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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.
Details on the new Doogie Howser MD
ALSO: Twin Peaks @ 30. AND: RIP Thomas L Miller
The stupid virus may have shut everything down, but it can’t stop TV revivals of beloved shows of years gone by.
Doogie Howser MD is in the works - remade as Doogie Kealoha, M.D.
The new Doogie is a teenage girl living and working as a doctor in Hawaii. It is being made for Disney+ with Kourtney Kang as showrunner. Kang worked as an EP on Fresh Off The Boat and was a writer-producer on How I Met Your Mother (which starred original Doogie Neil Patrick Harris).
Hopefully Doogie Howser’s Max Casella gets a role in the revival, ideally reprising the role of Vinnie. That just seems like a good idea.
TV producer Thomas L Miller has died. You may not know his name, but through his production company Miller Boyett he produced some of the best known TV shows from the 80s and 90s. They included shows like Full House, Step By Step, Bosom Buddies, Family Matters, The Hogan Family, and many more. During an earlier incarnation of the company, Miller Milkis Productions, he was a producer on Happy Days and its spin-offs Laverne & Shirley and Mork and Mindy.
As far as TV producers go, they are rarely bigger than Thomas Lee Miller.
My interest in Netflix series Space Force just increased by a bajillion percent. Photos of the series, which debuts on May 29 have been released along with a bonkers-impressive cast list. We knew Steve Carell was working on it with former showrunner of The Office Greg Daniels, but joining them: John Malkovich, Diana Silvers, Tawny Newsome, Ben Schwartz, Lisa Kudrow, Jimmy O. Yang, Noah Emmerich, Alex Sparrow, and Don Lake. That’s too much show.
Season 2 of Homecoming will release on Amazon on May 22. I loved season one, but without lead creative Sam Esmail writing/directing, I’m heading into this one with a skeptical eye.
A couple of weeks ago Toei announced the launch of its YouTube channel Toei Tokusatsu World. Every week the Japanese studio will release episodes from its vault of tokusatu (re: people in costumes battling other people in costumes over model cities) shows. It launched this week.
Today marks 30 years since the first episode of Twin Peaks went to air (it debuted April 8, 1990 - so within hours of this email/article being published).
The New York Times has curated a collection of Twin Peaks stories it has written over the years, with episode guides, debate on whether the revival was TV or cinema (really, NYT… ), and essays about its cultural impact. Check it out: NYT
There’s a Twin Peaks podcast produced by EW that looks back at the pilot. Listen: EW
Sheryl Lee and Mark Frost have participated in an oral history of the show. Read: Yahoo!
In 1993 David Lynch made a series of Twin Peaks-themed ads for Japan’s Georgia Coffee. Read more about it: Far Out Magazine
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