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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.
Armie Hammer hungers to leave another series
ALSO: Zack Snyder's Justice League gets a date. AND: The Wonder Years is back.
It’s time to kick off another week of Always Be Watching.
From my own weekend viewing:
The new Tom Hanks film News of The World (playing in cinemas now, but will also be on Netflix in coming weeks) is yet another film with Tom Hanks playing historical dress-up. There’s nothing revelatory in this, but I really enjoyed it.
I have finally caught up with new US limited series Your Honor starring Bryan Cranston. If you’re not watching this, you’re missing out on one of the most tense, highly engaging shows of the year. It’s just wonderful.
Tonight in Australia is the launch of a local version of game show Holey Moley. The original US version is great fun. The Aussie version expands the show out to 90 mins (including ads) for no good reason. The result is fewer jokes, fewer obstacle course injuries per-minute, and way more time spent playing mini-golf. Meh.
And on with all the news from the weekend:
Armie Hammer has left yet another series after allegations he wants to eat women
Actor Armie Hammer has dropped out of the high profile Paramount+ series The Offer, a series about the making of The Godfather.
You can also read the disturbingly delicious gossip about the actors private DM’s to women HERE.
Zack Snyder gets a date
The Zack Snyder Directors cut of Justice League will debut on HBO Max on March 18.
Timed with the pic’s premiere on HBO Max in the U.S., the DC movie will be available exclusively on HBO services in Europe across the Nordics, Central Europe, Spain, and Portugal as well as on the HBO GO service in Asia. In Latin America the title will premiere exclusively on HBO Max when the service launches in the region later this year.
One would assume it’ll land on Foxtel in Australia where we don’t have any branded HBO services - could it instead get a cinema release? I know local cinemas would love product to screen.
Sitcom Kate & Allie is set for a remake. The original ran for six seasons between 1984-1989. It was about two single mothers raising their kids in the same house Read: Variety
George Clooney will produce a new series based on Buck Rogers. There is talk of a movie and anime spin-off from the show. Clooney may also star. Read: THR
ABC has picked up The Wonder Years reboot to series. The new version, produced by Lee Daniels, offers a race-flipped version of the show. It will be focused on an African-American family in Alabama. Read: Variety
Andrew O’Keefe faces domestic violence charges
Andrew O’Keefe, the host of the Australian version of the game show The Chase and the primetime specials Beat The Chasers, was arrested on Sunday.
Mr O’Keefe, 49, is due to face Waverley Local Court on Thursday after being arrested in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Police will allege the former Weekend Sunrise and current The Chase host assaulted his rumoured partner and Sydney-based doctor Orly Lavee at an apartment in Randwick just before 1am.
In the unlikely event that O’Keefe can come back from this, it’s pretty unlikely he’ll be seen on TV again fronting a show called “Beat The Chasers”. O’Keefe had also served as a founding member and Chairman domestic violence charity the White Ribbon Foundation.
If you or someone you know is experiencing sexual abuse or family violence contact the National Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence Counselling Service 24-hour helpline 1800 RESPECT on 1800 737 732
1 hour, 43 mins in the chair for Rosario Dawson on The Mandalorian
Party time. Excellent.
It’s the advertising pre-game for the Super Bowl where companies that spent a lot of cash on a 15 second spot are promoting their commercial with more commercials. During SNL, this promo ran… (and let’s be honest: it was a welcome delight).
Mongo only pawn in the game of life
A wild story that I’ve not heard before recounted by website The Reprobate…
Mel Brooks was concerned that Blazing Saddles would be such a success, it would prompt Warner Bros to make a sequel without his involvement. He had it written into his contract that in order to make a sequel, there would need to be a TV series spin-off from it. If you haven’t seen Blazing Saddles, know that all of its humor is not TV-friendly at all.
The film was a success. The studio announced it would develop a sequel. And Mel Brooks flagged that they’re supposed to have made a TV series. But… surprise Mel Brooks - Warner Bros had started production on a TV version called Black Bart. The pilot was aired as a TV movie and, as per the Reprobate article, four seasons of the cheaply-made show were produced before the decision was made not to make the sequel. Four… un-aired seasons…
The story sounds incredible and I feel like there’s a lot of detail and context missing from this story. But… wild if true.