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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.
Felicity Huffman: Guilty. Allison Mack: Guilty. Married At First Sight: Guilty.
Always Be Watching is by Dan Barrett - the only thing he's guilty of is caring too much.
Felicity Huffman has submitted a guilty plea over the college admissions scandal:
"I am pleading guilty to the charge brought against me by the United States Attorney's Office," the actress said in a statement. "I am in full acceptance of my guilt, and with deep regret and shame over what I have done, I accept full responsibility for my actions and will accept the consequences that stem from those actions."
Smallville star Allison Mack has submitted a guilty plea over her role in Nxivm, the self-help pyramid scheme sex cult she played a role in running.
Mack's charges stemmed from what officials said were activities that took place as part of a secret society within Nxivm called "DOS," in which women recruited and groomed others under false pretenses to be sexual partners for Raniere, according to an indictment.
Several women, whose identities were withheld in court papers, claim they were blackmailed into complying and told DOS had compromising information about them.
Julianna Margulies was set to film a three-episode arc on The Good Fight, but the deal fell apart over the issue of pay.
“I’m not a guest star; I started the whole thing with The Good Wife,” Margulies told Deadline. “I wanted to be paid my worth and stand up for equal pay. if Jon Hamm came back for a Mad Men spinoff or Kiefer Sutherland wanted to do a 24 spinoff, they would be paid.”
I don’t disagree that she should be paid what she is worth, but I am curious to know what sort of pay we’re talking about here. The money should be higher than other guest stars are paid on the series, but it is still also only a guest spot on the show. She’s not going to be the ongoing face of the series (as the cited Hamm/Sutherland examples would be).
The Walking Dead may have seen serious viewer declines, but it is still the highest rating show on cable TV and number 2 across all of US TV (following This Is Us). That’s enough to warrant another spin-off series, which has just been announced:
The new spinoff will feature two young female protagonists and focus on what the network said in its official release is “the first generation to come-of-age in the apocalypse as we know it.” The hook, according to the description, will be to see who remains good and who turns evil.
They’re really not taking bold swings with any of these spin-offs, are they?
Frankly, this is just dumb. As a promotion for Game of Thrones, customers at a New York Shake Shack can order two limited edition Game of Thrones-themed burgers. But only if they speak the order in the fictional language of Valyrian.
Preacher will end with its fourth season, part of which is filmed in Melbourne. I find it strange that this is a show I haven’t kept up with watching. I LOVED the comic book series it is based on, but the show just never lived up to the charm and scope of the comic series.
I often struggle to understand why anybody would volunteer to be on a reality dating show. There’s just so little reward, but so much to lose (your time, dignity, etc). The real mystery is how they find volunteers for British reality show Naked Attraction - this is the show in which guests are fully naked and choose prospective dates based on how attracted they are to the persons naked body.
Three contestants who each gave it a go spoke with Radio Times about the experience.
Then I saw the advert on Facebook and I thought “Why not, I’ll give it a go”. I had a one-hour phone interview and was invited to London to do a filmed audition at the offices of Studio Lambert. I said I wanted to be a picker, not in one of the boxes, and because I’m pansexual I was open to all genders and sexualities. It was bizarre because even in the interview there were cameras zooming in on my butt and my genitals.
Australia’s ABC Breakfast host Michael Rowlands has come out attacking Married At First Sight:
He’s not wrong.
But at a certain point isn’t it incumbent on us just to avoid watching shows like this. A conversation about how bad for the soul a reality show like this is doesn’t really achieve anything - we all know and have heard it all before. Maybe it’s time to instead focus on, and try to raise the profile of, the shows that are more nourishing for us to watch.
Is there a secret Beyonce concert coming to Netflix?
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