Shout! Factory To Begin Releasing The Nanny’s Standalone Season Sets Next Month

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory/CBS

Courtesy: Shout! Factory/CBS

Late this spring Shout! Factory ended a long wait for fans of CBS’ modern classic sitcom The Nanny when it released the series in its entirety in the form of The Nanny: The Complete Series. For fans that might not have been lucky enough to get their hands on that set, Shout! Factory has announced that it will begin releasing the series’ standalone season sets next month beginning with the series’ fourth season.

Shout! Factory will release The Nanny: Season Four on Tuesday, September 22nd. The twenty-six-episode run includes plenty of laughs and just as many big-name guest stars including: Bette Midler, Donald Trump, Pamela Anderson, Celine Dion, Jon Stewart, Jason Alexander, and Joan Collins among many others. One of those guest stars–Jason Alexander (Seinfeld)–appears in the season premiere “The Tart With A Heart.” Alexander plays a blind man named Jack in this episode. Fran picks up Jack at a singles bar after tensions rise between herself, Mawell, and C.C. The tensions in question rise from the revelation that Maxwell in fact hired Fran only for her looks. Of course things don’t go quite as Fran planned with Jack in the long run leading to an interesting outcome between Fran and Maxwell. There’s an equally classic story line later in the season in “Kissing Cousins” in which guest star Jon Stewart (The Daily Show) plays Frans cousin. The catch is that Fran doesn’t realize that Stewart’s character is in fact her cousin. This leads to plenty of laughs thanks to a battle of the sexes of sorts between Fran and Maxwell. In “You Bette Your Life” famed singer/actress Bette Midler appears as herself when Maxwell decides to assemble a charity auction. The auction leads to Fran becoming the babysitter for a talented young 10-year old piano player. Things don’t exactly go as planned for Fran and Maxwell in this episode as the sight of an elderly person dying while he performed at a nursing home puts a multi-million dollar deal from the boy’s father in jeopardy. There are plenty more laughs for fans throughout the season’s twenty-six total episodes. And audiences will get to enjoy them for themselves when The Nanny: Season Four is released next month.  Season Four’s complete episode listing is noted below.

Episodes

EPISODE EPISODE TITLE
1 The Nanny: The Tart With Heart
2 The Nanny: The Cradle Robbers
3 The Nanny: The Bird’s Nest
4 The Nanny: The Rosie Show
5 The Nanny: Freida Needa Man
6 The Nanny: Me And Mrs. Joan
7 The Nanny: The Taxman Cometh
8 The Nanny: An Affair To Dismember
9 The Nanny: Tattoo
10 The Nanny: The Car Show
11 The Nanny: Hurricane Fran
12 The Nanny: Danny’s Dead And Who’s Got The Will?
13 The Nanny: Kissing Cousins
14 The Nanny: The Fifth Wheel
15 The Nanny: The Nose Knows
16 The Nanny: The Bank Robbery
17 The Nanny: Samson, He Denied Her
18 The Nanny: The Facts Of Lice
19 The Nanny: Fran’s Roots
20 The Nanny: The Nanny And The Hunk Producer
21 The Nanny: The Passed-Over Story
22 The Nanny: No Muse Is Good Muse
23 The Nanny: You Bette Your Life
24 The Nanny: The Heather Biblow Story
25 The Nanny: The Boca Story
26 The Nanny: Fran’s Gotta Have It

The Nanny: Season Four will be released in stores and online on Tuesday, September 22nd. It will retail for MSRP of $34.99. It can be pre-ordered online now at a discounted price of $29.99 via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/the-nanny-season-four. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

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Eagle Rock’s One Night Only Re-Issue A Must For Any Bee Gees Fan

Courtesy:  Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment/Eagle Vision

Eagle Rock Entertainment and Eagle Vision’s newly re-issued presentation of Bee Gees: One Night Only is another impressive recording from the two companies.  It is an impressive tribute to the memory of both Andy and Maurice Gibbs.  Audiences will appreciate this re-issue, which comes nearly a decade after its original release.  That take on the classic concert was also released by Eagle Rock Entertainment.  This latest re-issue boasts more than thirty songs spanning the group’s four-decade long career together.  There are those that have come down on Eagle Rock for this re-issue for being little more than a standard definition recording on a Blu-ray disc, thus making it not so much a real Blu-ray presentation.  But there is a chance that the previous DVD release might now be out of print.  Keeping that in mind, the upconverted footage looks as good as any performance originally recorded in high definition.  It sounds just as good, too.  If one takes this and the recording’s factors (I.E. guest performers and set list), one will end up agreeing that One Night Only is just as impressive in its re-issue as it was in its original DVD release was back in 2003.

One Night Only was originally recorded in 1997, only months before the death of Andy Gibb, brother to Maurice, Robin, and Maurice.  It would be another eight years before Maurice would join his brother.  So seeing all four brothers on stage at the same time in what was the Bee Gees’ only live show of that year (and first U.S. show in nearly a decade) made the performance all the more special of an experience.  The guest vocals by not just Andy Gibbs, but also by guest star Celine Dion also add their own charm to the already enjoyable show even more enjoyable.  And that the group would offers its audience at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas a definitive career-spanning performance puts the performance over the top.  Thirty-plus songs that span four decades is incredible.  Not many bands or performers can say that they had been around as long as the Bee Gees at the time of this recording.  And still few can say that even today.  The only band that can boast such an accomplishment at this point is perhaps The Rolling Stones.

It’s easy to just say of One Night Only how impressive it is because it covers so much of the Bee Gees’ career at that point.  Going into even more depth, the brothers and their band kick things off with a bang of sorts in the upbeat ‘You Should Be Dancing.’  Whether one is new to the music of the Bee Gees or not, this song is sure to get any viewer up off of their living room or bedroom furniture and dancing right in time.  From there the group pulls things back for a bit with a handful of touching ballads in the form of ‘Alone’, ‘Massachusetts’, and ‘To Love Somebody.’  The band as a whole balances its more upbeat sound with more reserved pieces throughout the course of its near two and a half hour performance.  The emotion of the pieces performed proves to the more uninitiated that this musical family was about more than just disco.  It shows to newer audiences just how talented the group was.  Of course, those that are more familiar with the band’s sound already knew that.

The expertly balanced set list and the general performance of the Bee Gees in this now modern classic performance work together to make One Night Only an excellent addition to the home library of any Bee Gees fan.  In response to those that have criticized it for being just a standard def show upconverted onto Blu-ray, one must keep in mind that Eagle Rock’s previous release of One Night Only/The Real Story might be out of print at this point.  Knowing what is known today about the ability of Blu-ray players to upconvert DVDs in playing them, the overall presentation (both in terms of video and audio) is just as clear as it would have looked had it originally been recorded in high definition.  And those lucky enough to own surround sound systems will attest to this, too.  Would it have been interesting to see a show recorded in full HD?  Most certainly it would have.  But this recording is no less impressive in place of such a recording.  It is the final piece of the puzzle that makes this entire presentation whole and a must have for any fan of these legendary brothers.  It is available now in stores and online.  More information on this and other releases from Eagle Rock Entertainment is available online at http://www.eagle-rock.com and http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt.

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