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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.
Coronavirus kills April's James Bond
ALSO: TV networks fear for coronavirus Tokyo Olympics cancellations
With the looming Coronavirus, almost every single thing that might have a person leaving the house is being cancelled. This past week has seen industry events like the annual Facebook and Google events cancelled, TV industry conference MipTV cancelled, international comic book conventions cancelled, concerts… etc. Anywhere that people gather is at risk of being cancelled this year.
That includes cinemas. While they’ll stay open, studios wanting the biggest possible audiences for their films are in retreat mode. The first big one to be pushed is the new Bond film No Time To Die. Instead of launching in April, it’s now a November release.
Meanwhile local broadcaster Seven has $90-100 million tied up in sponsorship of the Tokyo Olympics. The network has structured its programming around the event for the year and with nothing really firing for the network in 2020, they have a lot pinned on the Olympics going forward.
TV upfronts events for advertisers will be impacted. The first upfronts to be cancelled is Fox News. Which is weird because announcers on that very channel have been advising viewers that the virus isn’t that big a deal…
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Reviews are in for the Reese Witherspoon/Kerry Washington Hulu drama Little Fires Everywhere. And they’re not good.
“Little Fires Everywhere” loves drama so much you’d be forgiven for going all-in with it — yelling at the screen, mocking whoever loses each verbal sparring match, making fun of all the white people who are so painfully un-woke it makes you hate yourself for using the word “un-woke.” As a nighttime soap, the episodes can be juicy, biting entertainment, but as the drama stacks up, it loses power. Watching Washington dig deep again and again dulls the effect of her quivering lip and trembling voice; seeing Witherspoon wrap her villainous cloak ever-tighter feels suffocating, and somewhere amid the first seven episodes, the fire goes out under a blanket of melodrama.