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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.
Turner & Hooch: The series is coming!
ALSO: A win for Parasite is a win for Netflix.
It’s officially happening - Turner & Hooch is coming to Disney+ as a TV series. The new version will star Josh Peck from Drake & Josh as (presumably) Turner. Hooch is yet to be cast.
Matt Nix (Burn Notice) will run the new show, which has shifted the story from being about a police detective who gets an unruly dog to a US Marshall with an unruly dog. Hilarity and mayhem is set to ensue.
If my Hanks math is correct, Peck will be the same age as Tom Hanks was when he made the original film.
For some more trivia, this will not be the first effort to make a Turner & Hooch TV show. A pilot was filmed in 1990 for NBC. Movie star Beasley the Dog returned in the titular Hooch role, but Hanks was too good for TV by that stage and was off making fancy pants movies. So, playing Turner was Back To The Future star Thomas F Wilson.
This is a trailer for the original movie:
CBS are in talks for a new limited series based on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation for its 20th anniversary this coming October.
The network is in talks with CSI: Crime Scene Investigation original series creator Anthony Zuiker, Jerry Bruckheimer and the show's creative team to bring back the procedural with a new, limited series, sources tell The Hollywood Reporter. CBS and producers CBS TV Studios declined comment as the CSI limited series is still in the dealmaking stages. Reps for Jerry Bruckheimer Television also declined comment.
And speaking of the Academy Awards, the win for Parasite completely blew everyone away. Netflix, as kind of expected, didn’t get a Best Picture win despite a very aggressive campaign for Marriage Story and The Irishman.
I would actually suggest that the win for Parasite is actually a huge win for Netflix. You’ve no doubt noticed a lot more foreign language shows and movies on Netflix of late - the streamer is aggressively pushing towards being a truly global TV network as it gives it a huge point of difference to Disney+ and HBO Max. The more that foreign language shows and movies become normalised within the US, the easier that ride is for them (both in terms of customers and shareholders). A win for Parasite helps in that effort.
A decision to again go host-less for the Oscars has again yielded in a bad awards show. There’s a reason these shows have a host - they provide continuity to the show and serve important functions like introducing people. Instead, you end up with the sort of ridiculousness highlighted here by Variety:
There’s just no reason, for instance, that “Booksmart” star Beanie Feldstein shouldn’t have presented alongside Mindy Kaling instead of alerting the audience to Kaling’s presence. “1917” breakout George McKay truly needn’t have thrown to Olivia Colman from the tippy top of the Dolby Theater. Most importantly, and perhaps in the most perfect summary of just how bizarre the night got by the halfway mark, who on earth suggested that Anthony Ramos introduce Lin-Manuel Miranda, so Lin-Manuel Miranda could introduce a montage of popular movies and the songs they made famous, which in turn introduced none other than Eminem performing the entirety of his 2002 Oscar-winning song “8 Mile,” for no other reason than he didn’t get the chance before and that has a new album to promote?
The Oscars In Memorium segment always leaves out a number of people. The AV List has an article about this with names like Luke Perry, Sid Haig, and Cameron Boyce left out.
Greta Thunberg is teaming with the BBC for a documentary series.
Per a BBC Studios release: “The films will also chart her own journey into adulthood as she continues to be confronted by the real world consequences of inaction, and will share some of the quiet moments as she writes the impactful speeches that are now broadcast and analyzed around the world, as she lives a teenage life like no other.”
Let’s end today’s ABW with a hot tip on an extremely cool looking TV show launching on March 1. It’s a new AMC series called Dispatches From Elsewhere. It stars Jason Segel (you might remember him from being one of the biggest comedy stars on the planet who seemingly vanished overnight).