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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.
Will Community get its movie? ALSO: The Mandalorian is nigh. PLUS: More tastes of The Soup.
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Before the newsletter gets started today, I just want to offer two recommendations.
First, if you’re looking to get out to the movies this weekend, check out Doctor Sleep. It’s a sequel to The Shining of sorts in that it continues the character of the son from the original book/movie, but Doctor Sleep is mostly it’s own thing. The film tanked at the box office on its opening and it’s a shame because Mike Flanagan’s film is an absolute treat. It has a really lethargic, but certainly engaging, approach to telling its story. Despite a two and a half hour running time, you’ll find it all incredibly absorbing. It’s at cinemas now and deserves your consideration.
The second recommendation I have is for HBO dramedy Mrs Fletcher. Starring Kathryn Hahn as a single, new empty-nester, it follows her efforts to define herself once again after years of being a wife and mother. This is juxtaposed with the story of her (awful) misogynistic son struggling to fit in at a university where he’s surrounded by kids who aren’t interested in his boorish attitudes. It’s three episodes in and I’m enamored.
The cast of Community, sans Donald Glover and Chevy Chase, appeared on a panel where they each pledged that they would appear in the long-anticipated Community movie if creator Dan Harmon would write it.
Community star Joel McHale first came to the attention of ABW through his hosting of E!’s reality show wrap series The Soup. Well, it appears that E! is pulling the format out of storage with a brand new host: Comedian Jade Catta-Preta.
Season 4 of Westworld is set for early 2020.
The Mandalorian makes its debut at 9am (EST) on 12 Nov in the US. That’s about 1am on Wednesday morning here in Australia. There’s then a full week of avoiding spoilers before Disney+ launches in Australia. Fun times ahead, so until then occupy yourselves with a new TV spot:
DC Universe show Titans has been renewed for a third season and will return to the DC streaming service.
If you are new to the HBO drama Watchmen and have zero familiarity with the original comic series, you probably don’t know much about the books writer Alan Moore and why he doesn’t want his name attached to the TV series, previous movie, or any of the follow-up comics.