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Ed Asner starred in the title role of the classic 1970s TV series “Lou Grant.”

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TV Q&A: No plans for 'Lou Grant' on DVD

  • Article by: ROB OWEN
  • Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
  • September 8, 2013 - 2:46 PM

Q: The “Lou Grant” show was a great weekly newspaper drama that aired on CBS in the late ’70s. How come it’s never been available on DVD?

A: Sometimes shows are not released on DVD because rights to the program are in question or there are rights issues related to music on the program. And sometimes the owner of the rights simply doesn’t think there’s any financial upside to releasing a title on DVD, because the marketing research suggests there’s not enough appetite among consumers.

According to the reliable TV Shows on DVD (www.tvshowsondvd.com), 20th Century Fox owns the rights to “Lou Grant.” We can only surmise that the company has decided it doesn’t make good business sense to release “Lou Grant” on DVD.

‘Golden Boy’ skews too old

Q: Why was “Golden Boy” canceled? It was a good show. Tell me again why it’s bad when over-50 viewers like a show. Don’t older people control some of the spending?

A: There’s nothing wrong with older viewers liking a show, but in the eyes of advertisers, it’s not optimal.

Advertisers covet the viewers they are less likely to have. Younger people tend to watch less TV, and advertisers are most keen to reach them because the thinking is that they are less brand-loyal and their buying habits are less established.

Older viewers watch more TV, so there’s less incentive for advertisers to be interested in them because they will always reach older viewers even in younger-skewing shows.

As far as “Golden Boy,” CBS was hoping it would draw more young viewers than “Vegas” and other CBS shows. It didn’t, so CBS canceled it and will try again with new shows in the fall.

True ending vowed for ‘Bridge’

Q: Will “The Bridge” resolve the murder this season, or will producers make the same mistake “The Killing” did and let it hang on until a possible second season?

A: Executive producer Meredith Stiehm offers this assurance: “Yes, the mystery will be resolved — before the end of Season 1.”

Cote de Pablo leaves ‘NCIS’

Q: I saw somewhere that Cote de Pablo is leaving “NCIS.” Why? I thought she signed for two more years.

A: Evidently not. All of the reporting I’ve seen says her contract was up in May.

Syfy gives up this ‘Ghost’

Q: Is Syfy’s “Ghost Hunters International” still in production?

A: There are no plans for additional episodes.

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