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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.
PS5 pricing announced
ALSO: Andre Braugher profile. AND: Disney+ announce dates.
Andre Braugher speaks
If you’re a fan of Braugher, you might want to check out a solid profile piece with Braugher from Variety. It covers his roles in Brooklyn Nine Nine, along with notable works like Men of a Certain Age and Homicide: Life on The Street.
“Brooklyn Nine-Nine”struck a chord with viewers, who embraced the show’s storytelling, diverse cast and inclusive message — as well as its offbeat humor. “I’ve been surprised by the youth of the audience, and how sharp and how emotionally engaged they are to the storytelling,” Braugher says. “It makes me proud of the work that we’ve done collectively to tell these stories and to elicit these feelings.”
Free streaming service Tubi reports 33 million people watching it. The Fox-owned on-demand streaming service has increased its international reach with viewing time increases in Canada (95%), Australia (242%), and 9x growth in Mexico.
I’m a Tubi fan and enjoy some of the unexpected titles sitting in the library. Where else can you see UK classic CI5: The Professionals, the pilot for The Greatest American Heroine, Larry David’s sketch comedy show Fridays, Tarzan: The Epic Adventures, and the animated Sherlock Holmes series?
When SNL returns on Oct 3 it will feature Jim Carey appearing as Joe Biden. Source: NYT
NZ drama The Brokenwood Mysteries has been renewed for a 7th season. Source: TV Tonight
Desus & Mero has been renewed for a third season. Source: Deadline
Jerry Harris, a then-student featured in the Netflix docuseries Cheer, is being sued by two underage teenage boys who has accused him of sex abuse. Source: NYT
US sitcom United We Fall has been cancelled. Source: Deadline
Disney+ is dating
Disney+ has announced its slate for the rest of 2020. An interesting inclusion is one title that is featured in its 2020 Q4 trailer, but not given a date yet, is Marvel series WandaVision. So, apparently it is coming soon…
Here are the dates of all the D+ Originals for your calendar:
Sept. 18 Becoming (Disney+ Original Series) [Trailer]
Sept. 25 Magic Of Disney's Animal Kingdom (Disney+ Original Series) [Trailer] Secret Society of Second-Born Royals (Disney+ Original Film) [Trailer]
Oct. 9 The Right Stuff Season 1 (Disney+ Original Series) [Trailer]
Oct. 16 Clouds (Disney+ Original Film) [Trailer] Meet the Chimps (Disney+ Original Series) [Trailer]
Oct. 23 The Big Fib Season 2 (Disney+ Original Series) [Trailer] Once Upon a Snowman (Disney+ Original Short)[Trailer]
Oct. 30 The Mandalorian Season 2 (Disney+ Original Series) [Trailer]
Nov. 17 LEGO Star Wars Holiday Special (Disney+ Original Special)
Nov. 18 The Wonderful World of Mickey Mouse (Disney+ Original Series)
Nov. 20 Marvel's 616 (Disney+ Original Series) [Trailer] Planes(Disney+ Original Series) [Trailer]
Playstation 5 launch event
Another day, another huge launch event. Today it is the PS5 video game console.
What you need to know… Price: Version with a disc drive: $US499.99. The digital-only version: $US399.99 The Australian prices have been confirmed as $749.95 | $599.95. Launch-date: Nov 12 for the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and South Korea. Nov 19 for the rest of the world.
Games Devil May Cry 5: Special Edition and Fortnite will launch on day one.
Some notable trailers:
Spider-Man: Miles Morales
Final Fantasy 16
Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War
Netflix romcom series Emily in Paris debuts Oct 2.
American Murder: The Family Next Door is a Netflix docuseries debuting Sept 30.
Shanann Watts and her two young daughters went missing in Frederick, Colorado. As details of their deaths made headlines worldwide, it became clear that Shanann's husband, Chris Watts, wasn't the man he appeared to be. Experience a gripping and immersive examination of the disintegration of a marriage.
Black Box debuts Oct 6 on Amazon Prime Video. Part of the Welcome To The Blumhouse series of horror films.
The Lie debuts Oct 6 on Amazon Prime Video Part of the Welcome To The Blumhouse series of horror films.
Evil Eye is coming Oct 13 to Amazon Prime Video. Part of the Welcome To The Blumhouse series of horror films.
Nocturne debuts on Oct 13 on Amazon Prime Video. Part of the Welcome To The Blumhouse series of horror films.
Always Be Watching reader Michael Meloni emailed to accuse me of taking any excuse to mention the movie The Endlessearlier this week. Keep that in mind as I tell you that we now have the trailer for Synchronic, the new movie from The Endless film-making duo Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead.
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