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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.
The Queen's Gambit leads the Emmy winners.
The Queen's Gambit has dominated night one of the Emmys. Expect more wins throughout the week.
There are actually three nights worth of Emmys presentations. The Emmys you generally watch celebrate the primetime TV shows and major categories including on-air talent (but with so many/most nominees now streaming series, what even is primetime?) - but there are also two award nights held that same week celebrating the work of the many talented tradespeople who work behind the cameras.
A list of all of the Creative Arts Emmy Awards winners can be found on the Hollywood Reporter website. They are updating this same page to include the night 2 winners (which are being announced in the coming hours).
The Queen's Gambit and Love Death and Robots are the shows leading with the most wins.
Yo, Yo Gabba Gabba
In this dark hell-scape we call life good news is often far and few between. So let this news nourish your soul before you face your next crushing setback:
Yo Gabba Gabba is coming back!
DJ Lance Rock, Muno, Brobee, Plex, Foofa, and Toodee are set to return by way of Apple TV+. The streamer has acquired the original series’ 66-episode library and will make a further 20 half-hour episodes.
Real Time with Bill Maher has been renewed, taking the series past its 20th anniversary to 2024. Read: THR
Animated series Final Space has been cancelled. Read: The AV Club
The US ABC network has updated its logo - it's now really, really flat. Read: Variety
New movie Venom 2 will run just 90 minutes. How fantastic. That's about half the length of the new James Bond bloatfest. Read: Dark Horizons
Approximately half of Apple TV+'s 40 million subscribers are paying for the service. As it grows, expect at least one new movie or TV series debuting on the service every week. Read: The Information
James O'Malley asks whether the BBC is entering a death spiral as the promise of the BBC begins to offer less value with the rise of so much competing product. Read: Substack
Happy 40th anniversary, The Smurfs
In positively smurfy news, over the weekend 80s animated series The Smurfs marked its 40th anniversary. The show debuted on Sept 12, 1981 and ran for 9 seasons - a whopping 258 episodes. This makes it one of the longest running Saturday morning cartoons.
Welcome back, Teddy Ruxpin. The animatronic talking bear who told stories to a generation of kids (thanks to story-based tapes that could be purchased individually), is in the early stages of being revived for new TV and big screen adaptations.
How much nostalgia is there for Ruxpin? Well, I'll say this - I haven't heard anyone mention him more than once or twice since the 80s. But maybe I'm not the audience as my parents bought me an off-brand Ruxpin.
The revival comes by way of DJ2 Entertainment, a company that has developed adaptations of video game properties including Sonic the Hedgehog, Life Is Strange and Tomb Raider.
The Monkees 55th anniversary
It isn't just The Smurfs marking an anniversary this weekend. Sept 12, 1966 was the airdate for the first ever episode of The Monkees. A TV show (and band) that proved to be way better than it ever should have been.
Full episodes of the classic series can be found on YouTube:
Aquaman: King of Atlantis debuts on HBO Max Oct 14.
Misfit: The Series debuts on Netflix Oct 16.
Ganglands debuts on Netflix Sept 24.
Jaguar debuts on Netflix Sept 22.
Kota Factory 2 debuts on Netflix Sept 24.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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