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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.
They're bringing back Dexter for a new series.
ALSO: Grease is back as a TV series. AND: I Know What You Did Last Summer: The Series - I'm not making any of this up.
Dexter is coming back. No, really.
Okay, we get it. 2020 is weird. And in the spirit of that, Showtime has announced the return of serial killer drama Dexter. Michael C. Hall will return as the titular character. Clyde Phillips, the series showrunner for the first four seasons, will return to run this.
Was there a single person who didn’t have a financial stake in the show that had hoped to see this come back?
Grease: Rise of The Pink Ladies is a proposed TV show that explores how Rizzo, Frenchy, Marty, and Jan came together before ruling Rydell High in their senior year. Sure. Why not. The show had been given a straight to series order at HBO Max before they realised what they had done. Now the series is set to move over to soon-to-(re)launch streamer Paramount+.
I Know What You Did Last Summer: The Series. No, really.
In more news about established properties that are being adapted into TV series that nobody was really calling for, I Know What You Did Last Summer will soon be a TV show.
Amazon Prime Video has picked it up.
“The best horror franchises always have another scare coming, and this I Know What You Did Last Summer series from Sara Goodman is a perfectly twisted update to the iconic slasher movie,” said Albert Cheng, COO and co-head of television at Amazon Studios. “Any way you slice it, our global Prime Video customers will love this modern take on the fan favorite film.”
Fans of Showtime series The Circus (streaming in Australia on Stan) should take a read through this NYT article that sets its focus on the way the agenda of the series has shifted from being about the gamesmanship of politics and the behind the scenes players to its current shape in a world where campaigns are no longer being controlled by party hacks.
Granted, the strategists still believe they are pulling the strings. The Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway, talking to Palmieri, lapses into the third person: “When the history books are written and they say Kellyanne was the first woman in history to successfully manage a U.S. presidential campaign … ” — as if her role in the 2016 race will merit even a footnote. When Heilemann marvels to Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s communications director, “Who knew that the basement strategy would be a winning strategy?” she replies, “Well, we did, John.”
The journalists, though, seem to glean that their roles have been diminished. “The Circus” used to depict its hosts as insiders at the center of the action: Its signature look, reminiscent of a third-person shooter video game, had them filmed from behind as they wove through the crowded halls of Congress or a civic-center campaign rally. Now Heilemann is seen from a distance, wandering forlornly through a parking lot at a “drive-in” Biden rally, or standing outside the candidate’s house, telling the camera that “down at the end of that driveway, Joe Biden’s making history.”
Tim Allen sitcom Last Man Standing will conclude with its 9th season. Source: thefutoncritic
Swedish 5-part drama Partisan was awarded Best Series at the 2020 Canneseries. Source: Deadline
In October, over six months since a global pandemic started, YouTube has announced it will ban videos that include claims about coronavirus vaccinations that contradict information from health authorities. Source: Variety
PlutoTV will now stream the entirety of Netflix original Narcos. Source: C21
Playin’ it solo
Jeopardy contestant Kevin had an easy run at what was a very easy Final Jeopardy question in an episode that aired in the US this week. The last time a single player made it through to the final round on Jeopardy was March 12, 2015.
(For those unfamiliar with the rules of Jeopardy - if a contestant has a negative score leading into the final round, they don’t get to play it.)
Ron Howard’s Hillbilly Elegy debuts on Netflix Nov 24.
Firefly Lane is a series coming soon to Netflix.
Tully and Kate meet as young girls on Firefly Lane and become inseparable best friends through 30 years of ups and downs. Starring Katherine Heigl and Sarah Chalke.
Sylvie’s Love will debut on Amazon Prime Christmas on December 25.
In Sylvie's Love, the jazz is smooth and the air sultry in the hot New York summer of 1957. Robert (Nnamdi Asomugha), a saxophonist, spends late nights playing behind a less-talented but well-known bandleader, as member of a jazz quartet. Sylvie (Tessa Thompson), who dreams of a career in television, spends her summer days helping around her father's record store, as she waits for her fiancé to return from war. When Robert takes a part-time job at the record store, the two begin a friendship that sparks a deep passion in each of them unlike anything they have felt before.
Bad Hombres debuts on Showtime on Oct 16.
The Boulet Brothers' Dragula: Resurrection debuts Oct 20 on Shudder.
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