Mike, I too am enjoying your insights on various parts of the industry.
You may be too far removed from Fox in time (sometimes the powers do change often) or you may just not have had any contact with this end of things, but my question involves Fox's judgement in DVD releases.
People in Irwin Allen fandom are glad to finally have the first season of Lost In Space on DVD, but they are confused and ticked off that it took so long to get any of his series released...and even then Fox seems to be acting like they expect the whole thing to fail...which it hasn't.
I added to the discussion the following in trying to figure it out (and I most definitly welcome correction and disagreement): To Fox's surprise, their best selling tv series on DVD (I read or heard this) is The Family Guy. They are even thinking of putting it back into production, so if nothing else, they will have more episodes to release on DVD. You would figure that MASH would sell well...so they are releasing them with no frills whatsoever (which is fine with me). They release the Mary Tyler Moore show with very fancy packaging and a nice booklet, and commentaries and a disk full of extras...and it doesn't sell well enough (I am guessing for the cost of making it) and so there may not be any more seasons released (and my household wanted all seven seasons released.)
Now MASH and MTM are both quality shows...but my instinct says MASH would most likely sell better then MTM...so MASH would be a better release to gamble higher costs with newly produced extras.
Also, I pointed out that A&E is releasing a whole library of cult shows...some that have not been seen in this country in decades...and I am assuming successfully, since they continue to release them.
So I am wondering, if you have any insights into Fox's thinking regarding DVD releases. Are they having a hard time figuring it out? The same way they can't figure out the value of SPECTRE?
It's funny how things cycle. I remember reading that someone looking back to the 70's, and how Paramount year after year could not make up their minds to do, and then what to do with, Star Trek, said that in the time it took them to do the first Trek, Fox would have already done 5 or 6 movies.
Again...thanks for the thoughtful observations.