Kidscreen nominees

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ABC’s Bluey and First Day have both been nominated in the prestigious Kidscreen Awards, recognising some of the best in Children’s television around the world.

Winners will be announced and celebrated at a special awards ceremony at Kidscreen Summit 2023 in Miami on Tuesday, February 14.


Best New Series
Deepa & Anoop (Mattel Television, Netflix)
Get Rolling with Otis (9 Story Media Group, Brown Bag Films, AppleTV+)
Pretzel and the Puppies (HarperCollins Productions, House of Cool, AppleTV+)

Best Animated Series
Bluey—Season 3 (BBC Studios Kids & Family, Ludo Studio, ABC Australia)
Mecha Builders (Sesame Workshop)
Octonauts: Above and Beyond (Silvergate Media, Netflix)

Best Live-Action Series
Gary’s Magic Fort—Season 2 (CBC Kids)
Helpsters (Sesame Workshop, AppleTV+)
Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop, HBO Max)

Best Mixed-Media Series
JoJo & Gran Gran—Season 2 (BBC Children’s Productions, CBeebies)
Takalani Sesame—South African version of Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop, Pulp Films)
The Tiny Chef Show (Imagine Kids+Family, Tiny Chef Show Productions, Factory, Nickelodeon Animation, Dunshire Productions)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
Mickey and Minnie Wish Upon a Christmas (Disney Television Animation)
Mickey’s Tale of Two Witches (Disney Television Animation)
Thomas & Friends: Race for the Sodor Cup (Mattel Television, Nelvana Enterprises)

Best Holiday or Special Episode
“Dragon Island”—Pocoyo (Zinkia Entertainment)
“Holiday Goose Chase”—Madagascar: A Little Wild (DreamWorks Animation)
“Martin Luther King Jr. Day”—Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop, HBO Max)

Best Podcast
Gardenkeeper Gus (Headspinner Productions, Spotify)
Little Stories Everywhere (Wondery, Amazon Music)
The Sesame Street Podcast with Foley & Friends (Sesame Workshop, Audible)

Best Inclusivity
Ada Twist, Scientist (Flashing Lights Media, CBeebies)
Deepa & Anoop (Mattel Television, Netflix)
Sesame Street (Sesame Workshop, HBO Max)


Best New Series
Big Blue (Guru Studio, CBC Kids)
Kung Fu Panda: The Dragon Knight (DreamWorks Animation)
The Boss Baby: Back in the Crib (DreamWorks Animation)

Best Animated Series
It’s Pony (Nickelodeon)
Kid Cosmic (Netflix, Mercury Filmworks)
Miraculous:Tales of Ladybug & Cat Noir (Zagtoon, Method Animation, Disney Channel)

Best Live-Action Series
Raising Dion (Netflix)
Silverpoint (Zodiak Kids & Family Productions UK, CBBC, ZDF)
The Friends and the Green Light (DR B&U, DR Ramasjang)

Best Mixed-Media Series
Ahlan Simsim (Sesame Workshop)
Backyard Beats—Season 2 (Sphere Media, TVOKids)
The Brilliant World of Tom Gates (TG Entertainment, Wild Child Animation, Black Camel Productions, Sky Kids)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
Luck (Skydance Animation, AppleTV+)
Shaun the Sheep: The Flight Before Christmas (Aardman, Netflix)
Superworm (Magic Light Pictures, BBC One)

Best Holiday or Special Episode
It’s the Small Things, Charlie Brown (WildBrain, AppleTV+)
Snoopy Presents: For Auld Lang Syne (WildBrain, AppleTV+)
Snoopy Presents: To Mom (and Dad), With Love (WildBrain, AppleTV+)

Best Podcast
Grimm, Grimmer, Grimmest (Pinna)
Opal Watson Private Eye (Pinna)
The Story Pirates Podcast (Story Pirates)

Best Inclusivity
Best Foot Forward (Muse Entertainment, AppleTV+)
Karma’s World (9 Story Media Group, Brown Bag Films, Karma’s World Entertainment, Netflix)
Raising Dion (Netflix)


Best New Series
Heartstopper (See-Saw Films, Netflix)
Star Wars: Visions (Kamikaze Douga, Lucasfilm, Disney+)
Theodosia (Cottonwood Media, HBO Max)

Best Animated Series
Bob’s Burgers (Bento Box Entertainment, 20th Television)
Central Park (20th Television, Apple TV+)
Star Wars: Visions (Kamikaze Douga, Lucasfilm, Disney+)

Best Live-Action Series
First Day—Season 2 (Epic Films, Kojo Studios, ABC Australia)
Heartstopper (See-Saw Films, Netflix)
Like Me (NRK)

Best Mixed-Media Series
Lost Ollie (21 Laps Entertainment, Netflix)
Tales from Dun Draiochta (Igloo Animations)

Best One-Off, Special or TV Movie
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts (Warner Bros. Unscripted Television, Warner Horizon, Casey Patterson Entertainment, Pulse Films, HBO/HBO Max)
Nickelodeon Slime Cup (Nickelodeon)
Rescued by Ruby (Fezziwig Studios, Netflix)

Best Podcast
Tara Tremendous (Wonkybot Studios, Apple Podcasts)
Tomorrow—The Continuing Adventures of Annie Warbucks (Gen-Z Media)
Whose Amazing Life? (Wondery, Amazon Music)

Best Inclusivity
Heartstopper (See-Saw Films, Netflix)
Rebel Cheer Squad: A Get Even Series (Boat Rocker Studios, BBC Children’s Productions)
The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder (Bar Productions, Disney Television Animation, WildBrain)

Channel of the Year
CBC Kids

Best On-Air Host or Hosting Team
Miranda Cosgrove, Rob Gronkowski—The 2022 Kids’ Choice Awards (Nickelodeon)
Spencer, Alex, Melony, Tyra, Duhin, Riki and Misu—The Zone, Zone Weekend and Big Fun Movies (YTV)
Zachary Noah Piser, Mia Weinberger—Camp TV (THIRTEEN)

Best Kids-Only Streaming Service
Amazon Kids+


Daredevil Disney+ Revival Adds Michael Gandolfini to Cast

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Daredevil: Born Again is taking shape at Disney+.

The highly anticipated revival has cast Michael Gandolfini, Deadline reports.

Gandolfini is best known for playing young Tony Soprano in the Sopranos prequel movie The Many Saints of Newark.

Details remain scarce about Born Again, a revival of the hit Netflix series starring Charlie Cox, so there is no telling who Gandolfini will portray at this stage.

Cox played Matt Murdock on the Netflix series, a role he has reprised several times since.

Most recently, he suited up as the superhero on She-Hulk: Attorney at Law.

Vincent D’Onofrio is also returning as Wilson Fisk/Kingpin.

The actor reprised the role on the Disney+ series Hawkeye last year.

The Daredevil revival was ordered to series earlier this year and is being written and executive-produced by Matt Corman and Chris Ord (Covert Affairs).

The Netflix series was canceled alongside The Punisher, Luke Cage, and Jessica Jones.

Born Again is getting an expanded 18 episode order, but it’s unclear whether the series is coming back for one season to set up future appearances in the MCU for the characters, or if this will be ongoing.

Deborah Ann Woll, Elden Henson, Toby Leonard Moore, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Bob Gunton, Ayelet Zurer, and Rosario Dawson starred on the Netflix version, but there hasn’t been confirmation on whether any of those stars will be back.

Woll said in a recent interview that she believed there was more story for her character.

Daredevil: Born Again is expected to premiere in 2024 on Disney+, becoming part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe Phase 5.

What are your thoughts on Gandolfini’s casting on the series?

Are you excited about bringing this universe back to life?

Hit the comments below.


The Midnight Club Canceled at Netflix

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It’s game over for another freshman series at Netflix.

The Wrap reported Thursday that the supernatural thriller The Midnight Club has been canceled after a single season.

The adaptation of Christopher Pike’s 1994 novel of the same name and premiered October 7 on Netflix.

“At a hospice with a mysterious history, the eight members of the Midnight Club meet each night at midnight to tell sinister stories – and to look for signs of the supernatural from the beyond,” the logline reads.

The cast included Iman Benson, Igby Rigney, Ruth Codd, Annarah Cymone, Chris Sumpter, Adia, Aya Furukawa, Sauriyan Sapkota, Matt Biedel, Samantha Sloyan, Zach Gilford, and Heather Langenkamp.

News of the cancellation came hours after Mike Flanagan and Trevor Macy moved their overall deal from Netflix to Amazon Studios.

“Mike and Trevor are remarkable at telling immersive, suspenseful stories that masterfully keep audiences engaged from start to finish,” said Vernon Sanders, head of global television at Amazon Studios.

“We are excited to welcome them to Amazon Studios and are looking forward to our global customers experiencing their genre-bending creativity.”

“Amazon is a studio that we have long admired,” said Flanagan and Macy.

“Their commitment to engaging in groundbreaking series and content aligns with the ethos of what we have built at Intrepid.”

“We are looking forward to working with the entire Amazon team as we bring our brand of genre productions to the service and audiences around the globe.”

News of the cancellation of The Midnight Club isn’t all that surprising.

Despite decent reviews, the series never broke out in the way some of the other supernatural series did.

What are your thoughts on the cancellation?

Do you think the series would have benefited for additional seasons?

