It's official, Netflix has renewed Squid Game for a second season. Apparently this had to be announced - the fact the first season ended on a cliffhanger and the show is one of the biggest success stories in television history wasn't enough to suggest it might be making a return.
Creator Hwang Dong-hyuk penned this letter to fans and other well-wishers:
Love is dead
HBO Max has cancelled its comedy Made For Love. Its recent second season will be its last.
Like a number of early HBO Max shows, Made For Love launched with a relatively decent buzz, but went quiet with its second season (See also: The Flight Attendent, Raised By Wolves, and also... is anyone talking about Hacks season 2?).
With budget cutting pressures under way at Warner Bros Discovery, I'd expect more savage cancellations for underperformers in the coming months.
James Burrows has a book out
Great news! Legendary US sitcom director James Burrows has a new book out. First of all, that's ace news in itself - memoir Directed by James Burrows looks at his career directing some of TVs greatest hits, including Cheers, Taxi, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Friends, and more.
But the even better news is that Burrows is out on a publicity tour for the book, which means every podcast and website is going to have a slew of interesting James Burrows interviews and stories about your favourite shows of yesteryear. My week has brightened considerably.
Here's Burrows talking to Larry Wilmore:
Now you can play chess just like The Queen's Gambit
Netflix has unveiled its slate of upcoming mobile games. Among them is a game based on The Queen's Gambit. Now you can delete those other chess game apps on your phone that you opened that one time and play a freshly branded version.
Oh, and it has this trailer that shows the experience is just like you remember from the show.
Don't let my snide commentary make you suggest I won't be downloading this. I'm just as weak-willed as the rest of you. There's also a Money Heist game on the way too.
- Can you believe that any of the writers of the OG Charmed care enough to be getting into a pissing match with the Charmed reboot after the final episode of that show dared to suggest that they occupy a Charmed multiverse? Read: THR
- McDonald & Dodds will return for season 3 on ITV June 19. Read: TV Wise
- Aisha Harris defends her lifestyle choice of being an adult fan of Disney (AFOL). Read: NPR
- Emmy nominations are open, so expect to see a whole lot of articles in various trade publications talking up various performances and shows with feature stories. Here's one looking at Matthew Goode's bonkers performance as the influential studio chief Robert Evans in The Offer. I mention this one only because Moode's performance is one of the greatest things on TV right now - it's just a shame the rest of the show fails to live up to it. Read: THR
- Has For All Mankind been renewed for a fourth season? The WGA listings suggest so. Read: Spoiler TV
That's it for today. I hope you have a stellar week ahead.