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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 you'll be watching this weekend: 5-7 July 2019
Always Be Watching is curated by Dan Barrett
There’s no getting past it: Stranger Things season 3 dropped this week on Netflix. It’s such a huge show for Netflix and draws so many eyeballs that it’s likely something you’re already watching or have finished with. I’m about halfway through the season now and have had a great time with it.
Something else I got a kick out of this week has been the debut of Showtime miniseries The Loudest Voice, which follows Roger Ailes from the foundation of Fox News through several key moments through his Fox News career. Even with the fat suit Russell Crowe is wearing on the show (which doesn’t quite look real enough), he puts in one heck of a performance. The show won’t be to everyone’s interest, but for media junkies like myself, it’s magnificent.
The other show worth driving some attention to it is Netflix’s South Korean remake of Designated Survivor. It takes the concept of the US drama starring Keifer Sutherland, but is filtered through South Korean politics. There, a temporary Presidential appointee is only in the role for 60 days when an election is then held. Also worth a look is the K-drama Chief of Staff, which is a South Korean show that has a strong West Wing inspiration driving it. That show is also streaming now on Netflix.
Apologies to listeners of the Always Be Watching podcast - I took an unexpected trip to hospital this week, which prevented us from being able to plan and record the podcast. We should be back with a new episode next week.
NEW & RETURNING
These are the notable new and returning shows that aired this week - meaning you can go right ahead and stream them now…
RETURNING SHOWS: Stranger Things (s3), Instinct (s2), Tales (s2), Divorce (s3), The Mike Tyson Mysteries (s4)
Seven-part limited series about Roger Ailes, the founder of Fox News. It focuses on the past decade which Ailes arguably became the Republican Party's de facto leader, and the sexual harassment accusations that brought his career to an end.