playing her 'sister', Tim Conway, Donny and Marie Osmond, Billy Barty, Roz "Pinkie Tuscadero" Kelly", Betty White, Florence Henderson and as musical guests...KISS, in their first TV appearance!
KISS performs 3 songs and the footage of them on stage 'talking' with Lynde is priceless.
S'more also has a deal with DiC to release such animated shows as The Littles and The Get-Along Gang. And they will be releasing more series in the future, which I'm sure many of us will be glad to have. We'll let you know as soon as they make it official!
Thanks Arny and S'more!


Sitcoms Airing Tonight

Sunday, September 23

Family Guy - "The D in Apartment 23" (Fox, 9:00PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
The Griffins force Brian to move out after he posts an offensive tweet that goes viral.

Rel - "Pilot" (Fox, 9:30PM ET/PT) (Repeat)
A recently divorced father makes a fresh start on the West Side of Chicago with the help of his best friend, his overly encouraging younger brother and his prideful dad.

Complete TV Listings


Sitcom Stars on Talk Shows (Week of September 17)

Sunday, September 23

  • Jerry O'Connell (We Are Men/Carpoolers/My Secret Identity) - Catch Jerry on Watch What Happens: Live at 11pm on Bravo.


New on DVD/Blu-ray (August/September)

The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season Step by Step - The Complete Second Season Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season

08/07 - Happy Endings - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
08/15 - A.P. Bio - Season One
08/28 - Brooklyn Nine-Nine - Season Five
08/28 - Man Seeking Woman - The Complete Third Season
09/04 - It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia - The Complete Season 12
09/04 - Mom - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Silicon Valley - The Complete Fifth Season
09/04 - Superstore - Season Three
09/04 - Young Sheldon - The Complete First Season
09/11 - The Big Bang Theory - The Complete Eleventh Season (Blu-ray)
09/11 - The Middle - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - Modern Family - The Complete Ninth Season
09/11 - People of Earth - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - Community - The Complete Series (Blu-ray)
09/18 - Step by Step - The Complete Second Season
09/18 - You're the Worst - The Complete Fourth Season
09/25 - Blondie - The Complete 1957 Television Series
09/25 - Perfect Strangers - The Complete Fifth Season
More TV DVD Releases / DVD Reviews Archive / SitcomsOnline Digest