Kids, gather around and let Papa Dan tell you a story about the glorious time period known as the mid 90s. This was a wonderful era for television. George Clooney was patching up sick kids and giving Chicago hope on ER. Mandy Patinkin was strolling past the ER on Chicago Hope. David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson were pretending to like each other's company while chasing down extra-terrestrial biological entities on The X-Files. Every night of the week there were exemplary TV series gaining kudos from critics and viewers alike.
But the best show of that era was a scrappy underdog called Homicide: Life on The Street. And the best actor on that show was Andre Braugher.
Braugher wasn't just good on the show. He was f**king outstanding.
(And keep in mind, this is a series with an incredible cast of some of the finest character actors of American cinema - actors like Ned Beatty, Yaphet Kotto, Giancarlo Esposito, and Jon Polito, along with future Oscar winner Melissa Leo. Braugher stood heads and shoulders above them all. It was an incredible synergy of actor and series - both happened to be there for each other at the right time.)
But this was the 90s. And while TV was really coming into its own as a medium for sophisticated storytelling, it didn't have the prestige that we associate with it now. So Braugher, at the top of his game, went off to pursue a career in features. It didn't go well.
For the past 20+ years, Braugher has bounced from project to project. Sure, he has done some great work during that time. I'd especially point you towards the short-lived Men of a Certain Age. And some of you have discovered him on Brooklyn Nine Nine. But, to be frank... he has not been utilised by a show befitting his talents.
So, cut to today's news: Andre Braugher has joined the cast of The Good Fight. Finally, a show worthy of Braugher and his considerable talents. Plus it is a show that just straight out feels like a great match with the actor.
Do I expect we will see Braugher again reach the heights of his time spent as Frank Pembleton on Homicide? Probably not. But there's certainly the potential for Braugher to create some great television moments for the screen once more. This is going to be exciting to watch.
Blimey! A Netflix price hike!
As has been the case recently in other territories, Netflix is hiking its prices in the UK and Ireland.
I just did a currency conversion on what it will be costing our friends in Ireland to watch the 4k premium Netflix experience and saw it equals $31 Australian dollars. I'm going to need a lie down after reading that.
It is the second price rise in the region in the past 18 months.
- Domina has been greenlit for a second season. Read: thefutoncritic
- The Obi-Wan Kenobi trailer used the music The Duel of The Fates. Could that mean a return appearance for Darth Maul? Read: Radio Times
- Super Nintendo World is set to open at Universal Studios Hollywood in 2023. Read: Polygon
- Staff at Pixar have accused Disney of censoring scenes of gay affection in its movies. Read: Variety
- Death on The Nile, the recent film adaptation, streams on HBO Max and Hulu in the US from March 29. Internationally it'll be on Disney+ from March 30. Read: /Film
- This Sunday marks the 50th anniversary of the highly spicy Australian nighttime soap Number 96 - a show that, if revived, would be far more shocking to many viewers today than it was back in the day. David Knox has a really great interview with creator David Sale. Read: TV Tonight
- MSNBC opinion programming will soon be available (on delay) streamed via Peacock. Read: The Streamable
- Disney+ has partnered with Nippon TV to bring Japanese-language series to the platform. Read: TBI Vision
Bosch: Legacy debuts its first season on Amazon's IMDb TV on May 6. It is a spin-off series from Bosch that returns series star Titus Welliver as Bosch, now working as a private detective. One presumes it will be available outside the US on Amazon Prime Video.
The Hardy Boys returns April 6 on Hulu.
Feature film Moonshot debuts March 31 on HBO Max.
That deal with the Game of Thrones guys isn't exactly yielding what Netflix had likely expected. DB Weiss' Metal Lords debuts April 8. Weiss is the writer of the film. The director is Peter Sollett (Raising Victor Vargas), which immediately makes me assume this will be a charming, intimate movie (based on prior films he has directed).
Three Busy Debras returns to Adult Swim & HBO Max April 24.
Jeff Foxworthy: The Good Old Days is his return to stand-up comedy after 24 years.
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