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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's greatest house is reborn! RIP Dicks! And RIP Saturday Night Rove
Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett from under a doona.
Yesterday there was no Always Be Watching newsletter. I’ve spent the past three days in various states of health, swinging from good to bad.
It’s just a flu, I think, so nothing too crazy and I *seem* to be feeling better today. Let’s see how the day plays out.
Watching a renovation show on TV is not something that has ever voluntarily happened in my life. But, for the first time ever, I’m excited to watch the drama, passion, and heartbreak of a home reno. A Very Brady Renovation debuts on September 9 on HGTV in the US - I’m not sure whether we’ll see that outside the US on HGTV, or if it could land somewhere else.
The show is about restoring the house used for The Brady Bunch’s exterior locations to look the same as the house looked on the original series. All of the Brady kids are on-board: Maureen McCormick, Eve Plumb, Susan Olsen, Barry Williams, Christopher Knight, and Mike Lookinland. The remaining residents of the Brady home have all since passed away.
I note that Robbie Rist, who played Cousin Oliver, is the only child actor to have lived in the Brady home that has had constant work as an actor in the years since.
Richard Kelly was the chap who made everyone’s favourite movie 2001-2003 Donnie Darko. His career didn’t do so well after that initial film, but he’s looking to get a new project off the ground: A biography about The Twilight Zone creator Rod Serling. Methinks this won’t look/feel like your standard bio-pic.
British TV writer Terrance Dicks has passed away. Dicks was best known for working on Doctor Who from 1968-83. Dicks also wrote on Space: 1999 and oversaw the BBC strand that produced period adaptations of Oliver Twist and Vanity Fair between 1985 and 1988.
Australian variety show Saturday Night Rove has been cancelled after just two episodes. Could it be that after watching Rove McManus do a similar show on TV for a decade that would up just under a decade ago, that there isn’t much interest in watching Rove host a similar show on TV?
Rove seems to be a good guy and I’d actually like him to find continued success - but he needs to stretch more than he tends to.