Original Baby Yoda designs. PLUS: Servant reviews. AND: RIP Kids WB.

Always Be Watching is written by not-the-baby Dan Barrett.

Holly Hunter has joined the cast of the new Ted Danson sitcom, produced by Tina Fey & Robert Carlock.

The series is about a wealthy businessman who runs for mayor of Los Angeles for all the wrong reasons. Once he wins he has to figure out what he stands for, gain the respect of his staff and connect with his teenage daughter, all while humanely controlling the coyote population.

Source: Broadcasting & Cable

Also, please note: Today is not Ted Danson’s birthday.

That weasel Pete Campbell is appearing on an upcoming episode of Law & Order: SVU. A reminder that it has been several years since the end of Mad Men and Hollywood still hasn’t worked out what to do with Vincent Kartheiser.

Original concept art showing off the character that Mandalorian fans have come to call Baby Yoda has been revealed. While the difference isn’t striking, it shows that originally it was expected to have much older looking facial features.

The actual Baby Yoda:

The proposed Baby Yoda:


Source: Collider

A trailer for upcoming Netflix series V-Wars, which is about a doctor pitted against his best friend when an ancient disease turns people into vampires

The next Apple TV+ series Servant will start on 28 November. Am embargo must have lifted as reviews are aplenty online today and the general consensus seems to be that it is good, but not great. The AV Club gave it a B- in its review:

Servant can be a frustrating watch, with its oddball ensemble manifesting as eerily, purposefully translucent, but it’s a compulsive one. The 30-minute episodes help—every minute feels purposeful, symbolic, or some combination of the two—and there’s a hysterical quality, both in its performances and plotting, that gives its austere, shadowy aesthetic a surprising spark. 

Liam Matthews at TV Guide was very much into it:

Servant is far from perfect. It requires a ton of suspension of disbelief, does way too much mystery-wise, and may be insensitive to mothers who have lost children. But it's creepy, compulsively watchable fun, with a distinct personality. It shows that Apple is willing to make shows that are pretty dark, pretty risky, and not particularly aspirational. It's a beautiful house, but the people who live there are lunatics who hate each other.

In the world of TV show Watchmen, actor Robert Redford is the President. But, how has that impacted on Hollywood? /Film has investigated by talking to series showrunner Damon Lindeloff

After 13 years, Australian kids cartoon show Kids WB, which consisted of presenters introducing Warner Bros cartoons (primarily) is coming to an end. Channel 9 are not commenting on why.

Source: TV Tonight

And finally…

The US FX network has a new adaptation of A Christmas Carol produced by Tom Hardy’s production company. So, expect this to be Dickens by way of Peaky Blinders.

Netflix announce Chinatown. PLUS: Disney+ hackers. AND MSNBC mystery.

Always Be Watching is written each day by Dan Barrett.

Armando Iannucci (Veep, The Thick of It) has a new HBO comedy, Avenue 5, launching in January. The first trailer was released today:

There has been a gust of denials from US news service MSNBC. Host of the show Hardball Chris Matthews has denied farting on air during an interview. As has the interviewee Eric Swalwell.

With no dogs in the studio, MSNBC has blamed a Hardball mug.

Source: Vulture

Forget it Always Be Watching - it’s Chinatown. A new prequel series based on the great Jack Nicholson film has been announced for Netflix. Robert Towne is back writing it. David Fincher producing it.

The idea behind the prequel series would be to focus on a young Jake Gittes (played in the film by Jack Nicholson) as he plies his business in a town where the wealthy and corruption involves areas like land, oil and gangs. The hope is that Fincher might direct the pilot, but that is not part of the deal which at this point covers a pilot script. Roman Polanski directed the original film and the late Robert Evans produced it.

Source: Deadline

The next season of Hulu’s Marvel series Runaways will be its last. Today, a trailer for the third season was released.


