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Dan Barrett is an industry commentator & TV critic. He does radio - 4BC & ABC GC and co-hosts the Screen Watching podcast. He's a former Mediaweek deputy editor and content creator for SBS.
90210 returns (sort-of)! The OA Pt Deux! And The Notebook gets it wrong!
Always Be Watching is curated by Dan Barrett who cannot believe some of the stories in this newsletter sometimes.
The 90210 reunion series that will bring back the cast of the original show (minus Sideshow Luke Perry and Shannen Doherty) has a home. Fox has announced that it will broadcast the 6-episode ‘event’ series.
The show is about the production of a reunion series, rather than just being a reunion show itself. Honestly, I don’t know what’s better.
In the new series, having gone their separate ways since the original series ended 19 years ago, Jason, Jennie, Ian, Gabrielle, Brian and Tori reunite when one of them suggests it’s time to get a Beverly Hills, 90210 reboot up and running. But getting it going may make for an even more delicious soap than the reboot itself. What will happen when first loves, old romances, friends and frenemies come back together, as this iconic cast – whom the whole world watched grow up together – attempts to continue from where they left off?
Interesting fact about the show: Gabrielle Carteris was the oldest cast member to play a teen on the show and is now 87 years old.
The Tick continues to be mighty, with season 2 coming April 5 to Amazon:
HBO will broadcast a special after it airs the two-part doco Leaving Neverland. The sit-down interview with the two men who feature in the doco will be hosted by Oprah. Oprah Winfrey Presents: After Neverland will also air on her TV channel OWN. There’s considerable interest in this documentary, reigniting conversations about Michael Jackson that conveniently seem to have washed away when he died, but I do feel specials like this don’t have much value unless something has changed significantly since the doco was produced. Shouldn’t the documentary contain what needs to be said about the issue?
Everyone’s all-time favourite movie The Notebook apparently has alternative edits. This was revealed to the world when Netflix UK subscribers found that the film ended differently than they remembered. Apparently Netflix had been provided with the ‘wrong’ version.
Star Trek: Discovery will be back for a third season.
Co-EP Michelle Paradise will be promoted to co-showrunner alongside Alex Kurtzman.
“Michelle joined us midway through season two and energized the room with her ferocious knowledge of ‘Trek,’” said Kurtzman. “Her grasp of character and story detail, her drive and her focus have already become essential in ensuring the ‘Trek’ legacy, and her fresh perspective always keeps us looking forward. I’m proud to say Michelle and I are officially running ‘Star Trek: Discovery’ together.”
Remember when Will Smith was the biggest movie star on the planet? Well, a later-career spiral of making the wrong choice time and time again now has Smith starring in his own Facebook Watch series:
There aren’t many people in the world who have a bucket list quite like Will Smith. Now you can join him on his unbelievable adventure as he travels the globe, takes on insane challenges, overcomes obstacles and punches fear in the mouth! Tag along with Will on his journey as he takes part in a Bollywood movie, skydives in Dubai, performs stand-up comedy with Dave Chappelle and so much more.
Season 2 of The OA debuts on March 22. *cough*, sorry…. “The OA - Part 2”.
If you want a Teen Titan, you need to go to Australia to get them. Aussie Joshua Orpin has been cast as Superboy in the live-action show Titans. He’ll be playing the Conner Kent version of the character - not Superman as a teenager, but rather a clone of the big guy. Orpin joins fellow Aussies Brenton Thwaites and Teagan Croft on the show.
File this one under ‘This is an exceptionally good idea, Hollywood’: MGM and Mattel are getting together to produce a film based on the View-Master toy.
Of course, the desire to make this movie comes from a place of pure creativity:
“Since the 1940s, View-Master has inspired wonder and joy in children of all ages, creating huge opportunities for storytelling,” said Brenner in a statement. “MGM Pictures has tremendous expertise and a proven track record in capturing audiences’ imagination through film, and we’re proud to be partnering with them to bring another Mattel franchise to theaters. This marks another important milestone as we transform Mattel into an IP-driven, high-performing toy company.”