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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.
Netflix sued by Choose Your Own Adventure! ALSO: Your weekend viewing guide!
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Chooseco, the company who own Choose Your Own Adventure, are suing Netflix for what they claim is reputational damage over Bandersnatch.
Chooseco alleges that Netflix is benefitting from an association with its iconic brand, and that Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which allows audiences to select the direction of the plot, has been widely discussed in the press as being connected to the phrase, "Choose Your Own Adventure."
Other people might argue that Bandersnatch has given Choose Your Own adventure greater relevance than it has seen since, what, 1988?
Vulture today has an excellent guide on where to get started with Korean dramas. For a few years I’ve been meaning to actually dangle my feet into the world of K-dramas. Maybe today is the day.
South Korea produces a lot of scripted and unscripted television for a country with a population of just over 50 million people. With so many shows to produce, sometimes shot and edited the same week they’re released, K-dramas traditionally haven’t depended on cinematography to keep viewers engaged, instead firmly emphasizing the show’s story.
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This feels like the first real TV viewing week of the year, with a slew of returning favourites back this week and a few notable new shows. These are all shows that have already aired this week, so you can watch them right now via streaming services.
It has been an especially big week for some beloved comedies returning. One of my absolute favourite shows Catastrophe is back for its fourth and final season. Also winding up is You’re The Worst after five seasons. It’s a bit under the radar, but the Andrea Savage comedy I’m Sorry is quite good and worth a look (but by no means is it inventing the comedy wheel).
Catastrophe - season 4 Silent Witness - season 22 Father Brown - season 7 Heartland - season 12 Schitts Creek - season 5 Kims Convenience - season 3 I’m Sorry - season 2 You’re The Worst - season 5 Brooklyn Nine Nine - season 6 Grantchester - season 4 Friends From College - season 2
NEW Netflix comedy Sex Education has gotten rave reviews. I haven’t had time to check it out yet, but I sense it’s going to quickly become a beloved favourite. I think it’s great to see Gillian Anderson doing something that isn’t a period drama. The trailer for Canadian drama Coroner also looks like it might be a good quality accessible procedural case-of-the-week type of show.
Sex Education - UK (Netflix) Stars: Gillian Anderson, Asa Butterfield, Emma Mackey Inexperienced Otis channels his sex therapist mom when he teams up with rebellious Maeve to set up an underground sex therapy clinic at school.
Manhunt - ITV (UK) Stars: Martin Clunes Real life story of how the murder of French National, Amelie Delagrange, on Twickenham Green linked to the murders of Marsha McDonnell and the abduction and murder of Milly Dowler as she travelled home from school. Manhunt commercial is after the news report.
Coroner - Canada (CBC) Stars: Serinda Swan, Ehren Kassam, Tamara Podemski Jenny's first case as a coroner affects her personally, as she is called to investigate the death of a teen in a youth detention centre. Her own life is upended by the untimely death of her husband and she learns to navigate raising a teenage son on her own.
Cleaning Up - UK (ITV) Stars: Sheridan Smith, Jade Anouka, Kristy Philipps The characterful drama focuses on an ordinary working class woman, Sam, who is caught between two worlds - the everyday life of a devoted and loving Mum and the darker, dangerous world of insider trading.
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