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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.
Jon Stewart is coming back to TV
Jon Stewart - back on TV later this year
Apple TV+ has unveiled the name of its Jon Stewart series - it’ll be The Problem with Jon Stewart. The show debuts in the US fall and is described with the following blurb:
“The Problem with Jon Stewart” is a multiple season, one-hour, single-issue series which will explore topics that are currently part of the national conversation and his advocacy work. Each season of the series will be further explored in a companion podcast to continue the discussion.
This is the first time Stewart has had a regular hosting role on a series since The Daily Show concluded in 2015. Interesting to me is that the show is being described by Apple as a “current affairs” series and not a comedy show.
The series will also have a companion podcast featuring Stewart that will continue the conversation from the show. No word on whether the podcast will be exclusive to the Apple Music platform.
The actually pretty funny Duncanville has been renewed for a third season at Fox. Read: Deadline
The Crown is going back into production for season 5 in July. Read: Variety
Crime Scene Kitchen is a competition baking show hosted by Joel McHale, with chef Curtis Stone and cake artist Yolanda Gampp. It’ll air on Fox and stream via the Fox-owned Tubi. Will Tubi have the show in international territories? Read: Variety
NCIS: Hawaii will be the first NCIS show to have a female lead. Read: TV Line
The new Columbia Pictures’ Aquaverse theme park and water park opens in Thailand in Oct. It features rides and attractions based on Ghostbusters, Jumanji, Bad Boys, Men in Black, and Hotel Transylvania. Read: /Film
The Boulet Brothers Dragula has been acquired by Shudder for its 4th season. Read: Deadline
SBS Commissioning Editor of Entertainment and Food Josh Martin is one of a number of key staff to leave Aussie pubcaster SBS in recent months. Read: TV Tonight
Jack Hanna has been diagnosed with dementia. Read: Collider
The Amazon acquired (for a cool $200 million) Chris Pratt film The Tomorrow War will debut on Prime Video on July 2. Read: Variety
RIP Ted Koplar. His company WEP brought the Japanese animated series Voltron to US television (opening the door for Japanese action cartoons to enter the US market). Read: WorldScreen
Justin Theroux stars in the new adaptation of The Mosquito Coast for Apple TV+. It debuts April 30.
A brilliant rebel (Justin Theroux) and his wife (Melissa George) take their family on the run to protect them, but end up exposing them to more danger than ever. At every turn of their adventure, they encounter increasing threats and intensifying moral choices from which there's no turning back.
Cruella debuts on Disney+’s Premier Access and in cinemas May 28.
Docu-series The Sons of Sam: A Descent into Darkness debuts on Netflix May 5.
New series Jupiter’s Legacy based on the Mark Millar comic debuts on Netflix May 7.
The first generation of superheroes have kept the world safe for nearly a century. Now their children must continue their legendary ideals.
Bar Rescue returns for its 8th season to the Paramount Channel in the US on May 2.
The Angelina Jolie film Those Who Wish Me Dead debuts on HBO Max May 14.
While reeling from the loss of three lives she failed to save in a fire, smoke jumper Hannah comes across a traumatized 12-year-old boy with nowhere else to turn.
What’s next? Tomorrow.
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