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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.
Get set to return to the Field of Dreams
You saw the Field of Dreams movie, then the game, now it's a TV show.
The Always Be Watching newsletter became a Field of Dreams fansite so quickly nobody noticed.
Over the weekend the MLB hosted a Field of Dreams tribute game. It was the most-watched regular-season Major League Baseball game on TV since 2005 - this suggests that there is still considerable interest in the 32 year-old film.
Today comes news that there is set to be a Field of Dreams remake series. It is being made for streamer Peacock by sports-mad producer Mike Schur (Parks & Recreation, The Good Place).
Is Kyle Chandler too old to play Ray Kinsella? Boy, that woulda been somethin'.
Jason Bateman, Will Arnett, and Sean Hayes host a podcast together called SmartLess. I find it a chore to get through. But enough people seem to like it to warrant a set of live shows. Those shows will now be filmed for a 2-part series on Discovery+. Read: The Wrap
How involved was Mike Richards in the search for a new Jeopardy! host? It's complicated. Read: NYT
The Robert Rodriguez TV channel El Rey has signed a distribution deal with Roku. Read: Deadline
Cue card guy Tony 'Inky' Mendez has died aged 76. A longtime staffer on David Letterman's nightly talk shows (through both the NBC and CBS years), Mendez was regularly included on the show. He also hosted The Late Show spin-off online show The Tony Mendez Show (alongside controversial Late Show figure Stephanie 'Monty' Birkitt). Mendez was fired from The Late Show just before the series concluded after an altercation with show writer Bill Scheft. Read: Twitter
4th Hotel Transylvania film goes straight to Amazon
If, like me, you neglected to remember that these movies existed, you could be mistaken for: a) not knowing that the Hotel Transylvania movies were a big deal; and b) that there is soon to be four films in the series. But these films have grossed a combined $1.3 billion at the cinema so far.
The fourth film in the series was set to be released this coming October into cinemas. But with the delta variant making cinema attendance wobbly, Sony began looking for an alternative release. So they sold the film to Amazon Prime Video and pocketed a sweet $100 million.
This isn't a franchise ending move either, with the fourth film already billed to be the final film in the series.
Happy 15th anniversary David Tench
I'm sure there's no need to remind you, but today marks the 15th anniversary of the debut of Australian talk show David Tench Tonight. The show was kind-of like a real-time version of Space Ghost: Coast To Coast with an animated talk show host interviewing real guests. Mr Tench was rendered and animated in real-time using motion capture technology.
Drew Forsythe performed as Tench in the series that lasted a massive 16 episodes (including its Christmas special). The show debuted on 17 August 2006 and aired its final episode on 23 November 2006.