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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Thursday, March 4th, 2021

04 March, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Thursday, March 4th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by room temperature coffee and Beefy Mac.

PARAMOUNT+ LAUNCHES
The Viacom/CBS streamer Paramount+ launched today and it is likely the last major streaming service to launch for quite awhile. I posted a long look at the service this morning, but after playing around with it for several hours, what I'm left with a feeling of "meh." I know that's not the most helpful comment, but I don't know quite how else to describe my reaction. Paramount+ was built on the CBS All-Access platform, so Paramount+ will feel familiar to anyone who subscribed to that service. And they have a lot of the content they promised to have at launch. And yet....

As expected, there is a wealth of Viacom cable properties, although weirdly, not so much of the most recent stuff. But if you enjoy watching old episodes of Nick programming, this is going to be heaven for you. Although - as I noted in my review - the archive of past seasons of a number of old MTV and VH1 shows is weirdly spotty. And while licensing is likely the reason why you won't see much of the MTV music video programming, it's strange to me that Viacom/CBS has opted to create branded music channels for Pluto, but not for Paramount+.

All of that programming was what I had expected to see and in fact, a lot of it had already been added to CBS All-Access. There are a couple of big disappointments for me, and they are both connected with Viacom's Paramount library. If you are renaming your streaming efforts with the Paramount name - a name you are going to use globally for streaming - why would you not lean deeply into the Paramount legacy? Despite Paramount having hundreds of TV shows in its library, there isn't one series in the Paramount+ "classic TV" section that you haven't seen before. It's inexplicable, given the history of that brand. Company executives promise that will change, but given the amount of time they had to plan for the launch, why not have at least some of it ready to stream?

Things are even more disappointing in the movie section. At first glance, the movie section of Paramount+ seems impressive. There are nearly 700 titles in the section, which sounds like a lot of options. Until you begin to look through the section and notice that probably 2/3 of those titles are science specials from the Smithsonian Channel, celebrity roasts and other specials from Comedy Central as well as all sorts of random one-off titles. The actual number of movie titles available on Paramount+ right now is likely in the 250-300 range. And while there are some great movies in the section, thanks to Viacom's "we'll license our stuff anywhere to make some money" approach to their catalog, most of the best titles have been widely available for years. You would be hard pressed to name a streaming service which hasn't had the rights to movies such as the Indy Jones titles at some point or another. 

So that is what makes the decision not to launch with a deeper dive into the Paramount catalog even more inexplicable. Paramount has been producing movies for a hundred years. And while there are valid reasons why some titles can't be part of the streaming world right now, sticking with the same roster of familiar oldies just feels disappointing. Yes, I know executives point to a deal with Epix to provide more recent titles and there are reboots of a number of TV titles on the way. But why launch with such a predictable collection of titles. Why not take advantage of the older titles you have in-house to bridge the gap until the newer titles arrive? And why not use that catalog to remind subscribers why the Paramount brand matters to them?

And that seems like the big challenge for Paramount+. How to live up to the promise of the name. Like Warner Brothers, Paramount does have a long history in Hollywood. But why use that name as branding if you're not going to lean into it?

ODDS AND SODS
Starz announced today it is in the planning stages of bringing back Party Down as a limited run series featuring the original cast.

Universal is changing the premiere date of the Fast And Furious movie F9. This is the third time the release date has changed and this time the studio is moving it from the Memorial Day weekend to June 25th. Universal also announced that Minions: The Rise of Gru, the fifth installment in the Despicable Me franchise, has been postponed an entire year. The animated family film was set to open on July 2nd, 2021, and will now release theatrically on July 1st, 2022.


TODAY'S PREMIERES
1) Baron Noir Season Three Premiere (Topic)
The third season of this French drama tells the story of French politician Philippe Rickwaert (Kad Merad), who thirsts for revenge against his political enemies. Philippe’s political career is in shambles after he is sacrificed by presidential candidate Francis Laugier (Niels Arestrup) during the election. As Philippe plots against him, forging alliances and cultivating friendships across social stratas, his life becomes a fascinating, organized chaos, and a constant battle against his enemies and his own demons.

