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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.
Always Be Streaming - 15 January 2021
Your guide to the new and returning TV shows this week.
This week has the debut of Marvel TV series WandaVision. It is easy to just dismiss this as YAMT (Yet Another Marvel Thing), but it’s actually a pretty big deal. This is where the start of Marvel’s TV takeover begins. In the same way that Marvel films rule the box office and take up a lot of cultural conversation, Marvel is about to embark on the same thing with TV.
All the TV shows will be on Disney+, so if Marvel isn’t your thing, you won’t have it entirely in your face… until you take a look at Twitter, Facebook, hear radio segments, see newspaper/magazine articles, etc. Marvel is about to start taking up A LOT more oxygen and it starts this week.
Not convinced that there’s a lot coming? This is the next six months (dates added where possible):
Jan 15 - March 5: WandaVision (9 episodes) March 19 - April 23: The Falcon and The Winter Soldier (6 Episodes) May 7: Black Widow (Feature film) May: Loki (6 Episodes) July: Shang Chi and The Legend of The Ten Rings
That’s really only a few weeks up until July where there is no new weekly Marvel product on TV or in cinemas.
I’m keeping some radio commitments this year:
If you’re on the Gold Coast you will continue to hear me on Wednesday mornings during ABC Mornings with Matt Webber. The segment is pre-recorded earlier that day (I have a day job), so I don’t actually know what time exactly the segment airs. I’ve been doing this segment for years - you’d have thought I might have asked when it’s on by now.
If you’re in Brisbane, tune into 4BC on Sunday mornings for Spencer Howson’s new weekend show. You’ll hear me roughly at about 9:45am.
Both segments will be similar to what I am doing here - talking about interesting news stories related to TV and giving it a bit of context.
American Gods (s03), The Circus (s06), Heartland (s14), Prodigal Son (s02), The Resident (s04), Search Party (s04), Carmen Sandiego (s04), Servant (s02), Disenchantment (s02), Age of The Living Dead (s02), Endlings (s02)
Stars: Anthony Mackie, Pilou Asbæk, Emily Beecham In the near future, a drone pilot sent into a war zone finds himself paired up with a top-secret android officer on a mission to stop a nuclear attack.
Stars: Kingsley Ben-Adir, Eli Goree, Aldis Hodge One Night in Miami is a fictional account of one incredible night where icons Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Sam Cooke, and Jim Brown gathered discussing their roles in the civil rights movement and cultural upheaval of the 60s.
Stars: Luke Evans, Keith Allen, Caroline Berry Detective superintendent reopens two unsolved murder cases from the 1980s. Forensic methods link the crimes to a string of burglaries. Steve's team has to find more evidence before the perpetrator is released from prison.
Stars: Madeline Brewer, Ian Gomez, Oliver Cooper Marcus, an audio-obsessed high school senior, learns he must undergo brain surgery that will render him deaf, and decides to seize control of his fate by recording the Ultimate Playlist of Noise.
Everyone Is Doing Great - Hulu
Stars: James Lafferty, Stephen Colletti, Alexandra Park Seth and Jeremy enjoyed relative success from 'Eternal', a hit television vampire drama. Five years after their show has ended, they lean on each other as they struggle to reclaim their previous level of success and relevance, awkwardly navigating the perils of life and love amidst a humorously painful coming of age.
moment of zen:
In April 1998 TV viewers turned on their television sets and were confronted by a reboot of The Love Boat.
The Love Boat: The Next Wave ran for two seasons - incredible. The caliber of guest stars wasn’t quite at the level of the original series, but it did feature appearances by stars as notable as Dave Thomas, Jerry Springer, Rue McClanahan, the original cast of The Love Boat, ALF, Ian Ziering, Gabrielle Carteris, Wil Wheaton, Lark Voorhes, and Dick Van Patten.
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