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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.
Questions raised about Luther's racial authenticity
Luther isn’t “Authentic” to the black experience
BBC diversity chief Miranda Wayland has said that the Idris Elba series Luther lacks authenticity.
When [‘Luther’] first came out everybody loved the fact that Idris Elba was in there — a really strong, Black character lead. We all fell in love with him. Who didn’t, right? But after you got into about the second series you got kind of like, ‘OK, he doesn’t have any Black friends, he doesn’t eat any Caribbean food, this doesn’t feel authentic.”
Wayland continued, “It’s great having those big landmark shows with those key characters, but it’s about making sure everything around them, their environment, their culture, the set is absolutely reflective. It will be very much about how can we make sure that this program is authentic in terms of the storytelling.”
I’m not sure that the Caribbean food part of it all is necessarily a requisite, but there’s merit to what she’s talking about here. Of course, this sparked outrage from people (particularly one Daily Mail columnist). Because it’s 2021 and people need their outrage.
A fifth season of Call My Agent is in the works, along with a film. The film will come first, with the new season serving as a reboot following the events of the movie. Read: Variety
According to Jeff Garlin, the first episode of the new Curb Your Enthusiasm series focuses on COVID, but it’s back to normal after that. Read: Uproxx
A TV series based on 1999’s Arlington Road is in the works for Paramount+. The film had an interesting premise and cool title. Sometimes that’s enough to warrant another go at it. Read: Deadline
Warrior has been greenlit for a third season on HBO Max (it moves there from Cinemax). This is the show based on Bruce Lee’s original treatment for the show that became Kung Fu. Read: Variety
Plex is rolling out a new user interface that incorporates streaming services into its UI. Read: Cord Cutting Report
Chris Crocker minted their famous 2007 “Leave Britney Alone” video as a non-fungible token. It sold for about $44,000. Read: Rolling Stone
Gates McFadden is launching an interview podcast where she talks with the cast of Star Trek: The Next Generation. No word on whether it’ll be distributed as an NFT. Read: Collider
Jacob Tremblay is joining Peter Dinklage in the Toxic Avenger reboot. Read: Deadline
Christmas is sorted
You can finally give into your kids demands for action figures based on 1967’s avant garde cult series The Prisoner. There’s now a Kickstarter to make some toys based on every child’s favourite series.
You can help make these toys a reality - plunk some money down at Kickstarter.
RuPaul’s Drag Race Down Under debuts May 1 on Aussie streamer Stan.
Dance of The 41 debuts on Netflix on May 12.
A secretly gay congressman marries the Mexican president's daughter, but is then found cavorting with a young man at a private party. And then scandal hits.
Fast and The Furious 9 is coming to cinemas. Why does Avatar get stick for being similar to Fern Gully, but nobody seems bothered that the first Fast and The Furious is retelling Point Break? It’s time you all re-think your cultural bias.
What’s next? Tomorrow.
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