When I wrote about the complete Hill Street Blues DVD set that came out at the end of last month, I mentioned that I really hoped that Shout! Factory would do a similar set for WKRP in Cincinnati. Ha! I called it! TV Shows on DVD is reporting that Shout! has “licensed the show’s home video rights and are planning to deliver all four seasons of the sitcom together in one package”.
Since the sitcom was about a radio station, the music was an important part of the show, and the rights have been a problem in the past. There was a first season release in 2007 that made extensive cuts to avoid licensing costs, even to the point of eliminating scenes from the show. There’s been no official word from Shout!, but I know that they do everything they can to put out releases fans can be proud of. No timeframe has been announced, but I’m excited just to hear the effort is in progress. I’m also hoping that they do some current-day retrospective interviews and remembrances.
This music discussion forum points out how extensive the music use was in the show. I’m not expecting EVERYthing to be available, but as they note, some scenes depended on the song that was involved, so I hope the substantial uses are cleared. It appears that fans have been requesting Shout! do this for over a decade now, too. Sometimes patience is rewarded.