Amazon Prime Video has announced the launch times for the new hugely expensive Lord of The Rings: The Rings of Power series.

For week one, these are the times you will find it in your local timezone (if your country isn't listed, just do a conversion - it is available the same moment across the globe):

Week One Timings:
6 p.m. US PDT // Thursday, September 1
9 p.m. US EDT // Thursday, September 1
2 a.m. UK // Friday, September 2
3 a.m. CEST // Friday, September 2
5:30 a.m. IST // Friday, September 2
10 a.m. JST // Friday, September 2
11 a.m. AU // Friday, September 2
1 p.m. NZ // Friday, September 2

If, after week one you are still watching (this is just a playful dig. Relax, Prime Video PR...), from week 2 onwards, episodes will drop at these times every week until the finale on Oct 14:
9 p.m. PDT // Thursdays
12 a.m. EDT // Fridays
1 a.m. Brazil // Fridays
5 a.m. UK // Fridays
6 a.m. CEST // Fridays
9:30 a.m. IST // Fridays
1 p.m. JST // Fridays
2 p.m. AU // Fridays
4 p.m. NZ // Fridays

The Fox News movie

Fox News streaming service Fox Nation will launch an original movie based on the book The Shell Collector. It sounds like a pretty standard Hallmark-style TV movie, which makes me wonder why Fox didn't go with something more MAGA-focused.

Produced in association with Cartel Pictures, Fox Nation’s The Shell Collector will star Caitlin Clark, Christopher Russell and Jennifer Higgin in a story about a widow, Amanda Whittier, with two children who befriends some interesting characters in her small seaside town as she looks to forge ahead with her new life following the death of her husband.

My pitch:
A young woman is waving her American flag in the air, demonstrating her patriotism. But, she gets knocked over by a passing group of other patriots. She looks up and finds one of those group members has stopped for her. She looks up and sees just his sillhouette. But when she notices his viking helmet, she knows it is love at first sight. It's the ultimate Jan 6 meet cute story. I call it: Insurrection: Love At The Capitol.

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1000 monkeys at 1000 typewriters

Puddy to appear on The Bachelorette

I say he's sponge-worthy, but when viewers of the US Bachelorette tune in and see former Seinfeld/The Tick/Rules of Attraction star Patrick Wharburton on their TV screens on the next episode, I'm sorry to disappoint you, but he's not there as a potential suitor. He's apparently the uncle of one of the guys on the show.

Former Baywatch star launches an OnlyFans

This is actually a bit more interesting than it seems from the outset. Former Baywatch/Baywatch Nights star Donna D'Errico is launching an OnlyFans account.

Don't expect to see the 54 year-old actor posting nude videos (at least, that's not the plan at the moment). But the account, which she promises to be managing by herself, will post archive photos of her in lingerie and bikinis.

D’Errico said her OnlyFans page will feature bikini and lingerie-modeling pics, outtakes from magazine editorials, “me doing funny things in bikinis because I have such an incredible sense of humor yet am also so humble,” as well as new and vintage behind-the-scenes photos and videos. She added, “What you will not see: My hoo-ha. What I don’t want to see: Your manhood.”

What I thought was a bit interesting about her doing this is that, as part of the announcement, she cited hypocrisy of how social platforms are perceived:

All these celebs posting nude and topless pics of themselves here on IG and Twitter all the time covering their important bits with their hands. ... Boom, thousands of likes & comments talking about body positivity and confidence and empowerment and you go girl! Hot! But take that same photo of that same celeb and put it on [OnlyFans] where she can control who sees it and now she’s gross and hard up. People kill me.

She's not wrong.

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  • Indiewire has a good list of the 25 best movie scores of the 90s. Read: Indiewire
  • BBC journalists are considering striking over the job losses associated with the merger between the BBC News and BBC World News channels. Read: Variety
  • Amazon Prime Video has entered into an agreement with Nielsen to report viewership numbers for the Thursday night football. Read: THR
  • Yet another foreign-language adaptation for Amazon Prime Video's anthology love show Modern Love. This one for the Netherlands. Read: Deadline

Matthew Fox's 5-episode series Last Light debuts on Peacock Sept 8.

Sidney Poitier doco Sidney debuts on Apple TV+ Sept 23.

Cobra Kai returns Sept 9 to Netflix for season 5.

Your Honor season 2 debuts later this year on Showtime.

That's it for today. Tomorrow yields a brand new day, a brand new newsletter.