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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.
Buy a taste of Schitt's Creek
ALSO: Obi-Wan Kenobi sets an oddball cast. AND: Award show news
Own the Schitt’s Creek Motel
The Hockley Motel in Ontario is better known to fans of Schitt’s Creek as The Rosebud Hotel. It’s up for sale and can be yours for US$1.6 million.
The motel has six units, each with a bedroom and bathroom on 4,300-square-feet. It also has a two-story manager’s suite that has three bedrooms and one bath. There is also a a 700-square-foot detached guest cottage and barn with space for three horses.
Current owner Jesse Tipping bought the place in 2012 for $820,000. He said he would welcome the next owner making the place into a Schitt’s Creek-themed motel.
The Deborah Chow-directed Disney+ series Obi-Wan Kenobi will start filming next month with the cast officially announced today. Some interesting names here. In addition to McGregor and Christensen reprising their roles as the titular Kenobi and Darth Vader, there’s the unexpected casting of Uncut Gems co-director Benny Safdie, X-files podcast host Kumail Nanjiani, former Australian game show host Simone Kessell, and Moses Ingram (last seen in The Queen’s Gambit). Also reprising their roles from the Star Wars prequels are Joel Edgerton and Bonnie Piesse playing the pre-charred Uncle Owen and Aunt Beru.
I assume most scenes with Edgerton include him walking around telling people how much he enjoys BBQ and winking at the audience.
How about you just shut the f*** up, Deadline
The big headline across a whole bunch of entertainment news websites today is that Russell Crowe is appearing in the new Thor movie for Marvel.
Sure, whatever. But what is frustrating is reading this blurb on the site deadline dot com:
Crowe’s role is being kept under wraps and the hope was to surprise fans with this fun cameo when the film was released, but following recent photos of Crowe hanging out with the cast all over Australia, Deadline has confirmed he is in the movie.
If it’s a cameo… and it’s there as a fun surprise in the movie… why report it? It’s not as though this is news in the public interest. Who benefits from knowing this? Is the point just to be a prick and ruin people’s fun?
The Aaron Sorkin movie (for Amazon) set during the production of an episode of I Love Lucy has added some more interesting names to an already interesting cast. Joining are four favourites of mine: Tony Hale, Alia Shawkat, Jake Lacy, and Clark Gregg.
Already in the cast are Nicole Kidman and Javier Bardem as Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz, JK Simmons, Nelson Franklin, John Rubinstein, Linda Lavin, Robert Pine, and Christopher Denham.
The Hollywood Critics Association is now a thing that recognises movies AND television shows in a new awards show. Read: Variety
Following the Chinese Government’s suggestion that local media don’t air the Academy Awards or talk up the Oscars too much, Hong Kong’s TVB has announced it will not air the show for commercial reasons this year, despite broadcasting it every year since 1969. Read: Screen Daily
The Australian Logies Awards will be held at the end of November instead of the ridiculous mid-year airdate to award TV shows from a year that ended five months prior. But apparently networks aren’t happy with the decided upon date for some reason. Read: TV Tonight
Amanda Seyfried will replace Kate McKinnon as Theranos fraudster Elizabeth Holmes in the Hulu limited series The Dropout. Read: THR
BritBox has picked up the US-exclusive rights to future seasons of Line of Duty starting with the latest season. BritBox also has the rights to the show in Australia and is fast-tracking the episodes starting April 1. Source: TBI Vision
My favourite late night talk show, The Not Too Late Show with Elmo, will return to HBO Max for a second season. Read: Deadline
Wahl Street debuts on HBO Max on April 15.
Sky Rojo season 2 debuts on Netflix on July 23.
What’s next? Tomorrow.
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