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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 - 30 October 2020
A quiet week dominated by a noisy title. And an adorable baby Yoda.
It’s a bit of a low volume week, but there are a couple of huge titles.
The big one is the season 2 return of Disney+’s The Mandalorian. But there’s also HBO hoping for screen magic with some Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant heat. And then Amazon has proven sexual chemistry with Nick Frost and Simon Pegg, seen in the new show Truth Seekers.
Why is it such a quiet week? A lot of it is getting out of the way of cultural juggernaut The Mandalorian. But the bigger reason is likely the US election which is taking up a lot of oxygen and viewer TV time. MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News is highly compelling, must-watch TV for the next week.
There’s also a Queensland state election here in Australia this weekend. That’s not exactly likely to stop Netflix from releasing a big name TV show or movie this week though.
If you have election fever, but real-world coverage is too stressful, I do have a few recommendations of election-themed television to watch. Look for that in your inboxes tomorrow.
Dream Corp LLC (s3), The Eric Andre Show (s5), This Is Us (s5), American Housewife (s5), Superstore (s6), Suburra (s3), The Mandalorian (s2), Somebody Feed Phil (s4)
Stars: Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Malcolm McDowell, Samson Kayo A team of part-time paranormal investigators use homemade gizmos to track the supernatural, sharing their adventures online. As their haunted stake outs become more terrifying they begin to uncover an unimaginable, apocalyptic conspiracy.
Stars: Emma Roberts, Luke Bracey, Kristin Chenoweth Sloane and Jackson hate being single on holidays where they face constant judgment from their meddling families. So, when these two strangers meet, they pledge to be each other's "holidate" for every festive occasion in the year ahead.