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Thursday, June 07, 2007 SEASON TWO DVD NEWS!:
A recent chat with WWW.TVSHOWSONDVD.COM and Warner Brothers have showed that Mama's Family may be released on DVD if the fans of Mama's Family feel the syndicated edited cuts are good enough for fans. They do not own the rights to the unedited original cuts and they are only allowed to supply the edited cuts. Warner Brothers will not release another set unless fans are willing to buy their version. We need you to sign our official petition in our message board to help generate sub-sequent seasons of Mama's Family on DVD.
TVSHOWSONDVD.COM'S Gord Lacey has agreed to help us with the petition and contact Warner Brothers about our petition, isn't that great news! We would all appreciate you to go over to our message board directly and please sign the petition to get Mama's Family Season 2 and subsequent seasons released on DVD, please help make this official petition a success. The ball is in our court, let's not screw this one up.
Friday, January 19, 2007 EXCLUSIVE NEWS - JOHN HAMILTON RESPONSE TO SOME DVD QUESTIONS AND TIDBITS:
The site emailed John Hamilton the questions that you asked, and please remember not all questions could have been answered. Here is the email we sent.
Dear Mr. Hamilton,
Many Mama's Family fans were very disappointed to find the release of
Warner Brothers Mama's Family: The Complete First Season on DVD to have
used the syndicated cuts of the show. We as fans also understand that
are a very busy person and I personally have compiled many email
from fans that have some questions about Mama's Family future on DVD and
other related facts about the show itself. We would all appreciate a
response to as many questions as you can answer and with permission I
would like to post your responses to the questions on
this website. Many fans loved the
first season on DVD, including myself, but we had hoped the episodes
uncut and used the Alistar Quince sequence as well as the original
openings. We also understand that some questions may not be answerable
because of licensing agreements but we would love as many responses as
can provide us with.
Q: Is there a chance that JHP could release the uncut version rights
some studio, such as Warner Brothers, to develop a Complete and Uncut
Season of Mama's Family on DVD? A: As stated before, JHP's agreement with Warner Bros. does not allow us to
distribute any episodes of Mama's Family.
Q: Were you aware of the DVD release made by Warner Brothers? A: JHP was aware of the DVD release and supported Warner Bros. in this
Q: Is there any hope we will ever see these uncut episodes on TV,
on-line,or on DVD? A: I doubt it, but you never know.
Q: Do you have blooper reels of Mama's Family? A: If you would like to see any bloopers of Mama's Family I urge you to see
Vicki Lawrence's live show (go to her website) which has a few bloopers
in it. However, there is no discussion of releasing a blooper reel at
Q: What Would Warner Brothers have to do to be able to release the
originally aired versions opposed to the syndicated versions on DVD? A: This would require a re-negotiation with JHP which they have not done.
Feel free to urge your fans to contact them.
Q: Was Raytown set in Missouri, it was never stated, but we know it
a tri-state area and a Missouri license plate can be seen in the episode
"Mama Learns to Drive". A: It was an unwritten understanding that it was Raytown Missouri however
we love all Raytown's therefore it was just Raytown USA.
Q: Did the show idea come from Carol Burnett because she was seen
through a small hick town and the police officer didn't know who she
was? A: I'm not sure about this question, I've never heard of this before. As
you know, the original "Family" sketch from the Carol Burnett Show is
the premise for Mama's Family. Dick Clari and Jenna McMahon, writers on
the Carol Burnett Show wrote the original sketch and were the creators
of Mama's Family.
There you have it, from John Hamilton himself. I would like to personally thank him for his time and generosity for answering these questions because there was no obligation for him to respond/reply at all. As for contacting Warner Brothers you can write to
Warner Home Video
4000 Warner Blvd
Burbank, CA 91522
or phone them at their main telephone number for Warner Bros. Studios: (818) 954-6000.
