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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.
Rock out at The Sims virtual music festival
ALSO: Mare of Easttown fans cause problems. AND: The Good Fight returns.
Video game The Sims will allow players to attend a virtual music festival within the game. But this will be unlike any music festival you've ever attended. First of all, you'll be attending from at home, which means the toilet situation is a billion times better. Beyond that though - some of the songs will be performed in the fictional Sims language of Simlish.
It’ll be headlined by pop star Bebe Rexha, who will sing her single “Sabotage” in Simlish. Glass Animals and Joy Oladokun will serve as the opening acts, though it sounds like they will be performing in boring old English.
Mare of Easttown fans - be cool, ok
The production of HBO's Mare of Easttown did a whole lot of location filming and now locals of Wallingford are annoyed that the show has driven out disrespectful fans.
One homeowner, who asked local ABC 6 affiliate not to share her name or address, told the news outlet, "We've had a few instances where people have come on to our property - one late at night to look in our front window. Supposedly, I can only guess to see if it's the same as where they filmed the show."
She mentioned asking one woman, in particular, to stop taking photos as her daughter was out playing in the front yard, and this stranger apparently cursed at her.
A return for The Good Fight
Returning for it's fifth season, The Good Fight does something delightfully odd in it's first episode back - it completely dumps the format of the show and is instead a series of (new) "Previously on..." clips. It allows the show to recap the lives of the characters past year - we get to see the characters experience the final year of the Trump presidency (leading up to the Capitol Building riot), but we also see how they deal with COVID (it hits one character harder than the rest), and also how the show wrote out two of the series regulars.
Steve Greene at Indiewire says that the show continues to be as strong as it has been. And despite the change in US politics, some truths remain the same:
While the people driving the erstwhile Reddick, Boseman, & Lockhart were usually sympathetic, “The Good Fight” has always wisely stopped short of painting the people in charge as righteous crusaders. This show has a view of the legal world where — perhaps justifiably — the line between justice and a cash grab is just as easy to cross by accident as it is to do by choice.
There's also a good interview with series creators Robert & Michelle King in Variety:
The first conversation we had in the writers’ room is, “OK, where do we start?” Do you cover this year — this insane year — 2020? Or do you start up in what would be present day when we start releasing the episodes? And the feeling in the room was, “We’re going to want to know what the pandemic was like for Diane and for Adrian or Liz.” And I think it was Robert that came up with, “Well, how about an entire episode that’s ‘previously on…’?” We just spent a whole episode finding out what 2020 looked like for all these people we love. And then we can shoot forward.
Terrible sitcom The Upshaws has been given a second 16-episode season on Netflix. Read: Deadline
AMC are developing an Interview With The Vampire series. Read: TV Insider
Local Sydney film critic and my Screen Watching podcast co-host Simon Foster is enjoying his birthday today. Happy birthday, mister.
If you love variety shows, check out the NYT deep dive into The Ed Sullivan Show. Read: NYT
Julie Eckersley is the new head of scripted over at SBS. Read: Mediaweek
Vincent Cassel & Eva Green will star in Liaison - a new French-English thriller for Apple TV+. Read: Deadline
Movie The Harder They Fall will debut on Netflix later this year.
Lock up your picnic baskets, Jellystone debuts July 29 on HBO Max.
Gone For Good debuts August 13 on Netflix.
Feature film CODA debuts August 13 on Apple TV+
The One and Only Dick Gregory debuts on Showtime July 4.
Movie You Are My Spring debuts on Netflix July 5.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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