2) For Heaven's Sake (Paramount+)
This new series blends comedy and crime documentary formats for a unique take on uncovering the truth. The series will follow the search for Harold Heaven, who mysteriously disappeared from his remote cabin in Ontario, Canada, in the winter of 1934. Local police searched the nearby woods and dredged the adjacent lake, but Harold was never found nor heard from again. The case was unceremoniously closed as a likely suicide. 85 years later, his great-great-nephew, Mike, attempts to solve this coldest of cold cases, with the help of his extended family and true-crime-obsessed best friend, Jackson.

3) Kamp Koral: SpongeBob's Under Years Series Premiere (Paramount+)
Kamp Koral, the first-ever SpongeBob SquarePants spinoff, follows 10-year-old SpongeBob SquarePants and his pals as they spend their summer building underwater campfires, catching wild jellyfish, and swimming in Lake Yuckymuck at the craziest camp in the kelp forest.

4) Lucky (Shudder)
Life takes a sudden turn for May (Brea Grant, After Midnight), a popular self-help book author, when she finds herself the target of a mysterious man with murderous intentions. Every night, without fail he comes after her, and every day the people around her barely seem to notice. With no one to turn to, May is pushed to her limits and must take matters into her own hands to survive and to regain control of her life. Written by Brea Grant, directed by Natasha Kermani (Imitation Girl).

5) My Mane Problem (ALLBLAK)
This new reality series features celebrity hairstylist Dr. Boogie - an industry veteran whose clients include Taraji P. Henson, Eve, and Vivica Fox – rescuing clients struggling with deeply affecting hair trauma. 

6) Pacific Rim: The Black Series Premiere (Netflix)
After Kaiju ravages Australia, two siblings pilot a Jaeger to search for their parents, encountering new creatures, seedy characters and chance allies.

7) Persona: The Dark Truth Behind Personality Tests (HBO Max)
Taking a personality test can provide useful insights into our sense of self, but many may not realize how deeply embedded personality assessments are in everything we do. Persona explores the unexpected origin story of America’s great obsession with personality testing, uncovering the intriguing history behind the world-famous Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, while raising a slew of ethical questions and demonstrating how some personality tests may do more harm than good – like impacting online dating matches or job prospects. This eye-opening documentary reveals the profound ways that ideas about personality have shaped our society. 

8) Stephen Colbert Presents Tooning Out the News (Paramount+)
Tooning Out the News will feature a cast of animated characters, led by anchor James Smartwood, parodying top news stories and interviewing real-world guests, newsmakers, and analysts. New five- to seven-minute segments will be available Tuesday through Friday, culminating in a weekly full episode. 

9) Strange Evidence Season Premiere (Science)
This series investigates mysteries caught on tape and uncovers the science behind some of the most bizarre occurrences ever recorded.

10) The Deadly Type With Candice Delong Series Premiere (Discovery+)
Candice DeLong reveals the traits that can mold a killer.

11) The Real World Homecoming: New York Series Premiere (Paramount+)
Almost 30 years later, the original “seven strangers” that paved the way for modern reality TV are moving back into the New York loft where it all began . Viewers will be reunited with the cast from the very first season of The Real World in a brand new multi-episode docu-series to find out, once again, what happens when they stop being polite… and start getting real.

12) The TS Madison Experience Series Premiere (WE tv)
TS Madison is setting out on a bold, unfiltered, and authentic journey to be the first Black trans woman to host a mainstream talk show. With her team and her BFF Tiffany "New York" Pollard, she's on a daring quest to accomplish her dreams.

13) The Walrus & The Whistleblower (Discovery+)
A popular animal trainer wages war to rescue a beloved walrus.

14) What On Earth? Season Premiere (Science)
Viewers will embark on an extraordinary journey as they travel around the globe, discovering the truth behind these mysteries thanks to state-of-the-art aerial imaging and analysis from the world’s leading investigators and scientists

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

If you'd like to get this daily feature as an email, subscribe to our free daily "Too Much TV" newsletter here.

I'll be back with another one tomorrow. If you have any feedback, send it along to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow me on Twitter @aysrick.

Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021

02 March, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by room temperature coffee and a BLT.

AN ÓSKAR FOR HUSAVIK
The town of Húsavík got together to film "An Óskar for Húsavík" after a song from the Netflix movie "Eurovision Song Contest: The Story Of Fire Saga" made the shortlist for the 93rd Academy Awards in the category of "Original Song." And yes, the "Ja Ja Ding Dong" guy is there in the video to make his case.

