Another day, another DC Comics TV show cancellation by Warner Bros Discovery. This time it is the TV show Pennyworth, which purported to tell the origin story of Batman's butler. Where does he get all those wonderful teas?
HBO Max has opted not to pursue a 4th season of the show, which in season three was cannily renamed to the exceptionally silly: Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler.
A reminder of what the show was actually about. As if you need a reminder...
Pennyworth follows Alfred Pennyworth (Jack Bannon), a former British SAS soldier, who forms a security company in 1960s London and goes to work with young billionaire Thomas Wayne (Ben Aldridge), before he becomes Bruce Wayne’s father.
You can stay in Seinfeld's apartment
Air BnB has another of its dopey offers to stay in the home of a beloved TV character. This is inherently a cool idea, but the execution is always terrible.
Here you can stay in an apartment that recreates Jerry Seinfeld's pad from the TV show. But... it is also way bigger than the apartment on the show. In no way could Jerry have afforded this place.
Canada introducing its own streaming regulations
Earlier this week the Australian government announced a new arts initiative that would restore funding to arts industries, along with Australian content streaming quotas for streamers. In Canada, they are working through Bill C-11 which will introduce legislation around streaming services - inclusive of protections for Canadian culture.
While the conversation in Australia seems to be built around the idea: "Make them pay!!!!", the Canadian conversation is a little bit more measured and is more focused on ensuring the benefits for Canada extend beyond the vague promise of short-term contract work for industry professionals.
“If the policy goes in a direction that’s helpful to our entire ecosystem and things go well with the legislation and regulations, we could actually see more money coming into the system,” said Justin Stockman, VP of content development and programing at Bell Media Inc.
“We could see more Canadian productions, which can fuel IP and actually be really beneficial to this entire market. But it could go the other way, where we could see Canadian content and Canadian dollars being controlled by non-Canadians.”
Part of what is on the table is determining whether they will set up production quotas for Canada, or require contributions to a Canadian Media Fund.
Further proof that Canadians are a good, sensible people.
- Josh Charles, Dali Benssalah, and Yumna Marwan will star alongside the already-announced Elisabeth Moss in new Hulu series The Veil. Read: Variety
- It seemed inevitable that there would one day be an Apple TV+ show starring Annette Benning. Even if we had never considered it, we all knew it to be true. That show has now been announced and it will be called Apples Never Fall. Read: Deadline
- The Neighbours archive will start to be made available on Amazon Prime Video from Feb 23. It will include the full 2012 season and a curated collection of earlier episodes. Just publish them all, you cowards. Read: Variety
- Universal Studios has a 'no fatties' policy for its new Mario Kart theme park ride. Read: Kotaku
- Sony Pictures Television is set to take the entire library of King of Queens episodes out to the streaming market to commence April 2024. Read: TV News Check
- Hit Monkey has been greenlit for season 2, but will no longer be branded as Marvel's Hit Monkey. Read: THR
- The second season of Star Wars: Visions will debut on Disney+ May 4. Read: The Streamable
- So Help Me Todd has been greenlit for a second season. Read: Deadline
Sex/Life season 2 debuts March 2 on Netflix.
Bruiser, which is a movie, debuts on Hulu in the US and Disney+ internationally on Feb 24. It's about toxic masculinity. Sounds like great fun at home on the couch...
Reality show The Family Stallone will debut on Paramount+ in the US spring.
Outer Banks s3 debuts Feb 23 on Netflix.
Freeridge is streaming now on Netflix. It is a spin-off from On My Block. And yes - it does feature the breakout star of Young Larry.
Teen show Dear David debuts Feb 9 on Netflix.
That's it for today. And this week. It has been a big week of TV news and I'm ready for a nap.