The OUTRAGEOUS new HBO teen drama! Plus: The real reason(s) the Fuller House creator was fired

Always Be Watching is curated by Dan Barrett who is suddenly very interested in Euphoria.

A fun list to start your day with: It’s the 25 most influential (US) TV shows of all time as determined by Emily Todd VanDerWerff. I don’t 100% agree with all of this, but it’s a solid list.

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Euphoria

Post-Game of Thrones, it seems like HBO are finding reasons to keep people talking about the network. The last month has been dominated by Chernobyl-talk. Soon it’ll be the UK drama Years and Years that will likely drive social TV chatter. But Euphoria, which is set to debut too is most definitely going to stimulate *ahem* some conversation.

Today I woke to see this tweet being heavily retweeted into my timeline:

That’s a lot of penises.

Apparently, the content in the show was too explicit for one of the actors from the pilot.

While shooting the pilot, actor Brian "Astro" Bradley, 22, a former X Factor contestant and rapper signed to Nas' label, wanted out of the show. Details surrounding his exit are fiercely guarded, but sources say Bradley was uncomfortable shooting scenes that weren't in the original pilot script and suggested his character would experiment with homosexuality in future episodes. After a lengthy back-and-forth with producers, HBO stepped in and replaced Bradley with The Hate U Give's Algee Smith. They reshot his parts in the pilot, including an intense sex scene with 21-year-old actress Sydney Sweeney, who says of the recasting, "Let's just say I'm very glad that Algee is playing the character."

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Meanwhile, Alan Sepinwall has given the show 3 and a half stars.

The first few episodes are working overtime to troll, only sometimes hitting that narrow window Rue tells us about. There’s a stunning montage in the second episode where Rue, struggling to improvise a class monologue about what she did over summer break, flashes through a series of randomly ordered family memories that are alternately happy and angry. She can’t decide whether to emphasize the good or bad parts, and just shuts down. It’s a question that Euphoria struggles with, too. But by the third hour, Levinson figures out how to keep things just light enough to make the more intense moments stand out, rather than feeling like part of one long wallow. 

Source: Rolling Stone


Looney Tunes Cartoons is a new series that will bring brand new Looney Tunes cartoons to the screen, echoing the spirit and intent of the Looney Tunes cartoons we grew up with. The cartoons are, like the old-school toons, all cartoonist-driven.

Dynamite Dance is the first of the new series that has been released online:


You might be shocked to find out that one of the co-hosts of Un-PC, a show on Fox News streaming spin-off service Fox Nation, has been sending lewd text messages to his co-host.

One-time wrestler and general bell-end Tyrus has since been moved off the show, but remains one of the most prominent faces of Fox Nation.

Source: Daily Beast


Just because nobody has wanted something to happen doesn’t mean US networks with too much development money and not enough common sense won’t greenlight a series based on an established property.

Spinning out of Krypton is the series Lobo. Incredible.

Source: Collider


And speaking of TV series created out of minor DC Comics characters, today delivers us the trailer of Pennyworth - a series based on the early days of Batman’s butler.

As a TV show about the early days of Batman’s butler, the series is obviously garbage. But, broadly, the trailer actually looks kind of fun.


Jeff Franklin, the creator of Full House was ousted from current spin-off Fuller House by Warner Bros in a cloud of scandal. Now we have a better idea of why they turfed him.

According to court papers filed…

“On February 22, 2018, I reported the results of the workplace investigation and my findings of gender bias, inappropriate and offensive comments about women and persons of color, and sexualizing the workplace, all by Franklin, to executives at Horizon Scripted Television Inc,” the VP noted in her statement supporting Behar’s effort to axe the revenge fueled complaint. “I conveyed my opinion that, in substance, based on the results of the workplace investigations and my findings, Horizon Scripted Television Inc. should not renew Franklin’s contract to continue as showrunner for season 4 of Fuller House.”

Source: Deadline


Coming soon to Facebook Watch:

  • “Human Discoveries,” July 16: Animated prehistoric comedy starring Zac Efron and Anna Kendrick, alongside Lamorne Morris, Jillian Bell, Paul Scheer and Lisa Kudrow;

  • Five Points” season 2, Aug. 5: Teen drama set at a South Side Chicago high school from executive producers Kerry Washington, Jon Avnet, Rodrigo Garcia, Jake Avnet and Katie Mota;

  • Curse of Akakor,” Aug. 11: docu-series following six investigators searching deep in the Amazon jungle on the search for a lost city;

  • Ball in the Family” season 5, Aug. 18: The latest installment in the reality show about LaVar Ball and his hoops-playing kin, Bunim/Murray Productions;

  • Huda Boss” season 2, Aug. 20: Reality series about Instagram beauty star Huda Kattan and her sister, Mona, who have built cult-beauty brand Huda Beauty;

  • The Birch,” Oct. 11: Thriller centered on the dark relationship between a tree-monster and teen who summons her in a time of crisis, produced by Crypt TV and based on its short of the same name;

  • Sorry for Your Loss” season 2, Oct. 1: Elizabeth Olsen (pictured, above) reprises her role as a young widow trying to piece her life back together, produced by Big Beach and created and executive produced by Kit Steinkellner;

  • Limetown,” Oct. 16: Jessica Biel stars in drama based on the podcast of the same name, following an American Public Radio journalist as she unravels the mystery behind the disappearance of over 300 people at a neuroscience research facility in Tennessee. Cast includes Stanley Tucci, Marlee Matlin, Kelly Jenrette, John Beasley and Louis Ferreira. Biel also executive produces along with her partner and executive producer, Michelle Purple, for their Iron Ocean Productions banner. The series comes from Endeavor Content.

Source: Variety


And finally…

Aussie kids cartoon Bluey has sold a licensing deal that will see the show available on Disney channels and Disney+ across the globe (in places it hasn’t already been sold, that is. Like Australia).

Source: TV Tonight