Here is the video. It would be smart of Netflix to jump onto this and launch a funny campaign highlighting the video and the effort by the town. They are also creating a museum there to honor the movie and the singing competition:

The town of Húsavík is home to 2,300 people. Fishing was for a long time our main export until about 25 years ago. Now our main export is tourism and more than a third of all jobs in Húsavík are in tourism. For this reason, the town has been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic, but the release of the Netflix film, and the song 'Husavik' has lifted the spirit of the people of Húsavík. When we learned that the song, that has become a sort of an anthem for our people, had a chance of an Oscar nomination, we sprung into action. This website and the accompanying video are the result of that. An independent “Oscar Campaign” by the people of Húsavík. It is unlikely that a village of this size has ever started its own Oscar campaign, but in these extraordinary times, we see a unique opportunity to revitalize our town and its tourism through this film and the song 'Husavik'. We enjoyed the help of the Húsavík Theater Compay, Sahara Iceland, Húsavík Cape Hotel and Inspired by Iceland, to make this dream a reality. Apart from this unusual campaign, we are now also working to build a museum dedicated to the Eurovision Song Contest in Húsavík, that will open in summer 2021.

DISNEY'S BOB CHAPEK ON DISNEY+, THEATRICAL WINDOW
Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media and Telecommunications Conference on Monday, Walt Disney Company chief exec Bob Chapek said he’s “not sure there’s going back” to pre-pandemic theatrical windows:

“I think the consumer is probably more impatient than they’ve ever been before,” said Chapek. “Particularly since now they’ve had the luxury of an entire year of getting titles at home pretty much when they want them. So I’m not sure there’s going back, but we certainly don’t want to do anything like cut the legs off a theatrical exhibition run.”

“I don’t think they’ll have much of a tolerance for a title, say, being out of theatrical for months, yet it hasn’t had a chance to actually be thrown into the marketplace in another distribution channel, just sort of sitting there getting dust,” he added.

He also gave a pretty clear explanation for why Disney is leaning so hard into the more adult-oriented Star add-on service for Disney+ outside of the U.S.:

“What we didn’t realize was the non-family appeal that a service like Disney Plus would have. In fact, over 50% of our global marketplace [subscribers] don’t have kids, and that is the big difference,” he said, adding shortly after, “When 50% of the [subscribers to] Disney Plus don’t have kids, you really have the opportunity now to think much more broadly about the nature of your content.”

THE NEVER ENDING NUMBER OF SVOD SERVICES
I am generally bullish on the future of small subscription video services, but there are so many that even I can't keep up with them.

I ran across a new one this morning, Crack Me Up. This is how the streamer describes itself:

A curated collection of Movies and TV that make you laugh, brought to you by Magnolia Pictures. Subscribe for $2.99 and watch at any time! Get ready to laugh yourself silly! CRACK ME UP brings you the best in quirky and laugh out loud movies and TV. Your belly will ache with laughter from such movies as TUCKER & DALE VS EVIL. With new movies and TV episodes added regularly, you’ll never run out of something hilarious to watch.

I'm reaching out to see if I can get someone there to speak with me. But at first glance, I can't see how this can be sustainable, given the competition and the lackluster library.

BBC THREE WILL RETURN AS A LINEAR TV CHANNEL AFTER SIX YEARS
The BBC is reversing it previous decision, which was made to save money. In part, because the virtual BBC Three has proved to be quite successful when it comes to creating hits, including Fleabag and Normal People:

The channel announced it was moving online late in 2014 as a cost-cutting measure, but also because that was where its execs saw the future. Damian Kavanagh, the channel’s controller when it transitioned to digital, said: "We are the first broadcaster in the world to propose something like this."

But the success of BBC Three programming in recent years has led to a confusing programming strategy. Programs would be posted on BBC's iPlayer and described as "BBC Three" productions and then would randomly show up later on the core BBC television service anyway. And some producers were unhappy with the BBC Three digital experience, complaining that if the program wasn't on the 'featured' bar of the BBC iPlayer, viewers wouldn't see it. 

Which led to the ironic situation that while the money saved by moving BBC Three to a digital channel was shifted to BBC One's drama budget, several of BBC One's biggest drama hits in recent years turned out to be repurposed BBC Three programs.

