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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.
Death of an online icon! Goodbye Game of Thrones! Hello BTTF The Musical!
Always Be Watching is curated by living online icon Dan Barrett
Over one million Game of Thrones viewers have signed a petition to get HBO to remake the final season of the show. It’s a more futile endeavour than getting Warner Bros to release the Snyder cut of Justice League.
What happens when HBO give in and remake the season to appease this group of fans and in the process upset a large group of people who don’t care for the new season? How many alternate takes need to be produced? By my math: 16 different versions.
There’s a Back To The Future stage musical coming to the UK from February 2020. That sounds both ridiculous and like something I would want to see.
On a similar note, last week I saw American Psycho: The Musical being performed in Sydney at the Hayes Theatre and it was huge fun. Surprisingly, it is a greater visual spectacle than the rather plain-looking feature film. If you’re in Sydney over the next few weeks, make an effort to check it out.
Have you listened to the latest Always Be Watching podcast? Some great viewing suggestions this week: The Act | Bluey | Superstore | Planes, Trains, and Automobiles. Check it out at the Always Be Watching website or via your podcast apps.
I’m captivated by the narrative podcast Blockbuster which tells the story of George Lucas and Steven Spielberg. It’s a 6-part series and is incredibly compelling.
On Saturday night my team won an Australian Podcast Award for Best Fancast. Back when I was at SBS I created, developed, and produced a podcast about The Handmaid’s Tale called Eyes on Gilead. Anyway, it won. It was rather exciting. Big thanks to the on-mic team of Fiona Williams, Sana Qadar, Natalie Hambly, and Haidee Ireland. And my good pal and audio engineer on it Jeremy Wilmot. Also, a tip of the hat to one of my fellow nominees Blake Howard who has a pretty darn good podcast about the movie Heat - it’s called One Heat Minute. You should check out both podcasts via your podcast apps.
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