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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 return of Hello Kitty! Killing Eve news! Jack Ryan season 3! And more!
Always Be Watching is by Dan Barrett - the original inspiration for Hello Kitty.
I know what you are all thinking: “It has been too long since 2006 when the last Hello Kitty show was on TV”. Take a deep breath. It is going to be okay because…. there is a new Hello Kitty show on the way. The World of Hello Kitty is in development for a 2021 debut.
The World of Hello Kitty will feature the famous titular character along with her friends from the Sanrio universe as they try to live in harmony in their not-so-quiet neighbourhood. Kitty’s friends are all very different and they each have their little quirks, so their tight-knit community is often put to the test. But at the end of the day, Kitty always brings them back together, because she accepts her friends for who they are.
When Killing Eve returns for its second season, it will be with a different showrunner than Phoebe Waller-Bridge. Emerald Fennell is running the show for its second season and the plan is for a different female showrunner to run the show for a third season, should it be commissioned.
So, will it be in the second season of the show or the third where viewer interest falls off a cliff because of the changed tone of the show?
It seems like everyone is pretty psyched to see Jordan Peele’s take on The Twilight Zone anthology series. Until that debuts later this year, you can watch his other sci-fi anthology series Weird City, which just had its debut on YouTube.
Too broad to work as an Outer Limits-esque collection of fables, and not humorous enough to succeed as a joke delivery system, Weird City tries to go for gonzo, and ends up facedown in the mutant-worm-aerated dirt.
Episode one is streaming for free here:
The anthology show that I am legit excited to check out right now is Love Death + Robots, the animated Netflix show from David Fincher and Tim Miller. The show debuts on March 15.
It looks WILD!
Jennifer Aniston, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Garner, and director JJ Abrams are expected to be in attendance at the March 25 Apple subscriptions event. Based on reporting from Bloomberg and other journos, the assumption is that Apple’s new streaming service will not force users to pay to see its original shows, but rather they will be a lure to, what will presumably be part of the TV app, a service similar to Amazon’s Channels service. This means you can subscribe to third party services like CBS and Starz, but instead of having to go into each individual service app, all the content will be available right there in the one app.
The struggle for Apple will be that without Netflix, Amazon Prime, or the upcoming Disney+ content in that app, it will rarely ever be seen as a one-stop app by customers. The question this leaves me with is this: There are often rumours about Apple using its bank of surplus cash to buy Netflix. Would controlling the streaming market be enough of an incentive to make the acquisition to ensure its TV app future?
Psych finished in 2014. There was a 2017 made-for-TV movie. And now at the end of 2019, there will be a second TV movie. Series stars James Roday, Dulé Hill, Maggie Lawson, Kirsten Nelson, Corbin Bernsen, and Tim Omundson will all return.
The team reunites when Santa Barbara Police Chief Carlton Lassiter (Omundson) is ambushed on the job and left for dead. In a Hitchcockian nod, he begins to see impossible happenings around his recovery clinic. Shawn (Roday) and Gus (Hill) return to Lassie’s side in Santa Barbara and are forced to navigate the personal, the professional, and possibly the supernatural. Separated from their new lives in San Francisco, our heroes find themselves unwelcome in their old stomping grounds as they secretly untangle a twisted case without the benefit of the police, their loved ones, or the quality sourdough bakeries of the Bay Area. What they uncover will change the course of their relationships forever.
An extended trailer for the DC Universe series Doom Patrol: