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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.
This is what you are watching this weekend: 25-26 May 2019
Always be Watching is curated by Dan Barrett live in front of a studio audience
Not a great week for new and returning shows. What/If, starring Renee Zellweger is a little dull, but I’ll probably check that out during the week as a late night fall-asleep-to-on-the-couch show. Apparently it is a bit of a gender reversed Indecent Proposal. Catch 22 is worth watching, but it feels so inessential. It really should have been updated to reflect the current military and not as a quasi-romanticised WW2 story.
The best new thing I watched this week was the US ABC’s Live In Front of a Studio Audience. A one-off that rated its socks off, so expect more of this in the future, the show was a 90-minute re-staging of an episode each from All In The Family and The Jeffersons with a modern-day celebrity cast led by Woody Harrelson, Marissa Tomei, and Jamie Foxx. The production was slick and now has TV critics calling for more events like this. Personally, I think a Cheers / Taxi revival show would be a hoot.
NEW & RETURNING
These are the notable new and returning shows that aired this week - meaning you can go right ahead and stream them now…
Returning Shows:Riviera (s2), She’s Gotta Have It (s2), Elementary (s7), Slasher (s3)
You can, of course, get more weekly TV recommendations via the Always Be Watching podcast. This week Dan & Chris discuss: Still Laugh-In, The Wu-Tang Clan: Of Mics and Men, and offer some thoughts on the series finales of Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, and Veep.
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