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Strategic DVD releases at Emmy time: 'Dexter,' 'Flight of the Conchords,' 'House M.D.,' 'Mad Men' and . . .

August 15, 2009 |  2:21 pm

Dexter House M.D

It's curious to note how the release of TV DVDs happen to coincide with Emmy voting. Last week, judges began picking winners and they have until Aug. 28 to return ballots. During that time period, these series released new DVD sets to much marketing ballyhoo: "Flight of the Conchords," "Dexter," "The Simpsons," "House M.D." and "Samantha Who?" Coincidence?

Apparently, "30 Rock" DVD producers don't feel that their show has much to fret over during the early voting stage. "30 Rock" has already scored the most nominations in the history of TV comedy shows (22) this year, and it's never lost the award for best comedy series, going two for two so far. No doubt, they're assuming the show will do equally well this year. Release of season three on DVD is planned for two days after the Sept. 20 Emmycast.

Below is the full Emmy voting schedule plus a calendar of DVD release dates.

EMMY CALENDAR
May 31 – Eligibility period ended
June 5-26 – Voting for nominations
July 16 – Nominations announced
Aug. 10-28 – Voting for winners
Sept. 20 – Winners announced

DVD CALENDAR
Dec. 16, 2008 – "Generation Kill"
April 28 – "Little Dorrit"
May 13 – "Taking Chance"
June 2 – "Weeds," Season 4
June 16 – "Family Guy," Season 7, Part 2; Season 8, Part 1
June 30 – "Entourage," Season 5
July 14 – "Grey Gardens"
July 15 – "Mad Men," Season 2
Aug. 4 – "Flight of the Conchords," Season 2
Aug. 18 – "Dexter," Season 3
Aug. 18 – "The Simpsons," Season 12

COMING SOON
Aug. 25 – "House, M.D.," Season 5
Aug. 25 – "Samantha Who?" Second Season
Sept. 8 – "The Office," Season 5
Sept. 22 – "30 Rock," Season 3
Sept. 29 – "How I Met Your Mother," Season 4
Dec. 8 – "Lost," Season 5

COMING SOON – DATE NOT ANNOUNCED
"Big Love," Season 3
"Breaking bad," Season 2
"Damages," Season 2
"Into the Storm"

Photos: Showtime, HBO, Fox

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