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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.
How I Met Your Mother co-creator wants to edit the show. Let's start w/ seasons 5-8.
It's a slow day for the ABW newsletter. But not so slow that I'm rewatching How I Met Your Mother.
Carter Bays co-created How I Met Your Mother and is currently doing a rewatch of the show. He tweeted out his desire to remove things from the show he wishes wasn't in there.
Immediately, everyone jumped onto the idea that he's talking about jokes and stories that aren't culturally accepted nowadays, but I'd assume he's probably talking more about jokes that didn't land that well, clunky dialogue moments, etc. Producing a network sitcom with 20+ episodes a year is more like a factory than a full creative endeavor and sometimes things make it to air that aren't 100% ideal.
This is a show that, I would argue, went on far too long and creatively got completely away from the series creators. By the end you could tell that money was the only thing keeping that show in production - the cast, especially, seemed ready to move on at least 5 years prior.
That said - I will always defend that final episode. It was both the fitting end to the series and it also fills my desire to be a contrarian.
RIP Clarence Williams III
Mod Squad star Clarence Williams III passed away June 4 at the age of 81. The reported cause of illness was colon cancer. The actor was best known for The Mod Squad, which ran for five seasons from 1968-73, but he also played Prince's father in Purple Rain and recurred on Twin Peaks as FBI Agent Roger Hardy.
Now is as good a time as any to check out the very cool opening title sequence to The Mod Squad if you've not seen it before:
A Quiet Place will be spun-off with movies that tie-in to the world of A Quiet Place (a third direct sequel is yet to be announced). The first will be a film from Jeff Nichols (director of the excellent Take Shelter and the should-have-been-about-20%-better-than-it-was Midnight Special. Read: Indiewire
RIP Graeme Ferguson, one of the co-creators of the IMAX video format. Read: NYT
Drake Bell, the former star of Nickelodeon show Drake & Josh, is facing criminal charges for attempted endangerment of children and disseminating matter harmful to juveniles. Read: The AV Club
20th Century Studios are working on a new Master & Commander film. Read: Dark Horizons
The Good Fight returns to TV on June 24 with season 5. It streams on Paramount+ in the US. There's no word on when it will air in Australia.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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