Fans fond of DVDs in star’s absence

Second collection of 'Chappelle' segs breaks record

As the third season of “Chappelle’s Show” remains an uncertainty, fans are getting their fix by purchasing a record number of DVDs of the skein’s second season.

Comedy Central and sister distrib Paramount Home Video reported record TV DVD first-day sales (500,000 units) and first-week sales (1.2 million) of “Chappelle’s Show: Season 2 Uncensored” since its release on May 24, surpassing the records held by last year’s DVD edition of the first season.

That collection remains the top-selling TV DVD title in terms of unit sales, with nearly 3 million copies purchased. It’s ahead of TV DVD sets of “Seinfeld” and “The Simpsons,” though the latter series have generated more revenue since they are priced much higher than “Chappelle.”

Paramount has priced “Chappelle,” featuring just 13 episodes on three discs, much lower than most TV DVD titles, which generally have at least twice as many episodes. It sells for about $26 compared with prices closer to $40 for many TV DVDs.

The second-season “Chappelle” DVD release was timed to coincide with the delayed scheduled debut of the third season of “Chappelle’s Show” this week, but the network had to put the series on indefinite hold when series star Dave Chappelle disappeared without explanation and then said he needed a break.

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