Aussie soap Neighbours comes to an end (after a 37-year run) on July 28. Details have been released about the final batch of episodes and they have been super-sized. Instead of the usual 30 mins (including ads), episodes in that final week will blow out to 90 minutes.
Monday, July 25 at 6:30pm on 10 Peach (90-minute episode)
Tuesday, July 26 at 6:30pm on 10 Peach (90-minute episode)
Wednesday, July 27 at 6:30pm on 10 Peach (90-minute episode)
Thursday, July 28 at 7:30pm on 10 and 10 Peach (90-minute finale)
The final episode will air on Channel 5 in the UK on Friday 29th July at 9pm.
As previously revealed, former cast members are returning to the show through this final month of shows. Among them Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan.
I haven't watched Neighbours with any regularity since July 1996, which coincidentally is when my parents installed pay television by way of Foxtel into the house. But I think this final week of episodes I might give it a look.
Meanwhile, Channel 5's Ben Frow has reiterated the point as to why the UK TV channel opted to stop financing the Australian drama:
I could spend the money on other things, which is what I decided to do. I can better spend the Neighbours money on UK shows.
It's difficult to argue against that.
Chad cancelled at the 11th hour and 59 minutes(th)
TBS comedy Chad stars Nasim Pedrad playing a teenage boy. I'm sure it is funny as Pedrad is generally pretty funny, but I'll admit to having not seen it yet.
But other people are watching it. The critics liked it. And enough viewers tuned in for the (then) WarnerMedia-owned TBS to go ahead with a second season.
So why did Chad just yet yanked? And more interestingly, why was it cancelled and pulled from broadcast just days before the show was set to broadcast its return season?
The new corporate behemoth that is Warner Bros Discovery is on a quest to consolidate assets, save some money, and pay off its extensive debt (basically, an effort to tidy up the books to get the company ready for yet another sale in a few years). A decision was made to cancel Chad with the desire to sell it elsewhere - one presumes that it was considered more desirable if its already-filmed, but-never-aired second season was included as part of the package.
Thoughts on Joe Pera Talks With You
As I continue to mourn Joe Pera Talks With You, Ethan Warren at Polygon has written up a really lovely article that examines what is now the completed arc of that shows three seasons.
This may come across as an overstatement, particularly given the show’s seemingly modest aspirations, but taken as a whole, Joe Pera Talks With You now stands as deft a three-act exploration of joy, terror, grief, and love. The first season, which primarily explored life’s small pleasures (going out to breakfast; taking a fall drive; discovering a new favorite song), reached a decisive pivot point as Joe’s flirtation with Sarah climaxed in the reveal that she was a doomsday prepper who obsessively cultivated a fortified basement, one she was convinced would be necessary in the imminent future. Joe’s certainty in the little things was shaken, but not defeated, and he added his beloved collection of antique sheet music to Sarah’s basement, carving out space for beauty amidst his loved one’s fear.
- Jeopardy! and Wheel of Fortune will be added to Pluto TV, with 24/7 channels created for both shows. It brings Pluto's game show offer up to 8 channels. 24/7 Jeopardy!... truly a dream come true. Read: Polygon
- Doco We Met in Virtual Reality is a 90 minute look at people who met and developed relationships in virtual reality. It was entirely filmed within VR, so the audience never knows the real world identity of the documentary subjects. It debuts on HBO Max in the US July 27. Read: VR Scout
- Only Murders in The Building will be back for a 3rd season. This ahead of tomorrow where it'll be nominated for all of the Emmys. Read: Variety
- Want to watch the best movie made by the best directors? Read: The Guardian
- Aussie satirical comedy Mad As Hell will end next season with Shaun Micallef as the host. Talk is that the show will either continue without Micallef as the host or that the ABC will make other shows using the Mad As Hell crew. I'd suggest the obvious move would be to have ABC satirical comedy performer Mark Humphries take on the hosting gig (should he be interested in taking on a well-paid, high-profile job working with some of the funniest TV brains in the country). But let's see how this plays out. Read: TV Tonight
The Kardashians returns Sept 22 for season 2 on Hulu in the US and Disney+/Star internationally.
Day Shift debuts August 12 on Netflix. It's a vampire film from the John Wick team.
Harley Quinn returns July 28 for season 3 on HBO Max.
VR can entertain. But it can also teach. Thief Simulator VR: Greenview Street is there to bring out the best in sticky fingered students everywhere.
That's it for today. Tomorrow: Expect more.