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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.
Discovering the lost Phillip Seymour Hoffman show.
ALSO: The new Phoebe Waller-Bridge. AND: RIP HQ Trivia
Phillip Seymour Hoffman filmed the pilot to a Showtime TV show called Happyish. His co-star was Kathryn Hahn. The series had been greenlit, but before they could start filming what would be the second episode he died.
Happyish still went into production. Steve Coogan took over as the lead. The show was cancelled after one season. It always felt like there was something missing from that show.
We can now tell if that missing element was Phillip Seymour Hoffman as the original pilot is now on YouTube.
And speaking of Steve Coogan. He’s talking about season 2 of his latest Alan Partridge series This Time:
“There’ll be another series of This Time in the next 12 months.”
Phoebe Waller-Bridge has a new rom-com she has been working on with writer Vicky Jones. She’s not the lead actress either. That would be Merritt Weaver. Co-starring is Domnhall Gleeson.
The show is called Run and it is coming to HBO from April 12.
RIP HQ Trivia.
Sorry HQties, but the plug was officially pulled on the online streaming trivia show. Matt Richards (who may or may not have been Carlton from the Fresh Prince of Bel Air) and Anna Roisman had one final, drunken farewell of a game. 523 winners pocketed their share of the $5 prize pool.
Over the weekend we got our first look at Stranger Things 4 and the return of that character who we knew wasn’t really dead.
The Fantasy Island movie currently playing in cinemas has been getting terrible reviews and not great word of mouth. But it is a thing that exists.
Where the movie may have gone wrong is in not stacking a Fantasy Island film with big name guests, which was part of the appeal of the original TV show. Noel Murray has taken a look at the original TV show with some of the crazy fantasies realised on the show.
The one I want to check out has Roddy McDowell playing a character who may have been Satan in a fight over a dying man played by Adam West.
HBO Max is debuting soon, with the streamer releasing this video promo that does well to remind us that this is going to be a streaming service with shows and movies we’ve heard of before. A bold gambit.
There’s a Nintendo Playstation prototype (this was an ill-fated attempt by Sony and Nintendo in the 90s to work together on releasing a CD console machine) currently up for auction. Right now it is going for $350,000. Think how many ABW subscriptions you could buy your friends and family for that sort of money.