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Action: Because Fox Cancels Everything We Like


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Posted Jan 8, 2004 @ 4:47 AM

Are there currently any well-organized DVD campaigns going on?

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Posted Mar 31, 2004 @ 4:17 PM

Also posted this in the Grosse Pointe thread...

Action on DVD? There's a stronger possibility of seeing it now, thanks to Sony/Columbia Tri-Star Home Entertainment's new poll. Click the link and vote. You can only pick one show. The poll is straight-forward, asks some really good questions, and offers a nice variety of DVD extra features for you to vote on as far as importance goes...

A lot of people will need to vote to have Action win this (or get into the Top 5, or whatever Sony ends up doing with the info they get from this. I doubt they'll only release one of those shows on DVD). Even if you're a big fan of something like I Dream Of Jeannie as well, there's such a huge market for those classic shows already that it's pretty much guaranteed to be released eventually. Action, unfortunately, could easily fade into obscurity with the hundreds of other failed `90s/2000s sitcoms/comedies.

I voted for Grosse Pointe. I'll admit I was torn between Action and Grosse Pointe, but I think Action has a bit better chance of not being forgotten as easily. Plus I'd get more out of a Gross Pointe release since there're more episodes. Hopefully between the fans of the two shows though, we can get a significant amount of votes for each. If you've got a computer at work as well, try voting from there to make your votes count twice.

Any other show listed in that poll that you think is worthy? I never saw them, but apparently The Naked Truth was a decent comedy, and I know Pasadena had its fans...There's another Darren Starr series listed there as well, The $treet, but apparently it sucked.

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Posted Apr 2, 2004 @ 5:16 AM

Tea Leoni has done great work before (Flying Blind), but the Naked Truth wasn't it.

I voted for Grosse Pointe, but I'd easily vote for Action second... and Get a Life third. (Hey, didn't Get A Life already have a DVD release? ... oh, it did, but not a full season.)

Edited by arc, Apr 2, 2004 @ 5:17 AM.


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Posted Apr 4, 2004 @ 5:45 PM

Just a reminder that if we get enough people to vote, we could get some Action.


....About nine months and lots more goofy puns later, I gotta ask--was anyone e-mailed the results of this survey? After you hit submit on the thing, there was a message that said they'd make the poll info public. Have you noticed any of the titles included in the poll getting DVD releases this past year?

Edited by Kris_AB, Jan 27, 2005 @ 10:39 AM.


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Posted Nov 30, 2005 @ 2:22 PM

Just found out that Action is being shown tonight in the UK on ITV4, at 10:00PM!

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Posted Nov 30, 2005 @ 4:03 PM

Comedy Central has it on from time to time in the early AM. I thought this was a great show and would love to have DVDs.

Illeana Douglas, grrrrrrrowwwwwl.

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Posted Nov 30, 2005 @ 4:51 PM

It was on over here about 5 years ago, but always in the middle of the night and moved around a lot, so I didn't see all the episodes. Now's my chance to see them all, and at a reasonable hour, too! Hope it's as good as I remember :)

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Posted Dec 21, 2005 @ 8:14 PM

Finally!!!

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Posted Dec 21, 2005 @ 8:43 PM

I hope I remember to buy this when it comes out.

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Posted Dec 21, 2005 @ 9:30 PM

Yay! I got the "lost" eps when FX showed them, but I'd love to see them uncensored and complete and in order.

This was an amazing show.

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Posted Dec 27, 2005 @ 3:08 PM

I'm really happy now. This and Police Squad coming on DVD.

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Posted Feb 24, 2006 @ 2:52 AM

Bump to say "I'm buying this DVD set later today!!!!"

Will skip the episode where Peter has Wendy spend the night with whoever it was to get the rights to the script. Hated that episode!

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Posted Feb 25, 2006 @ 12:52 AM

I saw this tonight. Netflixed the first disk. It's well made and very, very funny but I can see why it was cancelled. Way too risque and controversial for network TV -- definitely belonged on HBO or Showtime. Reminded me of Profit a little (although that was a better show), and the films The Player and Swimming with Sharks. Interesting to note that Jim Vallely wrote some of the episodes, as he's one of the more important writer/directors of Arrested Development. My favorite eps on the first disk are 4 and 5. Dragon's speech to the senator in ep 5 was brilliant, probably my favorite moment of the show so far.

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Posted Feb 25, 2006 @ 9:45 PM

Guess I better buy this soon and support it if I wanna have a better chance of seeing Grosse Pointe on DVD as well (it was listed for March, but then Sony delayed it). Unfortunately I'm really not keen on spending money on TV-shows-on-DVD for the next little while due to budget constraints, but I guess if it's a time-sensitive situation like this where Sony/Columbia Tri-Star are watching for good sales on these little one-season-wonders and determining if they should put out more, I can set aside a bit for a short-lived comedy that probably won't be very expensive.

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Posted Feb 25, 2006 @ 10:14 PM

I also saw the first disc this week and had forgotten how great this show was!! Fox really butchered it when it was on the air - too bad it wasn't picked up by a cable channel. It had a great cast, great guest appearances (Sandra Bullock, Salma Hayek, Keanu Reeves, Scott Wolf (which is made even funnier if you have seen he and Jay Mohr in GO). The gay studio head, Uncle Lonnie (R.I.P. Buddy Hackett), the prostitute who used to be a child star (too bad no one else has really figured out how to use Ileana Douglas on a regular basis although she has had some great guest appearances ie Six Feet Under) - it's all hilarious!!

