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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.
Sesame Street now exists in New York. PLUS: Better Netflix sound! And Wilco's Jeff Tweedy joins Curb.
Always Be Watching is curated by Dan Barrett who misses Grover.
This is maybe my favourite TV-related news story of the year: New York has just renamed an intersection in honor of Sesame Street, which this year celebrates its 50th anniversary.
The intersection is located at the intersection of West 63rd Street and Broadway. It should be noted that the series actually films a distance away in Astoria, Queens. If you’re ever out that way, stop by the nearby Museum of The Moving Image where they have a lot of very cool TV and movie memorabilia, including a large collection of Jim Henson muppets - which, obviously features quite a number of Sesame Street icons like Big Bird.
CBS is changing up the hosts of its low-rating breakfast show CBS This Morning. Gone are Norah O’Donnell and Scott Dickerson. Remaining is Oprah bestie Gayle King, who will be joined by Anthony Mason and Tony Dokoupil next season.
The new HBO series from Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green is called The Righteous Gemstones and it debuts in August. It now has this teaser trailer:
Now corporations have decided that it is up to them to determine when spoilers are okay. After weekend 2 of Avengers: Endgame, Disney has declared it okay to talk about the movie openly.
Meanwhile, I feel after 5 days of release, it is open season. Anyone who cares THAT MUCH can make the effort to see a movie. And if life keeps getting in the way, that’s unfortunate, but that likely means you’ve got more important things going on than worrying about what happens to Thanos.
Netflix are launching high quality audio for subscribers. It features a higher bitrate for TV devices that support either 5.1 or Dolby Atmos. This will be made available to Premium level subscribers.
…our “studio quality” sound is faithful to what the mixers are creating on the mix stage. For many years in the film and television industry, creatives would spend days on the stage perfecting the mix only to have it significantly degraded by the time it was broadcast to viewers. Sometimes critical sound cues might even be lost to the detriment of the story. By delivering studio quality sound, we’re preserving the creative intent from the mix stage.