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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.
Punky Brewster is back. For some reason! PLUS: The Babadook is very gay.
Always Be Watching is curated by It's Punky Brewster fan Dan Barrett
Punky Brewster is coming back to television. Maybe. Probably. UCP, the production company known for Difficult People, Psych, Playing HouseandHappy!, is taking to market this reboot/sequel series that has the grown-up Punky Brewster, still played by Soleil Moon Frye, as a single mother looking after three kids when she also takes in a new foster kid who reminds her (and us, the viewers) of herself as a kid.
Hilarity will most certainly ensue on this multi-cam comedy.
Questions I have:
It is shocking to me that Soleil Moon Frye wasn’t too busy to come back for this. *cough*
Will her magical friend from the animated show It’s Punky Brewster be a regular character? And if not: what happened to Glomer?
The opening titles to the original show are not that great. But…. this sweded version of the opening credits is pretty fun:
Chris Kattan, formerly of Saturday Night Live, as a new book out. He made some accusations against Lorne Michaels and the way he used his power. Spokespeople have denied it. Jezebel has a pretty interesting look at some of the less savoury aspects of Lorne Michaels that is very much worth a read.
Does anyone else sense there is blood in the water right now?
Back when I was a kid, if a movie or TV show was successful, there was a cartoon made from it within months. It doesn’t matter how appropriate the cartoon was, it got made. Because it was the 80s and kids would watch the Rambo cartoon.
Also, see: It’s Punky Brewster.
That doesn’t really happen in the same way anymore. But maybe that’s set to change with the new Netflix cartoon: Jurassic World: Camp Cretaceous. It debuts in 2020.
Jeopardy may have received its highest ratings in 14 years with James Holzhauer on the verge of taking the previous record holder, Ken Jennings, status as most successful Jeopardy contestant ever, but producers of the show are irked that it was spoiled prior to broadcast. They believe they know who is responsible and will be taking action.
“I feel bad for the viewers. It’s not fair,” Friedman told WSJ. “I’m not sure what’s gained by doing something like that, other than some malicious intent. It doesn’t really benefit anybody.”
Counterpart: The saddest TV cancellation of 2019? I tend to agree.
There were obviously other shows whose cancellations tugged on my heart this season, but in the current TV landscape, where network executives are prioritizing existing intellectual properties, rebooting and reviving dead shows everywhere you turn, Counterpart stood out for its originality. Although the series apparently didn't have the audience that Starz required for renewal, it was a compelling and intelligent show that posited intriguing philosophical questions about identity. It was a thrilling and often nail-biting spy drama that gave us not one, but two excellent, award-worthy performances from J.K. Simmons and Olivia Williams.