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Always Be Watching is by Dan Barrett, and presented as a dramatisation with actors.
The 2019 Emmy Awards will be the last to have physical media screeners sent to its members. Instead, Emmy voters will be given streaming access to eligible shows. Streaming is more efficient and has less of an environmental footprint.
That’s a lot of one-use wasted discs every year saved.
A decade ago it would have been thought madness that a TV show would star Sean Penn, let alone be cancelled after just one season, but TV is a wild place nowadays. His series, created by Beau Willimon, The First, has seen its last.
British satirical news show The Day Today went to air 25 years ago and The Guardian have a really good piece looking back at the show - there’s nothing new here, but it’s a nice short and sharp reminder of one of TV’s greats.
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TV Viewing Suggestions
I am swamped with so much new and returning TV right now. I still haven’t watched the third season return yet of True Detective or Star Trek: Discovery. I blame a Mad Men rewatch that I am blitzing through right now. I imagine that once I finish that up at the end of the coming week, there’s going to be a whole lot of backtracking at ABW HQ.
Mad Men still totally holds up, by the way. I susually find that 10 years on from a show, it gets to be a bit on the nose - but 20 years later, it finds its voice again. Mad Men, if anything, actually feels more relevant and on point now than it did at launch.
Star Trek: Discovery
Call The Midwife
Grace and Frankie
Valley of The Boom - National Geographic (US)
Stars: Bradley Whitford, Lamorne Morris, Oliver Cooper
The insanely true story of the epic browser wars told by the really smart people who were there. This mostly scripted series weaves in select documentary elements that help tell the true inside story of the internet's formative years.
The Passage - Fox (US)
Stars: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saniyya Sidney, Jamie McShane
As an imminent flu epidemic threatens the U.S., Federal Agent Brad Wolgast is tasked with bringing in the experiment's latest chosen test subject, a ten-year-old girl, Amy Bellafonte. But, after meeting Amy, Brad's loyalties to Project NOAH are tested.
Wayne - YouTube Red (US)
Stars: Mark McKenna, Ciara Bravo, Jamie Champagne
Wayne, a 16 year-old Dirty Harry with a heart of gold, sets out on a dirt bike from Boston to Florida with his new friend Del to get back the shit-hot 79' Trans-Am that was stolen from his father before he died.
Deadly Class - Syfy (US)
Stars: Benjamin Wadsworth, Siobhan Williams, Taylor Hickson
Set in a dark, heightened world against the backdrop of late 80s counter culture, 'Deadly Class' follows the story of Marcus, a teen living on the streets who is recruited into Kings Dominion, an elite private academy where the world's top crime families send their next generations. Maintaining his moral code while surviving a ruthless curriculum, vicious social cliques and his own adolescent uncertainties soon proves to be vital.