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FROM THE WALNUT TIMES (Great Site)
Finally - the DVD collection you've been waiting for...
The official DVDs of The Dick Van Dyke Show from Calvada Productions
The Dick Van Dyke Show Revisited!
Yes, it's finally going to happen- what fans have been waiting
for for years.
The cast from The Dick Van Dyke Show will be reunited in a one hour sitcom special on CBS.
Carl Reiner has completed his script to bring back together the living cast members from the original Dick Van Dyke Show - and Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Rose Marie, and Larry Mathews have all agreed to participate in the project.
Carl says that the show will bring the audience up-to-date with the show's characters to let us what each are doing today. There will also be some surprises!
One possible plot being considered would have Alan Brady asking Rob to write his eulogy - subject to heavy editing, of course (as only an egomaniac could!)
Dick and Mary provided some additional possible details duing an interview on Larry King Live when they indicated that Ritchie will return as a dad with grandmother Laura teaching Ritchie's daughter at Laura's ballet school.
Most importantly, it has been confirmed that CBS Executive Les Moonves has given Carl approval to move forward with the reunion.
Will we get a look at the Writer's Room to see how things have changed in 40 years? What about the Petrie household? What does it look like today? As more information becomes available, we'll be sure to keep you posted.
The DVDonDVD truth from Doug Denoff
(reprinted from www.sitcomsonline.com)
Greetings, everyone, here's the truth from me, Doug Denoff, owner of www.dickvandykeshow.com and son of Sam Denoff, co-producer and co-writer with Bill Persky of some of your favorite episodes, including Coast TO Coast Big Mouth, October Eve and the Christmas Special.
Your posts have just been brought to my attention by Steve at sitcomsonline.com and after reading all of them, I want you to have the facts. Then maybe we can all use our power to get The William Morris Agency to undo the mess they've caused.
For those of you unfamiliar with the nonsense of Hollywood, The William Morris Agency represents Calvada Productions which of course owns the DVD Show. Calvada was formed by Carl Reiner, Dick Van Dyke, Sheldon Leonard and Danny Thomas.
The Agency also represented my dad and Bill Persky for many years.
I created the website in 1997 originally out of love for the joyous experience of growing up with the DVD show in my house. As you may know, Good Times entertainment released about 30 episodes on VHS in 1995 but this was pre-Internet and they didn't sell at all. I originally wanted to release the 1968 color CBS Special "Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman" because 1) it's a wonderful special which never re-ran, and 2) I had a small part in it!
In 1999 I contacted WMA and they told me that a "gentleman" named Paul Brownstein had been given the right to try to sell the special on behalf of Calvada, but it was hard to sell because so many famous songs were used in it that the music royalties would make it unprofitable. for many months I chatted repeatedly with Paul about my idea and he kept telling me it was pointless.
I also came to know Dave Van Deusen at The Walnut Times. He's a good friend now and encouraged my ideas and projects.
In October 2000, I realized that October 3, 2001 would be the 40th anniversary of the show. I spoke with my Dad and we agreed that it made sense to release all 158 episodes on the anniversary on DVD which had never been done; hence www.dvdondvd.com !
I dicussed it with Mr. Brownstein who continually said it would be a very tough sale (now you KNOW he's no expert on public taste). So I called WMA and arranged a meeting with the lead agent for Calvada. My Dad and I went in with a full presentation, research, and copies of many of your letters from the dvdondvd website. The agent agreed that the idea was wonderful. We proposed licensing the rights in exchange for a very favorable profit sharing with Calvada. They would put up zero money. I would pay for the manufacturing of the DVD's out of my own pocket. I had spoken with La-z-boy about manufacturing the ottoman for the special edition. I spoke with the Smithsonian Institution about staging a special event on October 3, 2001 to celebrate the anniversary and place some of the memorabilia in the Smithsonian alongside Fonzie's leather jacket and other TV icons.
We began negotiating a contract. WMA suggested that we keep Brownstein on our team to handle the many administrative and royalty issues and he agreed to become a participant as a part of MY company. But he continued to downplay the entire idea - suggesting we'd only sell a few hundred complete sets.
We began researching additional material and I found bloopers and other material never before seen (although Mr. Reiner later asked that we not use bloopers because he wants the world to only see rob and laura in character - we would of course respect his wishes). I also spoke with many of the show's participants, including director John Rich, about contributing to the project.