Hit the comments below.


Brad William Henke Dies: Orange Is The New Black & Dexter Actor Was 56

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Sad news out of the TV world today as it has been revealed that Brad William Henke, a former NFL player who acted in several hit TV shows and movies, has died.

He was 56.

According to Deadline, the actor’s family said he died in his sleep on November 28, but no cause of death has been revealed.

Henke was drafted by the New York Giants in 1989 and went on to play on the defensive line for the Denver Broncos, appearing in Super Bowl XXIV.

He subsequently moved to Los Angeles to pursue coaching but found himself in a career in front of the camera.

He landed guest roles on shows like ER, Nash Bridges, and Silk Stockings.

Henke had a recurring role on the WB Network comedy Nikki and followed that up with the lead role in Showtime’s Going to California.

His second series regular role was on October Road. In 2016, Henke appeared on Netflix’s hit drama, Orange is the New Black, playing Desi Piscatella, an adversary to the female inmates of Litchfield Federal Penitentiary.

While the character had a hard exterior, flashbacks took viewers into his past to flesh out the character.

He starred in the series until 2018, and the character’s exit had a big effect on the rest of the characters going into the next season.

He shared a SAG Awards for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series with his co-stars in 2017.

Other recent TV credits include Manhunt, The Stand, & Law & Order: SVU.

In addition to TV, Henke also appeared in movies World Trade Center, The Zodiac, North Country, Me and You, and Everyone We Know.

Throughout his career on screen, he racked up almost 100 credits.

Henke is survived by his mother, Tammy; his sister, Annette; his wife, Sonja; stepson Aaden; stepdaughter Leasa; and grandchild Amirah.

May Brad William Henke rest in peace.


Irreverent gets Kylie Bracknell’s blessing

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Actor Kylie Bracknell makes her return to television for new Netflix drama Irreverent, nearly a decade after her last series, The Gods of Wheat Street on ABC.

So drawn to the role of Piper, a local policewoman in the remote coastal town of ‘Clump’, Bracknell put down one of her best auditions yet -only to learn she had been dropped from early contention.

“I was in complete denial about it,” she tells TV Tonight. “And then within about two weeks later, they gave me a call and said I was back in contention.

“That’s the first time I’ve gone through that process, because this is my first lead in a series, being predominantly a theatre person.

“I think it was between me and one other actor -and I still don’t know who that other actor is!”

The series produced by Matchbox Pictures centres around an American crook (Colin Donnell) who screws up the heist of his life and is forced to hide out in a small Australian reef community in Far North Queensland posing as the new church Reverend.

“It’s a fish out of water series. A dark comedy about a criminal from Chicago who bungles a heist. He is a mediator for the mob and he mucks up pretty bad. He has to flee in order to stay alive and he ends up in Far North Queensland in a place called Clump -which I guess is as far away from Chicago as one can get!”

Clump is dotted with all kinds of quirky characters with well-known faces including PJ Byrne, Briallen Clarke, Tegan Stimson, Ed Oxenbould, Wayne Blair, Russell Dykstra, Calen Tassone, Jason Wilder, Susie Porter, Francis Greenslade, Roz Hammond and Martin Sacks.

Bracknell’s character Piper previously spent time in Brisbane as a detective and is now more than overqualified to be the local town cop.

“But she’s raised in a small town, she understands its quirkiness and people. She’s been raised by a mother who is one of the local nurses, so she’s been brought up with compassion, helping people and a sense of community and contributing to that,” she continues.

“Yet something happened in the city, which caused her to retreat home and either recover or regroup.

“I definitely know that her love of wanting to be a detective is not gone and I don’t think ever will be.”

Filming took place near Mission Beach in Queensland, while Australia was still dealing with the pandemic and border closure. Bracknell says there were benefits in the remoteness of the location for the cast and crew, which spilled into the story.

“It was really smart to start the shoot in a remote location where the internet was sketchy and there was hardly anything to do, because it actually forced us to get to know each other and getting to know the local Djiru people, learning stories about that particular land mass, seascape, the islands. As a First Peoples of this country, the very first thing I like to do is to be welcomed to that place, learn a bit about it, pay my respects, and acknowledge the Country that I’m on,” she explains.

“The production team were really wonderful, they had Leonard Andy, the custodian of that area come and welcome all of us together.

“I took my son and my husband who’s a salt water man from Southwest of WA and he loved being by the sea, even if we couldn’t swim in it because of crocodiles and jellyfish!”

10 episodes launch this week and should it prove successful, Bracknell is optimistic the characters of Clump could return.

“Selfishly I would love to have another season! All of the characters have so much about them that we ought to dive into, a bit deeper. So yes, selfishly, I would like to see it return!”

Irreverent screens Friday December 2 on Netflix.


Ginny & Georgia Season 2: First Look & Premiere Date!

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It’s almost time to return to the wonderful — but complicated — world of Ginny & Georgia.

Netflix on Thursday announced the highly anticipated second season of the beloved dramedy will get underway on January 5, 2023.

All ten episodes will be available on that day, so the series will not be adopting the split season strategy some of the other Netflix shows have went with.

“How do you live with the knowledge that your mother is a murderer? That’s what Ginny is going to have to figure out,” Netflix tells us in the synopsis.

“Burdened with the new understanding that Kenny – her step-dad – didn’t die of natural causes, now Ginny must deal with the fact that Georgia not only killed, she killed to protect Ginny.”

“Georgia on the other hand would much prefer that the past be left in the past, after all, she’s got a wedding to plan!”

“But the funny thing about Georgia’s past is that it never stays buried for long…”

The series follows the complicated dynamic between a thirtysomething single mom Georgia (Brianne Howey) and her rebellious teenage daughter Ginny (Antonia Gentry).

The first season concluded with several big cliffhangers, which you can read more about here.

The series comes from Creator/Executive Producer Sarah Lampert and Showrunner/Executive Producer Debra J. Fisher (Alias, Criminal Minds, Being Mary Jane).

The cast also includes Diesel La Torraca, Jennifer Robertson, Felix Mallard, Sara Waisglass, Scott Porter, Raymond Ablack, Chelsea Clark, Katie Douglas

By the time the series returns, it will have been off the air for almost two years.

There has been a lot of excitement for the second season, thanks to the excellent writing and acting of the freshman season.

What are your thoughts on the premiere date and plot details?

Hit the comments below.


Netflix Drops First Trailer for Harry and Meghan Documentary Series

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Netflix will chart the highs and lows of Harry and Meghan.

The streaming service dropped a trailer for its Harry & Meghan documentary series on Thursday morning.

“In an unprecedented and in-depth documentary series, The Duke and Duchess of Sussex share the other side of their high-profile love story,” the logline teases.

“Across six episodes, the series explores the clandestine days of their early courtship and the challenges that led to them feeling forced to step back from their full-time roles in the institution.”

“With commentary from friends and family, most of whom have never spoken publicly before about what they witnessed, and historians who discuss the state of the British Commonwealth today and the royal family’s relationship with the press, the series does more than illuminate one couple’s love story, it paints a picture of our world and how we treat each other,” Netflix promises.

The series comes from the critically-acclaimed, two-time Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning director Liz Garbus.

“Harry & Meghan is a never-before-seen look at one of the most-discussed couples in history,” the logline adds.

The trailer is certainly interesting, giving viewers the sense that we’ll learn far more about the couple’s time in the palace.

“No one sees what’s happening behind closed doors,” Harry says at one point.

With the show featuring commentary from friends and family, there’s a good chance we’ll learn far more about the inner workings of the Royal Family or how these people perceive the palace to work.

There will undoubtedly be much interest in this series because their relationship has been in the public eye for the last few years.

After plenty of headlines, it will be interesting to see how things played out from the couple’s perspective, assuming the series lives up to the premise teased in the logline.

What are your thoughts on this show?

Check out the trailer and hit the comments below.



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On the run from the Chicago mob, a crook hides out by masquerading as a priest in Far North Queensland. Friday on Netflix.

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EP303: Meet Levine & Emerson

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Ken chats with Annie Levine & Jonathon Emerson, the Executive Producers of THE UPSHAWS — the hit Netflix comedy starring Wanda Sykes, Mike Epps, and Kim Fields, going into its third season. Lots of topics on the table including how to break into the business and nepotism (Annie is Ken’s daughter). It’s an informative and very fun discussion.

More podcasts at WAVE:

Listen to the Hollywood & Levine podcast!

Source: Ken Levine

Matt Wright granted bail following charges

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Outback Wrangler Matt Wright has had his bail extended today at Darwin Local Court after seven charges in relation to an alleged conspiracy surrounding the fatal chopper crash which claimed the life of his friend, Chris “Willow” Wilson.

The 34-year-old co-star was killed during a crocodile egg collecting expedition along King River in a remote area of West Arnhem Land. He was dangling from a sling when the helicopter crashed on February 28.

Nine months after the crash, Wright was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice, destroying evidence and fabricating evidence relating to the fatal chopper crash.

He was also charged with unlawfully entering a building, unlawfully entering a dwelling and making a false declaration.

Police also charged Wright with making threats or reprisals to interfere with witnesses involved in a criminal investigation.

Wright was silent as he was bombarded with questions as he left the court thronged by media.

His lawyer, David Newey said his client continued to “strenuously deny” the charges.

