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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 - 27 November 2020
Give thanks for television this weekend.
‘tis the season.
It’s kind-of strange. For years December television was an absolute dumping ground for repeats, failed shows, and the occasional holiday film/special. With streaming, it’s as though the entire pop cultural world has followed the example set by the UK (where Christmas viewing is one of the most watched nights of the year). The number of huge titles coming over the coming weeks is just incredible.
A few thoughts to get you started:
The Flight Attendantis the big new buzzy HBO series starring Kaley Cuocco in her first role since The Big Bang Theory wrapped. And it’s a lot of fun. It’s a breezy thriller.
Don’t expect too much from the Saved By The Bell reboot. Positive reviews from the US been mostly uniform, but it’s worth knowing that the show is good… but not THAT good. It’s basically a modern, much-better version of kids show Saved By The Bell.
You won’t be entirely sure why you watched all ten episodes, but you won’t regret it entirely either.
I haven’t seen it, but reviews are quite high on the Matthew Carnahan Netflix movie Mosul. If you’re looking for a wild action film this weekend, this might be your best bet.
Tyler Perry’s The Haves and The Have Nots (s8), Moonshiners (s10), Virgin River (s2), Sugar Rush Christmas (s2)
Stars: Kaley Cuoco, Merle Dandridge, Nolan Gerard Funk A flight attendant wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man - and no idea what happened. When questioned by FBI agents and still unable to piece the night together, she begins to wonder if she could be the killer.
Stars: Haskiri Velazquez, Mitchell Hoog, Josie Totah A follow-up series to the 1990s sitcom. A group of California low-income high school students are transferred to Pacific Palisades' wealthy Bayside High, following a program by California Governor Zack Morris.
Stars: Gemma Arterton, Jim Broadbent, Rosie Cavaliero When the young nuns of St. Faith attempt to establish a mission at a remote clifftop palace once known as the "House of Women," its haunting mysteries awaken forbidden desires that seem destined to repeat a terrible tragedy.
Stars: Elena Anaya, Tom Welling, Brendan Fraser After their advanced medical satellite explodes on deployment, billionaire futurist Peter Swann, and his fiancée, medical visionary Dr. Graciela "Grace" Davila, turn to a hardened former counterintelligence officer.
Stars: Sofia Alexander, Olivia Brown, Castulo Guerra A young Aztec boy is saved from death by the gods and chosen to act as 'humanity's champion,' forced to discard his apathy toward his fellow man and prove humanity's potential in a fight that spans across fantastical-yet-authentic Mesoamerican cultures.
Let’s be careful out there!
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