The final step was to get the blessing of Mr. Van Dyke's personal agent. Dad and I met with him, gave him the presentation.
Meanwhile, in March 2001, behind my back, Brownstein talked to Image Entertainment and got them to bid on buying the rights from Calvada. I was furious since he did not approach them on behalf of ME or what I thought was 'OUR' project. Paul claimed that Image was just an alternative for US to hire to do the actual manufacturing - not a competitor. By the way, if you visit image-entertainment's website, you'll see that they are hardly the right fit for the DVD show with all the soft-core junk they release.
Anyway, Dick's agent refused to make a decision for many months. Brownstein and I spoke several times a week and he constantly played as if he was on the team, and I constantly talked to Calvada's agent at WMA. She commisserated with me but said she could'nt get the blessing from Dick's Agent.
Then of course came 9-11 and everything went on hold for a while.
In mid-november, having already blown the 40th anniversary, my mother became very ill. Three days before she died on November 26, 2001, Brownstein came over to have lunch with me at the deli by Cedars Sinai Hospital in LA, to tell me that Dick's Agent had decided to make a deal with Image. He claimed to have nothing to do with it (do YOU believe him?) and that he would not be financially involved, but that they had preserved my right to release the 'Ottoman Collection"
Of course I was furious but days later had to face the death of my mother (my dad's first wife).
Then we started to see press from Brownstein how HE was releasing the show on DVD. Then Mary Tyler Moore's wonderful retrospective show had amazing ratings and the world craved 'comfort TV' in the wake of 911. Now I was ready for a fight.
I called the WMA Agent in charge of Calvada and requested a meeeting. We finally met in August and I told her that both WMA and Brownstein had outright stolen the project from my father and me and that if they didn't come up with a solution, I'd take legal action. Of course this is contrary to my original intent to nurture and support the release of the show, but I was not going to stand by and see Brownstein make money off of my idea.
At the meeting WMA basically agreed that they had mis-handled the entire situation, that they had never told Dick Van Dyke OR Carl Reiner about our proposal (but my Father had) and proposed a solution which I found acceptable, but now THAT hasn't happened either. Brownstein has made the Time-Life deal without my involvement.
WMA has promised that we will still be able to release the Ottoman Collector's edition, but unless I can get WMA to change their tune, it's going to have to wait until these other things take their course. In the meantime, if you purchase the Time-Life set through this website by clicking on the link (available after 12/18/2002) dickvandykeshow.com will earn a 10% affiliate fee from Time-Life which will be used to ensure the quality of the Ottoman Collection.
Dontcha just love Hollywood?
Dad and I met with an Entertainment Law Firm who agrees that our rights were violated by WMA and Brownstein. In one last effort to keep things out of court, dad put in a call to Carl Reiner on Wednesday. As we suspected, (and as WMA admitted), Carl was completely unaware of our situation. He agreed to call WMA, but we are poised to allow the lawyer to proceed to protect our rights and the project.
UPDATE AS OF April 8, 2003
Carl called Dad and told him that he was going to tell WMA to make things right with us. We hope to resolve things soon.
Please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I hope you will support my original goals and look forward to bringing you the product as originally intended
During the TVLAND awards, which we all saw, Carl Reiner announced that he's creating a sequel to the Dick Van Dyke Show. Mr. Reiner said "now that i've made the announcement I'm going to have to make good and finish the idea"
Here is some new information on the UPCOMING DVD BOX SET, this information is directly from the creators of the box.
Many of you have written to express your wishes as to how you want this Collection to look. We're not surprised to discover that you ALL feel the same way about certain things and we're pleased to tell you that we agree with you.
When we began planning this Collection, we had already decided:
1. All episodes will be in numerical order, from 1(the DVD pilot) to 158 ("The Gunslinger"). The original air date, and the date the episode was filmed before a live audience will also be shown. The disks will be boxed by season, 5-6 episodes per disk depending on how much extra content we include.
You will be able to cross-reference the airdate with the episode number to help you with those trivia questions like "oh, darling, which DVD was on the night you proposed on 10/31/61?" (ANSWER "Oh How We Met The Night That We Danced" - Episode 6)
The specials will each be on its own disc:
The Color Special, "Dick Van Dyke and the Other Woman (Mary Tyler Moore)", which aired on CBS April 13, 1969.