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Posted Feb 26, 2006 @ 12:27 PM

Had I seen this thread last year I would have voted a million times over. I've been checking Amazon for years to see if this awesome show was ever going to come out on DVD. Yay! I had it in my mailbox on Monday.

This show doesn't miss a beat. Jay Mohr is perfect, perfect for the lead. I have to say the writing is the best part about the show. I noticed in the credits that Will Forte is the story editor. I have to assume that's the same Will Forte now on SNL.

And Fab Filippo as Holden Van Dorn ... be still my beating heart!!

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Posted Feb 26, 2006 @ 3:25 PM

This is by far one of the funniest and smartest shows ever. I got my DVD's and my wife and I have not stopped laughing. Jay Mohr is so under rated as a talent. It is also bittersweet to see Buddy Hackett make it look so damn easy....

" I take Viagra just so I won't piss on my shoes"

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Posted Feb 27, 2006 @ 2:48 PM

Yay CouldBeYou another Action lover. IMHO, there is not one line of wasted dialog in this show and I agree Jay Mohr is brilliant. Even more than his spoken words are his facial expressions and gestures.

If you watch the DVD special features, the producer dude basically says his greediness is the reason this show ended up on Fox instead of HBO. It was pitched to HBO originally, and they went to Fox for a counter bid, then HBO backed out and they were screwed.

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Posted Feb 27, 2006 @ 4:24 PM

I'm sort of happy I've got it. I loved the first few shows. I remember that FOX stopped after the one where Peter has his heart attack.

Some time later they came out with the other ones.

I CANNOT watch the last one at all.

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Posted Mar 2, 2006 @ 1:15 AM

amazon.com raised the price on this DVD from $16.99 to $22.49. I'm not sure if that means good or bad news for the sales.

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Posted Mar 2, 2006 @ 10:55 AM

I watched the second disk of the set last night. Jay Mohr was really, really good, especially in the final episode. I thought the bit that made fun of the Weinsteins was too over-the-top, but then again, most of Action was. Some of the characters were too one dimensional (Reagan Busch, Holden Van Doren, Titus Groade). I think the best episodes of the second disk are the one where Peter "dies" and the finale.

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Posted Mar 2, 2006 @ 11:53 AM

The finale is really sad and I remember being really pissed that he did that to Wendy. I haven't watched it since it was on TV and I haven't seen it on the disk.

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Posted Mar 5, 2006 @ 2:48 PM

amazon.com raised the price on this DVD from $16.99 to $22.49. I'm not sure if that means good or bad news for the sales.


AnnieGirl That makes no sense of Amazon to that, unless the $16.99 was a limited time only price type deal. I don't think the price will stop the true Action fans, like us.

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Posted Mar 11, 2006 @ 6:42 PM

I just got it yesterday and watched the entire season in a straight shot, pausing pretty much only to take in the commentaries and other special features.

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Posted Mar 11, 2006 @ 9:38 PM

arc ~ Had you seen it before on tv, or is this your first go around? Good stuff, eh?

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Posted Mar 12, 2006 @ 2:18 AM

As a Canadian, I saw the Fox run but couldn't watch the FX burnoff, since I don't get FX. I had one or two episodes scattered on old tapes but it was too much of a pain to dig them up, so this was about the first time I'd seen it since it first aired.

It was great; I laughed almost nonstop. I did make the mistake of watching the featurette before finishing the series so it spoiled me for a bit of the last few episodes, but it wasn't a big deal.

Then I went and read some reviews of the DVD sets and I have to agree that the cattiness of the commentaries towards Ileana Douglas did seem mean-spirited and unpleasantly ugly... maybe because it was mean without being very funny. OTOH, I can see their point -- particularly in this show -- about getting a LOT of notes from all directions, including the actress they hired to play a former prostitute being annoyed at the prostitute part of the character...

I did laugh a lot to hear that Holden's freakout over not saying what time it was actually came from a moment on an earlier episode.

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Posted Mar 13, 2006 @ 2:16 PM

I watched the whole season over the weekend. It was entertaining, but I'm glad I rented instead of bought. I didn't realize that Peter Dragon would be so unlikeable, I thought he'd be more like Ari on Entourage. I agree that the show belonged on cable.
There were lots of familiar faces- Erin Daniels (Jenny) is now playing Dana on The L Word. I could have sworn the actor who played Bobby G was The Turtle in S1 of S&TC but it was just a lookalike.

Then I went and read some reviews of the DVD sets and I have to agree that the cattiness of the commentaries towards Ileana Douglas did seem mean-spirited and unpleasantly ugly... maybe because it was mean without being very funny. OTOH, I can see their point -- particularly in this show -- about getting a LOT of notes from all directions, including the actress they hired to play a former prostitute being annoyed at the prostitute part of the character...

Yes, the "making of" thing was weird. Many of them just seemed so bitter and unpleasant about the whole thing. You can snark without coming off like a bunch of asses.

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Posted Mar 13, 2006 @ 4:00 PM

I didn't realize that Peter Dragon would be so unlikeable

Well, I wouldn't want to be his employee or know him, but I absolutely loved watching him be evil.

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Posted Mar 15, 2006 @ 10:27 AM

I'm regretting having bought it. I didn't pay for it--had traded in some CD's for store credit.
I'm really contemplating taking it back and trading it in.

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Posted Mar 15, 2006 @ 2:26 PM

This is definitely one of those shows you either love or hate. Me love!