RIP Jessica Walter
TV legend Jessica Walter has died in her sleep, aged 80. Walter is best known these days for her iconic role as Lucille Bluth in Arrested Development, along with voice work as the mother & boss of the titular spy in animated series Archer.
She had a life-long career in television, working constantly through her career, largely with single-episode appearances and short arcs on series. In her EXTENSIVE filmography, you’ll find her doing guest spots on shows including: Naked City, Route 66, The Fugitive, Flipper, Mission: Impossible, Columbo, Ironside, The Love Boat, The FBI (making six appearances, each in different roles), Love American Style, Mannix, Barnaby Jones, Wonder Woman, Hawaii Five-0, Joannie Loves Chachi, Murder She Wrote, Coach, One Life To Live, 90210, and At Home with Amy Sedaris. Oh, and she was also the voice of matriarch Fran Sinclair in the animatronic series Dinosaurs. And that’s literally not even 1/20th of her work over the years. She was prolific.
Creator of The Winter Soldier hesitant to watch new series
Ed Brubaker may have created The Winter Soldier, but that doesn’t mean he’s entirely happy talking about the new Marvel TV show The Falcon and The Winter Soldier. He has even suggested he’ll be waiting a while to watch it.
While Marvel is touting the success of the show (it’s the most-watched debut episode of a show they have launched to date on the platform), Brubaker and artist Steve Epting who created The Winter Soldier for a run of comics 15 years ago haven’t been invited to share any of the wealth that has followed:
For the most part, all Steve Epting and I have gotten for creating the Winter Soldier and his storyline is a ‘thanks’ here or there, and over the years that’s become harder and harder to live with. I’ve even seen higher-ups on the publishing side try to take credit for my work a few times, which was pretty galling.
“Work-for-hire work is what it is, and I’m honestly thrilled to have co-created something that’s become such a big part of pop culture — or even pop subculture with all the Bucky-Steve slash fiction — and that run on Cap was one of the happiest times of my career, certainly while doing superhero comics,” Brubaker wrote. “But I also can’t deny feeling a bit sick to my stomach sometimes when my inbox fills up with people wanting comments on the show.”
Read more: Indiewire
If you’re interested in reading that original run of comics, there is a new collection of it released next month. You can also enquire at your local comics shop. Always Be Watching recommends Comics Etc in Brisbane, Kings Comics in Sydney, and All-Star Comics in Melbourne.
There’s also the Marvel comics app Marvel Unlimited, which is like a Netflix all-you-can-eat service for Marvel comics for a monthly subscription price. You’ll find a lot of Captain America/Falcon/Winter Soldier books there.
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Nostalgia-laden Nick shows added to Paramount+
In a bid to drive clicks from nostalgic 40-somethings, Paramount+ has added a whole library of old Nickelodeon shows from the 80s and 90s. Shows include:
- Aaahh!!! Real Monsters
- All That
- Allegra’s Window
- The Angry Beavers
- Are You Afraid of the Dark?
- Clarissa Explains It All
- Double Dare
- Eureeka’s Castle
- Gullah Gullah Island
- Hey Arnold!
- Hey Dude
- Kenan & Kel
- Legends of the Hidden Temple
- Nick Arcade
- Rocko’s Modern Life
- Salute Your Shorts
- You Can’t Do That on Television
It’s good to see classic shows being released from the vault like this, even if they have some very niche, marginal appeal. One assumes these shows will be part of the international roll-out of Paramount+ as that starts up over the coming months.
- John Waters has joined the cast of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel for its fourth season. Perfect. Read: Variety
- Steven Levitan, creator of Just Shoot Me, has a really nice remembrance of George Segal. Read: Deadline
- Craig “Mums” Grant, best known for playing Poet on Oz, has died aged 52. Read: Deadline
- The black and white version of Zack Snyder’s Justice League is now streaming at HBO Max. It’s unknown whether it is set to stream elsewhere. Read: The Streamable
- The US ABC will air a 2-hour special looking at the history and legacy of Sesame Street. Read: thefutoncritic
- All Rise creator Greg Spottiswood following an investigation into allegations of unprofessional conduct. Read: TV Line
- ViacomCBS shares have fallen 23% after the company announced its $3 billion stock sale. Read: Variety
Feature doco Tiny Tim: King For a Day is released into theatres from April 23. Weird Al does the narration.
Frank of Ireland debuts April 16 on Amazon Prime Video.
Parot debuts on Amazon Prime Video on May 26.
Steelers: The World's First Gay and Inclusive Rugby Club debuts April 16 on Amazon Prime Video.
What’s next? Tomorrow.