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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.
Another Game of Thrones prequel?
Plus: Peaky Blinders - The Movie. AND: Apple embrace virtual reality.
Six seasons and a movie and another series
When Peaky Blinders says goodbye after six seasons, it’ll be more of a ‘farewell for now’.
Creator Steven Knight is in development on a Peaky Blinders movie, which will follow the series. But then… the plan is for more TV series.
As Knight explained, “There will be things I don’t really call spinoffs, but there will be other TV shows that I hope will come out of [the movie], that will continue to tell the story of this part of society and this family.”
HBO developing YAGoTPS (Yet Another Game of Thrones Prequel Series)
One Game of Thrones prequel series isn’t enough - HBO are in the early stages of getting another into production. This one based on GoT creator George RR Martin’s novella series Tales of Dunk and Egg.
The one-hour show would be based on the series of fantasy novellas by George R. R. Martin, which follow the adventures of Ser Duncan the Tall (Dunk) and a young Aegon V Targaryen (Egg) 90 years prior to the events of “A Song of Ice and Fire.”
Martin has published three novellas in the “Tales of Dunk and Egg” series to date: “The Hedge Knight” in 1998, “The Sworn Sword” in 2003, and “The Mystery Knight” in 2010. The three novellas were then collected and published together as “A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms” in 2015.
I’ve never understood the desire for prequels instead of sequels. Aren’t people interested in asking the question: “What happens next?”
Originally set for an Oct 2020 release in the cinema, animated film Connected (from Phil Lord and Christopher Miller) will now be released by Netflix. Also - it’s getting a name change. It’ll now be titled The Mitchell’s vs The Machines.
I’m curious about the title change. Can Netflix get away with titles that are less commercially friendly than a theatrical release mandates?
Mark Gurman at Bloomberg reports that Apple’s AR/VR plans are taking shape with a VR headset set to (possibly) be released in 2022. The first headset will be a VR headset with some AR capabilities, but the plan is to iterate the technology to be far more Augmented Reality-focused.
As screen experiences consolidate around the home experience (drifting away from cinema exhibition - a trend accelerated by the stupid virus), the opportunity to create big screen experiences in the home will be sought after. This also aligns well for Apple which has invested in its ‘TV’ app which pools together content from different streaming services and offers its own original big budget shows and movies. Expect that to be front and center on any new goggles they’re asking people to pop on their heads.
Apple is aiming to include some of its most advanced and powerful chips in the headset along with displays that are much higher-resolution than those in existing VR products. Some of the chips tested in the device beat the performance of Apple’s M1 Mac processors. The company has also designed the headset with a fan, something the company usually tries to avoid on mobile products, the people said.
Clooney and Pfeiffer talk One Fine Day 25 years later
Just a few months ago I watched the 1996 romcom One Fine Day for the first time. It’s George Clooney and Michelle Pfeiffer as two single parents who dislike each other immediately, but spend an entire day in and out of each others lives as they look after each others kid as they juggle work commitments. It’s all silly romcom fare, but I found it to be super charming.
Pfeiffer: I would watch you with Mae [Whitman] and Alex [Linz] on the set. Because you’re a kid at heart, and you’re like Peter Pan. It used to irritate me because you would get really upset when they wouldn’t behave and do what they were supposed to do. We would spend 30 minutes getting them settled down, and then you would disrupt the whole thing and you would get them going. You’d do some practical joke and then undo the whole thing, and then you’d get upset they weren’t behaving. Do you remember that?
Clooney: That’s why I shouldn’t have been a parent then. I had to wait till I was elderly — I’m like Tony Randall having children now.
ViacomCBS are ready to launch Pluto TV in France. Italy will be next in late 2021. Read: The Streamable
With viable long-term content supply deals drying up, Aussie streamer Stan has signed a deal with the UK’s Walter Presents for it foreign language dramas. Read: TBI
Aussie soap Neighbours will be tackling the Change The Date issue next week in line with ‘Australia Day’. Read: TV Tonight
Seems like more of a formality at this point, but Bridgerton has been renewed for a second season by Netflix. Read: Variety
TV musical performances need to get better
Yesterday I watched most of the US prime time special Celebrating America. It was aired across multiple networks marking the inauguration of the new US President. Throughout it I was struck by how good most of the musical performances looked.
One of my big frustrations is watching a TV show grind to a halt with a musical act. They’re almost always filmed in the most unimaginative way - in a studio with the camera moving in and around the musicians, cutting between the different performers. There’s often some colourful lights and a smoke machine. It’s weak.
Celebrating America has some fairly traditionally shot performances filmed in front of the Lincoln Memorial (but, admittedly, they looked pretty spectacular with that monument behind them in the dark of night), but there were also other performances filmed from across America that really knocked my socks off.
Here are the timecodes in which you can watch them. They’re all pretty spectacular, but in bold you can find the clips that I just thought went above and beyond what you usually see from this sort of thing on TV.
Bruce Springsteen - 0:00 Jon Bon Jovi - 14:40 Ant Clemons and Justin Timberlake - 28:14 Black Pumas - 33:29 Foo Fighters - 38:40 John Legend - 1:01:30 Tyler Hubbard & Tim McGraw - 1:10:35 Demi Lovato - 1:20:10 Katy Perry - 1:23:50
What’s next? Tomorrow.
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