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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 - 23 July 2021
The Tokyo Olympics starting this weekend is the kick-off for two weeks of not a lot to watch. Enjoy!
With the Olympics Opening Ceremony starting in about four and a half hours time (as I press send on this email), it is pretty well understood that there will be limited interest in many viewers globally watching anything that isn't the Olympics for the next two weeks. So, don't be expecting too many big TV shows or movies released this coming fortnight.
That said - there is actually a few notable releases. The big one is season 2 of Ted Lasso - a show that won over a bigger-than-expected audience with it's good-natured, feel-good comedy. Apple TV+ are releasing the show weekly, so don't be expecting a Ted Lasso binge this weekend in-between the swimming and field hockey.
Turner & Hooch on Disney+ is mildly better than I had expected, but it is very much for undemanding family audiences. I'm sure your expectations are pre-set accordingly for that one already.
Kids (boys, mostly) of the 80s will be curious about the cartoon Masters of The Universe: Revelations. It takes the approach of revisiting the world of He-Man with this sequel series, giving the show much better animation and voice acting than the original ever had. It is made for the adult viewers of the original toon who might get a kick out of it, but know that the writing is still pretty juvenile and that there's more adult-appropriate shows that should be watched instead. It's perfectly good for what it is, even if that experience is just as hollow as the animated toy commercial we were watching 30+ years ago.
A reminder for Aussie Always Be Watching readers: here's your guide on where/how you can watch the Olympics across the next two weeks.
Stars: Shailene Woodley, Felicity Jones A pair of interwoven stories set in the past and present follow an ambitious journalist determined to solve the mystery of a forbidden love affair at the center of a trove of secret love letters from 1965.
Stars: Mekai Curtis, Patina Miller Power Book III: Raising Kanan is a prequel set in the 1990s that will chronicle the early years of Kanan Stark, the character first played by executive producer Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.
Stars: Kate Beckinsale, Jai Courtney A bouncer with a slightly murderous anger-management problem that she controls with the help of an electrode-lined vest she uses to shock herself back to normalcy whenever she gets homicidal. After the first guy she's ever fallen for is murdered, she goes on a revenge-fueled rampage to find the killer while the cops pursue her as their chief suspect.
That's it for this week. Everyone stay safe. Let's be careful out there.
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