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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.
Learn Korean with BTS. Oh, and the Olympics got cancelled.
ALSO: Go hunting with Liam Hemsworth
While you’re trapped at home for the next month or two, maybe fulfill that longstanding ambition you’ve had to learn Korean. There’s never been a better time to do that with pop sensations BTS launching a TV show designed to teach the language.
Each episode lasts 3 minutes and there’ll be 30 of them. It’s streaming now on Weverse (whatever that is).
The Olympics have been cancelled for 2020. No, they didn’t do something naughty in a hotel room. They were postponed until 2021. This is a huge deal for TV networks who paid big money for the rights to broadcast the games and have structured their entire year around the event. It’s an even bigger issue for NBC in the US who have a new streaming service they were going to launch and promote during the Olympics. All eyes are now on NBC as to when they launch Peacock and how they do it.
There are a lot of streaming services offering free access for the next month or two. Presumably the thinking is that if they give everyone a taster while they’re stuck at home for the next month or two, it might keep them on the service going forward.
Today’s free announcements include:
CBS All Access have a free month of access if you use the word GIFT during sign-up. Source: Dark Horizons
Fetch TV are giving away 3 months free access to its news channel package. This includes: BBC World News, CNN, MSNBC, Al Jazeera, euronews, France 24, NDTV 24×7, Channel News Asia, CGTN, CNBC, and Bloomberg. Source: TV Tonight
The Most Dangerous Game is in fact not playing my mother during a game of Scrabble, but is in fact a short story by Richard Connell in which man is hunted for sport. The story has been adapted countless times. The best adaptation, we would all agree, was the 1982 movie Turkey Shoot.
Currently (not) playing in cinemas is a version of this called The Hunt.
Coming soon to Quibi is a series based on it starring Liam Hemsworth and Christoph Waltz.
When America needs cheering up, it turns to Scott Z Burns, the screenwriter responsible for some of the most watched movies of the modern era. Like Contagion.
He’s writing a new music-based anthology series National Anthem.
The series tells the story of a middle class Midwestern family tumbling down the ladder of American society, periodically bursting into song as they struggle to catch themselves. The legendary T Bone Burnett is attached as the series’ music producer with words and music by Craig Finn.