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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.
Game of Thrones duo to adapt Three Body Problem
ALSO: Mariah Carey. No, really. AND: International sitcom remakes
Game of thrones duo David Benioff and DB Weiss have announced a new Netflix series based on Chinese author Liu Cixin’s sci-fi book trilogy The Three-Body Problem.
Critics of the Benioff and Weiss will be quick to tell you that the three books have already been completed, which should spare viewers from the two writers own creativity. The books tell the story of humanity’s first contact with an alien civilization:
Remembrance of Earth’s Past, The Dark Forest and Death’s End — is set against a sprawling backdrop. The first book tells the story of Ye Wenjie, who, following her father’s death at the hands of the Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution, attempts to help aliens invade Earth, while different factions on Earth plan different ways of welcoming the extra-terrestrials.
The official media release statement from the writers:
“Liu Cixin’s trilogy is the most ambitious science-fiction series we’ve read, taking readers on a journey from the 1960s until the end of time, from life on our pale blue dot to the distant fringes of the universe. We look forward to spending the next years of our lives bringing this to life for audiences around the world.”
Apple TV+ will make a limited series based on the book Five Days at Memorial.
The book chronicles the five days at a New Orleans hospital after Hurricane Katrina made landfall. It explores the practical and ethical decisions/dilemmas faced by caregivers as the power failed, floodwaters rose, and the heat increased with the subsequent life and death choices that needed to be made.
The Christmas holiday will be even more special than usual this year with the Mariah Carey's Magical Christmas Special, marking 25 years of her infamous Merry Christmas album that features All I Want For Christmas Is You.
Hasn’t 2020 done enough?
The special will debut on Apple TV+
It is being described as an “innovative special” that will mix music, dancing and animation “driven by a universally heartwarming story that brings the world together.”
Netflix has cancelled family sitcoms Ashley Garcia: Genius In Love and The Big Show. Both will drop Christmas specials as their final episodes. Source: Deadline
As mentioned yesterday. Hot Seat is moving production from Victoria to Queensland for 7 weeks. Auditions have opened now. Keep in mind that the state border closure keeps people who are from out of state out of contention. Details: Castasugar
Mandi Wicks has been appointed Director of News & Current Affairs at SBS. Source: TV Tonight
The revival of Long Way Up comes to Apple TV+ from Sept 18.
New animated kids show Jurassic Park: Camp Cretaceous launches on Netflix Sept 18.
This is, indeed, a disturbing universe
Last week people were struggling to wrap their minds around the French-Canadian remake of Brooklyn Nine Nine. Adaptations have always been a fun novelty to see when you’re so familiar with the originals.
A Twitter thread yesterday had me visiting some very dark timelines with remakes of Married With Children:
There’s a full clip of this version here:
Another Twitter user chimed in with these other versions:
The version from Argentina is probably my favourite from a production design standpoint:
There’s also the mid-90s version from the UK:
And then there’s this, which is, I’m assuming, a US made porn parody:
The conversation then expanded out to discussing other Russian remakes of US series. Boy, for a country hell-bent on destroying American culture, they sure do like remaking their stories.
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