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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.
Jim Henson's The Storyteller returns! Hemsworth to play Hulk Hogan! Whoopi!
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The 80s Jim Henson show The Storyteller is being revived in the most perfect of ways. Sandman writer Neil Gaiman is developing the series alongside Lisa Henson. There is no broadcast/streaming partner announced yet.
“Part of what fascinates me about The Storyteller is the stuff that we don’t know.,” he said. “Who was the Storyteller, why was he telling these stories, was he a goblin, what kind of creature? What I’d love to do is an inside story that’s as long as the outside story. We’re going to find out a lot about who the storyteller is, we’re going to find out things we don’t even know that we don’t know. We’re going to begin in a Northern kingdom where stories are forbidden and where the act of telling a story is liable and can get you imprisoned or executed. If you put a storyteller into that situation, things would need to start getting interactive.”
Legendary Entertainment is in the early phases of developing a series based on the Wizard of Oz books. The source material is actually pretty good and interesting - I don’t know why almost all of the movies and shows that followed the excellent 1939 movie have been weak sauce.
News today that actor Jessica Camacho is joining the pilot for a new TV show called Courthouse caught my eye. This is a series being made for CBS by Warner Bros. This is the blurb for the show:
Courthouse is a show that pulls back the curtain on the court system. It follows the dedicated, chaotic, hopeful, and sometimes absurd lives of the judges, assistant district attorneys, and public defenders as they work with bailiffs, clerks, cops and jurors to bring justice to the people of Los Angeles.
Why did this catch my attention?
In 1995 there was a show on CBS made by Warner Bros called Courthouse which was about the lives of all the judges, assistant DAs, and public defenders.
The story follows a boy named Harley (Finlay Wojtak-Hissong) who celebrates his birthday by attending a taping of the Banana Splits TV show with his family. Things take an unexpected turn – and the body count quickly rises. Can Harley, his mom (Dani Kind) and their new pals safely escape?
This news had a lot of people scratching their heads, but this makes sense to me.
Woody Harrelson and Kevin Costner star in Netflix film The Highwaymen about the two men that caught Bonnie & Clyde.
From director John Lee Hancock (The Blind Side), The Highwaymen follows the untold true story of the legendary lawmen who brought down Bonnie and Clyde. When the full force of the FBI and the latest forensic technology aren’t enough to capture the nation’s most notorious criminals, two former Texas Rangers (Kevin Costner and Woody Harrelson) must rely on their gut instincts and old school skills to get the job done. The Highwaymen also stars Kathy Bates, John Carroll Lynch, and Kim Dickens.
That’s it for today!
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