The family of Wilson have also asked Netflix to cease broadcasting Wild Croc Territory.

“It pains me greatly that the series is still being shown despite the serious allegations that have been made against an individual involved in the series,” said his widow, Danielle.

“To that end, I would request that Netflix immediately cease showing, promoting or advertising the series from its programming schedule until such a time that all court proceeding in relation to the tragic death of my husband have been finalised.”

Both Outback Wrangler and Wild Croc Territory have previously aired on Nine.

The hearing will continue on January 25, for a preliminary examination mention.

Source: Herald Sun,


Airdate: The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari

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A compelling trailer has been released for upcoming documentary The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari.

Directed and produced by Academy Award-nominated Rory Kennedy and executive produced by Ron Howard and Leonardo DiCaprio, The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari chronicles the minute-by-minute accounts of the eruption in 2019. The documentary was done in collaboration with the local community and puts the people who experienced this tragedy first, allowing them to tell their own story, in their own way.

Through first-hand video and audio by those on the island and surrounding area, the film depicts the tragic moments of those caught in the eruption and the survivors and the everyday people who came to their rescue.

Friday December 16 on Netflix.


ACTF calls on state ministers to support Children’s TV

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Outgoing Chair of the Australian Children’s Television Foundation, Janet Holmes à Court, has called on state and territory ministers to better support Children’s Television production.

Holmes à Court is bowing out after an incredible 36 years as Chair, during which time the organisation has seen great success in Australian storytelling and great change in production, quotas, technology, financing and fragmented audiences.

In the ACTF Annual Report, she recalls,”Regardless of the ACTF’s outstanding achievements, our future, and with it the future of Australian children’s television, has always felt vulnerable. In the end, that’s why I’ve committed myself to the cause for so long. I’ve enjoyed celebrating the successes, but I’ve also felt compelled to continue to fight for our survival.

“Commercial platforms have never willingly accepted obligations to screen children’s programs and fought vigorously over many years to be relieved from those obligations. Even the ABC has recoiled from fully embracing a transparent obligation towards the children’s audience, arguing it shouldn’t be required to be a “market failure” broadcaster. This puts the ACTF in the position of having to be a fierce advocate for the children’s audience, and our friends and colleagues in the industry have not always liked what we’ve had to say.

“There is immense public value in creating film and television for children that reflects their lives, their country, their voices and experiences back to them. The value in supporting our film and television industry to provide these programs for children is not simple industry protectionism – it is an investment in our culture, a statement about the type of country we want our children to grow up in and a means to inspire children to dream Australian dreams.”

Holmes à Court  credits new Minister for the Arts Tony Burke as “hitting the ground running’ but offers a salient message to state and territory ministers.

“I would encourage you to step up and play a bigger part in celebrating and supporting this national organisation which was founded as a joint venture between the Commonwealth and the States and Territories,” she noted.

In the 2021-22 financial year the ACTF spent:

•$6,632,169 on production investment (through the provision of distribution advances and/or equity investment); and
•$1,023,938 on script development investment.

•$1,570,490 was committed to projects at financing stage, but not spent by the end of the financial year.

In addition, the ACTF has committed funds (which are yet to be spent) towards initiatives with Stan and Netflix, with those projects anticipated to be announced in the 2022-23 financial year.


Airdate: Crime Scene: Texas Killing Fields

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Filmmaker Joe Berlinger returns to executive produce season three of documentary series Crime Scene, exploring the ways in which certain locations aid and abet criminal activity.

The new season, directed by Jessica Dimmock, investigates the “Texas Killing Fields,” a region with a dark pattern of girls who have disappeared and turned up dead.

This is a 3 part true crime season.

Amidst the marshes and oil refineries alongside the interstate corridor connecting Houston and the beach town of Galveston, lies Calder Road – the patch of land that earned its name after the bodies of three young women were discovered there in the 1980s and a fourth in 1991. Their murders remain unsolved, but one grieving father refuses to give up on the hunt for his daughter’s killer, while the search and recovery organization he founded supports other local families facing similar tragedies. His determined pursuit of justice for the victims drives the series as it delves into five decades of the area’s unsettling history, uncovering a pattern of eerie connections and missed opportunities surrounding the Calder Road cold cases that may, at long last, lead investigators to the truth.

Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields is an Imagine Documentaries and RadicalMedia Production in association with Third Eye Motion Picture Company. Directed by Jessica Dimmock. Executive Producers include Brian Grazer, Ron Howard, Joe Berlinger, Sara Bernstein, Justin Wilkes, Jon Kamen, Jon Doran, Jen Isaacson, Leslie Mattingly, and Jessica Dimmock.

Tuesday November 29 on Netflix.


TV’s greatest drama lifelines

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Neighbours being thrown a lifeline to return from the dead is extremely rare in Australian drama.

But in case you’d forgotten, it’s the second time it’s happened for the much-loved soap -originally axed by Seven in 1985.

Here are some of the more memorable revivals and rebooted in scripted Aussie content.

Originally axed by Seven after 4 months in 1985, it was swooped upon by Network 10 which, thankully had its Melbourne base just down the road from the original street location. Mysteriously sets from Seven were burnt with industry speculation to this day it was done to prevent 10 getting their hands on them. It didn’t matter. 10 rebuilt the sets from scratch and enjoyed a 36 year run until August 2022. This week a new deal was secured by producers Fremantle with 10 and Amazon for Freevee / Prime Video. Twice axed, twice rescued, everybody still needs good Neighbours.

A Place to Call Home
Bevan Lee’s grand melodrama rated well for Seven but after two seasons it was suddenly cancelled in 2014 with the network citing costs and the show’s older-skewing audience lacking advertiser appeal. A fervent fan campaign seemed to be in vain until Foxtel threw out a lifeline proudly boasting it didn’t care how old its subscribers were. A further 4 seasons ran on Foxtel, longer than its initial life span even winning a Logie as Most Outstanding Drama Series.

A Country Practice
Seven’s medical soap ran for a glorious 12 years from 1981 – 1993 making household names of cast including Nurse Shirley Gilroy, Esme Watson, ‘Molly’ Jones, Matron Sloane, Sgt. Frank Gilroy, ‘Cookie’ and more. After its cancellation 10 bizarrely picked it up for another season, relocating the show to Emerald, Victoria with a new cast including Paul Gleason, Jane Hall, Vince Colosimo, Claudia Black and Laura Armstrong. It lasted 7 months, leavin screens in 1994.

Kath & Kim
Famously commissined by ABC Drama after being rejected by ABC Comedy, the Foxy ladies ran for 3 seasons and one telemovie from 2002 – 2005 before Seven made a shock swoop upon the series for 8 more episodes in 2007. Including reruns on Nine the show has featured across 3 networks and returns tomorrow with the first of two retrospective specials.

Packed to the Rafters
Bevan Lee’s biggest TV hit ran for six seasons from 2008 – 2013 with mostly evergreen tales of the Rafters clan. In 2021 Amazon Prime Video made the shock announcement of a revisit with sequel series Back to the Rafters. Critical to the deal was accessing back catalogue episodes (just as it has with Neighbours). Alas it only survived 6 episodes in its new, modern incarnation.

The Doctor Blake Mysteries
Five seasons of the period mystery with Craig McLachlan and Nadine Garner screened on ABC from 2013 – 2017 triggering such an outpouring from fans after its cancellation that Seven struck a deal for a continuation. Fatally, headlines surrounding McLachlan derailed those plans, save for a one-off Blake Mysteries with Nadine Garner’s ‘Jean’ turning sleuth.

Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries
Another huge period mystery saga led by the irrepressible Essie Davis, this ran for 3 seasons on ABC from 2012 –
2015, who cited the steep budget as the reason it never proceeded. Fans again rallied for its continuation, which culminated in the form of a crowd-funded feature film, but it led indirectly to Ms. Fisher’s Modern Murder Mysteries starring Geraldine Hakewill and Joel Jackson on Seven / Acorn TV in 2019 / 2021.

Prisoner / Wentworth
Global hit drama Prisoner ran on 10 from 1979 – 1986 led by the indefatigable trio of Bea, Lizzie and Doreen, joined by Franky, The Freak, Vinegar Tits and more. Still with a diehard fanbase to this day, the show was envisioned in a contemporary reboot, Wentworth, drawing upon classic characters and spawning a whole new fanbase for episodes on Foxtel for 8 seasons from 2013 – 2011 -technically longer than the original run.

The Flying Doctors
A Crawfords classic, the Nine series ran in various forms from 1985 – 1993. That includes a 3 part miniseries as its origin, and the sole, refreshed modern take as R.F.D.S. moving from Cooper’s Creek to Broken Hill. A new R.F.D.S. on Seven in 2021 is unrelated, aside from the common subject backdrop.

A huge hit for ABC from 1998 – 2000 led by Sigrid Thornton, Nine attempted a sequel series in 2019 with Thornton returning alongside John Howard and Kerry Armstrong -including with a Northern NSW setting- but was unable to capture the same magic.

