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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.
Clarice - TV's Silence of The Lambs - gets a date
ALSO: More Warner Bros / HBO Max fallout. AND: Watch new Letterkenny.
The huge Warner Bros / HBO Max movie release strategy fallout
The past 24 hours have been a wild ride with Hollywood reacting to WarnerMedia’s plan to release Warner Bros 2021 theatrical movies on streamer HBO Max at the same time as they debut in theatres.
Director Christopher Nolan has come out swinging:
“Some of our industry’s biggest filmmakers and most important movie stars went to bed the night before thinking they were working for the greatest movie studio and woke up to find out they were working for the worst streaming service,”
You can read his comments at THR. Nolan’s comments sound like a person severing his relationship with the studio. The thing is - I can’t imagine many studios left that can guarantee him a theatrical release to make his original huge budget movies. Would he have found a home for Tenet anywhere other than with Warners?
There’s talk that Legendary Entertainment may sue Warner Bros over the decision to move its films Dune and Godzilla vs Kong. It is believed that the company believes that WB is self-trading and not allowing Legendary to sell the rights elsewhere. Warners apparently blocked Legendary from selling Godzilla vs Kong to Netflix for $250 million. Read more: Indiewire
New CBS drama Clarice, the TV adaptation-ish of Silence of The Lambs, will debut on Feb 11. My beloved show Evil had been scheduled to return then for its second season, but it will now be pushed back later into the season.
Canadian comedy Letterkenny returns later this month for a new season. Here’s the opening two and a half minutes:
And speaking of Letterkenny, Kelly Boutsalis at Flare explores the show’s relationship with the local indigenous culture.
This collaboration between the show’s creators and its Indigenous cast and crew ultimately pays off. When I’m watching the show, I’m picking up most of those subtle nuances that the cast is talking about, and—as someone who’s Mohawk, too—I’m thrilled whenever Tanis tosses out a Mohawk word or phrase because it’s so familiar to my own experience. The only time I’ve heard people joking around in a mix of English and Mohawk has been when I’m with my aunts and uncles on my mom’s home reserve of Akwesasne. Definitely never on my television screen.
Earlier this week Always Be Watching paid newsletter subscribers received a bonus article explaining Pluto TV and why I see it as the most exciting streaming product since the launch of Netflix streaming.
The article is now out from behind the paywall and you can read it HERE.
Apple TV+ drama For All Mankind has been picked up for a third season. Read: Deadline
Nielsen has plans to overhaul the way it measures TV ratings in the new world of streaming. Read: Deadline
Polygon has a solid list of some of the big name shows still waiting to launch in 2020. Read: Polygon
The BBC are getting rid of Channel Managers (for broadcast channels BBC One, BBC Two, and BBC Four) as a way to pivot towards commissioning with a digital-first approach. Read: Deadline
Rashida Jones (no, not the actor) will take over as President at MSNBC. Among the many first day priorities she has, a focus on digital is hugely important. Recently MSNBC shows have been running house ads driving viewers to its website to read a daily column that will somedays be written by MSNBC presenters. That’s embarrassing. It needs a stronger game and it missed a huge opportunity during the Trump years. Read: NYT
Cheers writer Ken Levine reveals that he no longer finds Cliff Clavin funny. Read: By Ken Levine
Double Dad debuts on Netflix on Jan 15.
While her mother is abroad, an 18-year-old who's lived in a hippie commune all her life sneaks out into the real world to find her biological father.
If this doesn’t feature Paul Reiser and/or Greg Evigan, I’m out.
The Minimalists is coming soon to Netflix.
Longtime friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus share how our lives can be better with less.
Transformers: War For Cybertron - Earthrise debuts on Netflix Dec 30.
Gabby’s Dollhouse is coming to Netflix on Jan 5.
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