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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.
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For any Always Be Watching readers who are looking for love in all the wrong places, this will possibly come as little surprise, but apparently Friends was the most frequently mentioned TV show in Tinder users bios through 2018.
What I don’t get is some of the choices in this list. Who is attracted to someone in 2018 who is still actively wanting to be associated with How I Met Your Mother - that feels like the equivalent of quoting Austin Powers “Yeah, baby!”
Also, The Bachelor? Come on.
Netflix shows all seem to be designed to provoke and intensely engage its viewership. Which makes sense. The problem with so much TV designed to keep one constantly engaged is that these shows aren’t comforting in the way that traditional TV often is. Where are the lazy sitcoms and blatant relationship shows? The closest Netflix ever got to a hang-out comedy was the terrible Friends From College.
Warner should be in a good position. Warner owns a lot of popular TV series and having Comfort Food TV shows like Friends, ER, Gilmore Girls and Pretty Little Liars should give them a leg up, despite the confusing three-tiered system they seem intent on rolling out. And of course “WarnerFlix” is just a polite way of saying “HBO-On-Steroids” and it would take a lot to tarnish HBO’s sterling reputation, not to mention the fact that they have their own library of hits. (The Sopranos is not exactly comfort food, but it’s compelling enough, and old enough, to draw in a new generation of viewers.)
Marvelous Mrs Maisel will continue to perform well in the comedy categories. It’s a big, bold crowd-pleaser and will take Best Comedy.
The star power of Julia Roberts almost certainly ensures a win for Homecoming over other strong contenders like Bodyguard and Killing Eve. Also, Homecoming was fantastic.
Sharp Objects for best mini.
Can the Golden Globes resist Michael Douglas for Best actor in a comedy? I wouldn’t bet against him.
I’m genuinely surprised Succession didn’t make it into the Best Drama category.
The awards air January 6, 2019.
Alan Sepinwall is down on Counterpart season 2, saying the third season was too focused on plot and not on its characters - particularly Howard (JK Simmons). But, doesn’t that make sense for the first three episodes of a spy drama? It sets up the world for the new season, then fills in the shade throughout the season once the ball gets rolling.
Dick Wolf is heading back to New York with a possible remake of New York Undercover. Remember what I was saying about Netflix needing comfort food TV - something like this would be perfect. Instead, this will land at US network ABC.
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