Nicholas Brendon, the one-time actor known for playing Xander on teen drama Buffy: The Vampire Slayer, is facing charges in Indiana for allegedly obtaining prescription drugs illegally and falsely informing officers of his identity.

It's yet another sad chapter in his post fame life, following similar stories of possession, abuse, and a litany of other incidents. Someone needs to get this guy some help.

‘Buffy’ actor Nicholas Brendon arrested in Indiana on drug-related charges
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ actor Nicholas Brendon has been charged in Indiana with obtaining drugs using a false name or address and false informing.

The art of the opening title sequence

There's a strong sameness to a lot of opening title sequences on high-end drama series. It's always exciting to see a show doing something quite different. One of the most distinctive is the titles for The Good Fight. If you haven't seen it before, it's an ever-changing set of things being blown up.

Here's the season one version of the titles, but they are changed regularly reflecting what is going on in the show - for example season 5 opened with a whole bunch of cute animals (none blew up, tho).

Indiewire today has an EXTENSIVE feature on the opening titles.

“What he pitched to us was porcelain objects dropping in slow motion and shattering. And I remembered in ‘Zabriskie Point,’ the refrigerators blowing up in slow motion and it just being fascinating. So we kind of combined the two ideas. Even as destructive as it is, it’s beautiful,” Robert King said. “And obviously, as you know, blowing shit up is always exciting.”
‘The Good Fight’: Making One of the Most Memorable Credits Sequences in TV History
From exploding teacups to busted TV screens and the hypnotic melodies in between, here’s a history of a sequence as kaleidoscopic as the show it introduces.

Less Aussie drama than there used to be

A team of Queensland media researchers including Dr Amanda Lotz (a US academic who made Australia home a couple of years ago - I interviewed her once during an Australian visit for the Mediaweek podcast), have bene looking into Australian TV production volume. There's a lot less being made today than there was 20 years ago.

Lotz (QUT), Associate Professor Anna Potter (University of the Sunshine Coast), and Professor Kevin Sanson (QUT) released the Australian Television Drama Index this week as part of a three-year study.

The index shows commercial broadcasters’ adult drama commissioning decreased by 68 per cent over the last two decades, from 208 hours in 1999 to 67 in 2019 (soaps not included). The average episodes per title per year produced by commercial broadcasters also decreased, from an average of 21 episodes in 1999 to seven in 2019.

I was interested in this statement, as it backs up my concern that forcing local content streaming quotas won't result in shows being made that reflect Australian stories in the way that we'd ideally like to see:

The risk of this is that Australian viewers are not the primary audience of global streaming services. Quotas might lead to Australian productions, but current settings unreliably deliver the ‘Australian stories’ that figure strongly in rhetoric. As the index illustrates, the loss of commercial broadcast drama commissions is many magnitudes greater than the scale of hours offered by streaming services, or even an established Australia-only service such as Foxtel. Quotas on streamers might diminish the impact on the production sector, but it is unrealistic to think global services will commission Australian stories as commercial broadcasters have.

Read more: IF

(Which isn't to say that there won't be ANY Australian made shows from international streamers...)

One of the more curious decisions from a US streamer has been Amazon Prime Video commissioning a new season of former network Australian drama Packed To The Rafters. The trailer for it dropped just minutes ago:

TeeVee Snacks

  • Attack Of The Hollywood Clichés! is a one-off comedy special hosted by Rob Lowe. It debuts on Netflix Sept 28. Read: Deadline
  • Flatbush Misdemeanors will return for a second season. Read: thefutoncritic
  • Your Honor will return for a second season in 2022. Read: thefutoncritic
  • Showtime has announced a TV series remake of The Wood, the 1999 film by Rick Famuyiwa. Read: Deadline

Trailer Park

The much-anticipated Yellowjackets debuts on Showtime Nov 14.

Equal parts survival epic, psychological horror story and coming-of-age drama, YELLOWJACKETS is the saga of a team of wildly talented high school girls soccer players who become the (un)lucky survivors of a plane crash deep in the remote northern wilderness. The series chronicles their descent from a complicated but thriving team to savage clans, while also tracking the lives they've attempted to piece back together nearly 25 years later, proving that the past is never really past and what began out in the wilderness is far from over.

Billie Eilish concert film Happier Than Ever: A Love Letter To LA debuts on Disney+ on Sept 3. It was directed by Robert Rodriguez and certainly looks more interesting than you may expect.

Kids home renovation show Backyard Blowout debuts on Peacock Sept 16.

The new renovation series empowers kids to take charge of the family's backyard to rebuild it and create an awesome new space for the entire family.

Maya and The Three is a Netflix animated mini-series debuting later this year.

Love on The Spectrum returns for season 2 on Netflix Sept 21.

Melissa McCarthy stars in feature film The Starling which debuts on Netflix Sept 24.

A woman adjusting to life after a loss contends with a feisty bird that's taken over her garden - and a husband who's struggling to find a way forward.

Vendetta: Truth, Lies, and The Mafia debuts on Netflix Sept 24.

Sicily boasts a bold "Anti-Mafia" coalition. But what happens when those trying to bring down organized crime are accused of being criminals themselves?

Jaguar debuts Sept 22 on Netflix.

In 1960s Spain, a Holocaust survivor joins a group of agents seeking justice against the hundreds of Nazis who fled to the nation to hide after WWII.

Welcome To The Blumhouse, a series of horror films, returns to Amazon Prime Video on Oct 1.

Charlie Cox stars in AMC+ series Kin, debuting Sept 9. Is AMC+ quickly becoming one of the most compelling streaming services? Every few weeks it is debuting interesting, textured dramas...

A boy is killed and his family embark on a gangland war with an international cartel - a war that is impossible to win.

What's next? Tomorrow.