I got very excited in early September when TV Land here in Canada started showing reruns of the classic Stephen Cannell show Wiseguy. If you never saw Wiseguy it had a simple premise, an undercover FBI agent (Ken Wahl) struggles to retain his morals and his soul as he infiltrates the mob, white supremacists, the rag trade, etc. This was one of the first shows to use episode arcs (between 1 and 3 per season) and included memorable guest appearances from Ray Sharkey, Annette Benning, William Russ, Kevin Spacey, Ron Silver, Michael Chiklis, Jerry Lewis, Stanley Tucci and Mick Fleetwood. I could go on and on about this show but it’s easier for me to tell you to go rent the DVDs.
This isn’t really the point of my article. When the DVDs got released, they had to replace some of the music most notably Moody Blues’ classic Knights in White Satin which played over the finale of the Sonny Steelgrave arc. Further, they haven’t released an entire arc which took place in the music industry and featured songs by Deborah Harry and many others because of the cost of music rights. So, I figured that if they were going to show them on TV as reruns (i.e. the same medium that the show originally was released in) I should finally be able to record and save for posterity the shows in their original form. Nope. I guess TV Land didn’t get the rights. Very disappointing.