  • Hackers claim to be selling the account details of hacked Disney+ customers via the dark web. Disney insist they were not breached. Source: Deadline

  • Disney+ hasn’t impacted on Netflix after a week. It’s kind of a silly story in that Disney+ is never going to make a serious dent in Netflix. But, Netflix will face some challenges when it is facing off against multiple big-brand competitors like Warners with HBO and NBC’s Peacock. Read the story: Variety

The Mandalorian

  • The Internet is doing a roaring trade in theories related to *THAT* character in The Mandalorian. Vox has this piece that talks about when The Mandalorian is set and how that relates to what the character may be. Source: Vox

  • David Sims at The Atlantic has a piece that more broadly discusses the opportunities Star Wars TV shows can have. Source: The Atlantic

  • Social media interest in The Mandalorian was very high, but came behind Stranger Things and Titans. Source: Dark Horizons

The Mandalorian Was In High Demand


The weekly Always Be Watching podcast has regular hosts Dan and Chris taking a look at The Mandalorian.

Listen now via Spotify Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts | RSS

There’s also my new podcast that takes a deep dive into the Disney+ catalogue to discuss the hidden gold in the library. Disney Plus Dan. On episode one I look at the Disney movie/TV special Mr Boogedy.

Listen now via Spotify | Apple Podcasts | Pocket Casts Website

And finally…

Indiewire asks the question: Why does Lost/The Leftovers/Watchmen showrunner Damon Lindeloff hate dogs? It’s a fair question. Read more: Indiewire

Watchmen dog

Every Disney+ Title in Australia (At Launch)

Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett

Disney+ launched today in Australia. It will cost $8.99 per month or $89.99 for an annual subscription. There’s a 7-day free trial.

Below is a list of everything available on Disney+ on the day of launch. The list was assembled manually, so if there are any omissions, please let me know so it can be corrected.

You can watch Disney+ on:
The web - www.disneyplus.com
iOS (iPhone and iPad)
Android (Phone and Tablet)
Apple TV (tvOS)
Amazon Fire TV (Australia)
Sony TV (Android TV)
Samsung (Tizen)
LG (WebOS)
Android TV
Gaming Consoles
Xbox One

Star Wars

Australia has every live-action Star Wars movie - including The Last Jedi, which is not available in the US Disney+. New live-action series The Mandalorian debuts with the first two episodes of the series.

Ambitious eight-episode show The Mandalorian will launch with Disney+ tomorrow. Picture: Francois Duhamel/Disney Plus via AP


All of the live action Marvel Cinematic Universe films are available with the exception of the Spider-Man films (controlled by Sony) and The Incredible Hulk (controlled by Universal).


If you want to explore the depths of the Disney+ catalogue, check out the Disney Plus Dan podcast. Always Be Watching publisher Dan Barrett will each week watch one of the hidden gems in the Disney+ library and share his ridiculous thoughts on it (in under 10 minutes).
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Star Wars: The Mandalorian
Lady and The Tramp (Movie)
High School Musical: The Series
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Noel (Movie)
Marvel: Hero Project
The Imagineering Story
Forky Asks a Question
Pixar in Real Life
Family Sundays

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10 Things I Hate About You
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
101 Dalmations (1961)
101 Dalmatians (1996)
101 Dalmatians 2: Patch’s London Adventure
102 Dalmatians
12 Dates of Christmas
The Absent-Minded Professor
Adventures in Babysitting (1987)
Adventures in Babysitting (2016)
The Adventures of Bullwhip Griffin
The Adventures of Huck and Finn
The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad
The African Lion
Aladdin and the King of Thieves
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Alice in Wonderland (1951)
Alice in Wonderland (2010)
Alice Through the Looking Glass
Aliens of the Deep
Alley Cats Strike
Almost Angels
America’s Heart and Soul
An Extremely Goofy Movie
Ant-Man and The Wasp
Apollo: Missions to the Moon
The Apple Dumpling Gang
The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again
The Aristocats
Around the World in 80 Days
Atlantis: Milo’s Return
Atlantis Rising
Atlantis: The Lost Empire
Avalon High

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The Avengers
Avengers: Age of Ultron
Avengers: Endgame
Avengers: Infinity War
Babes in Toyland
Bad Hair Day
Bambi 2
The Bears and I
Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Beauty and the Beast (2017)
Beauty and the Beast: Belle’s Magical World
Bedknobs and Broomsticks
Bedtime Stories
Before the Flood
Benji the Hunted
Beverly Hills Chihuahua
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 2
Beverly Hills Chihuahua 3: Viva La Fiesta
Big Business
The Big Green
Big Hero Six
The Biscuit Eater
Bizarre Dinosaurs
The Black Cauldron
The Black Hole
Black Panther
Blackbeard’s Ghost
Blank Check
The Boys: The Sherman Brothers Story
The Brave Little Toaster Goes to Mars
The Brave Little Toaster to the Rescue
Brother Bear
Brother Bear 2
Buffalo Dreams
A Bug’s Life
Cadet Kelly
Camp Nowhere
Camp Rock
Camp Rock 2
Can of Worms
Captain America: The First Avenger

