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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.
Has Netflix's Mindhunter been brutally murdered? ALSO: Other TV tidbits...
Always Be Watching is written by the original mindhunter Dan Barrett
Will there be a Mindhunter season 3? No one can really say at this stage. Executive Producer David Fincher has released the cast from their contracts as he’ll be busy this year working on season 2 of Love Death and Robots and his feature film Mank. He didn’t want to prevent the actors from working when he wasn’t going to be able to do it.
It might just take a few more years before we see the third season of one of TV’s greatest dramas.
March 13 is the launch date for the new Amy Ryan Netflix film Lost Girls about a woman with a missing daughter.
There’s a deep dive into Seth MacFarlane’s desire to leave 20th Century Fox in favour of NBC Universal. And none of it sounds like great news for fans of the show he stars in The Orville.
It sounds like a big motivation was to allow him to stay busy and be involved both in front of and behind the camera. He was after…
freedom to create what sources describe as a varied slate that includes musicals, political dramas, historical anthologies and animated shows. MacFarlane already has multiple projects in the works for NBCU, and he is particularly interested in developing for ratings-challenged basic cabler Syfy.
Filmmaker Francesca Gregorini says that her idea was ripped off for the new M Night Shyamalan Apple TV+ show Servant. This isn’t just the story of someone with a script or an idea. No… Gregorini made it as the 2013 feature film The Truth About Emanuel.
The first time Francesca Gregorini heard of the new Apple TV+ series Servant, created by M. Night Shyamalan and Tony Basgallop, was in November 2019, the day the trailer for the horror series was released. The filmmaker immediately began receiving calls from friends and fellow directors. “Some of the calls were congratulatory, because they assumed I had sold the rights to my film and it had been turned into a series,” Gregorini told me on the phone from Los Angeles. “And then a couple of the calls [were] from other filmmakers who know what happens in Hollywood, and who were ... up in arms letting me know that something had gone terribly wrong.”
Watching the trailer for the film, there’s certainly similarities, but it does seem like Servant is distinct enough. Regardless… The Truth About Emanuel looks good and I’d like to check it out.
HBO sister channel Cinemax will no longer be producing original series. Gone, seemingly, is the Carla Gugino drama Jett. Season 2 of its Bruce Lee-created show Warrior was renewed for a second season which now seems up in the air.
On Fridays there are usually two Always Be Watching newsletters. The daily news article and a weekly viewing guide with all of the shows that debuted during the week and are ready for you to watch over the weekend.
But late today, you’ll get a third with a wrap on the NBC Universal announcement about Peacock - its new streaming service. As I write this, an announcement is somewhere between 1-2 hours away. If you want to know what to expect, take a look at this article from NYT.
The launch of Peacock is interesting as it is the last unknown big streaming platform expected out of the US in the next couple of years as the giant media companies shift their business models.
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