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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.
James Dean is back for some reason. Also, what do you do in an HBO box?
Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett who doesn't understand a thing in today's newsletter.
There is an unlikely star for the new Vietnam War action-drama Finding Jack. It’s James Dean. His co-star hasn’t yet been cast, but maybe they could find another equally long-dead actor to play the role.
The film is being produced with the support of Dean’s family. Dean will be brought back to life via computer effects overlaying Dean’s likeness onto the body of another actor who will also provide the voice.
Beyond being a buzz-worthy stunt, I don’t really understand why this needs to happen. I would totally understand it if it was continuing on with a role from previously in his career, but what’s the artistic benefit in doing this and not just hiring a known younger actor? Over the years there has been plenty of Dean wannabes…. Just hire one of them.
NCIS: New Orleans has said goodbye to one of its original cast members. I won’t say anything more than that because I don’t want to ‘ruin’ it for any reader who may watch.
What I do want to say is that the show has been running now for six seasons. That’s incredible to me. There’s some long-running shows that just fly so far under my radar. Related: Are they still making Judging Amy?
The next new Apple TV+ show to launch is a series called Servant. It is billed as being from M Night Shyamalan, who is on board as both a producer and director of the first episode, but really this show is from Tony Basgallop, a writer who worked recently on episodes of spy drama Berlin Station. It debuts on Nov 28.
Toby Kebbell and Lauren Ambrose play a Philadelphia couple in mourning after an unspeakable tragedy creates a rift in their marriage which opens the door for a mysterious force to enter their home.
Following the success of ABC’s Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s All In The Family And The Jeffersons, the US network will again deliver a live special recreating old Norman Lear shows. The next will be a recreation of episodes of All In The Family (again) and Good Times.
I would have loved to have seen Maude as part of the mix and use that as a springboard to redoing an episode of The Golden Girls. But… a man can dream.
It has been one year since Fox News terminated its Twitter account.