Movie of the Week - Antoine Dulery
TODAY'S PREMIERES
1) A Man Au Pair (MHz Choice)
Antoine Dulery stars as in the story of a 50-something Maxime, unemployed since he was laid off from his finance sector job, who is finally offered full-time work... as a nanny!

2) Jim Henson's Word Party Season Five Premiere (Netflix)
Party with animal babies Franny, Bailey, Kip, Lulu and Tilly as they learn new words and life lessons in English and Mandarin through song and dance!

3) New Amsterdam Season Premiere (NBC)
Medical director Dr. Max Goodwin is committed to solving systemic health care issues at the hospital. Add in the grieving of his wife’s death, his responsibilities as a single father and his cancer still lingering in the rear-view mirror, everyone around Max must wonder how long he can sustain this impossible load. But “How can I help?” is not just Max’s catchphrase, it’s his reason for living. As long as he’s helping others, Max is able to find hope in the most hopeless of places. 

4) Soul Of A Nation Series Premiere (ABC)
The premiere episode will dive into this moment of racial reckoning in present-day America tackling issues ranging from policing to reparations and segments highlighting the arts and entertainment. Brown, ABC News’ Adrienne Bankert, Sunny Hostin, Byron Pitts and Pierre Thomas lead this groundbreaking hour. It will feature interviews with actor and reparations activist Danny Glover, EGOT winner, producer and social activist John Legend, and U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, one of the many officers who defended the Capitol on Jan. 6. Plus, Legend will give a special intimate musical performance.

5) The Flash Season Premiere (The CW)
When an experiment to save Barry’s (Grant Gustin) speed backfires, Nash Wells (Tom Cavanagh) searches for a way to save The Flash and comes up with a dangerous plan. Meanwhile, Iris (Candice Patton) makes a startling realization inside the Mirrorverse and Cecile (Danielle Nicolet) faces off with Rosa Dillon (guest star Ashley Rickards).

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

If you'd like to get this daily feature as an email, subscribe to our free daily "Too Much TV" newsletter here.

I'll be back with another one on Monday. If you have any feedback, send it along to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow me on Twitter @aysrick.

Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Monday, March 1st, 2021

01 March, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Monday, March 1st, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by room temperature coffee and a BLT.

SAN DIEGO COMIC-CON TO BE VIRTUAL ONLY IN 2021
It's not a huge surprise, but the SDCC announced today that its July Comic-Con will be a virtual event again in 2021:

While we are buoyed by the rollout of the vaccine and the growing number of individuals being inoculated, it appears July will still be too early to safely hold an in-person event of the magnitude of Comic-Con. For this reason, we have made the challenging decision to postpone Comic-Con 2021 as an in-person event until our 2020 dates, and once again hold this year's celebration as the free online Comic-Con@Home. Unfortunately, the challenges of this past year and the multipole postponements of our two largest events have left us with limited financial resources, so this year the online experience will be reduced to a three-day event, spanning July 23rd-25th, 2021.

Given this cancellation, it's hard to see how the Television Critics Association can hold their summer 2021 gathering in-person in late July, although apparently no decision has been made yet.

In both cases, the interesting question will be whether these events can return to their previous importance following two years of virtual events.

IT'S NICE TO SEE THAT PARAMOUNT+ IS STARTING OFF WITH AS MUCH TRANSPARENCY AS MTV USUALLY DELIVERS
One of the showcase new shows for Paramount+ at is launch is the reunion series The Real World Homecoming: New York. The NY Times has a long semi-puff piece about the series today, which includes this inexplicable couple of paragraphs:

Naturally, the roommates’ return to their downtown Manhattan lodgings came with some ready-made reality-TV drama. Eric Nies, the fashion model who parlayed his “Real World” fame into hosting roles on MTV programs like “The Grind,” said that he made it as far as a New York hotel room and was never actually able to set foot in the SoHo loft for “Homecoming.”

Asked why, Nies said in a phone interview, “I’m not sure how much I can get into that right now.”

Nies, who was able to communicate with the other housemates over a video monitor, elliptically added that the circumstances of his separation were “definitely not by my choice, but I accepted the outcome — more will be revealed in the future.” (MTV declined to comment on this.)

