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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.
RIP Ken Spears - co-creator of Scooby-Doo
ALSO: A Quiet Place 3? AND: The Hardy Boys are back!
Co-creator of Scooby-Doo Ken Spears dead at 82
Animation legend Ken Spears has died at the age of 82. Along with his creative partner Joe Ruby, Spears has played a defining role in your pop-cultural life with the many beloved cartoons produced by the duo.
Spears and Roby together created shows that included:
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You
They produced shows including:
Alvin and the Chipmunks
The Plastic Man Comedy-Adventure Hour
Thundarr the Barbarian
Goldie Gold and Action Jack
Police Academy: The Animated Series
Joe Ruby died in August of this year. Television legends.
Mrs Fletcher star Kathryn Hahn is joining the cast of Apple TV+ limited series The Shrink Next Door. Source: Deadline
Joe Pinsker at The Atlantic asks: Can there ever be another Alex Trebek? Read: The Atlantic
The US Wheel of Fortune will have a prime-time spin-off. Celebrity Wheel of Fortune. Read: TV Line
The A Quiet Place extended universe. Or is it a sequel?
The sequel to A Quiet Place was bumped thanks to the stupid virus. So we don’t really know how much appetite there is for this franchise beyond the initial hit film. That isn’t stopping the birth of an extended universe of films with Jeff Nichols (Take Shelter, Loving, Midnight Special) directing a film that is either the third in the series, or an off-shoot. Either way, the opportunity for a Jeff Nichols film is always welcome.
(That said… I do wish Nichols was instead still working on the Alien Nation film he had been developing prior to the Disney Fox merger. I’ve got a fondness for that franchise and I think Nichols would have been a great voice on it).