Shout! Factory to Distribute 'The Dick Cavett Show' on TV19 Jan, 2016 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Shout! Factory Jan. 19 announced a deal with Decades Network to bring “The Dick Cavett Show” back to television. The venerable talk and variety show, which featured politicians, entertainers and newsmakers interviewed by Cavett, first aired in 1968 on ABC. Cavett hosted several editions of the show through 1995.
In 2015 Shout! Factory acquired domestic distribution rights to all episodes of “The Dick Cavett Show” from Cavett’s Daphne Productions for distribution in North America.
Decades Network, a new multi-platform network co-owned by Weigel Broadcasting Co. and CBS Television, will begin airing reruns of the show in February.
“This is very good news to me. It’ll be delightful for all those people who constantly ask me, ‘Is there any way we can ever see those shows again?’ Now they can. And I can. That may sound funny, but many times when I was just too tired or had to go somewhere when the show aired, I missed it. Now I can catch up with myself,” the 79-year-old Cavett said in a statement.
Cavett actually didn’t have to wait so long. In 2005, Shout! Factory released a series of boxed sets of Cavett’s shows, including The Dick Cavett Show: Comic Legends, The Dick Cavett Show: Hollywood Greats, The Dick Cavett Show: Rock Icons, and a pair of two-disc sets featuring John Lennon and Ray Charles.