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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.
Sister Act 3? Really, Disney+? Also, Avengers: Endgame breaks records.
ABW is by Dan Barrett who never got out of the habit.
Sister Act wasn’t the first franchise that came to mind when I heard Disney+ were leaning on its library for familiar titles to revive/remake, but here we are. A third Sister Act is in the works. One would assume it’ll feature a new lead, replacing Whoopi Goldberg.
But, this got me thinking about the Touchstone Pictures catalogue. Touchstone films were the movies Disney released that were too adult/risque for a direct association with the Disney brand. In addition to Sister Act, there’s also a series due based on the Touchstone film High Fidelity.
What else could we see remade? A modern Pretty Woman would be interesting based on the cultural politics of the moment (too risky?). I could very easily see them doing something with films like Big Business, Three Men and a Baby, Adventures in Babysitting (though, Disney Channel already had a go at a remake already), Father of The Bride, Face/Off, Rushmore (would they dare?), and Keeping The Faith.
To remain viable, TV networks need mass audiences. So why do they fragment their own viewership with lower-rating offshoots such as 9Go and the newly-rebranded 10Peach?
"They can't afford not to," says media analyst Steve Allen, managing director of Fusion Strategy. "When the government gave them the capacity to launch extra digital channels, they knew they had to grab that gift with both hands. If they didn't, others would occupy that space."
Joss Whedon’s Buffy The Vampire Slayer, Angel, and Firefly are all now streaming in the US on Facebook Watch - for free. All three shows have passionate fan bases, so you would expect the move would drive quite a number of people to the streaming platform? Not so.
One week in, the trio of shows had generated around 949,00 views (598,000 for “Buffy,” 205,000 for “Angel,” and 146,000 for “Firefly”). Nearly half the total was for one episode: “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” season 1, episode 1, which had 433,000 views.
My initial thoughts were that people just aren’t that familiar yet with Facebook Watch as a viewing platform, but it’s worth considering that Jada Pinkett Smith’sRed Table Talktalk show has 4.2 million followers on Facebook, with 234 million views across 17 episodes so far. So, why didn’t Buffy work?
My guess: A lot of people don’t know it’s there and aren’t familiar with using Facebook Watch for scripted drama yet. I would guess that Jada Pinkett Smith’s FB account was actively promoting viewership of her talk show. Plus, a talk show is generally more in line with FB consumption.
After the success of the Tim BurtonBatman movie, there were a whole bunch of movies and shows commissioned to capitalise on its popularity. One of the first was 1990s TV show The Flash, starring John Wesley Shipp. As a 10 year-old when this first aired, obviously it left a big imprint on me (looking back, the show was okay - it’s still kind of watchable).