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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 Mighty Ducks are back... with a new familiar face!
ALSO: Rick Moranis is ready to get Shrunk!
The Mighty Ducks TV show has been given a 10-episode commitment at Disney+. But sorry Emilio Estevez fans, this version has a brand new coach… Lauren Graham.
In the reboot, which is set in present day Minnesota, the Mighty Ducks have evolved from scrappy underdogs to an ultra-competitive, powerhouse youth hockey team. After 12-year-old Evan (Noon) is unceremoniously cut from the Ducks, he and his mom Alex (Graham) set out to build their own ragtag team of misfits to challenge the cutthroat, win-at-all-costs culture of competitive youth sports.
Production begins this month, with the show launching on Disney+ by the end of the year.
Also going into production soon for Disney+: The Star Wars Rogue One prequel TV Star Diego Luna on the new show:
"It is a different approach because of the beauty and it's how things happen. It's not just what happens. It's not the typical way of approaching a story. It's about how things happen, which in fact, is the same that happened in Rogue One," he continued. "You know the ending, but you don't know how it happened, and we have that challenge in front of us again, which is exciting."
Want to hear the dumbest take on why viewership of The Academy Awards was down? It’s because Parasite won.
This logic suggests that all the people who didn’t watch the awards show knew that Parasite was going to win so many awards. Smart work Claudia Eller. It is a theory that, beyond psychic premonitions, ignores the fact that this year there were more mainstream hit films nominated than in most years.
A better argument would be that in the lead-up to the awards, and during the awards themselves, there should have been a greater emphasis on the popularity of some of the films nominated. 1917, Joker, Ford Vs Ferrari, The Irishman, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood - these are all big releases that have been widely seen.
The first trailer for the new Wes Anderson film The French Dispatch has just been released. It’s in cinemas from July 24.
Rick Moranis is coming out of retirement. He’ll be back for the big-screen (ie NOT Disney+) revival of the Honey I Shrunk The Kids franchise. The new film will be called Shrunk and will focus on the grown-up son of Wayne Szalinski accidentally shrinking his own kids.
It’s not all good news. The son will be played by Josh Gad.