Wednesday, October 11, 2006 EXCLUSIVE NEWS - WE EMAILED JOE HAMILTON PRODUCTIONS:
Many fans felt angered by the release of the syndicated episodes being used on the "Complete" First Season of Mama's Family on DVD. Warner Brothers issued a statement as a response to this:
Thank you for interest in Mama's Family: The Complete First Season on DVD. As you may be aware, the episodes featured on the DVD are the syndicated versions. Warner Home Video always strives to provide original content whenever possible, however, in this instance, Warner Bros. does not own the rights to the original uncut episodes. We apologize for any confusion this may have created and we appreciate your continued support of Warner Home Video products.
There are many people are wondering, who owns the rights to the uncut episodes? We emailed President John Hamilton of Joe Hamilton Productions, son of Joe Hamilton. This was our email:
This email is about the recent release of Mama's Family: The Complete
First Season on DVD, I was wondering if you know who owns the original
copy's of Mama's Family episodes? Many fans were very dissapointed
about the fact that the episodes that were released were syndicated cuts
and not the original NBC Network episodes that showed the Alistar Quince
sequence, as well as the orignal openings.
Warner Brothers released a statement on the DVD release and they have
stated that they do not own the original episodes to Mama's Family, do
know what studio owns the original uncut episodes of Mama's Family?
Thanks for your time, looking forward to hearing from you!
Within hours of sending this email we recieved a response from John Hamilton himself. Here is the exact word for word in what he stated:
Good morning webmaster,
I own the original episodes however, I don't believe I am allowed to
release them under our agreement with Warner Bros.
There you have it, we now know that Joe Hamilton Productions Inc. own the original uncut episodes and not Lorimar, Telepictures, and Warner Brothers.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006 MAMA IN PRIME TIME!:
Starting August 12th with a three hour marathon the i network (formerly PAX) will now air Mama's Family on a regular basis. Kick off the i network premiere of "Mama's Family" with a special 3-hour 'Mama-thon' on Saturday, August 12th, at 8/7c. Beginning August 14th, enjoy back-to-back episodes every Monday-Thursday at 8/7c. To check out the new mama's family schedule please goto the i networks Mama's Family webpage.
Friday, June 23, 2006 SEASON ONE ON DVD!:
On June 19th, 2006 Warner Brothers Home Entertainment announced the release of Mama's Family: The Complete First Season to DVD on September 26th, 2006. The first season, which aired on NBC in 1983, contained 13 hillarious episodes. Make sure to purchase the latest release on DVD to see future season set releases. To find more information about it's release, cover art, specs, pricing, and press release please visit our merchandise page. UPDATE 8/1/06We added the Season One Rear artwork!
Monday, May 1, 2006 DVD UPDATE:
Our story back in December had fans hoping of a DVD release soon. It is now May 2006 and still no official comment from the studio. But reliable sources have told us that The Complete First Season of Mama's Family is coming to DVD sometime later this year from Warner Brothers. A official release date and specific specifications are still unknown.
Wednesday, December 21, 2005 GOOD LORD! DVD SETS?:
(Source:www.tvshowsondvd.com)In the pilot, "Mama" Harper (Vicki Lawrence) and Aunt Fran (Rue McClanahan) open the doors of their home to Mama's son, Vinton (Ken Berry) and his kids after a divorce. By the second episode of the series, Vint is rekindling his high school romance with his old sweetheart, Naomi (Dorothy Lyman), and by the third episode Vinton and Naomi are getting hitched, with Naomi moving into Mama's house, too! This could only happen in Mama's Family, the spin-off of the popular skit from The Carol Burnett Show. Carol Burnett (as "Eunice"), Harvey Korman and Betty White were also regulars when the series first premiered on NBC in 1983.
But the network cancelled the series after a 13-episode first season and a 22-episode second season, and it looked like the end for the Harpers in '84. However, *nothing* could keep Mama down; the show returned in first-run syndication during 1986, and went on to last 4 more full seasons. That was done without McClanahan and White, though, since they both left to do a new show called The Golden Girls. Carol Burnett and Harvey Korman moved on, too. Yet the show remained popular, and was nominated 3 times for Emmy Awards based on Ret Turner and Bob Mackie's costume designs...and won the award for that second nom, the 1984 one.
