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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.
Phoebe Waller-Bridge signs big with Amazon ($20 mil)! PLUS: Humphrey B Bear is coming back!
Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett who exclusively cosplays in Humphrey's vest and hat.
As they say, dance with the one what brung ya. Phoebe Waller-Bridge, having a great week following her Emmy wins for Fleabag, has signed a deal with Amazon Prime Video said to be worth $20 million a year. She’ll create and produce shows for Amazon under the deal.
Aussie kids TV icon Humphrey B Bear is coming back to television. OzPIX Entertainment, the company that holds the rights to the character, is partnering with Deakin Motion.Lab’s newly-launched commercial services entity, Fika Entertainment.
The new show will be a mix of live-action characters and various virtual moving sets using Flika’s virtual production technology.
Here’s Humphrey will be shopped to Australian and international broadcasters in October as part of trade convention MIPCOM and off-shoot MIPJunior.
Dick Wolf is shaking things up to embrace future opportunities. His production company Wolf Films is being rebranded as Wolf Entertainment. Possible projects going forward might include:
a monthly newsletter; podcasts, merchandise; spotlights on the creative people who put the shows together; and, starting tonight, at the end of “FBI,” the first new “end card” from the company in nearly three decades.
Feb 2020. That’s when I’ll be going dark for a few weeks ‘living my life’ around playing The Last of Us Part II.
In other game news, New Donk City Mayor Pauline (and one-time Donkey Kong damsel in distress) will be a racer in the upcoming Mario Kart mobile game.
This week is the launch week for the US broadcast network season. I’m watching some of them as they launch throughout the week. So far, I haven’t been impressed. Prodigal Son is almost watchable thanks to its cast (which includes Michael Sheen and Lane from Gilmore Girls), but I won’t be returning to that. Courtroom drama All Rise is a little bit better, but again, it was a tough slog. And I got a good three minutes into Bob Hearts Abishola, the new sitcom from Chuck Lorre.
What I am interested in checking out is Stumptown and Evil. Both shows debut this week. I really like the comic book Stumptown is based on, so that is a drawcard. But Evil is the show with the most promise, coming from The Good Wife/Fight creators Robert & Michelle King. The show isn’t a courtroom drama, but instead is a supernatural series.
Alan Sepinwall has reviewed it. He doesn’t seem blown away by it, but it sounds like there is a lot of potential. The early episodes of The Good Wife (and even the first season of The Good Fight) were a bit choppy, so this is a series I’m more than prepared to stick with.
Three of the four episodes CBS provided for review follow a clear-cut Demon of the Week formula. The other is roughly the same, only the team tries to figure out if a seemingly dead woman woke up in a hospital morgue due to a miracle or medical negligence. By going with a trio rather than a duo, and making both Kristen and Ben doubters, the Kings try to sidestep the binary believer vs. skeptic set-up that was so familiar from X-Files and its many imitators. But this approach can feel muddled…