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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.
Mike Myers has a Netflix series.
Oh behave! A Mike Myers show could be a lot of fun.
Mystery Alaska star Mike Myers will play seven different characters in The Pentaverate. Production is currently underway and joining him in the show will be Ken Jeong, Keegan-Michael Key, Debi Mazar, Richard McCabe, Jennifer Saunders, and Lydia West.
After The Love Guru, I'm not sure that you could get me in a cinema again to pay for a Mike Myers film. But this I am excited about. This is, of course, not Myers first TV series in recent years. He was involved with a 2017 revival of The Gong Show hosted by Tommy Maitland (whoever he was...).
In the half-hour series, five men have been working to influence world events for the greater good since the Black Plague of 1347. As the show begins, one unlikely Canadian journalist finds himself embroiled in a mission to uncover the truth and just possibly save the world himself.
Beloved HBO Max series Hacks has been renewed for a second season. And no - there still isn't an Australian broadcaster/streamer announced for the series yet. Read: Variety
As Conan O'Brien films the final two weeks of his nightly talk show, he'll be welcoming back a full studio audience with a slew of big name guests. Read: Variety
Matthew Goode will play producer Robert Evans in the TV series about the making of The Godfather, The Offer. Read: TV Insider
Further to yesterday's passing of Douglas S Cramer is this really nice obit. Read: NYT
Arnotts has engaged Foxtel for a promotional deal to spruik it's new line of Krispy Kreme-inspired biscuits. I note that I'm more than happy to take some of their marketing spend - This newsletter is very teeVee Snack brand-friendly. I'll even re-brand the TeeVee Snacks section to have a lowercase t if they want to support our endeavours. Read: Mediaweek
AMC invests in Aussie vampire drama from Warwick Thornton
Warwick Thornton and Brendan Fletcher will write, direct, and EP a new series Firebrite which brings a vampire genre series into a story about indigenous Australians. It'll film in South Australia across Summer, set to stream on AMC+ later this year.
The series is set in a remote desert mining town, a hive for the last vampire stronghold shipped from Britain to Australia in 1788 by the colonial superpower to eradicate the Indigenous populations. It follows two Indigenous Australian hunters, Tyson and Shanika, on their quest to battle the last colony of vampires.
More international investment into an Australian story...
This is an unusual one. Indian streamer Voot has filmed the 8-part Khwabon Ke Parindey.
Khwabon Ke Parindey revolves around the lives of three friends who are joined by a quirky and rugged hitchhiker on an adventurous and life altering road trip from Melbourne to Perth.
With ViacomCBS holding a large stake in Voot, I do wonder if we may see this series added to Paramount+ when that launches in Australia in August. That may just be wishful thinking.
Apple TV+ Sizzle
Apple TV+ has unveiled a sizzle reel of it's slate of series set to debut over the coming months (branded around the US Summer, which highlights the closed thinking of these supposed global streaming platforms).
Netflix shows off live-action Cowboy Bebop cast
My interest in the Cowboy Bebop adaptation by Netflix has just increased massively (it was previously at about 0.01%) with the release of this promo image of the cast. Yes - it's weird seeing John Cho with such big hair.
If you're looking at that image and thinking "so what?", it's worth noting that it is evoking the extremely fun opening title sequence for the anime TV series. I was never hugely into the series, but loved these titles.
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I Think You Should Leave season 2 returns to Netflix July 6.
Another Life returns to Netflix for season 2 in Q3 this year.
Wolfgang (a documentary about celebrity chef Wolfgang Puck) debuts on Disney+ on June 25.
Miracle Workers: Oregon Trails returns for its third season July 13.
Ridley Jones debuts on Netflix July 13. It's from the creator of Doc McStuffins.
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