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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 Netflix lawsuit continues w/ Choose Your Own Adventure
ALSO: The battle for Lizzie McGuire's adult soul
The lawsuit against Netflix by Chooseco, the company behind the Choose Your Own Adventure books, continues. The company argues that Netflix violated its trademark over Choose Your Own Adventure with its branched storytelling episode of Black Mirror - Bandersnatch. Now Netflix is arguing that the phrase ‘choose your own adventure’ has become so ubiquitous that the trademark has become generic and should therefore be cancelled. It’s a situation that can’t be solved with a band-aid solution.
The turmoil behind the scenes of the Lizzie McGuire reboot continues. It looked like the series wasn’t going ahead anymore following Disney’s decision to lose original series creator/showrunner Terri Minsky. But this week there has been a flurry of activity. After news broke that the Love Simon TV show (Love Victor) was moving from Disney+ to sister streamer Hulu, McGuire star Hilary Duff posted a snippy comment about it on her Instagram.
And then questions started being asked why the show wasn’t also being moved over to Hulu.
Duff declined to comment for this story, but multiple sources close to the production tell Variety that the star is none too happy with the Mouse House for firing Minsky. The two women wanted to do a more adult version of Lizzie for the revival, while Disney wants a show that would appeal to kids and families, something more akin to the original series. Sources say that Disney was initially onboard with Minsky and Duff’s take from the time they pitched it to filming, during which time executives from Disney were onset and were aware of the type of content that would be featured in the show.
Two shows have now been moved to Hulu - High Fidelity (which featured some drinking and mild female nudity), and now Love Victor. My assumption is that Disney wants to keep the continuity of the show so that fans can start Lizzie and continue on with the new adventures of Lizzie on the same platform. I think that’s a bit short-sighted. Why not use opportunities like this as an on-ramp to transition viewers from Disney+ to the more adult Hulu when they come of age?
I think it would be great to see an adult version of Lizzie McGuire rather than a watered down, inauthentic G-rated version.
While you wait for this week’s Always Be Watching podcast (it should be out late today), maybe go back and enjoy an old episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show - now in podcast form. That’s right, episodes representing the best of 25 years worth of Oprah is being republished as audio only so that you can listen to it at the gym, while walking the dogs, or while quietly considering the roles that angels play in your day-to-day life.
You actually can’t listen to it yet. There’s just a trailer so far. But Oprah returns to your ears from 3 March.
“As we head into a new decade, it’s a great time for fans of The Oprah Winfrey Show to revisit the joy, laughter and inspiration that kept us all tuning in daily for 25 years,” says OWN president Tina Perry. “The Oprah Winfrey Show The Podcast is the perfect opportunity to look back and reflect, take stock of how we’ve grown and to be reminded that we’re all in this together.”
Something you can listen to right now though are old episodes of The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Similar to what they’re doing with the Oprah episodes, you can listen to old Tonight Show episodes (edited) in a podcast feed called The Johnny Carson Show.