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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 new Monica Lewinsky TV show. PLUS: No. More. Reboots. *cough*
Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett as Federal testimony.
American Crime Story will be back for a third season. Gone is the plan to spend a season examining the impact of the government’s lack of a response to Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and will instead focus on the more salacious Clinton/Lewinsky affair and its fallout.
While I appreciate the topicality of Lewinsky’s story, I do wish the show would take the time to remind its audience about the massive failure of a Federal Government to protect and assist its citizens amid a national emergency as a natural disaster hit. Why wasn’t the predominantly African-American citizens of New Orleans looked after? Well, the answer to that question sounds like a crime of the highest order.
Booksmart’s Beanie Feldstein will play Monica Lewinsky, Sarah Paulson is on board as Linda Tripp. Clinton is yet to be cast.
Already the show has seen some controversy with a plan to release the show 5 weeks ahead of the 2020 election. There are concerns the show will be weaponised as part of ongoing culture wars.
FX chief John Landgraff has dismissed concerns. But… he would:
“Let me just say something about the current environment,” said the executive. “So this person knows what the show is, knows how the audience is going to respond to it, knows how it’s going to impact history, right? This certainty that says, ‘We can’t have conversations, we can’t make art, we can’t have nuance, I won’t even wait to pronounce judgment on it,’ is toxic in the media environment.”
Langraf went on to note that he “believes very, very strongly” in the project. “I’ve read it, I think it’s great. I don’t believe it’s going to determine who is the next president of the United States.”
This is the disturbing future of deep fakes. Some ‘genius’ has replaced everyone’s face on Full House with the face of Nick Offerman. Sometimes people think so hard about being able to do something that they don’t consider whether they should…
Fox’s Charlie Collier has told TV critics that, following several anemic TV reboots (my words, not his) of shows like 24 and The X-Files (some episodes were very good - the rest? Yeesh), Fox are not planning on any future reboots or revivals.
At least until BH 90210 becomes a big ratings smash and they start looking at Melrose Place…
The Emmy Awards this year, to be broadcast on Fox, will, like The Academy Awards, have no host.
And this sucks, as far as I’m concerned. The host is what makes these awards shows distinctive. I know I watched The Academy Awards this year without a host. And I remember none of it. Was I watching one of the world’s biggest TV shows. Or was I just watching content?