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Captain America: Civil War
Captain Marvel
Cars 2
Cars 3
Cars Toon
The Castaway Cowboy
The Cat from Outer Space
The Cheetah Girls
The Cheetah Girls 2
The Cheetah Girls: One World
Chef Donald
Chicken Little
The Christmas Star
Christopher Robin
The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe
Cinderella (1950)
Cinderella (2015)
Cinderella 2: Dreams Come True
Cinderella 3: A Twist in Time
Cloud 9
College Road Trip
The Colour of Friendship
The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes
Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen
Cool Runnings
The Country Bears
Cow Belles
D2: The Mighty Ducks
D3: The Mighty Ducks
Darby O’Gill and the Little People
Davy Crockett and the River Pirates
Davy Crockett, King of the Wild Frontier
Decorating Disney: Holiday Magic
Den Brother
The Descendants
The Descendants 2
The Descendants 3
Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Disney’s A Christmas Carol
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings
Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings: Holiday Magic
Disneynature African Cats
Disneynature Bears
Disneynature Born in China
Disneynature Chimpanzee
Disneynature Crimson Wing
Disneynature Expedition China
Disneynature Ghost of the Mountains
Disneynature Growing Up Wild
Disneynature Monkey Kingdom
Disneynature Oceans
Disneynature Penguins
Disneynature Wings of Life
Dr Dolittle
Doctor Strange
Don’t Look Under the Bed
Donald and Pluto
Double Teamed
Doug’s 1st Movie
DuckTales the Movie: Treasure of the Lost Lamp

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Dumbo (2019)
Earth Live
Easter Island Unsolved
Eddie’s Million Dollar Cook-Off
Eight Below
Emil and the Detectives
The Emperor’s New Groove
Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy
Escape to Witch Mountain
The Even Stevens Movie
Expedition Mars: Spirit and Opportunity
Fantasia 2000
Finding Dory
Finding Nemo
The Finest Hours
First Kid
The Flood
For The Birds
The Fox and the Hound
The Fox and the Hound 2
Frank and Ollie
Frankenweenie (1984)
Frankenweenie (2012)
Freaky Friday (1977)
Freaky Friday (2003)
Freaky Friday (2018)
Free Solo
Full-Court Miracle
Fun and Fancy Free
The Game Plan
Garfield: A Tail of Two Kitties
Geek Charming
George and A.J.
George of the Jungle
George of the Jungle 2
Get a Clue
The Ghosts of Buxley Hall
Giants of the Deep Blue
Girl vs Monster
Glory Road
Go Figure
Going to the Mat
The Good Dinosaur
Good Luck Charlie: It’s Christmas!
A Goofy Movie
Gotta Kick It Up
The Great Mouse Detective
The Great Muppet Caper
The Greatest Game Ever Played
Greyfriars Bobby
Guardians of the Galaxy

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Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2
Halloweentown High
Halloweentown 2: Kalabar’s Revenge
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Hannah Montana and Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert
Hatching Pete
The Haunted Mansion
Herbie: Fully Loaded
Herbie Goes Bananas
Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo
Herbie Rides Again
High School Musical
High School Musical 2
High School Musical 3: Senior Year
Hocus Pocus
Holiday in Handcuffs
Home Alone
Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
Home Alone 3
Home on the Range
Homeward Bound 2: Lost in San Francisco
Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
Honey, I Shrunk the Kids
Honey, We Shrank Ourselves
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
Horse Sense
How Dogs Got Their Shapes
How to Build a Better Boy
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
I Am Number Four
I’ll Be Home for Christmas
Ice Age: A Mammoth Christmas
Ice Age: The Great Egg-scapade
Ice Princess
The Incredible Dr. Pol: Blue Ribbon Kids
The Incredible Journey
Incredible: The Story of Dr. Pol
The Incredibles
The Incredibles 2
Inner Workings
Inside Out
Inspector Gadget
Inspector Gadget 2
Into the Grand Canyon
Into the Okavango
Into the Woods
Invisible Sister
Iron Man
Iron Man 2
Iron Man 3
Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United
Iron Will
James and the Giant Peach
John Carter

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Johnny Kapahala: Back On Board
Johnny Tsunami
Jonas Brothers: The Concert Experience
The Journey of Natty Gan
Journey to Shark Eden
Journey to the Centre of the Earth
Jump In
Jumping Ship
The Jungle Book (1967)
The Jungle Book (2016)
The Jungle Book 2
The Jungle Book: Mowgli’s Story
Jungle Cat
Justin Morgan Had a Horse
The Kid
Kim Possible (2019)
Kim Possible Movie: So the Drama
Kingdom of The Apes
Kingdom of the Blue Whale
Kronk’s New Groove
La Luna
Lady and the Tramp
Lady and the Tramp 2: Scamp’s Adventure
The Last Song
The Legend of Mordu
Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles – Clash of the Skywalkers
Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles – Escape from the Jedi Temple
Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles – Race for the Holocrons
Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles – Raid on Coruscant
Lemonade Mouth
Leroy and Stitch
Let It Shine
Life is Ruff
Life Size 2
Life with Mikey
Life’s a Beach
Life’s a Beach 2
Lilo and Stitch
Lilo and Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch
The Lion King (1994)

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The Lion King 1 1/2
The Lion King 2: Simba’s Pride
The Little Mermaid
The Little Mermaid 2: Return to the Sea
The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning
The Little Whirlwind
The Living Desert
The Lizzie McGuire Movie
The Lone Ranger
The Lost Tomb of Alexander the Great
The Love Bug (1969)
Luck of the Irish
Man Among Cheetahs
The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh
Mars: Inside SpaceX
Mars Needs Moms
Marvel Rising: Secret Warriors
Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe
Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight
Mary Poppins
Mary Poppins Returns
Max Keeble’s Big Move
McFarland, USA
Meet the Deedles
Meet the Robinsons
Melody Time
Mickey, Donald, Goofy: The Three Musketeers
Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas
The Mighty Ducks

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Mighty Joe Young
Mike’s New Car
Million Dollar Arm
The Million Dollar Duck
Miracle at Midnight
Miracle in Lane 2
Miracle Landing on the Hudson
Miracle on 34th Street (1947)
Miracle on 34th Street (1994)
Mission to the Sun
The Mistle Tones
Mom’s Got a Date with a Vampire
Monsters, Inc
Monsters University
Mr Boogedy
Mr Magoo
Mulan 2
The Muppet Christmas Carol
The Muppet Movie

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Muppet Treasure Island
The Muppets (2011)
Muppets Most Wanted
My Favourite Martian
National Treasure
National Treasure: Book of Secrets
Never Been Kissed
Newsies: The Broadway Musical
The Nightmare Before Christmas
Now You See It
The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
The Odd Life of Timothy Green
Olaf’s Frozen Adventure
Old Dogs
Old Yeller
Oliver and Company
Once Upon a Mattress
One Magic Christmas
Operation Dumbo Drop
The Other Me
Oz the Great and Powerful
The Pacifier
The Parent Trap (1961)
The Parent Trap (1998)
Paris to Pittsburgh
Pete’s Dragon (1977)
Pete’s Dragon (2016)
Peter Pan
Phantom of the Megaplex
Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel
Phineas and Ferb the Movie: Across the 2nd Dimension
Piglet’s Big Movie
The Pirate Fairy
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
The Pixar Story
Pixel Perfect
Planes: Fire Rescue
Planet of the Birds
Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World
The Poof Point
Pooh’s Grand Adventure: The Search for Christopher Robin
Pooh’s Heffalump Movie
The Prince and the Pauper
Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time
The Princess and the Frog
The Princess Diaries
The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
The Proof Point
The Proud Family Movie
Queen of Katwe
Race to Witch Mountain
The Radiator Springs 500 1/2
Ralph Breaks the Internet
Read It and Weep
Ready to Run
The Rescuers
The Rescuers Down Under
The Rocketeer
The Rookie
Recess: All Growed Down
Recess: School’s Out
Recess: Taking the 5th Grade
Red’s Dream
Remember the Titans
Return from Witch Mountain
Return to Halloweentown
Return to Oz

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Richie Rich’s Christmas Wish
Right on Track
A Ring of Endless Light
Rip Girls
Robin Hood
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Rookie of the Year
Roving Mars
Ruby Bridges
Sacred Planet
Saludos Amigos
Sammy, the Way-Out Seal
The Sandlot
Santa Buddies: The Legend of Santa Paws
The Santa Clause
The Santa Clause 2
The Santa Clause 3: The Escape Claus
Santa Paws 2: The Santa Pups
Saving Mr Banks
Science Fair
The Scream Team
Sea of Hope: America’s Underwater Treasures
The Search for Santa Paws
The Secret of the Magic Gourd
Secret of the Wings
Secrets of Christ’s Tomb: Explorer Special
Secrets of Life
Secrets of the King Cobra
The Shaggy DA

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The Shaggy Dog (1959)
The Shaggy Dog (2006)
Sharks of Lost Island
The Sign of Zorro
The Simpsons Movie
Sister Act
Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit
Sky High
Sleeping Beauty
Smart House
Snow Buddies
Snow Dogs
Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Snowball Express
Snowglobe (2007)
Solo: A Star Wars Story
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice
The Sound of Music
Space Buddies
Spooky Buddies
Star Wars: A New Hope
Star Wars: Attack of the Clones
Star Wars: Return of the Jedi
Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith
Star Wars: The Clone Wars (2008)
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
Star Wars: The Phantom Menace
Steamboat Willie
Stepsister from Planet Weird
Stitch! the Movie
Stonehenge Decoded: Secrets Revealed
The Story of Robin Hood and His Merrie Men
Straight Talk
Strange Magic
The Strongest Man in the World
Stuck in the Suburbs
The Suite Life Movie
Sultan and the Rock Star
Super Buddies
Swiss Family Robinson (1960)
Swiss Family Robinson
The Sword in the Stone
Tall Tale
Tangled: Before Ever After
Tarzan 2
Tarzan and Jane (2002)
Teen Spirit
That Darn Cat (1965)
That Darn Cat (1977)
The Thirteenth Year
The Three Musketeers
The Tigger Movie
Thor: Ragnarok
Thor: The Dark World
Those Calloways
Three Days
The Three Caballeros
Three Men and a Baby

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Three Men and a Little Lady
Tiger Cruise
Tini: The New Life of Violetta
Tinker Bell
Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue
Tinker Bell and the Legend of the Neverbeast
Titanic: 20 Years Later with James Cameron
Tom and Huck
Toy Story
Toy Story 2
Toy Story 3
Toy Story Toons
Treasure Buddies
Treasure Island
Treasure of Matecumbe
Treasure Planet
Tree Climbing Lions
Tron Legacy
Tru Confessions
Tuck Everlasting
Turner and Hooch
Twas the Night
The Ugly Daschund
The Ultimate Christmas Present
Unidentified Flying Oddball
Up, Up, and Away
The Vanishing Prairie
Waking Sleeping Beauty
Wendy Wu: Homecoming Warrior
While You Were Sleeping
Whispers: An Elephant’s Tale
White Fang
Who Framed Roger Rabbit?

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The Wild
Winged Seduction: Birds of Paradise
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year
Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo
The Wizards Return: Alex vs Alex
Wizards of Waverly Place: The Movie
World’s Greatest Dogs
Wreck-it Ralph
A Wrinkle in Time
You Again
You Lucky Dog
You Wish
The Young Black Stallion
Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century
Zenon: The Zequel
Zenon: Z3
Zombies (2018)

TV Shows

Adventures of the Gummi Bears (1985)
Avengers: Earth’s Mightiest Heroes
Avengers: United They Stand
The Book of Once Upon a Time
The Book of Pooh
Boy Meets World
Brain Games
DuckTales (1987)
Ducktales (2017)
Chip ’n Dale: Rescue Rangers (1989)

