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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 Tom Long! RIP Netflix shows! And a Maisel complaint!
Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett who has a severe case of the Mondays.
If, for whatever reason, you want to watch the Golden Globes today, they air on NBC 8pm on the US east coast. In Australia you can find it on Foxtel channel Arena from midday (AEST).
Just a reminder that the Golden Globes are generally meaningless as far as a barometer of the artistic value of a movie. The 87 members of the HFPA who vote on the awards are not critics or industry peers - they’re casual writers who only need to publish a handful of articles a year to be considered eligible. These people are voting on access to celebrities and being treated well by studios. If your favourite movie wins it might be because it was a good film. But also, the studio may have staged a killer party and made all of its big name stars available for meet and greets with HFPA members.
Always Be Watching community
Over the past few years I have noticed fewer people posting to the Always Be Watching Facebook community. I’d have taken offence, but it just seems to be in line with seeing fewer people posting to Facebook generally. Also, I’ve been doing the same thing.
Facebook stopped being fun sometime ago. It was right at about the time that we started seeing Facebook taking an active role in damaging democracies around the world. Oh, and also it has proven repeatedly to not be all that concerned about your best interests with data breaches and its half-hearted measures to prevent the spread of fake news on its platforms.
So, with all of that in mind I wanted to create an alternative space for Always Be Watching community members who don’t enjoy using Facebook. There’s now a Reddit community set up.
Studio musician Carol Kaye is not happy with a character on The Marvelous Mrs Maisel who was very clearly inspired by her. Carole Keen is a new character introduced for a multi-episode arc played by Gilmore Girls star Liza Weil.
You have to understand, it’s not easy when you are older and it has nothing to do with you — but people think it is you,” she says. “Don’t get me wrong, I have a sense of humor (pauses) but I am a professional. This is like a putdown to me.”
Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys once said that Carol Kaye was the greatest bass player of all time. Kaye can be heard performing on a number of great tracks that included Good Vibrations, but is reportedly also playing on the 1966 Batman theme song.
Those films that were removed from Disney+…? It’s just a matter of the rights reverting back to people who currently have the titles licensed as part of legacy deals. The films will eventually return to Disney+ where they will remain.
US network The WB launched 25 years ago, bringing a new wave of youth-driven TV shows that changed TV forever. It was The WB that saw the birth of shows like Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Dawson’s Creek, and Gilmore Girls.