I’m going to put a bit more effort into reblogging these, because you might want to know what’s being added to Australian streaming services each week but you don’t know where to look. Go to DeciderTV! Aside from the things I highlight, there’s heaps of stuff in the next week, simply because we’re rolling over to a new month. The first of the month is when Presto drops most of its television titles, at least 10 films, and there’s a lot on Netflix, too. Stan is still fast-tracking Roadies (season finale on Monday), Power and The Last Ship, so if you’re after fresh content, it’s there!
The title is fairly self-explanatory. Netflix sends out its press releases at 1am local time and I had a busy day, so I didn’t check my emails until at least 15 hours after that. At some point Netflix will stop commissioning new shows, but that probably won’t be until we all refuse to go anywhere else for content. Two new original series were announced today: Anne, based on the beloved Anne of Green Gables novels, as well as Friends from College, a comedy written by Nick Stoller and Francesca Delbanco.
Stoller and Delbanco have made many films including The Neighbors (Bad Neighbours in countries where Neighbours is a popular soap) and its sequel, as well as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and Get Him to the Greek. I haven’t seen any of these films, but some of my favourite critics love The Neighbours so I’m optimistic about Friends from College. The cast includes Keegan-Michael Key (Key and Peele, Fargo) and Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother, The Avengers) among others. I’m interested to see where this goes.
Unfortunately I have concerns about Anne. The production team behind this adaptation is Northwood Entertainment, helmed by Moira Walley-Beckett and Miranda de Pencier. I love that the production company and the director for the premiere are all women, but there’s a Flesh and Bone sized elephant in the room. Walley-Beckett wrote some of the best episodes of Breaking Bad, including “Fly,” “Gliding Over All,” and “Ozymandias.” She won the Emmy for Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series for “Ozymandias,” but Flesh and Bone wasn’t very good. There were some good elements to the show, but there was too much focus on Claire’s relationship with her family, which wasn’t as good. We know Walley-Beckett can do good things though, and Anne of Green Gables is about as far from Breaking Bad as you can get. I’ll be following this one very carefully (Hi Frank).
“It’s a television show!” Haymitch Abernathy, The Hunger Games (2012)
“It just seems like drama for the sake of drama,” Megan, The Bachelor Australia Season 4 Episode 7.
When Channel Ten teased that one of The Bachelor‘s contestants was going to walk out last week, I assumed it would be either Keira or Alex. They’re the show’s two most reliable sources of drama, and a walkout because of intruders is definitely a source of drama. The last person I was expecting to leave was Megan, who was my pick to win the season after watching the premiere. I was 100 percent wrong in my prediction, and I couldn’t be happier. Megan’s reason for leaving the competition is that the Bachelor mansion isn’t a conducive environment to falling in love. She’s right. Australia’s Bachelor/ette franchise has been successful with people staying together so far with the exception of Blake’s after show choice to dump the winner for the woman who came third, but it’s not going to stay that way.