"The Dick Van Dyke Show Remembered" hosted by Charles Kuralt for CBS in 1995
and "Inside the Dick Van Dyke Show", produced by TVLAND for their Fandemonium Marathon in 2000
2. We are obsessed with quality so we are using the best possible Digital Masters made from the original 35mm film negaitves which have been kept safe in temperature-controlled vaults in Hollywood.
3. "Best of..." and "favorites..." may be released separately in the future, but that information will also be included on each disk in the numerical series, with commentary and other goodies as part of the DVD special material. We agree that the few episodes which were released in the past were not the best way to preserve the entire series. Besides, whose favorite is it anyway? Dick Van Dyke's, Carl Reiner's, or some executive in a video company? So by releasing all the episodes, you can also enjoy YOUR FAVORITES!
4. You will be able to purchase one disk, a boxed season, or the whole collection. For serious collectors, we will offer a limited edition consisting of all the disks, special material, and some personally autographed items, all encased in a "flip-top" ottoman, just like the one DVD trips over (most of the time!) in the opening credits.
ottoman shown in beautiful
black & white.
actual ottoman may vary!
5. We intend to make the price of each disk and the collection reasonable
6. No, we will NOT be colorizing this classic show! It will be preserved in living Black and White. Only the specials and any new material originally presented in color will be released in color.
7. You will also be able to download
episodes online for a very reasonable fee.
March 31, 2000
Mary Tyler Moore's Good to Go on TV
Mary Tyler Moore is eyeing a full-time return to
TV after all, only not with a revival of her '70s hit series The Mary Tyler
Moore, who just revisited her career-woman character with the ABC TV movie Mary
and Rhoda, will instead star in Good as Gold, reports Variety.
The half-hour comedy pilot is being produced at Columbia TriStar Television for
a fall debut.
She'll play the mother of star and executive producer Elon Gold, who based
the comedy on his own experiences growing up with two brothers in a Jewish
household. Elliott Gould (Ross and Monica's dad on Friends) will play the
father, and former Single Guy Jonathan Silverman has been cast as one of
The Gold connection was struck when he co-starred as Moore's boss in the ABC
TV movie Mary.
ABC passed on the chance to revive the MTM franchise as a weekly
series, even though Moore and Valerie Harper's reteaming delivered solid Nielsen
Production is expected to begin within the next two weeks. CBS has first dibs
on picking up Good as Gold as a series since Gold developed the script
for the network. If CBS passes, Columbia TriStar will be free to shop the pilot
around in June.
In addition to her best-known and best-loved work on MTM and The
Dick Van Dyke Show, Moore had been in the short-lived 1995 CBS drama New
York News and the 1985 comedy series Mary.
Moore also had a recurring role on the Téa Leoni sitcom The Naked Truth.
She appeared with Leoni in Flirting With Disaster. In that film, she
played Ben Stiller's bra-baring mom to critical kudos.
Moore, who just revisited her career-woman character with the ABC TV movie Mary and Rhoda, will instead star in Good as Gold, reports Variety. The half-hour comedy pilot is being produced at Columbia TriStar Television for a fall debut.
She'll play the mother of star and executive producer Elon Gold, who based the comedy on his own experiences growing up with two brothers in a Jewish household. Elliott Gould (Ross and Monica's dad on Friends) will play the father, and former Single Guy Jonathan Silverman has been cast as one of Gold's brothers.
The Gold connection was struck when he co-starred as Moore's boss in the ABC TV movie Mary.
ABC passed on the chance to revive the MTM franchise as a weekly series, even though Moore and Valerie Harper's reteaming delivered solid Nielsen numbers.
Production is expected to begin within the next two weeks. CBS has first dibs on picking up Good as Gold as a series since Gold developed the script for the network. If CBS passes, Columbia TriStar will be free to shop the pilot around in June.
In addition to her best-known and best-loved work on MTM and The Dick Van Dyke Show, Moore had been in the short-lived 1995 CBS drama New York News and the 1985 comedy series Mary.
Moore also had a recurring role on the Téa Leoni sitcom The Naked Truth. She appeared with Leoni in Flirting With Disaster. In that film, she played Ben Stiller's bra-baring mom to critical kudos.
More news will be added as it arrives to me.