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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.
Controversial new ABC show renamed. PLUS: Hailee Steinfeld picks up a bow & arrow for Marvel.
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ABC TV Australia has renamed its TV show Black B*tch to the very memorable: Total Control.
Backing away from the controversial title…
An ABC spokesperson said, “Black B*tch was a working title and while we support its deliberate calling out of the racial slur by a proud Indigenous woman, it can also be taken, and used, in a negative way. We want to ensure this excellent show is viewed and talked about by as broad an audience as possible for the great story it tells. To ensure the focus is on the story, not the name, the ABC will broadcast the series with the title Total Control, which aptly describes the central character’s fight for power over her life and politics.”
The thing to keep in mind with the ABC is that one of the most effective marketing tools that it has is promotion through its Local Radio network of stations. I really don’t know how any of those stations would go mentioning Black B*tch on the air.
Hailee Steinfeld is believed to be signing up to join Marvel in the role of Kate Bishop in the new Hawkeye TV show for Disney+. Interestingly, Steinfeld is also the voice of breakout character Spider-Gwen in the recent Sony Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse film.
Dirty John is coming back for a second season. The anthology will be titled Dirty John: The Betty Broderick Story and star Amanda Peet and Christian Slater. I’m absolutely on board for that pairing. Though, pairing is a flexible term with the partnership ending with a double homicide…
Facebook is rolling out 12 new Facebook Watch shows through France, Germany, and Sweden. The focus will be on news programming.
Facebook is commissioning shows with publishers like Axel Springer, Burda, Gruner + Jahr, Brut, Le Monde, BFMTV and Expressen. Burda is creating three shows while Gruner + Jahr is producing four. The series are both daily and weekly. Other shows will include popular local news personalities and interactive elements like a live panel where Facebook audiences can seek advice.
A live panel show seems smart. The recent launch of Facebook Watch shows in Australia was largely uninspired.
So far there hasn’t been a whole lot of innovation in regards to the shows being produced for Facebook Watch. What can this platform do that traditional TV, or platforms like YouTube/Twitter cannot? Beyond eyeballs, that question hasn’t really been answered satisfactorily.