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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.
Coming soon: How I Met Your Father, Master of None s3, and The Floor is Lava s2
Surprise announcements for Master of None and The Floor is Lava, and new spin-off How I Met Your Father.
Surprise! How I Met Your Father is going to series
A spin-off/reboot/follow-up series to the 00s sitcom How I Met Your Mother has been greenlit straight to series. The new take on the show gender flips it with Hilary Duff in the lead. This, seemingly, kills the faintest of hopes for the Lizzie Maguire sequel series to have a renewed life. Like HIMYM, this show will be a mix of multi-camera and single-camera.
In the near future, Sophie (Duff) is telling her son the story of how she met his father: a story that catapults us back to the year 2021 where Sophie and her close-knit group of friends are in the midst of figuring out who they are, what they want out of life, and how to fall in love in the age of dating apps and limitless options. According to an individual with knowledge of the project, it remains unclear how/if the new show will tie into the original.
How I Met Your Father will be showrun by a new team, This Is Us co-showrunners and Love, Victor co-creators Isaac Aptaker and Elizabeth Berger.
This is the second attempt at this, with a failed 2013 pilot filmed called How I Met Your Dad, starring Greta Gerwig in the lead.
Now queue lots of grumbling from people complaining about the final episode of the original series, which I still insist was good and true to the spirit of the show. *Gets on high horse* The original series was about Ted Mosby's quest to meet the love of his life and the relationships he had along the way. One of those relationships he had was with a woman that he loved and was the mother of his children. But she was never 'the one'. Love is complicated, y'all.
Surprise! Master of None is coming back - with a twist
Rumors were that Master of None was back in production, but there hadn't been a confirmation from anyone involved. Until today.
The show will be back for a five episode season, with every episode directed by Aziz Ansari and co-written by Ansari and supporting actor Lena Waithe. The twist with the new season is that the show won't focus on Ansari. Instead, the new series will focus on Waithe's character Denise and has been re-branded Master of None Presents: Moments in Love.
Terrible name. But I'm excited to see the show come back. Also, hopefully soon we can see Ansari get off the bench.
LeVar Burton has been announced as a guest host for Jeopardy! as it winds down its season of guest hosts. A full-time host will be announced soon. Read: Variety
Production has been paused on Days of Our Lives as the show awaits word of a 57th season renewal. It is expected that the show will be back. Read: TV Line
A new Pixar short based on the film Soul will debut on Disney+ on April 30. Read: thefutoncritic
Quibi content is officially streaming now via Roku as 'Roku Originals'. Read: The Verge
One World with Zain Asher is a new globally-focused news program to air on CNN International. It screens at midday in New York, which makes it around 2am for the Always Be Watching home offices here in Sydney. Might give this one a miss. Read: CNN
In an effort to show that there's a whole lot of content coming to Netflix this year, following yesterday's stock market heart attack, Netflix has announced 4th quarter releases for returning seasons of Kobra Kai, The Witcher, and You. Read: **Dark Horizons **
Netflix's deal with Sony means that the streamer will be producing original films and series based on Sony IP. Could we see TV series based on properties like Ghostbusters or the Spider-Man off-shoot of characters? Stay tuned. Read: The Streamable
Today is the 35th anniversary of a ridiculous TV special that had "news man" Geraldo Rivera opening what was said to be Al Capone's vault live on television. What people would find inside shocked audiences for generations to follow.
2020's hotness The Floor is Lava renewed for season 2
I'm not sure what took Netflix so long, but there's now an official renewal for the second season of The Floor is Lava - television's funnest show. Of course, it's entirely possible that we'll see the show soon - I can't imagine that this is the sort of production that takes a lot of time to film. And based on the first seasons contestants, casting wasn't exactly the biggest priority either.
The casting has likely already taken place already. A call for contestants went out under the fake title Get Across The Room.
Oxygen debuts on Netflix May 12.
No escape, no memory, 90 minutes to live. Liz is running out of oxygen and time, in order to survive she must find a way to remember who she is. Oxygen, an Alexandre Aja movie with Mélanie Laurent.
Jungle Beat debuts on Netflix May 14.
When a lost and lonely alien crash-lands on Earth, his new crew of talking animal friends helps him get back home - and try to save the world!
Marvel's M.O.D.O.K. debuts on Hulu May 21.
An egomaniacal super villain struggles to maintain control of his evil organization after it is bought by a multinational tech company, all while juggling the needs of his demanding family.
The Big Shot with Bethany debuts on HBO Max April 29.
In the series, the next generation of business moguls will compete for a chance to be second-in-command to business tycoon and Skinnygirl founder Bethenny Frankel, and win a coveted position working on her executive team.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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