- The Washington Times - Tuesday, August 10, 2004

Seinfeld’ on DVD

One could argue that with “Seinfeld” reruns on multiple channels around the dial, there’s little need to release the series on DVD.

But that, alas, isn’t how the DVD marketplace works. Viewers want their favorite shows uncut and with as many extras as the studios can pack in.

Hence, the upcoming “Seinfeld” box set, featuring the show’s first three seasons, will be available on DVD for the first time Nov. 23.

The gift set will include such quirky extras as a limited-edition script from co-creator Larry David, Monk’s Diner salt and pepper shakers, and collectible playing cards, Reuters News Agency reports.

Its cost: $119.95.

For the budget-conscious, however, volumes one (the first two seasons) and two (the third season) will be sold individually at the suggested list price of $49.95 each. Each volume will include about 12 hours of new content, according to the DVD’s distributor, Columbia TriStar Home Entertainment.

In all, 40 original episodes are featured in the DVDs, including such notable entries as “The Chinese Restaurant”; “The Pez Dispenser”; and “The Boyfriend,” a two-parter featuring former New York Mets standout Keith Hernandez.

“Seinfeld” executive producer Howard West brushed aside past concerns that key cast members Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Michael Richards and Jason Alexander might not chip in for the audio commentaries. The trio signed on in exchange for participation in the profits of future DVDs, Mr. West told Reuters.

Along with their audio commentaries, the set’s extra features include deleted scenes and never-aired stand-up comedy footage of Jerry Seinfeld, who created the series with Mr. David.

Columbia TriStar president Ben Feingold said the episodes have been newly enhanced in high definition.

“We’re continuing work on the entire property, including subsequent seasons,” Mr. Feingold told Reuters.

Doherty hits the beach

Reformed bad girl Shannen Doherty is set to join the cast of the new Fox drama “North Shore” to play — what else? A bad girl.

The star of “Beverly Hills, 90210” and “Charmed,” who earned a less than flattering reputation for her on-set behavior early in her career, will come aboard during a multi-episode story arc beginning Sept. 20.

“North Shore” airs Monday evenings at 8 on Fox.

The network envisions the actress’s work on the show as echoing that of Heather Locklear’s turn on “Melrose Place”: the beautiful, conniving temptress.

Miss Doherty’s character, Alexandra Hudson, will reveal early on that she is the illegitimate daughter of hotel magnate Walter Booth (Christopher MacDonald) and his daughter Nicole’s (Brooke Burns) half-sister.

“North Shore” follows the staffers at a tony Hawaiian hotel and the wealthy guests who visit them.

‘Moon’ lands on TNT

“From the Earth to the Moon,” HBO’s 12-part mini?series recalling the Apollo space program, will soon touch down on TNT.

The network has acquired the rights to the 1998 feature and will relaunch it this October, Reuters reports.

The project, executive-produced by “Apollo 13” alumni Tom Hanks, Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, won three Emmys, including best miniseries.

Sources familiar with the deal say TNT paid fellow Time Warner subsidiary HBO about $6 million for “Earth” — just a few million shy of the $8 million the History Channel shelled out for another HBO miniseries, “Band of Brothers,” earlier this year.

HBO has generated a healthy revenue stream in recent years by selling its vast library of original programing, including “Sex and the City” reruns, to sister network TBS.

Two new to ‘Thief’

“Thief,” FX’s forthcoming series about a group of robbers prepping for their next heist, has added two familiar faces to its cast.

Linda Hamilton, best known for her work on the CBS series “Beauty and the Beast” as well as two “Terminator” features, and actor Michael Rooker (“The Bone Collector”) will join “Thief” lead Andre Braugher in the gritty new drama, Reuters reports.

Miss Hamilton will play a fence for Mr. Braugher’s crew of crooks, while Mr. Rooker will portray a detective on his way out of the police force who’s also being investigated by its internal affairs department. Other actors already signed on for the project include Malik Yoba, Mae Whitman and Arlington native Will Yun Lee.

Compiled by Christian Toto from staff and wire reports.

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