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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.
Harry & Meghan's new TV movie
ALSO: David Duchovny returns to TV. AND: TV is all about Dick.
Settle in for the Harry & Meghan TV movie
It’s kind of incredible that this hasn’t happened already, but Lifetime has just announced the TV movie Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace
But wait… this has already happened. This TV movie is in fact a sequel to its 2019 TV movie Harry & Meghan: Becoming Royal, which in turn was a sequel to 2018’s Harry & Meghan. The more you know.
Lifetime said that Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace would reveal what really happened inside the palace that drove Harry and Meghan to leave everything behind in order to make a future for themselves and their son Archie.
It will detail Meghan’s growing isolation and sadness, their disappointment that ‘The Firm’ was not defending them against the press’s attacks and Harry’s fear that history would repeat itself and he would not be able to protect his wife and son from the same forces that caused his mother’s untimely death. Harry & Meghan: Escaping the Palace will also look at the private family feuds between Will and Harry, Kate and Meghan, and Harry with Will and Charles, that lead to the ultimate break from the royal ties.
Starring in the new Netflix series Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Storywill be Evan Peters (last seen in WandaVision). The series, from Ryan Murphy, will also star Niecy Nash, is set to star in the seres, which also has cast Richard Jenkins, Penelope Ann Miller, Shaun J. Brown and Colin Ford. Carl Franklin directs the first episode.
Monster chronicles the story of one of America’s most notorious serial killers (Peters), largely told from the point of view of Dahmer’s victims, and dives deeply into the police incompetence and apathy that allowed the Wisconsin native to go on a multiyear killing spree. The series dramatizes at least 10 instances where Dahmer was almost apprehended but ultimately let go. The series also is expected to touch on white privilege, as Dahmer, a clean-cut, good-looking white guy, was repeatedly given a free pass by cops as well as by judges who were lenient when he had been charged with petty crimes.
Music superstar and author David Duchovny (he was also formerly the star of TV shows including The Red Shoe Diaries and a 2016 reboot of The X-Files) is adapting his novel Truly Like Lightning for Showtime. If the series is picked up to pilot, he’ll star in the series.
In Truly Like Lightning, the unplugged, off-the-grid, almost biblical desert lives of former Hollywood stuntman, Bronson Powers (Duchovny) and his 3 wives and 10 children is upended when a ruthless real estate developer stumbles upon his thousands of acres in Joshua Tree and tries to force him off his land and return his family to the temptations and modernity of 21st century America. The book is described as a heartbreaking meditation on family, religion, sex, greed, human nature, and the vanishing environment of an ancient desert.
Kathleen Turner is appearing in the new season of The Kominsky Method alongside Michael Douglas. There are photos online which I almost posted, but it was too sad a reminder of our mortality. Read: TV Line
Netflix has officially announced its Steven Yeun and Ali Wong comedy. It’ll be called Beef and will focus on the consequences of a road rage incident. Read: thefutoncritic
A pre-existing Sky deal will limit its European roll-out. Read: C21
Originally, Zack Snyder had planned to use the John Stewart Green Lantern instead of The Martian Manhunter. He was told ‘no’. Read: Indiewire
Sony has yet another Bewitched movie in development. Read: Deadline
Wayne Che Yip will direct four episodes of The Lord of The Rings. Read: Indiewire
Wellington Paranormal, the spin-off series from the NZ movie What We Do In The Shadows, will debut in the US on HBO Max and The CW. It’s currently in its third season. Read: Deadline
RIP George Segal
TV and film actor George Segal died yesterday, aged 87. He’s best remembered for starring in the 90s sitcom Just Shoot Me, but has most recently served as a cast member in The Goldbergs. He was, of course, a reasonably big name in movies, starring in films like Fun With Dick and Jane, The Owl and The Pussycat, and Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf?
Based on the bestselling book by journalists James and Deborah Fallows, the visually stunning feature documentary spotlights ingenious local initiatives and explores how a sense of community and common language of change can help people and towns find a different path to the future.
Stowaway debuts on Netflix April 22.
On a mission headed to Mars, an unintended stowaway accidentally causes severe damage to the spaceship’s life support systems. Facing dwindling resources and a potentially fatal outcome, the crew is forced to make an impossible decision. Directed by Joe Penna and starring Anna Kendrick, Daniel Dae Kim, Shamier Anderson and Toni Collette.
K-Pop Evolution debuts on Netflix March 31.
What is K-Pop? How did it rise to worldwide prominence? This new 7-part series tells you everything you need to know - from its history to its hitmakers, its fandoms, and more - told from the perspective of those who were there. K-Pop Evolution is the definitive accounting of a global phenomenon. With appearances from SuperM, H.O.T., BoA, SUPER JUNIOR, KARA, Ha:tfelt (Wonder Girls), Kang Daniel, Sandara Park (2NE1), Red Velvet, EXO, NCT, (G)I-DLE, and PENTAGON.
What’s next? Tomorrow.
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