A&E's Recent Miniseries Coma Gets An October DVD Release
A&Eís recent miniseries, Coma, is getting a pretty quick DVD turnover. The two-part miniseries was produced by Ridley Scott and Tony Scott (may he rest in peace) and follows an all-star cast including Six Feet Underís Lauren Ambrose, Rescue Meís Steven Pasquale, and Commander in Chiefís Geena Davis. Fans of the short series will be able to purchase the set when it hits DVD on October 30.
Despite decent reviews, A&Eís medical thriller mini-series failed to make waves in the ratings. The network was clearly hoping to gain some ratings traction by airing the series on September 3 and 4, hoping to bring in some of the stay-at-home Labor Day audience. The network has done pretty big business from similar miniseries in the past. In 2008, The Andromeda Strain pulled in 4.8 million viewers during its first night. However, this time around, A&Eís plan backfired, with EW reporting only 1.8 million viewers showed up for the drama.
While Coma is no Andromeda Strain, it is kind of a bummer the series was mostly forgotten on the cable channel. Coma has a lot going for it. Itís an adaption of a popular book, the Scott brothers were on board to produce, and it featured a slew of excellent actors (besides those aforementioned, Ellen Burstyn, Richard Dreyfuss, and James Woods are also in this drama). Plus, it followed a chick looking in to a coma conspiracy at the cutely named Peachtree Memorial Hospital.
Clearly something was missing from this project since it pulled in so few viewers, but Coma still sounds like something that medical thriller fans may want to check out.
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