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Darkwing Duck (1991)
Andi Mack
Best Friends Whenever
Big City Greens
Big Hero Six
Bug Juice
Coop & Cami
Crash & Bernstein
The Descendants: Wicked World
Doc McStuffins
Elena of Avalon
Fancy Nancy
Fast Layne
Girl Meets World
Good Luck Charlie
Goof Troop
Gravity Falls
Handy Manny
Hannah Montanna
Jake and The Neverland Pirates
Mickey Mouse Roadster Racers
Disney Junior Nursery Rhymes
KC Undercover
Lab Rats
Lab Rats Elite Force
Legend of The Three Caballeros
Liv & Maddie
Mickey Mouse
Mickey Mouse Clubhouse
Milo Murphy’s Law
Minnie’s Bow Toons
Muppet Babies
Muppet Moments
My Friends Tigger & Pooh
Phineas & Ferb
Puppy Dog Pals
Raven’s Home
Shake It Up
Stuck in The Middle
Sydney To The Max
Tangled: The Series
The Lion Guard
The Suite Life: On Deck
Tron Uprising
Wizards of Waverly Place
Adventures of The Gummi Bears
Kim Possible
Lilo & Sitch
Mighty Ducks
Quack Dack
Teacher’s Pet
The Emporers New School
The Little Mermaid
The Replacements
Dr K’s Exotic Animals
Dr Oakley
Drain The Oceans
Even Stevens
Fantastic Four
Gordon Ramsay: Unchartered
Great Migrations
Hostile Planet
Hulk and The Agents of SMASH
The Incredible Dr Pol
Iron Man
Kingdom of The WHite Wolf
Frozen Northern Lights
Lego Star Wars: All Stars
Lego Star Wars: Droid Tales
Lego Star Wars: Freemaker Adventures
Lego Star Wars: The Resistance Rises
Timon & Pumbaa
Lost Treasures of The Maya

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The Incredible Hulk
Marvel Rising
Marvel Super-Hero Adventures
Ultimate Spider-Man
Agent Carter
Marvel Agents of SHIELD
Ant-Man Shorts
Avengers Assemble
Avengers Secret Wars
Guardians of The Galaxy
Marvel Inhumans
Rocket & Groot
Spider-Man (2016)
Marvel Ultimate Comics
The Muppets
The New Adventures of Winnie The Pooh
Origins: The Journey of Mankind
Out of The Box
Phil of The Future
PJ Masks
Silver Surfer
The Simpsons
Smart Guy
So Weird
Spider-Man (1981)
Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends
Spider-Man Unlimited
Star Wars: Forces of Destiny
Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Resistance
Star Wars Blips
Star Wars Clone Wars
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
That’s So Raven
Wild Yellowstone

The Simpsons restored. PLUS: Anna Kendrick's Disney film. AND: The end of Fuller House.

Always Be Watching is written by Dan Barrett and presented in 16:9.

Season 3 of The Crown dropped yesterday on Netflix. I thought the series did a marvelous job transitioning from the previous cast to the new - quite a feat on a TV show that I don’t recall every being done like this before (with all of the leads being replaced).

Sophie Gilbert from The Atlantic has an interesting look at the use of clothing on the show:

The Crown’s costume designer, Jane Petrie, uses clothing to offer glimpses of insight into a character who, in Season 3, is becoming more and more unknowable. The first episode opens on the Queen sitting by a window, but it takes two and a half minutes before the camera gives a clear shot of her face. Instead, we see the symbols that have come to stand for her: a crown atop a head of regimented curls, the gates of Buckingham Palace flanked by two Welsh Guards, a pair of corgis striding across an ornately carpeted room. When Colman’s Queen finally comes into focus, she’s surrounded by a phalanx of men in dark suits. She, by contrast, wears a lilac dress with a love-knot detail over her breastbone, high-heeled black shoes, and pale stockings with seams running down toward her heels. Her authority is such that the men around her bend slightly backward when she enters the room, as if to surrender even the airspace to the head of state.

Disney+ launches in Australia tomorrow, following its roll-out in the US last week. One of the original titles that has seemingly been ignored in a lot of the coverage is a Christmas movie starring Anna Kendrick.

Owen Gleiberman at Variety has a review of Noelle. He is not a fan:

Long ago, it was called straight-to-tape. Then it was called straight-to-VOD, and now it’s straight to your monthly subscription service. But if the delivery system has changed, the content remains very much the same. When you see a movie like “Noelle,” what the experience comes down to is: It’s something you’re not watching in a theater because most of us wouldn’t watch it in a theater. It wouldn’t be worth the effort. Whatever your idea of a sentimental connect-the-dots Christmas comedy is, this is sub that. At home, however, we don’t have to mind; it’s all part of the diverting-ourselves-to-oblivion aesthetic of the 21st century. Next step: The entertainment will be piped directly into our brains, and then it really won’t matter how bad a movie is.

