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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 - 20 August 2021
What will you be watching this weekend?
Get ready for some serious couch time this weekend with a number of shows that are nothing if not tempting.
Nine Perfect Strangers has been compared in every single review to HBO's White Lotus. Both are very different in tone and substance, but both are high budget character dramas set at a resort with some big names on screen. A year from now White Lotus will be the one people remember. It streams on Hulu in the US, but elsewhere you can stream it by way of Amazon Prime Video.
A title that had escaped me entirely was Netflix acquisition The Defeated. It debuted in some international territories throughout Europe as 'Shadowplay'. With Taylor Kitsch and Michael C Hall as series leads, it should draw some attention.
The absolute pick of the week is the Australian series The Newsreader. I gave it a positive review on the Screen Watching podcast last week. It stumbles a little with blending impactful real-world news stories into the fiction of the series (the real stories bring with them too much baggage and importance for viewers to care as much about the scripted TV show), but the rest is so winning that it is easy enough to look past that.
Truth Be Told (s02), Diary of a Future President (s02), Casualty (s36)
Stars: Nicole Kidman, Melissa McCarthy, Michael Shannon Nine stressed city dwellers visit a boutique health-and-wellness resort that promises healing and transformation. The resort's director is a woman on a mission to reinvigorate their tired minds and bodies.
Stars: Stephen Amell, Alexander Ludwig, Alison Luff Two brothers and rivals - one a villain, or "heel," in the ring; the other a hero, or "face," war over their late father's wrestling promotion, vying for national attention in small-town Georgia.