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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.
What to watch on TV this weekend! Also: The Simpsons pulls Jackson episode
Always Be Watching is curated by Dan Barrett who is drowning in the amount of TV to watch right now.
The TV highlight for me this week is MotherFatherSon. It’s a new UK drama starring US actor Richard Gere. If, like me, you’ve been waiting to see Gere turn up in a TV show, savour this. He’s already said that this will be both the first and the last TV show he will ever film. Or so he says. Reviews have been very favourable and I’ve heard more people talking about this than ANY film Gere has made in the past 20 years. The attention may sway the actor.
If there’s one article to read on the show, maybe start with this one from The Guardian: “MotherFatherSon: was its loveless sex scene the most chilling in TV history?”
Before you get started on this week’s TV recommendations, it’s worth taking a look at this news story…
The Leaving Neverland fallout is still continuing, with The Simpsons producers choosing to pull the episode Stark Raving Dad from the series run. You’ll remember this as the episode about Homer Simpson meeting a patient in hospital who believes he is Michael Jackson. The singer was the voice actor on the episode in an uncredited role.
Max is a charismatic self-made American businessman with media outlets in London and around the world. When the self-destructive lifestyle of his 30 year-old son, Caden, spirals out of control, the devastating consequences threaten the future of the family, its empire, and a country on the brink of change.
After Life follows Tony, who had a perfect life. But after his wife Lisa suddenly dies, Tony changes. After contemplating taking his own life, he decides instead to live long enough to punish the world by saying and doing whatever he likes from now on. He thinks it's like a Super Power; not caring about himself or anyone else; but it turns out to be tricky when everyone is trying to save the nice guy they used to know.
College freshman Jack Morton joins a fabled secret society, The Order, where he is thrust into a world of magic, monsters and intrigue. As Jack goes deeper, he uncovers dark family secrets and an underground battle between werewolves and the magical dark arts. The Order is a magical and terrifying journey to uncover our true selves... and the monsters that hide within.