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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.
Stan Lee dead at 95, ALF 2018(?), and Det. Pikachu
ABW is by Dan Barrett who is losing his own ongoing Mick Jagger contest.
Stan ‘The Man’ Lee died today, aged 95.
His pop cultural footprint is immense, with Lee leaving behind globally recognised characters that he had a hand in creating - Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Ant-Man, Daredevil, and Captain America (to name just a few).
Within the comics industry he was both celebrated and pilloried for his work within the industry. There was no doubt that his shameless marketing (and self-marketing) abilities propelled the industry forward, but comic fans are well-aware that the characters attributed to Lee wouldn’t really exist without the Steve Ditko’s and Jack Kirby’s of the world.
Regardless, Stan Lee was an icon and the world is a lesser place without him being a part of it.
Amid all of the reboots and revivals underway right now, it goes without saying that the only one most of us actually care about is the proposed ALF reboot.
Sorry to have to tell you this, but it doesn’t appear to be going ahead anymore.
But really, is social discussion really that valuable a tool? And how accurate are mentions vs interest in a show - if a show has a small, but highly passionate fanbase, it will always appear higher in the rankings than a show with a broad, but fairly quiet fanbase.
Speaking of paying for things, Always Be Watching will always continue to be free. But, it does take time for me to put together each day. Usually about 40 mins or up to an hour. If you find value in it and would like to support it to ensure it continues, consider becoming a patron.
Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: A Midwinter's Tale arrives on Friday, Dec. 14. The special follows the Church of Night's annual celebration of the Winter Solstice in which families gather around the Yule Fire to croon pagan carols and tell ghost stories, some of which are probably based in truth.
It’s just one of a number of holiday-themed shows to appear on platform.
“What bothers me is when contestants jump all over the board even after the Daily Doubles have been dealt with,” Trebek says, referring to a strategy employed by previous champions like Arthur Chu, Buzzy Cohen, and Austin Rogers. By hopping around the board, these contestants hope to initially suss out the much-needed Daily Double bonuses. They then continue to jump around in order to disrupt the flow of the categories and keep the other contestants back on their heels. “They’re doing themselves a disservice,” Trebek continues. “When the show’s writers construct categories they do it so that there’s a flow in terms of difficulty, and if you jump to the bottom of a category you may get a clue that would be easier to understand if you’d begun at the top of the category and saw how the clues worked.”
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