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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.
Jerry Seinfeld is making a Pop Tarts movie for Netflix
What is the deal with pop tarts anyway?
Despite saying on multiple occasions that he has no interest in starring in movies, there are some subjects that are so important that you need to write/direct/star in the movie yourself. Such is the case with Jerry Seinfeld and the new Netflix film he is making about the creation of the Pop Tart.
It will be titled Unfrosted.
The movie — which he’s co-written with Spike Feresten and Barry Marder — was a inspired by a popular joke of Seinfeld’s, about when he first discovered the Pop Tart as a kid. The comedian most recently featured the bit during his last stand-up special, 2020’s “23 Hours to Kill,” Back in 2012, Seinfeld dissected the joke for “The New York Times,” explaining that how the first line — “When I was a kid and they invented the Pop Tart, that back of my head blew off” — sets the story in motion.
ViacomCBS today announced its streaming leadership team, led by Tanya Giles. Read: Deadline
The Strange Planet web comic will be adapted into an Apple TV+ series by Dan Harmon. Read: /Film
John Boyega walked off the set of a new Netflix movie and just never came back. Read: THR
Despite getting serious about it a decade too late, US telco Comcast want to become a streaming giant. Read: WSJ
Jay Leno will host a revived You Bet Your Life game show from Sept 13. Read: Deadline
Hayley Mills is keen on doing an episode of the Saved By The Bell reboot series. Read: Entertainment Weekly
Couples Therapy has been renewed for a 3rd season. Read: Deadline
Young person Rebecca Alter has discovered the delights of linear streaming service Pluto TV. Read: Vulture
What the sh!t is this, Netflix?
Usually this would go into the collection of trailers at the end of the newsletter, but... not this one.
Netflix has a new reality dating series called Sexy Beasts. People dress up in elaborate costumes and go out on blind dates.
Kink shaming isn't cool, but furries... as a society we need to draw the line somewhere.
RuPaul’s Drag Race does The Brady Bunch
The Brady Bunchoriginal cast members will appear alongside RuPaul’s Drag Racefavorites to recreate the 1971 episode Will the Real Jan Brady Please Stand Up?
The special, which airs June 30, will mix-up the casting for the show, enabling the original Brady Bunch cast to play different characters. The boldest move being Barry Williams now playing family patriarch and wise guru Mike Brady.
The Brady Bunch returning cast members include Barry Williams (Greg Brady, but will play Mike Brady in the show), Christopher Knight (Peter Brady), Mike Lookinland (Bobby Brady), Eve Plumb (Jan Brady) and Susan Olsen (Cindy Brady).
Yet in the special, Plumb will play “Lucy” and Olsen will play “Margie,” while Drag Race performers Kylie Sonique Love will play Jan, Kandy Muse will play Cindy, and Shea Couleé will play Marcia; Bianca Del Rio as Carol, BenDeLaCreme will step out of drag as Greg, and Nina West will be Alice. In addition, RuPaul will play “the Wig Attendant” and Michelle Visage will play Helen.
Genuine question: How has there not been a Brady Bunch reboot series in this golden age of repurposed IP? The time feels right...
Andy Richter waves goodbye
Conan O'Brien's talk show winds down in the next 24 hours. Sitting on a couch next to him for much of that time since Conan first took over the NBC series Late Night in 1993 was Andy Richter.
Will you be a part of whatever Conan ends up doing next for HBO Max? I don’t know. It’s very much up in the air and I don’t know how much I can say about that. But I can say there’s been a difference of opinion about what the next thing will be. Just as a kindness, Conan has said to people, I don’t know. He’s not making promises he can’t keep. I’m auditioning and it’s freeing up my schedule. So it’ll give me more opportunity to do some stuff. I mean, if there’s still an Andy Richter market out there. For the most part, I am calm about it. Because I have enough people that tell me I’ll be fine and I choose to believe them. Definitely, there’s part of me that’s like, oh no, what if on tomorrow’s showbiz menu there’s an Andy Richter and everyone goes, ehhh, I’ll have the fish?
Load up the BS in this interview with Kenya Barris
Kenya Barris is an exceptionally frustrating screen creative. He creates an interesting premise/framework for the shows and movies he writes and produces, but the execution of them is almost always terrible. Barris is the guy behind TV shows Black-ish, Mixed-ish, Grown-ish, #blackAF, and movies Shaft, Coming 2 America, and Girls Trip.
He recently exited a $100 million Netflix deal to go and launch a studio for ViacomCBS because he felt creatively stifled at Netflix - the same company that enabled him to write, produce, and star in vanity 'comedy' #blackAF.
He's the focus of a feature story for THR where he sets his narrative that he is an artist struggling with company after company that won't enable him to make TV shows that allow him to be an edgy creative that cannot be pidgeon-holed.
Still, it didn’t take long to see that #blackAF wasn’t exactly in Netflix’s wheelhouse either. “For Netflix, say we got 35 million viewers, they were like, ‘Well, it wasn’t Fuller House,’ ” says Barris, acknowledging that he often struggled to present the types of projects that excited Netflix executives, though a forthcoming drama with 50 Cent is said to be a clear exception. At one point, execs there tried to get Barris to run one of their multicam comedies — he won’t say which, but multiple sources say it was the critically maligned, since canceled Jamie Foxx sitcom, Dad Stop Embarrassing Me! — but he patently refused. “I just don’t know that my voice is Netflix’s voice,” he says now. “The stuff I want to do is a little bit more edgy, a little more highbrow, a little more heady, and I think Netflix wants down the middle.” He pauses, and then rephrases: “Netflix became CBS.”
Only Murders in The Building debuts August 30 on Hulu. It will be on Star in the UK, so one presumes that will also be the case in Australia.
Turner & Hooch debuts on Disney+ July 21. Josh Peck plays the son of the Tom Hanks character from the original. Spoiler alert: Both Tom Hanks' character and the original Hooch are now dead. Something to think about. Now... enjoy...
The White Lotus debuts on HBO July 11.
The Pursuit of Love debuts on July 30 on Amazon Prime Video.
Queer spy animated comedy Q-Force debuts Sept 2 on Netflix.
Candyman returns to cinemas August 27. I dare you to say his name five times...
Bugs Bunny returns to HBO Max for season 2 of Looney Tunes Cartoons. I dare you to say his name five times...
Luke Bryan: My Dirt Road Diary debuts August 6 on IMDbTV (& Amazon Prime Video internationally).
Watch The Sound with Mark Ronson debuts on Apple TV+ July 30.
The Dog House: UK returns for season 2 on July 8.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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