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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 - 16 July 2021
Your guide to the new and returning shows of the week.
The great Australian lockdown continues on thanks to the delta variant of the stupid virus. This weekend, the greater Sydney region (location of the Always Be Watching home office) is joined by the state of Victoria. That means close to half the population of Australia this weekend has nothing much to do besides watching TV.
There are worse fates. I just wish there was some TV that I could strongly recommend.
Dr Death, which debuted just a few hours ago on Peacock in the US (and locally in Australia on Stan) is a solid drama with Alec Baldwin and Christian Slater as doctors working together to stop a negligent surgeon (played by Joshua Jackson). The show isn't exactly a crowd-pleaser, but it has wide appeal - even if most audiences will be watching the horror of the surgery scenes with hands covering their eyes. The surgery scenes aren't graphic, they're just distressing.
HBO's The White Lotus is a much better series, but is far more niche audience offering. It's a new series written/directed by Mike White (The Good Girl, Enlightened, School of Rock) and like all of his work, it is tonally out-of-step with most movies and TV shows we get out of the US. This is a show that isn't for everyone, but those who do connect with it will adore it.
Making The Cut (s02), Good Trouble (s03) The Outpost (s04), Never Have I Ever (s02), Animal Kingdom (s05), This Way Up (s02), Miracle Workers (s03)
Stars: Alec Baldwin, Christian Slater, Joshua Jackson As patients entering the operating room of Dr. Christopher Duntsch for routine spinal surgeries start leaving permanently maimed or dead, two fellow surgeons and a young Assistant District Attorney set out to stop him.
An intimate look inside the life of one of the most gifted and complex athletes of her generation offers insight into the tough decisions and ecstatic triumphs that shape Naomi Osaka as a superstar and a young woman.
Stars: Ashley Zukerman, Gillian Jacobs, Kiana Madeira In 1666, a colonial town is gripped by a witch hunt that has deadly consequences for centuries to come, while teenagers in 1994 try to put an end to their town's curse before it is too late.
Gunpowder Milkshake - Netflix (US Only) | In cinemas