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TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

by Ethan Alter March 19, 2013 6:00 am
TV on DVD: Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Don't let the Shore door hit you on the way out.

Jersey Shore: Season 6
After six seasons, multiple smush room sessions and countless alcohol-soaked nights at Karma, the Jersey Shore gang finally bid farewell to their Seaside Heights-based summer home-away-from-home... and not a moment too soon, because Hurricane Sandy blew through that fall and leveled the place. That made for a dramatic finale to a mostly pointless farewell season, during which the overexposed Shore stars went through the motions of their familiar routines, occasionally rehashing moldy feuds and even moldier pranks along the way. The tone of the season was set by Snooki's pregnancy, which took the house's primary instigator of drama out of circulation. Her newly sober nemesis Mike also tried to be on his best behavior as well, even temporarily going "exclusive" with longtime hook-up companion, Paula. The one advantage of such a dull final season? By the time the finale rolled around, we were looking forward to never having to see these guidos and guidettes again.
Extras: Deleted scenes and a reel of the season's most "outrageous" moments (naturally, it's short), the entire run of "After Hours Specials," the final reunion show plus a separate retrospective and a photo shoot.
Click here to read all six seasons of our Jersey Shore recaps

The 10th Kingdom: The Epic Miniseries Event
Premiering in 2000, long before the big TV fantasy boom, this lavish NBC miniseries failed to attract much of an audience during its initial airing, but today would probably be a successful companion and/or rival to ABC's Once Upon a Time. It's certainly got a similar premise, what with the way it unfolds in a world where reality and the fairy tale realm frequently overlap. Father of the Bride ingénue (and Nashville recurring player) Kimberly Williams headlined the series as a Manhattan-based waitress who, along with her father (John Larroquette) and beloved dog, pass through a magical mirror hidden in Central Park that transports them to the land of the Nine Kingdoms, where such literary legends as Snow White (Camryn Manheim), Cinderella (Ann-Margret) and the Huntsman (Rutger Hauer) reside. Could this DVD release be testing the waters for an 11th Kingdom sequel? At this point, NBC could use a big dose of magic to help with its ratings.
Extras: A lone making-of featurette.

Also on DVD:
It's a banner week for the release of old comedies on DVD. First, the popular '80s Brit-com Chance in a Million, starring Simon Callow and Brenda Blethyn, pops up in a new complete series collection. Meanwhile, Roseanne Season 7 and Roseanne Season 8 collects the mostly terrible late-period seasons of Roseanne's eponymous sitcom, and That '70s Show: Season 7 and That '70s Show Season 8 closes out the run of Fox's Me Decade comedy with a whimper.

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