June 5, 2008

NOW WE'RE TALKIN' RETROSEXUAL...:

Back by popular demand: Mannix!: Fans' persistence got the '60s series on DVD — but it may not be the show they remember (JAIME J. WEINMAN, May 28, 2008, Macleans)

Who knew that Mannix was the ultimate cult show? With flattening DVD sales, most studios aren't bringing out a lot of older TV shows in the format, but on June 3, due to massive fan campaigning, Paramount will release an extras-packed set of Mannix: Season One, a late '60s show starring Mike Connors as a detective who seems to spend most of his time beating people up or getting beaten up himself. The problem is, the first season isn't exactly the show that fans remember, and it may not sell well enough to bring them the episodes they really wanted.

In its first season, in Paramount's good-quality prints, Mannix comes off as a stylish, entertaining mystery/action show, thanks to Connors, showrunner Bruce Geller, and the jazz waltz theme by Lalo Schifrin. The successful show, which ran from 1967 to 1975, was famous for its consequence-free violence: Mad Magazine joked that the show offered "weekly groin-kicking of the defenceless." Today, it isn't widely seen, but it has faithful fans who have lobbied Paramount to release the show, even going to the studio in "Why isn't Mannix on DVD?" T-shirts. The media took notice; a Washington Post article featured interviews with Connors and Mannix fan club organizers, who then used the article to publicize their plea for a Mannix DVD.


Now we need Cannon, Barnaby Jones, Harry O, Hec Ramsey....

Posted by Orrin Judd at June 5, 2008 7:54 PM
Comments

They only released the first seasons of Dragnet and Adam-12.

Posted by: Bryan at June 5, 2008 8:50 PM

Better to release the old, original dreck. These days it seems that all Hollywood can produce are remakes of cartoons when it's not doing comic books.

Posted by: Raoul Ortega at June 5, 2008 9:37 PM

Kudos for mentioning Harry O. David Janssen was great.

Mannix and It Takes a Thief were two of my favorites as a teen. Never thought I would hear about Mannix again.

Posted by: ratbert at June 6, 2008 1:16 AM
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