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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 Netflix password sharing?
ALSO: More Loudermilk. AND: Inside that drone video.
Your Netflix password sharing days may soon be over
Some Netflix users have reported seeing the following message come up on their connected TV screens:
It’s a double edged sword for Netflix - yes, cutting down on password sharing will likely increase subscriber numbers, but a reduction in active users on platform has the danger of Netflix losing its first place position in the popular culture at a point where there is now legitimate competition in the streaming space. After all, if not all of your friends are watching Netflix, does the service feel as vital anymore?
WarnerMedia are establishing a timetable for staff to return to the workplace (September-ish). Read: Deadline - ViacomCBS are looking at starting in July. Read: Deadline
Rob Delaney is joining the cast of Mission Impossible 7. No, really. Time to delete those tweets, Rob. Read: Deadline
The AFL grand final may be set to return to the afternoon (promising a smaller audience, but making people in Melbourne happy). Read: TV Tonight
Michael B Jordan will direct himself in Creed 3. Read: Screencrush
David Fincher is working on a TV series in which he talks about film appreciation with people. Read: Collider
Duck Tales will conclude as a TV series and return immediately as podcast series This Duckburg Life. Read: thefutoncritic
A survey has found Americans want streaming services to have movies available day and date with cinema releases. I want ice-cream for breakfast every day, but that doesn’t mean it should necessarily happen. Read: THR
Animated show Central Park has been renewed for a third Josh Gad-filled season of misery. Read: Deadline
The Ron Livingston comedy Loudermilk, produced by Peter Farrelly, will debut its third, previously-unaired, season on Amazon Prime Video. Read: Deadline
New Amazon series begs a question
Amazon has greenlit a new comedy series from Argentinia, the 8x30 Porno Y Helado.
The story tracks a 30-year-old man-child (played by Piroyansky), his loser best friend and a young con artist who create a fake rock band that takes the local music scene by storm. Their shared love for watching pornography and eating ice cream inspires their first pop hit but soon the lie spirals out of control.
It’s an idea with comic potential, but porno and eating ice-cream? Do they mean at the same time? They’re playing with forces of sexuality that not even Ben & Jerry could control in a pint.
An impressive video of a bowling alley went viral during the week. If you haven’t seen it, the video is filmed by a drone flying into a bowling alley while the alley functions as the almighty intended: with people bowling and doing bowling alley-related things. What’s impressive about it is the skill and precision of the drone itself.
The video was filmed as a promotion for the bowling alley. The single-take video released was the 10th try.
Of course, the Internet is going to Internet and the video is now being re-appropriated to fit all manner of interests. There’s a Star Wars X-Wing video now set in that bowling alley, but the most inspired is this Police Squad take:
South Park has a timely warning
The new South ParQ Vaccination Special opens with a new warning that has a very specific nod to Disney+ and its pre-show warnings:
This is a Robbery: The World’s Biggest Art Heist debuts on Netflix April 7.
500 million dollars worth of missing art. A 10 million dollar reward for whoever finds it. It's your turn to enter the mystery.
30 years ago, two thieves brazenly stole millions of dollars worth of art from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. Where the art is now remains a mystery. Today, investigators reviewing the cold case attempt to recover the missing works, unmask the perpetrators and solve the biggest art heist in history.
Madame Claude debuts on Netflix April 2.
In 1960s Paris, Madame Claude's influence extends beyond the world of sex work - until an affluent young woman threatens to change everything.
What’s next? Tomorrow.
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