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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 - 30 October 2018
The ABW newsletter is written by Dan Barrett
In the US today it is National Cat Day. So, here’s Netflix trolling with the release of the trailer for its upcoming series Dogs.
What? Could it be that all of the news in the last few days that Apu is leaving The Simpsons was not founded on a credible source?
Here’s The Simpsons producer Al Jean:
There’s probably a lesson to be learned from Heathers, the black comedy that fully embraced the hot-button topic issue of school shootings. Two episodes were pulled on the US Paramount Channel following the recent Pittsburgh shootings. I think it is great that comedies embrace edgy fare and don’t play things too safe, but there are maybe some topics that have too much sensitivity surrounding them. Maybe mass shootings in which people are brutally murdered isn’t a topic audiences are looking to be entertained by?
Two specific scenes were edited out from the original series that cleared the way for it to be broadcast. The final two episodes, for example, were condensed into one featuring a cliffhanger after a storyline in which the school was blown up was removed. (The original 1988 movie ends with the school also being blown up.) Also gone is a scene in episode five that featured a central character playing a video game in which he went on a shooting rampage down the school's hallways, killing multiple people.
When even Matt Drudge is criticising the content on your network, it maybe suggests Fox News needs to reign it in.
The reason for this is self-evident: A cable news network needs you to keep watching, and the best way to make sure you keep watching is not to suggest that the country is rife with right-wing, extremist terror. That might chase away conservative viewers, who could react poorly to that summation of what’s going on, no matter how accurate. It could also alienate left-leaning viewers, who might take from that assessment a call to action that goes beyond watching TV.
Bob Saget is coming back to TV to host more home videos. The foul-mouthed comedian made a career on TV in very family-friendly roles on Full House and as the host of America’s Funniest Home Video Show. Meanwhile his stage act was all about ****ing and seeing how far you can shove a ******* into a ********** while still being able to *******.
(No, I don’t know what that really means either - but man does it sound dirty).