Noelle Anna Kendrick

Speaking of Disney+, there was a minor controversy last week in the US when The Simpsons fans realised that the episodes streaming were reformatted for a 16:9 presentation, cropping part of the screen in order to make that work. The show was originally broadcast in 4:3 (a square TV shape rather than the rectangle shape TV’s are today).

Disney has since announced that in early 2020, a new feature will be introduced to allow viewers to switch between the original format and the new. One assumes this same function will be rolled out to titles other than The Simpsons… Disney+ has a lot of titles on its service produced 4:3.

“We presented ‘The Simpsons’ in 16:9 aspect ratio at launch in order to guarantee visual quality and consistency across all 30 seasons,” a Disney+ spokesperson said to the Times. “Over time, Disney+ will roll out new features and additional viewing options. As part of this, in early 2020, Disney+ will make the first 19 seasons (and some episodes from Season 20) of ‘The Simpsons’ available in their original 4:3 aspect ratio, giving subscribers a choice of how they prefer to view the popular series.”

Source: Deadline

Filming has wrapped on the final episode of Fuller House.

After the final ever episode of the 5th season of Fuller House. This photo that Candace sent me sums it all up. So proud of the incredible work, love, and deep friendship of Candace, Jodie, and Andrea who made Fuller House such a special show for so many. Here’s to five wonderful years full of love and laughter, and more love. These are three incredible and talented women. I love them all so much.
November 16, 2019

Clive Owen has been cast as Bill Clinton in the next season of American Crime Story.

Source: The AV Club

And finally…

Noel Fielding has a new TV show that he’s writing for Netflix.

“Basically a guy gets hold of a magic record player and when you put the record player on a portal appears and you can go inside your favourite albums,” he said.

Source: NME

ABW TV Guide: All the new & returning TV to watch this weekend (15-17 Nov 2019)

Weekly guide compiled by Dan Barrett

Every Friday I send out a newsletter update which features all of the new and returning shows that have aired in the past week. The idea is to provide a way to stay on top of the TV you might want to watch, in these days of too-much TV.

But this week there is a challenge with the newsletter.

Most of the readership of this newsletter is Australian. But, the newsletter is written for a broader audience - to my mind, it is for those in the US, UK, and Australia. I always post about the first airing of a show, not the first airing in a country. For Netflix, Amazon, and Apple TV+ shows which are globally released it makes that very easy - everyone gets it at the same time.

Disney+ made it hard this week. Below are all the new and returning shows. Many of the new ones are on Disney+ - a global service that isn’t yet available in the UK or here in Australia. Thankfully, Australia comes online this coming Tuesday.

If Disney+ hasn’t launched in your country yet, maybe take the opportunity to catch up on some TV you’ve missed.


There’s a fun web series that launched last month on YouTube called Australia’s Best Street Racer. Produced by Nathan Earl (a longtime troublemaker behind the scenes with Aus comedy team The Chaser), the series is about a young bloke getting his P plates, who is attempting to make his mark on Launceston’s late-night street racing community. But he’s doing it in his Mum’s 1994 Holden Barina. 

The first episode is here:


Rick & Morty (s4), Shameless (s10), The Man In The High Castle (s4)


The Mandalorian - Disney+ (US)

Creator: Jon Favreau
Pedro PascalKyle PacekBrendan Wayne

The travails of a lone gunfighter in the outer reaches of the galaxy, far from the authority of the New Republic.


The World According to Jeff Goldblum - Disney+ (US)

Stars: Jeff Goldblum

Documentary series in which Goldblum pulls back the curtain on a seemingly familiar object to reveal a world of astonishing connections, fascinating science, and a whole lot of big ideas.


Encore! - Disney+ (US)

Stars: Kristen BellMatt FowlerAdam Wachter

Kristen Bell reunites the cast of a high school musical and asks them to perform it again years later. Each former student reprises their role from their original production under the tutelage of Broadway directors, choreographers and voice coaches.


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