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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.
The Fugitive returns. Again. ALSO: RIP Strange Angel
Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett.
Just a few weeks ago on ABW I linked to a story about short-form streaming service Quibi (which is still yet to launch) producing a new serialised take on The Fugitive. It will star Keifer Sutherland and Boyd Holbrook in a terrorism thriller related to the bombing of an LA train station.
That’s not the only version of The Fugitive coming to screens soon. Warner Bros has just announced a big-screen theatrical new take on The Fugitive. No cast are attached yet, but it will be directed by Albert Hughes and written by Brian Tucker. A new spin is promised, but it’ll likely be more similar to the 60s TV show/90s movie than the Quibi series.
CBS All Access has cancelled its series Strange Angel. Because you almost certainly don’t know what the show is:
Jack Parsons, a brilliant and ambitious blue-collar worker of 1930s Los Angeles, started as a janitor at a chemical factory but had fantastical dreams that led him to birth the unknown discipline of American rocketry. Along the way, he fell into a mysterious world that included sex magic rituals at night, ultimately becoming a disciple of infamous occultist Aleister Crowley. Parsons used Crowley's teachings of self-actualization to support his unimaginable and unprecedented endeavor to the stars.
There are 29 redundancies across SA and WA following the cancellation of Today Tonight by Channel Seven. It’s a real kick to the local TV production sector in both states with limited news and media opportunities in each. Opportunities are shrinking across the sector nationwide, but I particularly feel for these staff.
Sometimes you’ve been around for so long that you become the villain. Walter Presents, a UK company responsible for bringing foreign language dramas to global attention, has launched Eagle Eye Drama. The new company will adapt international TV shows into English language shows.
Eagle Eye Drama claims to have already received two show commissions, but won’t yet reveal what they are.