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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.
Thunder buddies, it's Ted: The Series
Ted is coming to television without Mark Wahlberg who is apparently too good for such things.
Seth MacFarlane is bringing Ted to television with a prequel series to the two feature films. He'll voice Ted and perform motion capture for the titular bear. It isn't expected that Mark Wahlberg or Mila Kunis will return for the series. Maybe they can just get William Ragsdale to take over.
The film tells the story of John Bennett (Wahlberg), a Boston native whose childhood wish brings his teddy bear friend Ted to life. However, in adulthood, Ted prevents John and his girlfriend Lori Collins (Kunis) from moving on with their lives. It became the highest-grossing original R-rated comedy of all time (not a sequel or based on other IP) and spawned a sequel. Collectively Ted and Ted 2 grossed more than $750 million worldwide.
It's incredible to think that the Ted movies are 3/4 of a billion dollar franchise. The new series is being made for Peacock where, being on streaming, language shouldn't be a problem.
Netflix get into the scripted podcast biz with Stranger Things pod
Rebel Robin: Surviving Hawkins is a new scripted narrative podcast that debuts June 29 and stars Maya Hawke reprising her role from the series. Sean Maher from Firefly also voices a role. The podcast serves as a promo for the upcoming season of the show and also ties into a book coming soon featured on Robin.
Doctor Doctor to say goodbye after five years
After five years of reportedly being on television, Doctor Doctor is bidding farewell. Internationally, this Aussie series is titled The Heart Guy. For those of you who never got around to watching it, the show is actually quite a bit better than you think it is.
In a joint statement from Channel 9’s Andy Ryan and producer Ian Collie:
We are thrilled to bring the story to a fitting climax in a way that honours the characters and will surprise and delight the audience. Doctor Doctor has been a domestic and international success, as well as a showcase of outstanding Australian talent. Channel 9 and Easy Tiger are immensely proud of what Doctor Doctor has achieved. It has been a privilege to entertain our loyal viewers, as well as collaborate with our magnificent cast and crew for five seasons.
Even more Lord of The Rings on the way
Just because a Lord of The Rings TV series is on the way via Amazon, it doesn't mean that Warner Bros can't exercise it's own existing rights to keep pumping out Lord of The Rings movies. Hence, The Lord of the Rings: The War of the Rohirrim. (Please don't ever make me try to say that name out loud).
This will be an animated feature film set for cinema release.
Happy 200th episode, Bar Rescue
200 bars saved as of this weekend. Jon Taffer is doing important work.
Milo Ventimiglia is joining the cast of The Marvelous Mrs Maisel. Read: Deadline
Jameela Jamil is joining the cast of She Hulk. Read: Variety
Netflix is opening an online merch store. Read: Complex
Billions returns for part 2 of it's fifth season on Sept 5. Read: Deadline
Samuel L Jackson lists his favorite roles
If you are like me, you often lay awake at night wondering what Samuel L Jackson's five favorite movies that he starred in are. IMDB credits him with 194 acting roles.
Renny Harlin’s “The Long Kiss Goodnight” (1996) Joel Schumacher’s “A Time To Kill” (1996) Quentin Tarantino’s “Jackie Brown” (1997) François Girard’s “The Red Violin” (1998) Kevin Reynolds’ “One Eight Seven” (1997)
It must have been animation day during Netflix's week-long focus on 'geek' shows and movies because we have a whole bunch of anime trailers. And Gossip Girl.
Masters of the Universe: Revelation debuts July 23.
Eden's Zero debuts August 26 on Netflix.
Shaman King debuts on Netflix August 9.
Mobile Suit Gundam Hathaway debuts on Netflix with Anne Hathaway starring as Mobile Suit Gundam on a date TBA.
Gossip Girl returns by way of HBO Max on July 9. Somewhere HBO is rolling in it's grave.
Tick, Tick... Boom! premieres in select theaters and on Netflix later this year.
Free Guy opens in cinemas August 13.
Last Summer debuts on Netflix July 9.
Biohackers season 2 returns to Netflix on July 9.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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