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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.
Frasier takes life in a different direction
Will Frasier Crane soon have his own Scrooge McDuck-style Money Bin?
Kelsey Grammer is on the press tour for a new movie, which means he's getting questions about the upcoming Frasier reboot for Paramount+. Here's what he has to say about the premise for the new show:
He thinks he’s gonna go off and do one thing, and sure enough, his life takes him in another direction.
And he ends up rich beyond his dreams.
If we're taking this literally, Frasier is set to embrace his destiny and become stinkin' rich. Of course, it could just be a metaphor and he may instead find personal fulfilment, or something else that's lame like that.
Paramount+ gets sexy with Spreadsheet
In August Paramount+ will start streaming in Australia with ViacomCBS working on a number of original titles made for the 'local' market. The first to go into production is Spreadsheet - a sex comedy starring UK actor Katherine Parkinson (The IT Crowd, Doc Martin), Stephen Curry, Robbie Magasiva, Rowan Witt, Katrina Milosevic, Ryan Shelton, Zahra Newman, Tina Bursill, and Richard Piper.
The series is from Northern Pictures, in association with ITV Studios. The fact that you have a UK star in an Australian TV story isn't just a choice of casting in as much as this will be a title that will also have some traction once Paramount+ launches in the UK. No date has been announced yet, but as in Australia, ViacomCBS own a broadcast network in the UK as well which they'll use to springboard the launch of a subscription streamer.
With the help of her best friend, she develops a database of sex options, customized to ensure her sushi train of sex rolls around with variety and order amidst the chaos of her life. What Lauren didn’t expect was a slew of needy men, which apparently even a well-managed excel tracker can’t control.
Australians get Hunted
An adaptation of the UK reality show Hunted is reportedly in the works for Australia, with David Knox @ TV Tonight saying that the new series is set for the ViacomCBS-owned Ten Network and produced by Endemol Shine Australia.
It's worth noting that Hunted was adapted in the US, with Endemol Shine North America producing a series for CBS.
Jonathan Coleman, best known in Australia and the UK for his radio work, but also beloved to TV audiences for hosting kids show Wonder World and presenting infomercials on Studio 10, has died aged 65. Read: TV Tonight
A copy of Super Mario 64 went for sale at an auction over the weekend for US$1.5 million. Read: The Verge
Lovecraft Country showrunner Misha Green has signed a deal with Apple TV+ - is this what sealed the fate of Lovecraft Country, which was cancelled officially last week? Read: Variety
Apple is reportedly keen on sports, particularly the NFL Sunday Ticket. Read: The Verge
It is now official policy that Stan Lee no longer makes cameo's now that he is dead. Marvel wouldn't permit an appearance in a recent Simpsons short film. Read: Complex
A concept/term you will want to add to your forward-thinking vocab to impress people in your workplace - metaverse. Read: NYT
The Catherine Bell-led Hallmark TV series Good Witch concludes after 7 seasons. Including the original TV movies, it has been a 13 year-run. Read: Deadline
Fans of Fear Street on Netflix may be interested to hear about the Fear Street Rentals pop-up exhibit in LA. Read: Collider
Kate de Brito will lead a new Foxtel-owned news-focused streaming service. Read: SMH
Netflix series Cursed has been cancelled after just one season. Read: Deadline
Jett was an unwatched series on Cinemax that has been dusted off for HBO Max where people may see it now.
Professor T debuts July 18 on ITV.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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