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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.
First look (again) at Diana & Charles in The Crown
It is easy and lazy publicity to release photos showing how much the new stars of The Crown look like real-life counterparts. And we're there for it!
The promotional machine is being cranked up for the new season of The Crown. What better way to promote the show than to show off the new cast playing Charles and Di. Pictured in the header of the email is Elizabeth Debicki playing Princess Diana. Below we have Dominic West looking far more Charles-like than I had expected (even if he is a bit too handsome for the part). Debicki looks as note-perfect as one could expect.
There's still no announcement as to when season 6 of The Crown will debut, but the previous two seasons of The Crown both debuted on the third Friday of November, so it's likely you'll be sitting down with a cup of tea to watch this on November 19.
OnlyFans cleans itself up for fun and profit
A big problem for OnlyFans - the company can't launch an app due to the fact it is primarily built off the idea of fans paying people money for videos and photos of them wearing very little and doing, uh, stuff. The Apple app store isn't going to publish an app that showcases that.
So, OnlyFans is launching OFTV - a streaming service filled with safe for work videos from OnlyFans creators. Always Be Watching editorial standards prevent this newsletter from making any jokes about a 'soft-launch'.
OFTV features original content from more than 100 OnlyFans creators, spanning fitness, cooking, comedy, health, music and more. OnlyFans soft-launched the on-demand streaming service earlier this year and now features a content library of over 800 videos. Current OFTV creator channels include Cheri Fit, Yoga With Taz, and Tennis Class with Adi.
HBO series Painting with John will continue on to a second season with John Lurie, well, painting. Read: thefutoncritic
The Anne Rice Extended Universe (AREU) continues forward momentum with AMC opening a writers room for a series based on Lives of The Mayfair Witches. Read: Variety
A new Adventure Time show will focus on characters Fionna and Cake. Read: Polygon
The Roku Channel has added 17 free linear channels, bringing it's total to over 200. Read: thefutoncritic
Pluto TV has added 6 new channels, including the branded Britbox Mysteries. Read: The Streamable
Of the almost 6000 titles in the US Netflix library, approx 40% of them are now Netflix originals. Read: What's On Netflix
Australia's Foxtel Group has extended its programming agreement with A+E Networks. That pipeline of content from Crime & Investigation, The History Channel, A&E, and Lifetime Movie Network will keep flowing for Foxtel and Binge viewers. Read: TBI
UK audiences will see Y: The Last Man on Disney+'s Star from Sept 22. Read: TV Wise
Comedy after Sept 11
With the 20th anniversary of the World Trade Center terrorist attack next month, expect a number of retrospective documentaries and specials on the subject. The one that has captured my attention is one for Vice - Too Soon: Comedy After 9/11.
It explores the changed cultural climate following the attacks and how entertainers, particularly comedians, did their jobs during a particularly dark, hostile climate.
The documentary’s title takes its name from the response Gilbert Gottfried received after cracking a joke about the airline attacks shortly after they occurred. He will also appear in the documentary, along with Janeane Garofalo, Matthew Broderick, Aasif Mandvi, Rob Riggle, Cedric the Entertainer, Chris Kattan, Lewis Black and Doug Stanhope.
The purpose of a trailer is to make you want to watch the show/movie. With that in mind, this Netflix promo for documentary Bob Ross: Happy Accidents, Betral & Greed might be the greatest trailer ever made. Tell me this doesn't have you curious as heck. You'll be watching it on August 25.
Scenes From a Marriage debuts Sept 12 on HBO.
Star Wars: Visions debuts Sept 22 on Disney+.
Spike Lee's documentary NYC Epicenters 9/11 – 2021.5 debuts August 22 on HBO.
Dear White People vol 4 debuts on Netflix Sept 22.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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