Heartbreak High
Another big global hit, this always edgy show has actually had 3 lives. 4 seasons screened on 10 from 1994 – 1996 before it was axed and moved to ABC and ran 1997 – 1999. By 2022 the show returned in a rebooted format winning more critical acclaim in its news Netflix life. The future looks bright…

The D-Generation
16 episodes of the sketch comedy show screened on ABC across 1986 – 87 with a who’s who of the new comedy wave: Rob Sitch, Santo Cilauro, Marg Downey, Michael Veitch, Magda Szubanski, Tom Gleisner, Jane Turner, Mick Molloy, Tony Martin, Judith Lucy. It returned as 4 specials on Seven 1988 / 89. Working Dog would also see unscripted comedy show Thank God You’re Here famously swap networks from 10 to Seven.

Fat Pizza / Housos
Paul Fenech’s anarchic comedy began lie as a 1993 low budget film, spawning two seasons on SBS from 2005 and 2007 and later Fat Pizza v Housos. By 2014 Fenech had moved to 7mate for Bogan Hunters, more Housos and Fat Pizza sequels.

Full Frontal.
This sketch comedy series which ran on the Seven Network from 1993 to 1997 launched the television careers of Eric Bana, Shaun Micallef, Kitty Flanagan, Julia Morris and Denise Scott. In 1998 a spin-off of the show moved to Network 10 under the name Totally Full Frontal, losing most of the original cast in the process; it ran  to 1989.

Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.
Our first TV export was a global phenomenon, screening for 3 seasons from 1967-1969 and still screens somewhere on Nine which bought the show outright for a song. It was revived in 1992 as the short-lived The Adventures of Skippy. This revival series focused on the now adult Sonny Hammond (Andrew Clarke) lasting 39 episodes. In 1998, an animated spin-off series was produced, known as Skippy: Adventures in Bushtown.

James Laurenson starred as indigenous Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte for two seasons from 1971. When it was revived with Cameron Daddo in 1992 for one season, criticism led to his character becoming a non-indigenous policeman who had been brought up by Aboriginals, and who had an elderly black mentor played by Burnum Burnum.


Renewed: Surviving Summer

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Netflix has announced Aussie teen drama Surviving Summer will return for Season 2.

Produced by Werner Film Productions and ZDF Studios, the series follows Summer Torres, a rebellious New York teen, as she’s sent Down Under to live with family friends in a tiny coastal town on the Great Ocean Road.

Season 2 sees the return of Sky Katz as the feisty Summer, Kai Lewins as Ari Gibson, João Gabriel Marinho as Marlon Sousa, Savannah La Rain as Bodhi Mercer and reigning Open Women’s Queensland Surf Champion Lilliana ‘Lil’ Bowrey as Poppy Tetanui.

The series reached the top 10 shows in over 42 countries around the world on Netflix, including USA, Canada, UK, Brazil and countries across Europe, Africa and Asia, including 9th in Australia.

Que Minh Luu, Director of Content, ANZ: “We’re absolutely stoked that Surviving Summer made waves both here at home and around the world, and are proud to be bringing this brilliant Aussie teen series back to Netflix for a second season. Bringing the creative team at Werner Productions and our wonderful young cast back together again is a thrill, and we can’t wait to share the next chapter of this quintessentially Australian story with the world.”

Joanna Werner, Producer of Surviving Summer: “The response from fans around the world was overwhelming as audiences fell in love with Summer, Ari, Marlon, Bodhi and Poppy and their adventures both in and out of the surf! We are thrilled to be bringing our amazing cast and crew back together for Season 2 and can’t wait to be back filming all along the Great Ocean Road. Here’s hoping we get some epic surf!!”

Katharina Pietzsch, Director Junior, ZDF Studios: “We have been partnering with both Werner Film Productions and Netflix on several exciting and very popular projects over many years. Therefore, we are thrilled to have brought the partners together and to again be on board for the second season of Surviving Summer as both co-producer and worldwide distributor. It is exciting to see that the series has found so many fans around the world in such a short time. We can’t wait for Summer to return to Shorehaven and to continue this global success story.”

Filming will return to the beaches of the Great Ocean Road on Wadawurrung Country in Victoria.


Disney tops list of world’s biggest broadcasters

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Who are the biggest broadcasters in the world?

Yahoo Finance has listed 15 giants, in TV, radio and telecommunications companies, including major streaming companies.

These valuations are in US dollars or Euro.

1. The Walt Disney Company (NYSE:DIS)
Market Cap: $158.15 billion

2. Comcast Corporation (NASDAQ:CMCSA)
Market Cap: $135.71 billion

3. Netflix, Inc. (NASDAQ:NFLX)
Market Cap: $114.28 billion

4. Charter Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ:CHTR)
Market Cap: $54.46 billion

5. BCE Inc. (NYSE:BCE)
Market Cap: $41.30 billion

6. Orange S.A. (NYSE:ORAN)
Market Cap: $25.84 billion

7. Fox Corporation (NASDAQ:FOX)
Market Cap: $14.97 billion

8. Omnicom Group Inc. (NYSE:OMC)
Market Cap: $14.95 billion

Market Cap: $9.97 billion

10. News Corporation (NASDAQ:NWS)
Market Cap: $9.40 billion

11. Vivendi SE (EPA:VIV)
Market Cap: €9.24 billion

12. DISH Network Corporation (NASDAQ:DISH)
Market Cap: $7.50 billion

13. Zee Entertainment Enterprises Limited (NSE:ZEEL.NS)
Market Cap: $3.09 billion

14. Altice USA, Inc. (NYSE:ATUS)
Market Cap: $2.87 billion

15. Paramount Group, Inc. (NYSE:PGRE)
Market Cap: $1.51 billion

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1899 Review: Netflix Shores Up Compelling Mystery from "Dark" Creators

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The long-awaited 1899 premieres Thursday, November 17, on Netflix.

After watching the episodes provided to critics for review, it’s clear the series is another winner from Dark creators Baran bo Odar and Jantje Friese.

1899 takes viewers to the high seas for a story focused on a group of migrants traveling from London on a steamship to start a new life in New York City.

However, things turn mysterious when they encounter another migrant ship adrift in the ocean.

The mysteries crafted by the creatives leave you with more questions than answers, but the beauty of the writing is that we get a lot of payoff throughout the first six episodes.

There’s an immediate sense of dread in the series premiere that doesn’t subside as crazy happenings occur, leaving us with the feeling that things will get worse before they get better.

The series nails the tone, the setting, and, of course, that feeling of dread.

The characterization is another strong point, and 1899 introduces everyone early into the premiere in a way that makes them integral to the story.

Emily Beecham plays Maura Franklin, a neurologist and one of the first female doctors in the UK.

She is being talked about behind her back while traveling alone on the ship because people have their theories on why she’s traveling alone.

It doesn’t make them right, but seeing stories spread like wildfire is a surefire way to create drama. The creatives know how to mine drama and are very good at it. Maura is one of the most prominent characters,  featuring a tightly-woven arc that will leave you wanting more.

Andreas Pietschmann plays Eyk Larsen, the ship’s captain — another crucial element of the story. Pietschmann showcases stellar acting in every single one of his scenes as this man with a past.

Miguel Bernardeau plays a wealthy Spaniard, and this is a far cry from the actor’s work as Guzman on Elite. If anything, Bernardeau proves he can handle the most complicated characters.

Aneurin Barnard, Maciej Musiał, Anton Lesser, Rosalie Craig, Clara Rosager, Maria Erwolter, Yann Gael, and Gabby Wong round out the cast.

Every character is a critical part of the series, which makes sense when there is so much mystery surrounding the happenings on the ship.

One of the most significant issues with the series is that the story starts fairly slow. After watching six episodes, it’s easier to look back at the episodes before and agree that it was a worthwhile journey.

The pace kicks into high gear with the third episode. Everything you learned about the characters in the slower opening episodes is necessary to enjoy the mystery on the menu for the rest of the season.

1899 blends many genres to tell a story deeply rooted in the past, something most of the characters aboard the ship are trying to escape.

The end result is an unnerving series that will be discussed for years.

As far as mysteries go, they don’t get more intricate than 1899.

Netflix will release the entire season at once and trust me, it’s one of those shows you will want to watch one after the other to take in all of the stories 1899 has to offer.

Check out the trailer below.

What are your thoughts on the trailer?

Will you be watching 1899?

Hit the comments.


The Recruit Trailer: Noah Centineo’s Life is on the Line in The Rookie Creator’s Netflix Drama

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Noah Centineo looks set to be Netflix’s next big action hero.

The streaming service on Wednesday dropped the official trailer for The Recruit, a high-octane new drama.

The series comes from The Rookie creator Alexi Hawley.

The Recruit centers around Owen Hendricks (Noah Centineo), a young CIA lawyer whose first week on the job turns upside down when he discovers a threatening letter by former asset Max Meladze (Laura Haddock), who plans to expose the agency unless they exonerate her of a serious crime.

Owen quickly becomes entangled in a dangerous and often absurd world of power politics and mischievous players, as he travels the world in hopes of completing his assignment and making a mark at the CIA.

Laura Haddock, Aarti Mann, Colton Dunn, Fivel Stewart, Daniel Quincy Annoh, Kristian Bruun, Vondie Curtis Hall, Byron Mann, Angel Parker,  and Kaylah Zander also star.

The series reunites Centineo with Netflix, where he became Hollywood’s heartthrob following his beloved role in the To All the Boys franchise.

However, we’ll never forget Centineo’s work as Jesus Foster on The Fosters and Good Trouble.

It was a rare occasion in which a recast worked.

Centineo recently starred in Black Adam, DC’s newest superhero movie.

