Always Be Watching - 17 October 2018

ABW is by Dan Barrett who is struggling with the in-hotel TV

Why is the TV experience in hotels so bad? It’s often difficult and time-consuming to switch channels, $15 for movies on demand is gross, plus I regret even touching the remote control.

On a side note, today ABW is coming to you from Melbourne, Australia where I am appearing on a panel at podcast conference OzPod. If there, say hello.

It’s a very quiet day on the TV news front so far, but here’s a couple of interesting stories…


It seems that every week there is a new story about The Walking Dead achieving a new ratings low. And this week is no exception. Just 4.9 million US viewers for it.


AMC is bringing its SVOD services Shudder and Sundance Now to Australia and New Zealand by the end of this year.


Word has it that Facebook are looking to launch a TV streaming device - a box that will have a camera in it and connect to the TV. I think I might hold off on that one.


There’s a very positive review for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina at The AV Club:

One of the show’s greatest tricks is avoiding the bloat and pacing issues that plague most of the other series on Netflix, but early on, it’s hard not to want to make Sabrina’s choice between the magical and non-magical world for her. 


And finally…

I end the newsletter today with another review. This time for HBO’s TV biopic My Dinner With Hervé by Alan Sepinwall at Rolling Stone:

The movie starts out viewing him the way the world treated Villechaize: as an object of curiosity or amusement. Danny’s editor’s final instruction: “Oh, and the dwarf piece? Make it funny.” We hear Dinklage doing an impression of Hervé’s high-pitched, nigh-indecipherable French accent(*), and see his hands and other body parts in motion before we are allowed a good, long look at his smirking face. He is putting on a show for Danny from the start — he carries around a gilded knife like the one Nick Nack wielded, using it as both weapon and utensil. He enjoys having someone pay attention to him and his story for the first time in a long time.