Christina Ricci was undoubtedly the break-out star of the early 90s The Addams Family and Addams Family Values. She is probably more synonymous with the role than original Wednesday Addams Lisa Loring. Today comes news that Ricci has joined the cast of new Netflix revival series Wednesday.
Jenna Ortega plays the titular character in the new show, with Ricci playing a yet-to-be-revealed character. It is understood to be a new character to replace actor Thora Birch who exited the show just a few episodes in.
If you are thinking that you haven't seen Ricci in anything for a while, that means you have made a huge mistake by not watching her in the show Yellowjackets, which is really good - certainly one of the best shows of the past few months. She'll be back for season 2 of that.
It is great that she's playing a part in this new series. Here's to hoping that they find a way to get Lisa Loring a role on the show as well. #IntoTheWednesdayVerse
Designing profiles for iView
With so much heated conversation surrounding Australian govt broadcaster ABC's upcoming implementation of a mandatory email login to use its iView streaming service, I thought this blog post from iView Product designer and Design lead Phil Banks might be of interest.
In it he details some of the thinking that went into the platform from a design standpoint. What benefits are there for users logged in to a public broadcaster's streamer? Would there be benefits serving up curated/algorithmically chosen content on a service like iView? What is the difference in needs of the viewership when 50% of on-platform viewing is for kids content?
Creation of profiles for kids can be parent led or driven by the children. When children are in charge it can be a fun and engaging experience. Giving them a feeling of ownership. We heard from kids that were downright excited to have a bluey or bingo profile picture. We also learned that their profile picture is something they’ll return to relatively frequently. Adults on the other hand just want to get set up as quickly as possible.
Really fascinating. A read well worth your while.
- The Godzilla vs Kong sequel will film in Australia later this year. I'm not sure what else there is to say - Kong defeated Godzilla in the first one in a feat of physical prowess. Could it be that a physical fight was just the first film? Next is the evening gown competition? Read: Variety
- Amy Schumer was pretty keen to have Volodymyr Zelenskyy make an appearance during the Oscars. Read: Variety
- McDonald’s is bringing back its Szechuan sauce in the US. You may remember, the last time that happened, dickhead Rick & Morty fans created a scene. Read: PR Newswire
- The Aussie TV drama Love Me (the first Binge original) will debut in the US on April 1 by way of Hulu. It stars Hugo Weaving and is a remake of Swedish series Älska mig. Read: THR
- Alex Pina, the creator of Money Heist, has signed an exclusive deal with Netflix and has announced a new show. After a catastrophe, Earth's 1% wealthy elite find safety in a lavish underground bunker. Read: THR
- Betty Gilpin will star in a new Peacock series Mrs Davis. The show, one of those classic nun vs artificial intelligence stories, is co-written by Tara Hernandez and Damon Lindelof. Read: Deadline
- The Peaky Blinders series finale will run 81 minutes. Read: Radio Times
The Man of God debuts on Netflix April 16.
Jerrod Carmichael: Rothaniel debuts on HBO April 1.
Long Slow Exhale debuts on Spectrum April 4.
Wild Abandon debuts on Netflix March 30.
That's it for today. More newsletter tomorrow.
Until then... here's a background gag from a recent Simpsons I find funny.