In the trailer for The Recruit certainly throws Owen in at the deep end.

“I’m 24 years old,” Owen says in the trailer.

“I’m supposed to make mistakes.”

The big question of the series appears to be whether Owen can hold his own, and at first glance, it looks like he’ll face an uphill battle.

It looks like the type of show that will play well with the Netflix audience, so I’m inclined to believe it will be a big hit.

Hawley’s The Rookie has grown into a bonafide franchise.

Check out the trailer and hit the comments with your thoughts.

The Recruit drops on December 16.


Netflix introduces Manage Access and Devices

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Netflix has introduced a new Manage Access and Devices feature that allows you to view all the recent devices that have streamed from your account and to log out of specific devices.

“With the busy holiday season just around the corner, many of our members will be on the move and watching Netflix wherever they are traveling to see family and friends. Logging in to your account while at a hotel or even your friend’s house is easy and intuitive, but lots of people then forget to log out,” Netflix said in a blog post.

“This much-requested feature to help members manage their account security is now available to all members around the world on the web, iOS and Android.”

The news comes ahead of a wider crackdown on password sharing. Last month, Netflix detailed how it would monetise password sharing by launching an “extra members” feature in early 2023. This feature charges account holders an extra fee for sharing outside their household and allows for limited smart TV use when travelling.

A “Profile Transfer” feature was also recently added, encouraging those sharing another subscriber’s account to move to an account of their own while keeping their custom recommendations, viewing history and watchlist intact.

The new feature can be found in Account Settings.


New Celeste Barber comedy special for Netflix

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Netflix this week filmed a new comedy special, Celeste Barber: Fine, thanks, at the Sydney Opera House.

This will mark Barber’s first comedy special as part of a Netflix partnership, with Barber both producing and starring in the upcoming scripted adaptation of Wellmania.

In the special Barber will be exploring (and exploiting) everything from celebrity sex toys, to why hot girls can’t dance, and details the giddy euphoria and brutal devastation of being invited to Coachella — the same year it was cancelled.

Barber says “This has been such a massive year for me and I can’t think of a better way to wrap up my world tour than shooting a Netflix special at the Sydney Opera House. This moment isn’t lost on me. To top this off, recording this special for Netflix is such an exciting prospect especially as we’re already working together to bring audiences Wellmania next year. I can’t wait to bring Celeste Barber: Fine, thanks to a whole new audience with this Netflix special!”

Both titles will be released in 2023.


Airdate: Glass Onion

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Glass Onion, the follow up to Rian Johnson’s Knives Out, will screen on Netflix in December following a cinema run.

Detective Benoit Blanc travels to Greece to peel back the layers of a mystery involving a new cast of colorful suspects.

The cast includes Daniel Craig, Edward Norton, Janelle Monae, Kathryn Hahn, Leslie Odom Jr., Jessica Henwick, Madelyn Cline with Kate Hudson and Dave Bautista.

“We had such an amazing cast in the last one and I didn’t know how we were going to top that, but we’ve equaled it. The working experience, just to come on set and make these movies is such fun,” Daniel Craig said.

“The mystery is not going to be what keeps the audience in their seats. Remember first and foremost that you’re making a movie and that it has to dramatically work before it intellectually works as a puzzle,” writer-director Rian Johnson says. “That’s actually still the hard part – creating a good story that feels unique and feels exciting and emotionally feels satisfying at the end.”

Director: Rian Johnson
Writer: Rian Johnson
Producers: Ram Bergman, Rian Johnson
Executive Producer: Tom Karnowski

Friday December 23 on Netflix.


What to Watch: Tulsa King, Rogue Heroes, Dead to me

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This is an incredibly busy (and fruitful) week.

YELLOWSTONE RETURNS! And with it comes a new show in the Taylor Sheridan universe, Sylvester Stallone’s Tulsa King.

There’s a terrific series called Rogue Heroes premiering, Elite returns on Netflix along with Dead to Me, and a little bit of horror called 1899 (NOT associated with Yellowstone prequels).

And let’s not forget Christmas! The long-awaited genuine follow-up to A Christmas Story premieres on HBO Max, and The Santa Clauses touch down on rooftops everywhere on Disney+.

Saturday, November 12

8/7c Reindeer Games Homecoming (Lifetime)

It’s a reunion that’s worth your time when Sarah Drew and Justin Bruening co-star in this heartfelt, funny, and emotional holiday film written and executive produced by Drew.

The chemistry between them absolutely crackles and makes this holiday flick worth your while, and they’ll have you glued to the screen and totally wrapped up in their love story as always. Grey’s Fanatics, Sweet Magnolia Fanatics, and just all-around fans of these fantastic actors will absolutely adore this flick! Check back in with us for a review!

Sunday, November 13

Tulsa King (Paramount+)

Partnering with Taylor Sheridan has been the best decision Paramount+ could have made. Created by Sheridan and passed into Terence Winter’s incredibly capable hands, Tulsa King is the perfect vehicle for its star.

Sylvester Stallone headlines this dramedy (heavy on the comedy) about a mafia capo who emerges from prison after 25 years and gets exiled to Tulsa to expand the mafia’s horizons.

The writing is sharp, and the cast is incredible. This is Stallone’s first TV venture, and to hear him tell it, he’s as much of himself as he’s ever been in his career.

8/7c Yellowstone (Paramount Network)

Power has a price. What are the Duttons willing to pay, the Season 5 logline asks.

Now that John Dutton is the Governor of Montana, he’ll have to learn to play in a sandbox he neither respects nor appreciates.

Beth and Jamie will be tasked with keeping on point while not killing each other, and it won’t be as easy as it sounds.

No amount of planning can prepare for what’s coming their way, and the family will be put to the ultimate test trying to pull this off.

8/7c Family Law (The CW)

Abby and Daniel represent the third member of a polyamorous relationship.

Abby confronts Lucy about what she witnessed at the bar, and Daniel misses Daniel, so all the siblings’ relationships are in trouble.

After Abby gets doxxed, Frank and the kids move in temporarily at her mom’s. Let the drama begin!

9/8c East New York (CBS)

It’s Morales’ turn on the hot seat!

When she discovers a potential link between a supermarket robbery and an assault case she was pressured to drop earlier, could she get in trouble with the brass?

Meanwhile, Quinlan discovers a lead that could help close a cold case — could this help her standing with the residents in the projects?

9/8c Dangerous Liaisons (STARZ)

Camille is faced with a new set of challenges as the Marquis de Merteuil returns home. Memories of her past haunt and confront her.

Valmont’s behavior catches up with him, and he makes a few enemies.

Will the secrets of the letters remain hidden? Will Camille and Valmont ever find common ground again? Who will come out on top?

It’s another luscious episode of Dangerous Liaisons! Don’t miss it!

9/8c Rogue Heroes (Epix)

If you’re a fan of cleverly crafted tales based on history, you won’t want to miss Rogue Heroes.

Based on the non-fiction book SAS: Rogue Heroes by Ben McIntyre, the series follows the courageous and sometimes crazy men who whipped up the SAS out of thin air to fool their adversaries and ultimately win the war.

The cast is incredible, including Connor Swindells, Jack O’Connell, and Alfie Allen. I’ts got a kickass soundtrack, and even with only six episodes, you’ll feel like you’ve lived a lifetime with these Rogue Heroes before it’s over.

10/9c Interview With The Vampire (AMC)

It’s season finale time, and a plan is forming.

The newly reunited vampire family makes plans to leave New Orleans, after throwing a party befitting of their city. But will they make it out together?

A stellar first season concludes with a stellar finale, which you won’t want to miss.

10/9c Our Italian Christmas Memories (HMM)

Sarah Power and Beau Bridges star in this moving film about a family coming to grasp with their grandfather’s Alzheimers.

When eldest Colucci sibling Anna returns home for Christmas, she discovers a family changed under the enormous strain of caring for a loved one.

She soon learns that her family needs her as much now as they ever did, and she works to bring them together for Christmas by reclaiming their departed grandmother’s famous Christmas sauce recipe.

10/9c NCIS: Los Angeles (CBS)

Rear Admiral Ted Gordon is abducted from his home.

So NCIS gets called in to investigate.

Kensi struggles with being the fun parent while Deeks is apartment-hunting with his mom.

Monday, November 14

Days of Our Lives (Peacock)

Could this be the week we FINALLY learn what Chanel supposedly did wrong? Spoilers say that she is going to come clean with Allie, but is it going to be on-screen this time?

Meanwhile, Nicole’s reunion with Eric hits a speed bump when he decides to stay with Jada for the baby’s sake.

And will Steve and Kayla find Tripp before things get any more dangerous?

8/7c All American (The CW)

Still not satisfied with her article, Olivia gets Billy’s help to find the missing piece before her deadline.

JJ ropes Spencer and Jordan into a Valentine’s Day fraternity speed dating event, which leaves Jordan questioning what’s really happening between him and Layla. Coop has an opportunity to audit a law class but faces stiff competition for the coveted spot.

Meanwhile, JJ begins to wonder if Asher is using recruiting as a ploy to get JJ to take the offseason seriously.

8/7c 9-1-1 (FOX)

There’s a lot going on in this hour of 9-1-1, which will see the team race to emergencies at a renaissance faire and an office building.

We’ll also check in with Uncle Buck, who’ll spend some time with his niece, and May, who finds herself in a tricky situation.

