Cancelled after just one glorious season, Cooking With Paris has been cancelled by Netflix. We will forever have memories of those incredible six episodes, forever captured in the amber that is the Netflix streaming servers.

No... I never watched it.

Paris Hilton’s ‘Cooking With Paris’ Canceled By Netflix After One Season
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The BBC licence freeze is a big deal

A decision has been made to freeze the BBC licence in the UK for two years. The fee to UK citizens will remain at £159 until April 2024, before raising with inflation for the next four years. To reframe it another way, right now the BBC costs British viewers £13 a month.

This has ramifications for the BBC, which says shows will need to be cancelled to help with the £285m funding gap that now exists thanks to the freeze.

BBC Director General Tim Davie:

“We are disappointed, we would have like to have seen an inflation rise throughout the period. We’ve got four out of six years and on we go.

“I would say having certainty of income for six years – as you know the media market moving so fast – is very material to us.

“Our estimate is – and just to set this clearly for everyone – by the year end 2027, the licence fee income will be about £4.2bn based on our assumptions around inflation, obviously guessing games around inflation are obviously difficult. We know this settlement … gives a £285m gap at the end of the period.”

I can certainly understand why UK citizens may be irked at the idea of being charged the price of a high-end Netflix subscription from what is supposed to be a public broadcaster (as a point of reference, a Netflix subscription in the UK costs between £5.99 to £13.99 a month). But the BBC is delivering more value than Netflix in that it isn't just entertainment, but it is also a large volume of locally made television, radio, news, and sports. It speaks to the mind, heart, and soul of Britain. It also seems short-sighted to politically go after defunding the BBC - after all, the BBC is the most effective soft-diplomacy the UK has. Without British content being exported globally, it's almost a certainty that the UK's international standing will diminish.

BBC chief warns licence fee deal will leave £285m funding gap
Tim Davie says six-year licence fee settlement will mean fewer programmes and services

Greg Daniels and Mike Judge launch animation studio

Former King of The Hill creators Mike Judge and Greg Daniels have joined together to launch a new animation studio. The goal of Bandera Entertainment is to push into a broad number of sub-genres through animation.

In the pipeline already are a dozen new shows including a King of The Hill revival. Netflix recently ordered Bad Crimes, an “adult animation dark comedy procedural”starring Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus.

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Their company, Bandera, will exec produce ‘Bad Crimes,’ a comedy starring Nicole Byer and Lauren Lapkus, as its second show, with others — including a children’s show from Sacha Baron Cohen and Alison Bechdel’s ‘Dykes to Watch Out For’ — also in the works.

TeeVee Snacks

  • Star Trek: Strange New Worlds makes its debut on Paramount+ on May 5. The Discovery spin-off follows the adventures of Captain Pike on a pre-Kirk Enterprise. Read: TV Line
  • New guests checking into The White Lotus season 2: F. Murray Abraham (Mythic Quest), Adam DiMarco (The Order), Tom Hollander (The Night Manager) and Haley Lu Richardson (Unpregnant). Read: Deadline
  • Microsoft is buying video game publisher Activision Blizzard for a cool $68.7 billion. Read: The Verge
  • The premiere episode of How I Met Your Father ends with a title card thanking former How I Met Your Mother narrator Bob Saget. Read: Deadline
  • The George Clooney / Julia Roberts series Ticket To Paradise has paused its production in Australia due to COVID. Read: Variety
  • Kids cartoon series Arthur might be ending after 25 seasons, but you can expect spin-offs. Read: Deadline
  • Netflix is launching a Cobra Kai podcast hosted by Martin Kove (AKA Sensei Kreese). On the podcast he'll recap episodes of the show with his kids.  Read: Indiewire
  • Valued Twitter resource for funny videos Rex Chapman has signed with CNN+ for a show. Read: Deadline

Trailer Park

STOP EVERYTHING and check out this trailer for the new Marvel show Moon Knight. Starring Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke, the trailer suggests that it is a much darker, psychologically trippy drama than we've seen from Marvel before. It debuts March 30 0n Disney+.

The Boys Presents: Diabolical debuts on Amazon Prime Video on March 4.

Before you head out to work, be sure to check out the trailer for Adam Scott's new Apple TV+ show Severence. It debuts Feb 18.

Severence takes place at Lumon Industries, a company that’s redefining work-life balance with a “severance procedure,” which surgically divides employees’ memories from their work and personal lives.

The Fallout debuts Jan 27 on HBO Max

The Fallout is a compelling exploration of the inexplicable resiliency of life and the hope that emerges out of loss. A raw and honest coming-of-age story for this generation, Jenna Ortega and Maddie Ziegler star in Megan Park's directorial debut.

Vikings: Valhalla debuts Feb 25 on Netflix. It is a sequel to the Vikings series.

In this sequel to "Vikings," a hundred years have passed and a new generation of legendary heroes arises to forge its own destiny - and make history.

The Cuphead Show debuts on Netflix Feb 18.

The Wonderful Winter of Mickey Mouse debuts Feb 18 on Disney+. Is this the winter of Mickey's discontent?

That's it for today. It was a delight to once again have news to discuss. I'll be back tomorrow with more newsletter.