Fox cues up TV discs

Sketch skein, sudser tout commentaries, featurettes

HOLLYWOOD — Sketch comedy “In Living Color” and cult sci-fi hour “Roswell” will make the jump to DVD in February.

Fox Home Entertainment has set a Feb. 3 release date for a three-disc set of the first season of “In Living Color,” the oft-controversial sketch laffer that helped launch the careers of Jim Carrey, Jamie Foxx, David Alan Grier and various members of the Wayans clan.

Skein, which ran on Fox for five seasons starting in April 1990, boasted a slew of breakout characters and catchphrases including Men on Film (“Two snaps up!”), Miss Bonita Butrell (“I ain’t one to gossip”), Fire Marshal Bill (“Alrighty then!”), Homey the Clown (“Homey don’t play that”) and the Homeboy Shopping Network. Along with “The Simpsons” and “Married … With Children,” “In Living Color” helped put Fox on the map as a network.

Disc will feature 13 episodes, two of which will feature commentary from “ILC” regular Tommy Davidson as well as a pair of featurettes about the show’s first season. Also included will be a reunion of writers and actors from the show held at the 2001 U.S. Comedy Arts Festival.

Taking off

As for “Roswell,” FHE has slated a Feb. 17 bow for a six-disc set featuring all 22 episodes from the show’s first season on the WB. A total of three seasons and 61 episodes of the sci-fi teen sudser were produced, including a year on UPN.

DVD collection features audio commentary on six episodes, along with two featurettes and a musicvideo for the song “Save Yourself” by Sensefield. Because of rights issues, Fox has cleared new music for the DVD.

While never a ratings smash, “Roswell” boasted a loyal cult following that loudly lobbied on behalf of the show, going so far as to flood the WB with tiny bottles of Tabasco sauce (aliens on the skein needed to spice up their food).

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