With only a handful of episodes left until the midseason finale, you won’t want to miss a second of the action.

9/8c The Cleaning Lady (FOX)

Everyone’s lives are about to change. Garrett is out for revenge and ups his strategy against Robert.

When Fiona and the kids are in danger, JD steps up and provides protection.

Don’t miss any of action with only three episodes left.

10/9c The Good Doctor (ABC)

In real life, many areas are gearing up for winter, but The Good Doctor is dealing with a heat wave bad enough to knock power out and put patient lives at risk.

Lea and Glassman race to find a solution, while Lim’s spinal cord injury makes her more susceptible to heat-related complications.

And when Shaun finds out that Powell advised Lim to reject the paralysis-reversing surgery he recommended, all hell breaks loose!

Tuesday, November 8

A Friend of the Family: True Evil (Peacock)

This documentary companion to Peacock’s popular scripted series is the story of Jan Broberg, who survived years of childhood sexual abuse at the hands of family friend and neighbor, Robert Berchtold.

Through all-new interviews with Jan and her family, NBC News correspondent Andrea Canning explores in detail how Berchtold methodically and deviously gained access to Jan, exploited her family, instigated encounters with – and blackmailed – both her parents, and brainwashed Jan to believe that aliens would kill her and harm her sisters and parents if she didn’t bend to his will.

As Jan confronts the painful events that shaped her, she meets another survivor of Berchtold’s abuse, who shares her own experiences for the first time. Through Jan’s journey, this saga of lies, deceit, and inhumanity becomes a powerful story of endurance, courage, and a family’s life-affirming bond.

8/7c The Resident (FOX)

The promo teases a powerful episode that is a must-see for parents everywhere.

The Resident tackles the drug epidemic and its effects on teenagers, specifically when a young man comes into the ER overdosing off a mysterious pill, and Conrad and the others are desperate to learn what it is and stop others from suffering the same fate.

Bell starts to feel the heat from Betts’ vendetta when he receives court papers from a previous patient.

8/7c The Winchesters (The CW)

The Winchesters is back! What happens when Ada’s secrets come to light? The gang goes undercover and secrets are revealed, but just what is Ada hiding?

Meanwhile, Millie asks Mary to keep an eye on her boy, but after Lata’s research brings interesting results, John may have to save Mary this time around.

Carlos and Ada’s stakeout connects the victim to the next target, bringing them ever so closer to taking down the demon.

8/7c FBI (CBS)

Maggie returns from medical leave in time to help the team investigate two homicides.

The victims are a law student on track to attend the FBI Academy and a young man with possible gang ties.

Also, an inadvertent revelation from Maggie causes OA to worry that she is rushing back into the job too quickly.

9/8c Monarch (FOX)

The Catt news is out, and the Roman siblings have a lot of feelings about it.

Now that the news is out, they must figure out how to handle this situation and whatever else comes there way.

Meanwhile, Uncle Tripp is not backing down from his investigation into Clive’s disappearance.

9/8c La Brea (NBC)

The drama is action-packed in La Brea’s fall finale. Gavin and the others must rescue Caroline and figure out how to stop up the sinkholes.

However, the solution could tear their family apart again just as they are making strides to become closer.

In 10,000 BC Ty accepts a challenge from Taamet to win a cure to save Lucas’s life.

10/9c New Amsterdam (NBC)

A case hits too close to home for Lauren when she treats a young woman suffering consequences of drug use and learns that the girl’s mother is the one who supplied them to her.

Max finds a new source of revenue for the hospital, but its means are illegal, while Floyd, Iggy, and Wilder all take on cases that inspire them.

We’re winding down with the final installments of this series!

Wednesday, November 16

The Santa Clauses

Tim Allen, Elizabeth Mitchell and more franchise veterans return for this limited series sequel to the The Santa Clause franchise.

The series focuses on Scott as he ponders what life would be like away from being Santa.

Check out the trailer below.

8/7c Chicago Med (NBC)

When Maggie and Grant take a literal trip down memory lane, will they both make it back alive?

A car sideswipes Grant’s, crashing right into Maggie’s door. Assuming she survives, how will Ben react?

Meanwhile, Will and Marcel work together to facilitate a trans-organ exchange despite the ethical questions — will Marcel have to use his newfound fame to get it done?

10/9c Chicago P.D. (NBC)

Chief O’Neal is set on refocusing the unit’s attention away from his son, so he forces them take on a new case he feels is going nowhere.

Some of the similarities of the case serve as a trigger for Burgess, and she may finally unpack her previous traumas from Roy and getting shot.

The hunt for a killer requires them to get into its mind, but how will it pan out?

10/9c Reginald The Vampire (SYFY)

Reginald finds himself in the middle of a love triangle and he navigates it to the best of his abilities. He’s Swaggy Reg!

With the Vampire assessment moved up, Reginald is left with less than a month to prepare.

Claire makes a drastic choice that could affect her life forever, but will something get in the way?

10/9c Big Sky: Deadly Trails (ABC)

Murder camp is about to get a bit more crowded when Beau, Jenny, and Cassie descend on Sunny Trails in the aftermath of a murder.

Sunny and Buck will be looking to cover their tracks, while Jenny and Cassie will be on the hunt for a killer.

Things are definitely getting spooky out on the trails!

Thursday, November 17

A Christmas Story Christmas (HBO Max)

Ralphie and his friends are all grown up with families of their own! Can Ralphie make Christmas as magical for his own kids as his dad did for him?

Peter Billingsley returns to the role that has made kids of all ages anticipate Christmas morning like no other. Starring alongside Billingsley as Ralphie Parker are Erinn Hayes as Ralphie’s wife, Sandy, Julianna Layne as their daughter, Julie, and River Drosche as son Mark.

Ralphies best palls flick (Scott Schwartz) and Schwartz RD Robb) are along for the ride, and Ian Petrella reprises his role as Ralphie’s brother, Randy.

Other stars include Davis Murphy as Delbert Bumpus, with Zack Ward returning as Scut Farkus, and Julie Hagerty starring as Ralphie’s mom, Mrs. Parker.

Dead to Me (Netflix)

Christina Applegate and Linda Cardinelli return one more time as friends, Jen and Judy.

A hit-and-run started it all for Jen and Judy. Now another shocking crash alters the future of their ride-or-die friendship.

All roads have led to this.

Star Trek: Prodigy (Paramount+)

What do you do when the folks who hold the key to everything you’ve dreamed of for your life think you’re a thief and a saboteur? Dal and his team are about to find out!

When the crew of the USS Protostar tries to find a way to travel to the Federation without the booby-trapped ship, they find themselves face-to-face with the Dauntless crew hunting them.

Be ready for other familiar faces to crop up on the waystation planet and strap in for some high-octane cat-and-mouse pursuit! How amazing has the back half of this season been? Go fast and be sure to watch it the instant it drops!

1899 (Netflix)

The team behind Netflix’s hit series Dark return for another fresh concept that follows an ill-fated steamship voyage from London to New York in the late 19th century.

The series is one of the most mysterious on the air in recent memory, buoyed by a phenomenal cast and effects.

We’ll have more 1899 coverage in the lead-up to the premiere.

The Sex Lives of College Girls (HBO Max)

The ladies of Essex are back for another semester of laughs.

We pick back up with everyone after their Fall break, and they’ll be faced with a lot of uphill battles.

Check out the trailer below.

8/7c Law & Order (NBC)

Almost a week past Veterans’ Day, Law & Order offers its own take on veterans’ rights.

The detectives work hard with a decorated veteran’s daughter to help find her father’s killer.

When it gets to court, Price and Maroun have more questions, but will the other vets that knew the man talk or keep quiet?

9/8c Law & Order: SVU (NBC)

If you’re a Rollins fan, you don’t want to miss her penultimate episode!

While the team searches for a violent suspect who murdered a detective’s child, Rollins thinks about a potential new job opportunity.

It sounds like she’s going to leave SVU on good terms. Could she be moving over to some other bureau we’re familiar with?

Since the case in the promo involves attacks against transgender people, Hate Crimes seems like a good bet!

10/9c Law & Order: Organized Crime

We finally get back to the investigation into the Silas family and their casino! When Pearl falls dangerously ill ( poisoned, perhaps?), the team is dragged back into the investigation into all the corruption in the casino development project.

Meanwhile, everyone’s heard rumors that the Organized Crime Unit is about to be disbanded. Bell tries to keep her detectives calm, but is she telling them the full truth?

And what’s the latest with Leonetti, the Italian agent who showed up out of the blue and seems to want Stabler?

Friday, November 18

The Peripheral (Prime Video)

Flynne and Wilf discover Aelita’s ties to Neoprims, who want to destroy London as we know it.

Inspector Lowbeer makes her appearance in London and demands to meet Flynne, Burton, and Conner.

As Flynne’s life continues to be put in jeopardy, will they be able to prevent more global catastrophe?

Elite (Netflix)

The Las Encinas students return for a new year of scandalous happenings, and there’s plenty to like about the new season.

For the first time in a long time, the series embraces change, allowing the narrative to shift in an exciting new direction.

Check out the trailer below and return to TV Fanatic for more Elite coverage in the lead-up to the premiere.

8/7c S.W.A.T. (CBS)

20-Squad is back and trying to save one of their own.

