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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.
Golden Globe nominations announced. Usual caveats apply.
ALSO: RIP Totally Wild. AND: The Simpsons gay bona fides evaluated.
The Golden Globes 2021 nominations announced
The 2021 Golden Globes are upon us again soon. Tina Fey and Amy Poehler will be hosting once more, albeit from separate locations on the east and west coast. The event will be held on Feb 28.
As with every year, I do advise that these awards are not to be taken in any way seriously. Anyone who looks at the awards and gets annoyed or upset about them needs to instead direct their anger at themselves for giving these awards even the slightest bit of attention. These awards are decided-upon by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association - a body of about 90 “journalists” who are required to file only a handful of stories each year (this can be to a blogspot site - the size and prestige of the publication does not matter).
This year the big question was how the pandemic would impact upon nominations - would the inability for the HFPA to be wined and dined in person by celebs looking for a nomination actually improve the quality of the nominations? Apparently not - I assume they were courted in other ways this year.
Scott Feinberg at THR has this article on being confounded by some of the nominations HERE.
A selection of nominations:
Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy
Emily in Paris (Netflix) The Flight Attendant (HBO Max) The Great (Hulu) Schitt’s Creek (CBC) Ted Lasso (Apple TV Plus)
Best Television Series – Drama
The Crown (Netflix) Lovecraft Country (HBO Max) The Mandalorian (Disney Plus) Ozark (Netflix) Ratched (Netflix)
Best Motion Picture – Drama
The Father (Sony Pictures Classics) Mank (Netflix) Nomadland (Searchlight Pictures) Promising Young Woman (Focus Features) The Trial of the Chicago 7 (Netflix)
Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (Amazon Studios) Hamilton (Walt Disney Pictures) Palm Springs (Neon) Music (Vertical Entertainment) The Prom (Netflix)
RIP Totally Wild and Scope
With Australian TV networks no longer required to screen kids TV shows to meet TV license requirements (the rules surrounding this were relaxed last year due to COVID-19), Channel 10 has cancelled long-running factual kids shows Totally Wild (which started its 27-season run in 1992) and Scope (which produced just five seasons throughout a 15-year period).
It was disappointing to see both cancelled - ask anyone 40 years-old and under and they’ll tell you that Totally Wild was an important show to them as they were growing up.
Something interesting in the email sent around to Channel 10 staff telling them about the decision:
We remain committed to creating and producing local children’s content, and we deeply value this team’s work. But our business strategy has evolved to include the development and production of more children’s drama programs.
More children’s drama programs? Ten has been light in this area for some time. But it has me curious if corporate owners ViacomCBS are looking to Ten in Australia as a production pipeline that can feed scripted content for Nickelodeon and the kids vertical on Paramount+. Something Australia has traditionally done very well is produce kids-orientated content (a vibrant and oft-overlooked production sector thanks to the Government mandating it exists).
Nominations for the 2021 Writers Guild Awards have been announced. Read: Variety
Both cuts of Donnie Darko (theatrical and directors cut) will be released in 4k on Blu-ray. Read: HD Report
Could a legal challenge block the George Clooney Buck Rogers TV series in development? Don’t count on it, says Legendary. Read: Deadline
More Wayne’s World
The Super Bowl Wayne’s World / Uber Eats promo releases continue. I don’t *think* this is the full Super Bowl ad.
Smithers and Beyond
Podcast Gayest Episode Ever has released a supercut of every LGBTQ joke featured on The Simpsons through its 31 seasons. You can read more about this TWO HOUR video over at The AV Club.
The battle for HDMI1 is over. The new top row battleground.
About a decade ago there was a battle for HDMI1. On a modern TV set, there are generally between 1-4 HDMI ports on the back/side of your TV. The general thinking was that people plugged in the device that they used the most into HDMI1 and then just plugged their other devices randomly into their TV. For some people it was a video game console, other people might have had a streaming box like Apple TV or a Roku. Or a Blu-Ray player. Etc. You get the idea.
Everyone wanted their device to be the HDMI1 device.
Today I saw this in a promotional email (eDM) sent to Hulu customers. The battle for the HDMI1 port is over - but the battle has begun for the top row on your Apple TV.
The thinking is the same as the desire to be HDMI1 - you want your app to be one of the apps most frequently accessed.
Coming 2 America is coming to Amazon Prime Video on
Tribes of Europa debuts on Netflix Feb 19.
In the wake of a mysterious global disaster, war rages between the Tribes that have emerged from the wreckage of Europe.
What’s next? Tomorrow.
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