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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.
TV cop shows pay up to Black Lives Matter
ALSO: Sniping from former GLEE stars. AND: A TV writer loses his job in the best/worst way possible.
The recent week of Black Lives Matter protests across the US has had people re-examining their relationship with law enforcement. This includes people working within the entertainment industry on shows about law enforcement.
The producers of (better than you think) series S.W.A.T. have stated that they will address the issue thematically in the next season of the show:
Writer Tom Scharpling, formerly a writer on Monk has started a movement in the US with actors and writers from shows in which they’ve portrayed cops are donating to charity Act Blue.
This was followed up on by Griffin Newman (Arthur on The Tick) who played a cop in two episodes of Blue Bloods. He has since donated his recent residuals cheque. Here’s Brooklyn Nine Nine actor Stephanie Beatriz also publicly making a payment:
I really love character actor Jerry Adler. The first place I discovered him was on the terrible Tony Danza sitcom Hudson Street, but my interest in him escalated when I saw him in the recurring role of Hesh in The Sopranos.
In this week’s Talking Sopranos they talk about the casting of the show and in it was the revelation that Jerry Adler wasn’t originally cast in the role. It was going to be Jerry Stiller, but he pulled out because he was filming a commercial on the same day that his scenes in the pilot were to be shot.
The movie Just Mercy starred Michael B Jordan and looked at the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson. Warner Bros will be making it available to rent for free through the usual digital stores. I believe this will be US-only, however.