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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.
Donald Glover and Phoebe Waller Bridge make sweet sweet series together
ALSO: The Justice League Trailer. AND: Webster chat
A Mr & Mrs Smith TV series? *Yawn* A Mr & Mrs Smith series starring Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Donald Glover? Oh, hello!
This was unexpected news. Amazon Prime Video have said yes to a TV series based on the Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie film Mr & Mrs Smith. It’s not the first time that a series has been in the works based on the film, with a 2006 series asking the question: What if Mr & Mrs Smith, but without big movie stars you want to see and instead Martin Henderson and Jordana Brewster?
The new version will star the very-hot-right-now Phoebe Waller-Bridge and Donald Glover, previously seen on-screen together as Lando Calrissian and his love robot in the Star Wars film Solo.
Zack Snyder’s Frankensteined Justice League trailer
It’s alive! It’s alive! Zack Snyder’s Justice League, which purports to be his original vision for the dark and gritty movie about people with capes, now has a trailer ahead of its March 18 release on HBO Max (and no - there’s still no official announcement on an Australian release, my pals from down under).
The film is re-assembled from bits of what Zack Snyder filmed prior to leaving the project, along with some material filmed for this release.
A few weeks ago I was in a conversation with a mate about what Warner Bros are expecting the viewer numbers to look like. My theory is that there’s a very vocal audience who are very excited to see this, but that audience isn’t as large as it may actually seem. Anyway - let’s watch the YouTube viewer numbers for this trailer for the next few days and see how it compares against the recent Falcon and The Winter Soldier trailer.
Detective Chinatown 3 made $397 million on its opening weekend, beating Avengers: Endgame for biggest launch in a single market. Read: Deadline
Seven of the original cast of The Real World will return for a new season of The Real World for new streamer Paramount+. Read: Variety
Apple has released an augmented reality app to promote its upcoming second season of For All Mankind. Read: Variety
Over the weekend news broke of a Face/Off remake. It isn’t. But it will be a sequel. Read: Dark Horizons
The CW are not moving ahead with a proposed Wonder Girl TV series. I cannot help but ponder whether the series would have gone ahead if Wonder Woman 1984 had been a zeitgeist success. Also: DC Comics was going big on this new Wonder Girl character - how will this impact their publishing plans? Read: Variety
Over at CBR.com (which once stood for Comic Book Resources, but nowadays they cover a lot of things that aren’t comic books, like this story…), Brian Cronin looks back at the TV show Webster and its origins as a show about a new couple that didn’t have a kid.
Young kid actor Emmanuel Lewis was popular at the time for appearing in some Burger King ads, so the network forced a new sitcom to add a third lead onto the show.
The sitcom Another Ballgame, already greenlit to series was now no longer about a retired NFL player marrying a socialite and the problems they had working things out. Instead it was now about a retired NFL player marrying a socialite and the problems they had working things out while living with a precocious young kid named Webster.
Once Lewis was on board, for a while the show was going to be called Then Came You. But the network wanted it to be named after the kid. Which makes watching these Webster opening titles very interesting: