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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.
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A new Flintstones cartoon, and the death of Rupert Murdoch's planned UK news channel, dominate today's news.
We begin today's Always Be Watching with news that can only be of interest to readers 35 and over, surely...
The Flintstones are coming back to TV in Bedrock
Fox has given the greenlight to a new animated sequel series to The Flintstones. New series Bedrock will focus on Pebbles Flintstone as she makes her way in the world as an early 20-something. Fred hasn't gone anywhere - he'll still be around. Curiously... no mention of Wilma in the announcement from Deadline.
Bedrock will follow the Flintstone family two decades after the original, with Fred on the brink of retirement and 20-something Pebbles embarking on her own career. As the Stone Age gives way to a shiny and enlightened new Bronze Age, the residents of Bedrock will find this evolution harder than a swing from Bamm-Bamm’s club.
Elizabeth Banks will voice Pebbles and produce the show via her Brownstone Productions.
Questions I have:
Do young kids still know The Flintstones? They haven't really been on TV for sometime.
With cavemen not really living past 30 and Pebbles in her early twenties, I really question the reality of Fred Flintstone still kicking in this new series.
Haven't we already seen a sequel to The Flintstones with an adult Pebbles? Does this mean that the new series is completely ignoring the continuity established by 1980's Flintstone Comedy Hour / Flintstone Frolics? Did Fred and Barney have a career as cops? Do they still have a history with The Great Gazoo? And what about The Shmoo?
Murdoch backs out of UK Fox News-style channel
Plans to launch a Fox News-style channel in the UK have been scuttled by Rupert Murdoch. News UK was mooted to launch later this year in competition with rival GB News (also due for a launch soon).
News UK isn't completely dead in the water. Instead of serving as a dedicated channel, News UK videos will populate existing channels:
[Rebekah] Brooks said News UK would still produce standalone shows, with the intention of making money via personalised adverts on smart televisions, adding: “We have already announced News To Me, an entertainment news show hosted by Gordon Smart, which will drop a new episode each weeknight, and will be viewable live or on-demand via streaming. Other shows are planned.”
Anyone seeing this as a win should consider Australia's Sky News which has very low viewership of its linear news channel, but is exceedingly powerful through its online reach with clips from its shows dominating Facebook both in Australia and internationally.
This season Hulu's The Handmaid's Tale will be accompanied by an aftershow One Burning Question. 'Aftershow' is maybe too grand a title for what this is - really it is a bonus short video conversation interview with the stars from the show.
Each seven to eight-minute installment, debuting immediately after that week’s episode in the Hulu “Extras” tab, will explore a central theme or burning question from the most recent hour. Stars Elisabeth Moss, Madeline Brewer, Ann Dowd and Max Minghella will appear on the aftershow, as will special guests like Rachel Lindsay (The Bachelor) and comedian Whitney Cummings.
Jenna Coleman will star in The War Rooms, a UK series based on the real-life inspiration for Miss Moneypenny. Read: Deadline
Rotten Tomatoes has added a pan review of Citizen Kane, stripping it of it's 100% Fresh rating just days ahead of it's 80th anniversary. What a bunch of c*#ts. Read: Indiewire
Friend of ABW Evan (from the GC) has uncovered this YouTube channel filled with long-forgotten Aussie TV movies, pilots, and other interesting clips.
Singer Roselyn Sanchez will lead a new version of Fantasy Island, debuting on Fox August 10. The original series and the ill-fated 1998 remake will debut on streamer Tubi from May 1. Read: thefutoncritic
Glenn Close insists dancing Da Butt at the Oscars was not planned. Read: Deadline
Discovery has greenlit two new seasons of Aussie Gold Hunters. Read: iF
Disney has shut down 18 TV channels in Asia as it focuses instead on Disney+. Read: Deadline
These big Marvel & DC superhero shows are having little to no impact on sales of the comic books they're based on. But that's not true of other comic book adaptations. The Walking Dead saw a HUGE boost in sales. The same can be said now for Robert Kirkman'sInvincible, adapted into an animated series currently on Amazon Prime Video. Read: Bleeding Cool
Power Book 3: Raising Kanan debuts on Starz July 18.
Vivo debuts on Netflix soon (it was going to be released in cinemas this June)
Physical debuts June 18 on Apple TV+.
Who Killed Sara? season 2 debuts May 19 on Netflix.
Trollhunters: Rise of The Titans debuts on Netflix July 21.
What's next? Tomorrow.
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