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Maude - Complete Series coming to DVD March 17th!!

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I really hope Bill Macy and Adrienne Barbeau do a media blitz to promote this like she did with Bea when Season 1 came out eons ago.

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Couldn't be more thrilled. Always did like Maude more than AITF. The cover art doesn't look too great. I'd rather have it be that nude painting of Bea from the '70s. ;)

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This news had me through the roof! Shout seems to be the go-to place for Sony shows that don't make the cut. I hope the eventually acquire The Nanny if Mill Creek can't obtain seasons 4-6.

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Incredible that we've never heard of these unaired eps till now, over 40 years later! Can't wait to get a gander at 'em! :lucythrill:

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This is great! I wonder why the episodes didn't air- it seems like that would be a waste of money.

Given that both of the episodes were eventually recast and reshot, my guess is that someone (Norman Lear or CBS, perhaps?) didn't like the result when they were originally taped and wanted a do-over.

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Just got an email saying my set had shipped! I'm more excited than Vivian after Maude got the obscene phone call!! :HALKING:

Well that's pretty excited and who can blame you??? Can't WAIT to hear all about the bonuses, particularly the reshot 2 eps! :peachonthebeach:

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I had to treat myself to this awesomeness when it popped up today at Rue's estate sale website:

 

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I love the suitably Democrat inscription on the back:

 

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This set is worth every penny. I finished the first disk of Season Three last night and these episodes are totally brilliant uncut. In particular, the episode "Lovers in Common" had me howling. Bea and Rue were completely hilarious from the first moment of the episode. Maude and Viv are so underrated as a TV duo, who shouldn't get overshadowed by Dorothy and Blanche.

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So..the two unaired/reshot/whatever episodes: what's that all about???? Splain please! Thanks! :HALKING:

The first episode, "The Double Standard", features no openings or closings, and uses a script much thinner than the rewrite for Season Two, which introduces Chris and includes Vivian. The aired version is unquestionably funnier, but why the initial offering was shelved remains a mystery.

 

The second episode, "Arthur's Friends", has credits and, according to my research, was supposed to air on 01/13/75 but was pulled at the very last minute when sponsors dropped out. Interestingly, the script is surprisingly close to the remake that eventually aired two years later, "Maude's New Friends". But the casting is very different. Bea Arthur's real life husband, Gene Saks, plays the husband in the unaired version and he comes across as very lecherous and almost frightening. The aired version, with James Coco, goes broader and puts more emphasis on the comedy, and thus, works better.

 

Both are fascinating, but probably less polished than their aired counterparts.

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The unaired version "The Double Standard", to me, almost felt like dress rehearsal footage stitched together: very odd camera angles, minor flubs, and very muted audience reaction.

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The unaired version "The Double Standard", to me, almost felt like dress rehearsal footage stitched together: very odd camera angles, minor flubs, and very muted audience reaction.

It was probably not "doctored" in post with laugh track sweetening since it wasn't going to air after all....and it could very well have been just the taped dress since that's how Lear did his shows, taping the show night's dress rehearsal and subsequently the "air" show with the best parts edited together to form the actual "finished product" -- which is why you can sometimes see different hairstyles, etc. in some scenes that don't match up perfectly.  :lucythrill:

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