WEA to distrib collection May 18

Corrections were made to this article May 10, 2004.

Hee Haw” is coming to DVD.

Time Life has picked up retail rights to the variety show, which began as a summer replacement series on CBS in 1969 and after two years on the net ran in syndication for 22 more and a total of 585 episodes.

A compilation of episodes is now available through TV ads only. Beginning May 18, WEA will distribute a different and slightly smaller collection filled primarily with episodes from the variety series’ most popular early seasons.

Another collection will be offered in midsummer on a half-hour infomercial.

Time Life licensed the program from Gaylord Entertainment.

Time Life has distributed titles such as “Monty Python’s Flying Circus,” “Beavis & Butthead” and “The Muppet Show” by direct-response only but has tried retail before with “Russell Simmons’ Def Comedy Jam.”

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