The future of NCIS is up in the air - let’s go to Hawaii
NCIS remains one of the biggest shows on TV around the world. But the franchise is at a crossroads. At the end of the current season, its 18th, Mark Harmon is set to take both his wasted talent and his hundreds of millions of dollars from making the hit show for 18 years and leave the show.
Sources say when Harmon heard CBS would end the flagship series if he left, the star and exec producer began conversations with the network and producers CBS Studios to return for a handful of episodes if the procedural was to return for a 19th season.
While NCIS has lost cast members before, but should the show continue on without Harmon? There’s talk that they might wind down the series timed with his exit. The show is the most expensive series produced for CBS and it makes sense that the launch of a brand new NCIS would be a great title to drive interest in its streaming service Paramount+. The new series would still be on CBS in the US, but the difficulty with long-running titles like NCIS is that the streaming rights are not held by ViacomCBS and instead NCIS is on services like Netflix internationally. A new NCIS would allow them to stream it on the ViacomCBS-owned service.
Nothing is confirmed yet, but CBS are in talks for the fourth NCIS series to be titled: NCIS: Hawaii.
I wonder if Jorge Garcia is looking for a job…
The mysterious and kooky Wednesday Addams TV series
A new series from Smallville (*ugh*) creators Al Gough and Miles Millar will focus on Wednesday Addams as a student at Nevermore Academy. There she will attempt to master her emerging psychic ability, thwart a monstrous killing spree, and solve a supernatural mystery that embroiled her parents 25 years ago. The 10-episode series will be titled Wednesday with Tim Burton directing the pilot.
And it’s coming to Netflix.
More Star details emerge
We have found out more about the plans for Disney’s new streaming service Star, which launches here in Australia on Tuesday as it starts a global roll-out to territories which are not the US.
FX and Hulu series from the US will also make their way to Star. The BBC and Star had an output deal which is likely to come to an end. Similarly in Australia, Foxtel have the output deal with FX. So, don’t expect new FX shows to immediately appear on Star - just know that they are coming. I’m not sure what this means for series produced for the FX on Hulu distribution deal.
All Disney Plus customers will be prompted to go through and set their content ratings (they’ll need to have their passwords handy to do so). If they skip the process on Feb. 23, when Star officially launches, then access to Disney Plus will automatically default to a 14-plus rating.
Disney will not bid for the Premier League rights in the UK or any other live sports. (Except in India where it holds the cricket rights and is using that to drive subscriptions to new local streaming service Star Plus).
The Golden Girls is expected to stream on Disney+ later this year.
Sources: Variety | THR
Not everyone is happy about the boom in Aussie production
In yesterday’s ABW newsletter there was reference to a Deadline feature story highlighting the huge increase in Hollywood productions filming in Australia thanks to a safer COVID environment.
Not everyone is happy about this with local productions having difficulty retaining cast and crew who are being lured to better paid international productions.
Here’s Nick Murray from CJZ complaining that he has had trouble securing studio space:
"We had a production once that was booked into one of the studios and got kicked out because some big Warner Bros show came here," he said.
"They were using the studio that we booked to show their daily rushes to their crew. They had a screen and 20 chairs sitting in the middle of a TV studio.
"What's that about? The local industry in those kinds of situations loses out."
Tee Vee Snacks
CNN is making much-needed changes to its daytime lineup. Read: TV Insider
Bob ♥ Abishola and The Neighborhood have both been picked up a third and fourth season respectively. Read: Deadline
Disney will not re-cast Cara Dune following Gina Carano’s firing. Read: THR
Netflix has acquired global streaming rights to Chinese animated feature New Gods: Nezha Reborn. Read: Deadline
Drew McWeeny has a piece at Polygon that examines what the Peter Jackson Lord of The Rings would have looked like as a 2-hour feature (as had been the initial plan). Read: Polygon
WarnerMedia has announced 300 hours of original kids content for HBO Max and Cartoon Network over the coming year. Read: The Streamable
Part of that WarnerMedia announcement: A second season pick-up for the new Gremlins cartoon. Read: Deadline
Mare of Easttown debuts April 18 on HBO.
This limited series stars Winslet as Mare Sheehan, a small-town Pennsylvania detective who investigates a local murder as life crumbles around her. 'Mare of Easttown' is an exploration into the dark side of a close community and an authentic examination of how family and past tragedies can define our present.
Tina Fey’s new series Girls5Eva debuts on Peacock later this year. (She is producing it - not starring in it).
Feature film Cruella is expected in cinemas (maybe) on May 28.
In 1970s London, young fashion designer Estella de Vil becomes obsessed with dogs' skins, especially Dalmatians, until she eventually becomes a ruthless and terrifying legend known as Cruella.
What’s next? Tomorrow.