A cop on the verge of shutting down a major drug operation is abducted, and the team tries to save them before it’s too late.

Meanwhile, Luca can’t help but notice, and be concerned about, Hicks’ sudden change in behavior, so what’s all that about? Tune in to find out!

10/9c Blue Bloods (CBS)

Uh-oh! It’s brother vs. brother when Jamie’s new position has him butting heads with Danny over a gang-related shooting.

And if that isn’t bad enough, Erin and Anthony look into why a lawyer in their office put Joe Hill in danger.

Meanwhile, what sense does it make to block Frank from speaking at a forum about policing?


Queensland production injects $465m to state economy

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Screen Australia’s Drama Report 2021–22 shows Queensland’s screen industry contributed $465 million to the local economy in the last year including hosting four international screen productions.

“As the sunshine state opened up from the pandemic, its reputation as an ideal filming destination — backed by a winning combination of incentives, crews, locations and facilities — contributed to a pipeline of feature films like Ticket to Paradise, Wizards! and sci-fi series Nautilus flocking to Queensland, as did homegrown series including Upright and Darby and Joan,” Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said.

“Queensland rode the wave of record-breaking investment in Australian drama by streaming services, with Screen Queensland supporting projects from Netflix, Stan, Disney+, Paramount+, Amazon and more.

“Netflix alone produced four titles in Queensland — Boy Swallows Universe which is currently in production, Irreverent, A Perfect Pairing and True Spirit.”

The govt’s enhanced Post, Digital and Visual Effects (PDV) has injected more than $38.5 million to the local economy.

“Within the first 12 months of the increased incentive, 20 projects were confirmed for Queensland post-production facilities across a variety of services including visual effects, animation, editing and sound — boosting Queensland Production Expenditure by 270 per cent since 2019–20,” said the Premier.

“Offering the most competitive PDV incentive on the east coast of Australia at 15 per cent has stimulated unparalleled growth in just 12 months — supporting 13 local businesses, growing employment opportunities and generating millions for the Queensland economy.

“Queensland has a long-held reputation as a destination of choice for filmmakers and by supporting the state’s PDV capabilities, our government is keeping Queensland top of mind as a complete end-to-end home for screen production.”

PDV Projects include Last King of the Cross with post-production by Brisbane facility Chop Shop Post.

Mark Fennessy CEO of Helium said, “Screen Queensland’s PDV financial incentive is a welcome added bonus to a production as large in visual scale as Helium’s Last King of The Cross.

“Choosing Chop Shop Post to manage the visual effects across the series, both on set and in post-production, was an easy decision to make, as not only does their reputation precede them, but they work to budget, deliver clear and practical feedback about how to get the greatest visuals on screen, and intuitively problem-solve with a creative edge.”


2021 -22 Drama Report: Streaming spend leads to record high

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Production in Streaming titles has lifted expenditure in Australian drama to record levels.

Including Film, scripted screen production hit an all-time high of $2.29 billion -up on $1.914 billion in 2020 – 2021.

Australian subscription TV and Subscription Video On Demand tripled in titles, hours and budgets from 2020/21.

Free to Air TV saw small lifts on the previous pandemic-impacted period, but remains down on 5 year trends. In Children’s TV commercial networks produced just one title, 10’s Rock Island Mysteries, while Streamers also produced a single title, Gymnastics Academy: A Second Chance! on Netflix.

A word of note: Previously, Australian titles were sorted into four categories: feature films, general TV drama, children’s TV drama, and online drama.

Australian drama is now categorised as:

• Australian theatrical features
• Australian general TV and VOD drama
* Australian general FTA TV and BVOD drama
* Australian general subscription TV and SVOD drama
* Australian general AVOD, TVOD and other online drama
• Australian children’s TV and VOD drama.

Expenditure incl. film: (previous year totals in brackets)

$2.29 billion -up on $1.914 billion in 2020 – 2021. The increase was driven by a record spend on Australian theatrical features ($786 million up from $495 million last year), as well as a record spend on Australian subscription TV and Subscription Video On Demand – for which number of titles, hours and budgets have tripled from 2020/21.

Spend on Free-to-air (FTA) TV and Broadcast Video On Demand drama, and children’s drama across TV and VOD platforms also increased from last year, but has not returned to previous highs in either category.

62 Australian general TV and VOD drama titles — $655 million  (previously $874 million).

24 Free to Air titles (21) totalling $208 million expenditure ($201m), an increase of 8% on last year, but 8% below the 5-year average. Hours were 278 (329).

29 Australian general subscription TV and SVOD drama titles — $445 million spend ($125m).

11 Children’s titles in 2021/22 across television, SVOD and online (previously 7 FTA ) at $67m (previously $48m).

Children’s Television

Note: In previous Drama Reports, the Children’s TV drama category was limited to content first released on FTA or subscription (cable and satellite) TV. Children’s drama titles first released online, including SVOD and BVOD titles, were included in the Australian online drama section. In this report, all Australian children’s drama created for TV and online release that meets criteria for inclusion is reported in this new Australian children’s TV and VOD drama category, providing a more holistic view of children’s drama production.

11 Children’s titles in 2021/22 across television, SVOD and online (7) at 58 Hours (39) increased by 12% from last year.

The number of animated titles remained the same as the previous year, and the number of live-action titles was
also the same as 2020/21.

ABC financed eight, including animations 100% Wolf: The Book of Hath, First Responders, Ginger and the Vegesaurs and Kangaroo Beach series 2, and live action titles Beep and Mort, Crazy Fun Park, First Day series 2 and The PM’s Daughter. NITV financed the live-action series Barrumbi Kids. One title that entered production in 2021/22 was financed by the commercial free-to-air broadcasters, Rock Island Mysteries (Network 10), and Gymnastics Academy: A Second Chance! was financed by Netflix.

Foreign incl film:

Total spend on foreign shoot and Post, Digital and Visual Effects-only titles came to $777 million in 2021/22, down by 27% on last year’s expenditure, but 35% above the 5-year average.

Foreign titles that shot in Australia reached $442 million ($530 million), including Joe vs Carole, Nautilus, La Brea series 2 and Young Rock series 2.

In contrast, spend on foreign PDV-only titles rose to a new record of $335 million.

Sources of Finance

Domestic governments, government agencies and the public broadcasters provided 44% of total finance for Australian TV and VOD drama in 2021/22. Over the last five years, these sources made up 42% of total finance. With the public broadcasters again included, Federal Government sources contributed 37% of total finance for
Australian TV and online drama in 2021/22. The Producer Offset, ABC, and Screen Australia provided the vast majority of Federal Government funding.

The state and territory agencies contributed$44 million for 58 titles. Screen NSW and VicScreen provided 64% of this funding. Nearly $10 million of direct government funding was provided by the ACTF, the Federal Location Incentive, local councils, the Melbourne Film Festival and the Adelaide Film Festival and other government agencies.

Drama production by location incl. film

New South Wales $1.038b ($912m) 45%: set a new record for the second year in a row, and also accounted for the largest share of total spend in Australia.

Queensland $465m ($553m) 20%: spend fell after last year’s all-time high.

Victoria $556m ($307m) 24%: spend reached an all-time high in 2021/22.

South Australia $144m ($96m) 6%: spend reached the second-highest result on record for South Australia.

Western Australia $26m ($29m) 1%: spend fell for the fifth consecutive year and was below the 5-year average.

ACT/NT/Tasmania $57m ($18m) 2%: more than three times the previous year’s spend and an all-time high for the combined territories and state.


Drama Series

After The Verdict Subtext Pictures Pty Ltd Nine
Aftertaste series 2 Closer Productions Pty Ltd ABC
Appetite Appetite Show Pty Ltd, Fell Swoop Pictures Pty Ltd, Photoplay Films Pty Ltd SBS
Barons Switchfoot Productions Pty Ltd ABC
Bay of Fires Archipelago Productions Pty Ltd, Fremantle Australia ABC
A Beginner’s Guide to Grief Kojo Studios Pty Ltd SBS
Fisk series 2 Origma Productions Pty Ltd ABC
Home and Away series 35 Seven Network Operations Limited Seven
Housos: The Thong Warrior Antichocko Productions Pty Ltd Seven
It’s Fine, I’m Fine Photoplay Films Pty Ltd SBS
Latecomers Emma Myers, Lazy Susan Films Pty Ltd SBS
The Messenger Lingo Pictures Pty Ltd ABC
Mystery Road: Origin Bunya Productions Pty Ltd ABC
Neighbours 2022 series Fremantlemedia Australia Pty Ltd 10
Night Bloomers Turn About Entertainment SBS
Safe Home Kindling Pictures SBS
Savage River Aquarius Films Pty Ltd ABC
Significant Others Fremantlemedia Australia Pty Ltd ABC
Soundtrack to Our Teenage Zombie Apocalypse Australian Broadcasting Corporation ABC
Summer Love Gristmill Pty Ltd ABC
Time to Buy: A Musical The Feed (SBS) SBS
Troppo EQ Media Production Pty Ltd, Troppo Productions Pty Ltd, Beyond Entertainment Pty Ltd ABC
True Colours Bunya Productions Pty Ltd SBS
Underbelly: Vanishing Act Screentime Pty Ltd Nine

Australian General Subscription TV and SVOD Drama.

