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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 Good Fight renewed for season 5
PLUS: A new-look Riverdale when it returns. AND: Happy 20th anniversary Sports Night
If you’re anything like me, you spend a lot of your time worrying about the future of The Good Fight. Good news today - a fifth season has gotten the go ahead.
There’s no word on how many episodes we’ll see in season five. But we do know that season four will conclude after just seven episodes on May 28 due to the stupid virus. It had been planned for a ten episode run.
I just wish they’d also greenlight seasons six and seven to allow me a peaceful sleep at night.
I’ll admit to not knowing exactly what a Percy Jackson is (I’m almost certain there’s an Urban Dictionary definition for it), but Disney+ have a series based on it in development. Source: Variety
The stupid virus has delayed TV production, which I assume is why The CW today announced a delay in the start of its upcoming TV season. It’ll kick off officially 4 months later than usual with a January 2021 start. Among the new shows is the highly anticipated Superman & Lois. Anticipated largely by me. Source: TheFutonCritic
Something to look forward to when The CW returns - it’ll return with a new-look Riverdale. The show will resume as it had, but show the final days of highschool for Archie and the Riverdale gang. But then a few episodes in there’ll be a time jump with the characters returning to Riverdale in their 20s. I bet there’s a murder mystery that brings them back…
El Presidente is an upcoming Amazon series about the 2015 FIFA scandal. It debuts June 5.
I stumbled upon this last night - it’s a 1959 pilot for a proposed Nero Wolfe TV series. William Shatner is seen here playing Wolfe’s offsider Archie Goodwin. The full episode is available to watch here:
The final episode of Sports Night was broadcast 20 years ago this week (it aired 16 May 2000). Titled Quo Vadimus, the episode ended with as close to a mega-happy ending as possible with Natalie and Jeremy reunited and the TV network saved by a benevolent benefactor. But was it really a happy ending?
William Hughes at The AV Club takes a look back at the finale.
Sorkin gives this story the happy ending he and his colleagues couldn’t get—because he could, and because it makes for a much more comforting tale. But the optimism at the end of “Quo Vadamis” (it means “Where are we going?” by the way, which also probably felt a lot more hopeful at the time) only comes after it wades through the bleakness of a world in which being excellent and being successful are often not only different things, but diametrically opposed. In the end, Sports Night resolutely wasn’t prescient: The people who couldn’t make money off of it are still as entrenched in the money-making business as ever. It’s the show itself that’s now 20 years dead and gone.