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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.
Dolly Parton is bringing us Christmas cheer. Twice.
ALSO: The tale of two Afterparty's. AND: More Emily in Paris
The Afterparty - a fun reunion show
This sounds pretty fun. A new 8-episode murder-mystery show caller Afterparty is coming to Apple TV+ from Chris Miller and Phil Lord. Every episode will be set at the same school reunion afterparty told from the different perspective of people at the party, told in a different visual style every week that matches the personality of that episodes main character. Series leads include: Tiffany Haddish (Girls Trip), Dave Franco (Neighbors), Ilana Glazer (Broad City), Ben Schwartz (Space Force), Sam Richardson (Veep), and Ike Barinholtz.
You think you could hear just one Afterparty announcement today? Heavens no. Netflix has its own show called Afterparty.
The Netflix Afterpartywill be hosted by David Spade. With an initial 18-episode commitment, the show is a weekly comedy panel show where comedians, casts, and creators chat about Netflix’s shows and films.
Each episode will be dedicated to one of the latest Netflix movies or TV shows to hit the cultural zeitgeist, with the stars of that title participating in interviews, pop culture discussions, sketches and segments. Each week, the co-hosts will be joined by a different Netflix comedian to round out the panel.
Last week in ABW there was mention of a Family Ties panel reunion chat starring Tina Yothers and your other favourite stars of the 80s sitcom. Good news - you can watch it here:
Dolly set to entertain and sell some albums
It’s a great time to be a fan of both Dolly Parton and Christmas. In addition to the Netflix show Dolly Parton’s Christmas on The Square (Nov 22), US broadcaster CBS has announced A Holly Dolly Christmas for Dec 6. This is a televised concert special with the singer performing “an intimate, candlelit set off faith-filled hymns and holiday classics. Parton will also share Christmas stories and faith-based recollections of the holiday season with her viewers.”
As you’d expect, Dolly will also sing numbers from her new holiday albumA Holly Dolly Christmas.
The world’s enduring romance with Emily in Paris can continue with Netflix saying ‘oui’ to a second season of the show. Look forward to another season of viewers taking to social media to tell people how much they hate the show they watched every episode of.
I’m not all that enthused about a TV remake of The Equalizer starring Queen Latifah. But, I really like the idea of a TV remake of The Equalizer starring Queen Latifah where she is teamed up with Adam Goldberg. Read: Deadline
Call your mum - Torvill & Dean are coming back to telly. ITV has commissioned a special one-off documentary featuring the iconic skating duo. Read: ITV
Buyer beware. The conceptually fun Batman: Death in The Family interactive movie is really just a repackaging of a previous DC Universe animated film, Under The Red Hood. Oh, and it isn’t even interactive in any format other than Blu-Ray. Read: Polygon
First Dates: Teens is a spin-off of the reality format in the UK which will have participants aged between 16-19. Read: RadioTimes
The West Wing / The Good Doctor star Richard Schiff has tested positive for COVID-19. Read: Deadline
AFOL’s everywhere rejoice. Or rather, US AFOL’s should rejoice as the US version of Lego Masters has been renewed for a second season. Read: Deadline
Go Inside Pixar with this new Disney+ docu-series/propaganda from Nov 13.
Let’s close out today’s newsletter with some Jon Hamm music videos. It’s just a good idea.
The first is the new music video by Eels which features Hamm.
Jeff Tweedy’s new single features a whole bunch of celebrity cameos - including an appearance from Hamm.
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