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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.
Yeardley Smith to appear on The Simpsons.
ALSO: Space Force blasts off for s2. AND: Darkwing Duck swings again.
Herman’s Head star and podcaster visits Springfield
The Simpsons latest celebrity guest star is Yeardley Smith. Playing herself, the podcast host will venture to Springfield after Grandpa Simpson is accused of committing a scandalous crime.
Smith is also already the voice of Lisa Simpson, which asks the question about whether Smith will be pocketing an additional talent fee for the episode. This is not the first time a Simpsons voice actor has brought their real life ventures into the world of The Simpsons with Harry Shearer’s Spinal Tap rocking out at a concert in an early-years episode of the show. But it is the first time a Simpsons actor is portraying themselves on screen.
The episode also marks the writing return of David X Cohen to the series.
A new Darkwing Duck series is in development for Disney+. Not surprising considering it currently has a new Duck Tales cartoon which introduced DW into the show recently. What is surprising is that working on the series is Point Grey Pictures, the production company run by Seth Rogen and his writing partner Evan Goldberg.
King Features strip Hagar The Horrible is being adapted into an animated series by The Jim Henson Company. And by animated series… I mean, kinda…
The series will be made using Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, a proprietary animation technology that allows Henson’s puppeteers to manipulate animated characters in real time, allowing for an organic, spontaneous performance.
The series is from Eric Ziobrowski, a writer on Fresh Off The Boat and Don’t Trust The B in Apartment 23.
I’m not generally pro-capital punishment. But the police have arrested the guy who punched Rick Moranis in an unprovoked attack. Read: AP
Waiting To Exhale is becoming a TV series. Finally. Read: Dark Horizons
Aussie game show Hot Seat is returning to Melbourne. Read: TV Tonight
The Mysterious Benedict Society is moving from Hulu to Disney+. Read: TVLine
The Friends reunion will tape in March. Back when this was first announced, reunions were an occasional thing. Then COVID hit. Read: CNN
A 24/7 Saved By The Bell streaming channel has been launched on Peacock ahead of the series reboot later in the month. To think that art began with cave paintings and this is what we can now do… Read: Deadline
RIP Netflix series The Order
If a tree falls in a forest and there’s no one that notices The Order was cancelled at Netflix, did the tree ever fall at all?
Original movie Let Them All Talk debuts on HBO Max Dec 10.
A celebrated author (Meryl Streep) takes a journey with some old friends (Candice Bergen and Dianne Wiest) to have some fun and heal old wounds. Her nephew (Lucas Hedges) comes along to wrangle the ladies as well as her new literary agent (Gemma Chan) who is desperate to find out about her next book.
Big Mouth returns on Dec 4 at Netflix.
Servant returns to Apple TV+ on Jan 15.
Canvas debuts on Netflix Dec 8.
A Grandfather who, after suffering a devastating loss, is sent into a downward spiral and loses his inspiration to create. Years later, he decides to revisit the easel, and pick up the paint brush... but he can't do it alone.
Alien Worlds debuts on Netflix Dec 2.
Applying the laws of life on Earth to the rest of the galaxy, this series blends science fact and fiction to imagine alien life on other planets.
Don’t expect to hear Fever Dog in Stillwater when it debuts on Dec 5 on Apple TV+.
Dec 5 is when the kids can gather around the Netflix box to watch Mighty Express: A Mighty Christmas.
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