Bad Behaviour Matchbox Pictures Pty Ltd Stan
Bali 2002 Screentime Pty Ltd, Endemol Shine Australia
Pty Ltd, Esa Productions 5 Pty Ltd Stan
Black Snow Goalpost Television Pty Ltd Stan
Bump series 2 Roadshow Rough Diamond Stan
Bump series 3 Roadshow Productions Pty Ltd Stan
Christmas on the Farm Hoodlum Entertainment Stan
Class of ’07 Matchbox Pictures Pty Ltd Amazon Prime
Colin from Accounts Easy Tiger Productions Pty Ltd Binge
Darby & Joan Cordell Jigsaw Productions Pty Ltd Acorn TV
Deadloch Guesswork Television Pty. Ltd., Amazon Studios, Ok Great Productions Amazon Prime
Faraway Downs Bazmark Fim Pty Ltd Disney+
Firebite See-Saw Films Pty Ltd AMC+
Five Bedrooms series 3 Hoodlum Active Pty Ltd Paramount+
Five Blind Dates Goalpost Pictures Australia Pty Ltd, Amazon Studios Amazon Prime
Heartbreak High Fremantlemedia Australia Pty Ltd, NewBe Netflix
Irreverent Matchbox Productions Pty Ltd Netflix
Koala Man Princess Bento Studios, Bento Box Entertainment Disney+
Last King of the Cross Helium Pictures Pty Ltd Paramount+
The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart Made Up Stories Pty Ltd, Amazon Studios, Endeavor Content Amazon Prime
Love Me series 1 Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia Pty Ltd Foxtel
Perfect Pairing, A Hoodlum Entertainment and Hoodlum Active Pty Ltd Netflix
Poker Face Arclight Films International Pty Ltd Stan
A Royal in Paradise The Steve Jaggi Company TBA
The Secrets She Keeps series 2 Lingo Pictures Pty Ltd Paramount+
Spreadsheet series 1 Northern Pictures Productions Pty Ltd Paramount+
The Twelve The Twelve Films Pty Ltd, Warner Bros. International Television Production Australia Pty Ltd, Easy Tiger Productions Pty Ltd Foxtel
Upright series 2 Lingo Pictures Pty Ltd Foxtel
Wellmania Fremantle Australia Netflix
YOLO: Silver Destiny series 2 Princess Pictures Pty Ltd, Club World Pty Ltd, Koala Man Pty Ltd The Cartoon Network (USA)

Australian Children’s TV and VOD Drama – Domestic

100% Wolf: The Book of Hath Flying Bark Productions Pty Ltd ABC
Barrumbi Kids Ambience Entertainment Pty Ltd, Tamarind Tree Pictures Pty Ltd NITV
Beep and Mort Windmill Pictures Pty Ltd ABC
Crazy Fun Park Werner Film Productions Pty Ltd ABC
First Day series 2 Epic Films Pty Ltd ABC
First Responders Back To Back Pictures Pty Ltd ABC
Ginger and the Vegesaurs series 1 Cheeky Little Media Pty Ltd ABC
Gymnastics Academy: A Second Chance! Glenpictures Pty Ltd, Maximum Effort Productions Pty Ltd Netflix
Kangaroo Beach series 2 Cheeky Little Media Pty Ltd ABC
The PM’s Daughter series 1 Fremantlemedia Australia Pty Ltd ABC
Rock Island Mysteries series 1 Fremantlemedia Australia Pty Ltd 10


Screen Australia:

“Hitting well over the $2 billion mark is an incredible milestone for our sector, and it’s truly a bumper year for Australian scripted content – to have local productions make up 66% of this spend is extraordinary. Distinctly Australian stories continue to captivate audiences here and overseas, with Heartbreak High reaching the top 10 on international Netflix charts, and shows from Bluey to Bump taking the world by storm.

“We know the value and power of Australian children’s stories, and it’s vital for our kids and our national identity that Aussie children are able to see themselves reflected on screen. Children’s content has declined from historic highs as the sector adjusts to digital disruption, new audience habits, and changed content regulations and funding support. Despite this there are still high quality projects going into production with some wonderful titles to enjoy from this year’s slate including Barrumbi Kids shot in the Northern Territory, Crazy Fun Park in Victoria, Beep and Mort in South Australia, Rock Island Mysteries in Queensland and The PM’s Daughter in Canberra and New South Wales,” Mason continued.

“Our focus now is to work together with the industry to address gaps in skills and capacity that have come as a result of the production boom, to ensure we are in the best position to keep up the pace and further boost the potential of Australian stories and storytellers.”

Screen Producers Australia:

“Screen Producers Australia (SPA) today welcomed the release of the Screen Australia Drama Report 2021/22, which continues to highlight the volatility of the screen sector with a range of recent factors generating both pressures and opportunities for Australian screen productions and the people and businesses that make them. While generating a nice top-line result, a lot more needs to be done to address the underlying challenges the sector faces.

“The new record for total Australian drama expenditure of $1.15 billion midst an overall total spend of $2.29 billion is welcome, and points to the importance of the Australian screen industry to Australia’s creative economy which is likely to be in total more than four times as large as this drama report captures.

“It also demonstrates the capacity of the Australian screen industry to grow rapidly, in response to investment opportunities. SPA believes that conditions are right to capitalise on this growth through increased skills development and an industry plan for well-managed and permanent growth.

“SPA also welcomes the increase in spending on drama in 2021/22 by Australian and foreign online streaming services that contributed $186 million to 24 titles, representing a significant step up of investment.

“This brings SVOD services even closer to the 20% minimum investment requirement sought by SPA as an ongoing commitment to Australian screen content.

“For context, SPA notes that these figures capture only one year, so it is important to weigh any record spend against the 5-year averages. SPA also notes that this report is for drama only, and that Australian audiences value diversity of screen content across all genres.

“Achieving a consistent and transparent reporting methodology for screen industry data by Screen Australia and the ACMA is an important goal and should be a focus of outcomes associated with the National Cultural Policy under current development.

“For example, SPA notes that the figures for Australian VOD drama applied by Screen Australia include titles that are not likely to be considered “Australian” under the definition applied by the industry regulator, the ACMA. SPA believes a consistent framework for the collection and reporting of screen industry data across all platforms of free-to-air, subscription, and streaming services is of critical importance.

“SPA remains concerned about the continued downward trend in hours and investment from commercial free-to-air channels which reflects the damaging deregulation of this sector under the previous government.

“These vastly lowered requirements are completely at odds with an expectation that Australians should be able to view a range of well-made content on freely available services that in turn benefit from industry protection through the anti-siphoning scheme as well as the use of public assets in the form of spectrum for their delivery to audiences.

“This harmful deregulation also hastened the trend for the collapse in the number of series/serials produced by commercial broadcasters, with Home and Away (Seven Networks) and Neighbours (Network 10), providing the bulk of series and serials hours in this report.

“With the final episode of Neighbours having gone to air, this leaves continuing challenges for our sector which has benefitted from the training ground that long-running drama programs made for commercial television have traditionally provided. These programs, as well as children’s content, have key roles in developing talent in front of and behind the camera and our sector needs both to continue to ensure a healthy sector with key skills is maintained.

“The result for children’s content is again disastrous with only one title across a whole year being generated by commercial television businesses, and one by SVOD services despite all these businesses supplying Australian children with thousands of hours of foreign children’s content. Urgent regulation across these platforms is needed if we want to ensure our children can dream Australian dreams.

“The ABC has provided the only respite here doing all the heavy lifting for children’s content and together with SBS, continues to fund a strong backbone of Australian drama series. The ongoing delivery of steady investment in our sector by ABC, SBS and NITV continues to demonstrate how important it is for the Australian Government to provide ongoing, stable, transparent, and appropriate levels of funding to our national broadcasters.”


You: Penn Badgley Says He Would Hug Joe Goldberg Because "He Needs Love"

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Joe Goldberg has been at the center of YOU since its debut in 2018, and Penn Badgley knows how he would approach the character if they met in real life.

Badgley has played Joe since the series premiere and will continue to be at the center of the show when its fourth season gets underway early next year.

“So, let’s say he was a person I was obsessed with and, somehow, I could meet him in a controlled circumstance, and he was interested in listening to me,” Badgley offered on Wednesday’s episode of the Stitcher podcast Podcrushed.

“And, by the way, it would be in my tone. The question is simple, but it would be in my tone.”

Despite all of Joe’s terrible deeds, Badgley believes the character needs some love.

“I really, at this point, and I think I’ve been clear about how much I detest all of his deeds, so, in that context, I would actually try to love him,” he explained.

“Because, the truth is, he’s never gotten that. So I would ask Joe… I, honestly, feel like I would look at him for a long time.”

“Because of my relationship to him, I would try to love him,” he added.

“I’m not saying he deserves that. I’m not saying anybody else should do that. I’m saying I would try to love him. He needs that. He needs love.”

“It’s like, I would hug him … I would hold him,” the Gossip Girl alum added.

YOU is one of Netflix’s biggest hits, and the upcoming fourth season moves the action to London.

Netflix revealed during its Tudum Fan Event earlier this year that YOU Season 4 would air in two parts, beginning February 10, followed by the final episodes on March 10.

What are your thoughts on how Badgley would approach Joe?

Are you excited about the fourth season?

Hit the comments below.

Remember, you can watch YOU online right here via TV Fanatic.