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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.
Tiny Toons are back! (Did that *really* need an exclamation mark?)
ALSO: Lisa Turtle returns to Saved By The Bell!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
It’s time to go back to Looniversity
Listen here kids. Let me tell you a tale from when I was a young lad. There was a new cartoon show called Tiny Toons. It was produced by Steven Spielberg and was a reworking of the Looney Tunes characters we’ve all seen and loved. Instead of Bugs Bunny, there was now a boy and girl bunny (Buster and Babs), and there was a Tasmanian Devil, and lots of other similar characters. But the original Looney Tunes characters were in this too. They taught the new characters at ACME Looniversity. I guess they all now have tenure.
Tiny Toons was a big deal. It launched and, well, it was okay. It aired in the afternoons and we all watched it until we just didn’t anymore.
But then a few years later, the same people who did Tiny Toons did a way better cartoon called Animaniacs. And we loved it. It ran for years and when a reboot was announced, the internet erupted with enthusiasm.
Here’s the thing, Junior. Yesterday a reboot was announced for Tiny Toons. And nobody even mentioned it.
Darryl Frank and Justin Falvey, Co-Presidents, Amblin Television said: "These smart, hilarious and cheeky characters have left an indelible impression on the childhoods of so many. We're thrilled to be able to continue our relationship with Warner Bros. Animation, HBO Max, and Cartoon Network to reimagine the Tiny Toons for new audiences, and we know that fans of the original series will be just as excited to share the show with their children as they will be to revisit a childhood favorite."
Netflix prices are climbing up. A standard sub is going up to $13.99 per month from the previous cost of $12.99, with the premium tier now $17.99 per month from $15.99). The basic $8.99 SD, single screen subscription continues on unchanged.
The new animated series Gremlins: Secrets of The Mogwai is a prequel set in Shanghai in the 1920s. Showrunner Tze Chun tweeted out this first image:
As mentioned in ABW a few weeks ago there is an unnamed music game show filming in Sydney soon for the US market. It’ll have an American host and Americans who are living in Australia. It’s no longer unnamed - it’s a new version of Name That Tune. Source: TV Tonight
The US version of No Activity has been greenlit for a season 4 on CBS All Access. Only now it’ll be animated. Source: TV Line
Aussie series You Can’t Ask That will be adapted for a US version by production company Current Flow Entertainment. Read: Deadline
Brave New World has been cancelled by Peacock after one season. The not-very-good series will be shopped to other networks. Source: Deadline
Quiet Apple TV+ hit Ted Lasso has been greenlit for a third season. Read: thefutoncritic
The Crown returns for season 4 on November 15. Now we have a full-length trailer.
Wolfwalkers debuts on Apple TV+ on Dec 11.
Alien Xmas launches on Netflix Nov 20.
A trailer for the series return of UK drama Holby City (I believe this is a resumption of season 22).
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