The big news of the day is that HBO Max has unveiled the first proper look at House of The Dragon. It's just a teaser for the Game of Thrones prequel, but great to finally get a look at it.
But before we get to that...
It has been a big day for HBO Max...
At an HBO Max launch event the WarnerMedia company offered some new information/clarified its roadmap plans for its global roll-out.
Here's what we now know:
- WarnerMedia's Andy Forrsell said the rollout will begin in the Nordics, Spain, and Andorra on October 26.
- Throughout early 2022: HBO Max will launch in 14 additional Central and Eastern European territories, along with Portugal. In the back half of the year: A launch in seven further countries. By the end of 2022 it will have launched in 67 countries.
- HBO Max aims to have launched in 190 countries by 2026.
- WarnerMedia will give movie theatres across Europe a 45 day exclusive window for its movies. After that, the films will debut on HBO Max.
In regards to pricing:
HBO Max will be available for SEK89 in Sweden, NOK89 in Norway, DKK79 in Denmark and €8.99 in Finland and Spain. There will also be an annual pass that gives subscribers 12 months of access for the price of eight.
What's this... a House of The Dragon teaser trailer?
House of The Dragon is a prequel to Game of Thrones. You may have heard of that show. The new series debuts on HBO/HBO Max sometime in 2022 and today we have our first proper look at footage from the show:
Trailer Park - HBO Max edition
Sex & The City spin-off/sequel And Just Like That debuts on HBO Max this coming December.
The Suicide Squad tie-in show Peacemaker will debut on HBO Max in January 2022.
Succession returns Oct 17 on HBO.
- Australian Survivor will film in Queensland for its upcoming season. Read: iF
- For Auld Lang Syne is a new Peanuts special coming to Apple TV+. Read: The AV Club
- Avatar sequels star Bailey Bass will star as Claudia in the upcoming Interview With the Vampire series. Read: Variety
- As Always Be Watching is the Internet's pre-eminent source of Eric Balfour news, ABW is happy to report that Mr Balfour will star as production designer Dean Tavoularis in The Offer - the Paramount+ TV show about the making of The Godfather. Read: Deadline
- Hulu boss Kelly Campbell has left the service effective immediately after serving as boss for four years. She is rumored to be off to work for NBC Universal - also rumored to be relaunching Peacock in the coming months. Worth noting is that NBCU-owner Comcast also has a 33% stake in Hulu, which it must contractually sell back to Disney by Jan 2024. This is in part why Hulu has been so slow to add titles from the Fox library and has launched the Star brand internationally, which brings those Fox titles to Disney+. The greater the market value of Hulu, the more Disney needs to pay-out to Comcast. None of this likely has anything to do with Campbell leaving for NBCU - but preparation for a Hulu revamp/rebrand to Star on the Disney-side of things may have led to Campbell moving on. Just a thought: What is Hulu founder Jason Kilar up to when he is pushed out of WarnerMedia in a few months time..? Read: Deadline
CBS This Morning cans Couric interview
Katie Couric was the co-host of a highly successful era of the NBC Today show. It was the number one breakfast show when she left to join CBS as the host of its evening news. Then-CBS chief Les Moonves wanted her to move from evening news host to help boost the ratings of breakfast show CBS This Morning as host. Couric opted against that. She explains in her new book:
“Absolutely not … I didn’t leave the morning show I helped make number one so I could go to the third-place morning show.”
She added, “I had come here to accomplish something, and if it didn’t work, it didn’t work. I’d rather leave the network than retreat to the morning show, which at the time was a cheap imitation of the other two.”
Couric was scheduled to appear on CBS This Morning to promote the book. But it appears they then read the book and opted against letting her on their air.
RIP Alan Kalter
It was genuinely sad to learn yesterday of the death of Alan Kalter. The voiceover artist had served as announcer on The Late Show with David Letterman from 1995 through to the end of the show in May 2015.
In addition to being heard as the announcer on the show, Kalter would regularly be included in sketches and throwaway jokes - often depicting him as a creepy letch. 'Big Red' Alan Kalter was a perfect addition to The Late Show, perfectly complementing Letterman's signature style - wise-ass jokes cloaked by the artifice of the traditional straight-laced broadcaster.
Here's a statement by Dave Letterman on Kalter's passing:
“When our announcer of 15 years Bill Wendell retired, producer Robert Morton came to my office with an audio tape containing auditions for several announcers,” Letterman said in a statement. “Alan’s was the first and only voice we listened to. We knew he would be our choice.
“Whatever else, we always had the best announcer in television,” he added. “Wonderful voice and eagerness to play a goofy character of himself. Did I mention he could sing? Yes he could. He enthusiastically did it all. A very sad day, but many great memories.”
RIP Big Red.
What's next? Tomorrow.