Fans of the show have dearly been seeking DVD news for a long time, and TVShowsOnDVD's registered members have voted to put the show up to #11 on our most-wanted unreleased show list. Now we have great news for you: Warner Brothers is considering Mama's Family for release. Things are looking good, although a release hasn't actually been greenlit yet. It won't be a "TV Favorites" best-of release, either...99% of voters want season sets, and that's exactly what Warner is considering for Mama's Family.
So this is good news all around, but it's not quite official yet. Don't fret, though, because we'll let you know when it is. Our thanks to reader Ryan Pepper for his valuable help with this story. Stay tuned! Meanwhile, keep watching Mama's Family on TBS Superstation.
Tuesday, June 01, 2005 Allan Kayser makes comeback:
Allan Kayser had virtually dropped out of sight after Mama's Family ended in 1990. He is back and is working on multi-projects. He is starring (His first major role) in the upcoming independant film called Shimmer, has created his Official Website, and is creator for a new TV Show called Internetromance.net. Check out these new links listed below.
Goto our My Kitchen Wars Page for more information and the official site.
Monday, January 05, 2004 TV Land Awards:
Mama's Family is in this years annual TV Land's Viewer Choice Awards. You the viewer can vote for Favorite "Biggest Bad Momma". Mama Harper from Mama's Family is in the runnings against other tv moms such as Roseanne from Roseanne, Sophia Petrillo from Golden Girls, Endora from Bewitched, and Mother Jefferson from The Jeffersons. Goto TV Land and vote for Mama Harper for "Biggest Bad Momma" Now.
Monday, January 05, 2004 Carol Burnett Coming to TV Land:
The Carol Burnett and Friends Variety Show is coming to TV Land. To kick of the show TV Land is airing a weekend long marathon starting January 17 and ending January 18. The Carol Burnett and Friends Show helped spin-off Mama's Family from a skit featured in the show, The Family. Goto the TV Land Website for more information.
Friday, August 15, 2003 Where to Watch Mama:
Mama's Family currently airs on the TBS Superstation from 5 to 6 am central Monday through Friday. The TBS Superstation Schedule for Mama's Family on this site is currently being posted on our message board. Goto The Mama's Family Site Message Board to view the schedule. Please note the schedule should be over a week in advance, sometimes two weeks. The television schedule of Mama's Family can be found in the Calendar section of the message board. To view the Calendar you must register (FREE) and sign in upon viewing the calendar. To do so goto the message board and click on sign up in the right hand, top corner of your screen. The Mama's Family television schedule includes: Plus VCR Codes, Guest Appearances, Episode Title with Description, Cast Members, Times, Dates, Advanced Weekly Schedule!
Visit The Mama's Family Site Message Board to view the schedule.
Friday, August 15, 2003 Vote for Mama on DVD:
Mama's Family has not yet been announced to DVD, but hope is not all lost. Goto the TV Shows On DVD Website and vote for Mama's Family to be released on DVD. If there is an overwhelming response, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment may release the show on DVD. I have checked the statistics on ranking of the show and the show is currently ranked 134th out of thousands of television shows as of August 15th, 2003. Help the shows' rank get to number 1 by voting for what you would like to see released, Season Sets, Best of, and Individual Episodes.
Friday, August 15, 2003 New Message Board:
We have a new message board for fans of the show to enjoy. Click here to visit our awesome new message board. Please note that only members may post. Registration is free. Any Questions or Concerns? Please Email Me! To view the message board on the menu page, drag down to Site Resources and click on Message Board.
Friday, August 15, 2003 Welcome!:
Welcome to the newest and largest Mama's Family source on the net! This site was created on August 15, 2003. We are proud to bring you a detailed episode guide, pictures, videos, sounds, links, trivia, cast information, and more. Also, don't forget to check out our The Facts of Life Site which is dedicated to the 1979 to 1988 television sitcom. The Facts of Life Site has been online since November 26th, 1998. Thank you for visiting our new site and come back soon!