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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.
Eliot Stabler is coming back to Law & Order: SVU
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Eliot Stabler is coming back to TV! The Law & Order: SVU character will again be played by Christopher Meloni and will now head up a task force dedicated to investigating organised crime in NYC. It’s not yet known whether the show will start with a dun dun and be branded as a Law & Order show, but there will inevitably be crossovers between the two series.
Meloni starred in SVU for the first 12 seasons of the show. It is currently airing season 21. That’s right: SVU can now legally drink. I just hope it behaves responsibly… there are some bad people out there just looking to take advantage…
There’s no new sports happening anywhere due to the stupid virus. But, this has presented an opportunity for esports to enter the spotlight. Streaming is up on platforms like Twitch, which you’d expect. Game publishers like Riot Games are seeing significant uptake too.
And then there’s this, which is probably the biggest news in terms of crossing the divide between gaming and televised sports: NASCAR drivers are now competing online in TV events.
Even some non-virtual sports are taking a page from the esports playbook. Star NASCAR drivers including Denny Hamlin, Dale Earnhardt Jr., Jimmie Johnson and Joey Logano are opting for virtual races as part of a partnership with NASCAR and online racing simulation game iRacing for the eNASCAR iRacing Pro Series. Fox Sports covered the first event live, as it would a traditional NASCAR event, with 35 drivers from across the circuit competing from their own personal setups.
New Netflix series Outer Banks is billed as ‘Goonies at the beach’. It’s more ‘Hot Goonies at the beach’ tho.
Outer Banks is described as “a coming-of-age story that follows a tight-knit group of local teens (the “Pogues”) in the beach vacation destination of the Outer Banks of North Carolina. When a hurricane kills the power for the summer season, it sets off a chain of illicit events that force the friends to make life-altering decisions. The search for their ringleader’s missing father, forbidden romances, a high-stakes treasure hunt, and the escalating conflict between the Pogues and their rivals turn their summer into one filled with mystery and adventure they’ll never forget.” What more could you want?
It debuts April 15th.
Netflix doco-series Tiger King has, as expected, seen a rise in tips to police regarding Jack Donald “Don” Lewis, who’s been missing since 1997.
Alison Herman at The Ringer has gotten to the truth of Mad Men and its best character, that weasel Pete Campbell:
There’s a hard truth to watching Mad Men,and the sooner you accept it the better: We all have more in common with Pete than we’d like to admit. Don, obviously, is a rare breed, a fact true of all eccentric-genius types but made unusually clear by Mad Men’s particular choices. But Peggy is a ready-made point of identification, embodying virtues we’d like to think we share—work ethic, underdog status, perceptiveness—and positioned from day one as an audience surrogate. The key phrase there, regrettably, is “like to think.” Peggy may be more relatable and recognizable than Don, but she’s still someone we want to be. Pete, her secret coparent, is who we actually are.