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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.
Disney+ bares all! PLUS: Saved By The Bell creator dies. ALSO: Don Draper.
Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett who is more proud of his worst newsletter than his best play.
TV writer Sam Bobrick died at age 87. He was the creator of Saved By The Bell, but had an extensive career in TV working on shows including The Andy Griffith Show, The Flintstones; Gomer Pyle: USMC; Get Smart; Hey, Landlord; Good Morning, World; and Bewitched. He also developed and produced The Paul Lynde Show.
Bobrick was more proud of his stage plays than his TV work:
"He always said, 'I'm more proud of my worst play than my best TV show,'"
The Disney+ Twitter feed today exploded. It announced the 600-ish titles that will be on the platform on day one - one tweet at a time.
The thread starts here:
In the catalogue are a lot of the unexpected titles we saw in the Scandi Disney+ service which soft-launched a few weeks ago. What isn’t there yet is the two Ewok TV movies from the early to mid 80s.
What is fascinating about the titles announced is just how many of them are older, forgotten titles. So many of them haven’t been repeated on TV in quite some time or saw mainstream DVD releases, so are largely forgotten to the sands of time. When it launches, Disney+ will have one of the largest streaming collections of pre-1980 titles.
In the weeks following launch, Disney+ is expected to announce a further 500 films and 2500 more episodes of TV shows. My assumption is that the while there is a lot of Disney content that will be part of this added content, this is where we might start seeing more titles from the 20th Century Fox archives. I’d be surprised if the original Planet of The Apes movies aren’t made available for Disney+.
If going through the lengthy Twitter thread is too taxing for you, you could flip through the text list created by Garth at Dark Horizons. Or you can watch this video from Disney+ highlighting scenes from all of their titles - it only runs for 3 hours and 20 minutes.
Oddball streamer Tubi is beefing up its kids content and will have a 2020 UK launch.
Tubi Kids will initially roll out to consumers in the U.S. starting October 21 via Roku devices, and will be available on all major streaming devices in the near future. It will contain movies How to Train Your Dragon, Norm of the North, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows, alongside series with iconic characters including Sonic the Hedgehog, Strawberry Shortcake, Paddington Bear and The Wiggles.
Now that there is finally a line of Mad Men Pop! Vinyl toys (albeit, missing the weasel Pete Campbell and the great Bert Cooper), I see no reason to continue on with capitalism. Is there anything else it can offer? Source: Entertainment Earth
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