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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.
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New Reese Witherspoon / Kerry Washington Hulu series Little Fires debuts March 18.
Shantaram is a new Apple TV+ show based on the book of the same name. After filming two episodes in Victoria with a $7.4 million incentive to film (provided through an Australian Government grant in connection with the Victorian govt), production has just shut down.
A new showrunner is being sought. Scripts will be re-tooled.
The series is about Lin (Charlie Hunnam), a man on the run from an Australian prison looking to get lost in the teeming city of Bombay. Cut off from family and friends by distance and fate, he finds a new life in the slums, bars and underworld of India.
I tapped out of Westworld after the first season. They designed a show built with countless mystery boxes intended to stir online theories and investigation, but most of the core mysteries of the show were solved by fans within the first few weeks. The experience of watching every core drsamatic moment then linked to these mystery boxes unfold over the rest of the season was sleep-inducing.
A show needs more going for it than mystery revelations.
But this trailer for season 3 actually looks really great and has inspired me to go back and catch up with the show ahead of its March 15 return.
An HBO show that I really should have seen by now, My Brilliant Friend, is back for season 2 on March 16.
Ryan Murphy’s new Netflix drama Hollywood is set to debut on May 1.
The series follows a group of aspiring actors and filmmakers in post-WWII Tinseltown as each tries to achieve success. While it's set to address the studio system's inherent biases across race, gender, and sexuality – biases that exist to this day – it also takes a sort of "What If?" perspective that looks at how things might've been if those power dynamics didn't exist.
Not a great day for ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish - his first quarterly earnings report as the newly merged CEO had him reporting disappointing earnings resulting in a 17% drop in stock price. Analysts and investors had questions as they started with a question about the accuracy of the numbers being presented.
“Are you confident you can accelerate advertising growth over time?” was the second. Wall Streeters also asked why cable affiliate fees were down 8% and why content costs were up steeply. One wondered if a beta test of the new streaming product temporarily dubbed House of Brands set for later this year is fast enough given the rapid surge of competition. Another asked if ViacomCBS really could afford to ink an expensive new deal with the NFL.
Ahead for CBS: Less spending on pilots, more reality shows commissioned for cable channel Showtime, more Star Trek for CBS All Access, and a revamped digital offering that will likely join CBS and Viacom assets as one product that will replace CBS All Access.