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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 Watching - 06 November 2018
ABW is written by Dan Barrett wearing an original costume from The Golden Girls.
Back in the good old days (1998), when a TV series made an announcement that it was set to do a big budget movie, that meant the film was going to get a release to cinemas. And sure, the only time I recall this ever happening was with The X-Files Movie. But, I digress. Nowadays, a TV show can be spun off into three big budget films - all intended as a TV/streaming release.
"The story of Rick will go on in films," Gimple says. "Right now, we're working on three but there's flexibility in that. … Over the next several years, we're going to be doing specials, new series are quite a possibility, high-quality digital content and then some content that defies description at the moment. We're going to dig into the past and see old characters. We're going to introduce new characters and new situations."
Speaking of TV shows that are becoming movies, Deadwood is currently shooting as of today. Confirmed cast members:
Ian McShane (Al Swearengen), Timothy Olyphant (Seth Bullock), Molly Parker (Alma Ellsworth), Paula Malcomson (Trixie), John Hawkes (Sol Star), Anna Gunn (Martha Bullock), Dayton Callie (Charlie Utter), Brad Dourif (Doc Cochran), Robin Weigert (“Calamity” Jane Canary), William Sanderson (E.B. Farnum), Kim Dickens (Joanie Stubbs) and Gerald McRaney (George Hearst).
On November 16 Netflix will roll out the new Coen Brothers film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. It’s a western anthology.
There really should be a whole lot more live TV around than there is. Especially for broadcast networks trying to define their value proposition in the face of on-demand alternatives like Netflix.
The thing is, nobody expects a book critic to have read everything. Most film critics aren’t on top of everything. If you’re a TV critic who is feeling swamped, maybe that means it is time to re-evaluate what you see your role as and how you approach your work.
They call this moment, with some 500 new shows a year, Peak TV, a phrase first used by FX CEO John Landgraf in 2015. I now call it Pique TV, as it triggers my exasperation. I do want to see it all, like I used to, from “The First” to “The Last O.G.”; I want to be the guy with the detailed TV overview. I want to savor — not merely binge — the good shows and note the problems with the bad. But I also need to walk my dog and do my laundry and, oh yeah, write. I need time to eat, people!
Maybe your problem is time management, Matthew Gilbert of The Boston Globe.
I’m no stranger to Internet auctions. There was that time I bid on going to the AFL grand final with Warwick Capper and remained the top bidder for a worrying length of time. And then there was that other time I bid on a genuine Batgirl costume from the 1966 Batman show, which also had me as the top bidder for a worrying length of time.