I would assume this probably means that Nies tested positive for COVID and producers want to save the official announcement for a "real life" moment in the show. Which seems like a very 1994 television production moment to me. This show is supposed to be look back at a classic moment of MTV history. But it's already a reminder of the manipulation that was always the worst part of The Real World franchise.

SPEAKING OF STREAMERS
I am fascinated with all of the little ways Discovery+ is quietly trying to move viewers off of their linear television viewing schedules. I noticed over the weekend that viewers can watch the upcoming episode of Discovery's long-running reality series Gold Rush (along with the spin-off Gold Rush: White Water) on Discovery+ a week early. Which is not a small thing, given that Gold Rush remains one of Discovery's highest-rated shows.

IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
Here are a couple of things I recently posted on AllYourScreens.com that you might find interesting:

A review of the Lebanese drama Awake which is currently streaming on MHz Choice.

Taylor Swift is unhappy with a line about her in Netflix's Ginny And Georgia. And not surprisingly, her fans are not taking it well.


TODAY'S PREMIERES
1) Below Deck Sailing Yacht Season Premiere (Bravo)
The first charter gets rocky when the guests get in  a drunken personal fight. The next morning, the guests' excitement to sail puts Daisy and Natasha at odds over serving breakfast on heel. Jean-Luc realizes he may have lost two guests at sea.

2) Biggie: I Got A Story To Tell (Netflix)
Featuring rare footage and in-depth interviews, this documentary celebrates the life of The Notorious B.I.G. on his journey from hustler to rap king.

3) Debris Series Premiere (NBC)
Two agents from two different continents and two different mindsets must work together to investigate when wreckage from a destroyed alien spacecraft has mysterious effects on humankind.

4) Easter Basket Challenge Series Premiere (Food)
The Easter Bunny takes center stage as host Sunny Anderson welcomes seven bakers. They attempt to wow judges Jordan Adino and Claudia Sandoval with their jelly bean-inspired pop art pastry tarts and oversized confections.

5) Harry And Meghan: The Price of Freedom (True Royalty TV)
As we reach the anniversary of the Sussex's shock announcement and await the Queen's decision on their future role - this doc examines what really happened behind closed doors.

6) Meghan Markle: Changing Traditions (True Royalty TV)
This documentary explores the background and first year of the Sussex's marriage in which it became clear that they were determined to forge their own royal role and not conform to expectations.

7) Playing With Power: The Nintendo Story (Crackle)
Discover the humble beginnings of a gaming business that began many decades before the invention of television, and ride along the bumpy road of hits, misses, and wild ideas that turned Nintendo from a local playing card maker into a worldwide household name. The electrifying story is presented by an ensemble of Nintendo personnel, celebrity icons, and industry veterans including Wil Wheaton, Alison Haislip, Reggie Fils-Aimé, and Phil Spencer.

8) Prime Suspect: The Madeleine McCann Case (Discovery+)
A new suspect might finally solve the mysterious case of Madeleine McCann.

9) Ruth: Justice Ginsburg in Her Own Word (Starz)
This documentary tells the remarkable story of how Ruth Bader Ginsburg – who, at the outset of her career, was deemed unhireable on the basis of her gender despite graduating top of her class from both Harvard and Columbia Law Schools – went on to become the second woman ever appointed to serve as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. The film uses Ginsburg’s own words and actions to reveal, in exquisite detail, the full breadth of her life and career –  from her work as a trailblazing litigator for the ACLU's Women's Rights Project, to her groundbreaking work as an appellate judge, to her appointment to serve as a justice on America's highest court, where she was eventually anointed by her admirers “The Notorious RBG” – a cultural icon and social media firebrand. Using archival footage and interviews, as well as evocative animations and illustrations, director Freida Lee Mock deftly dramatizes the confluence of factors – personal, psychological, social and political – that shaped Ginsburg’s worldview and influenced the trajectory of her accomplished career.

10) The Voice Season Premiere (NBC)
Yes, it's another season of singing. And being competitve.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

If you'd like to get this daily feature as an email, subscribe to our free daily "Too Much TV" newsletter here.

I'll be back with another one on Monday. If you have any feedback, send it along to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow me on Twitter @aysrick.

Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Friday, February 25th, 2021

26 February, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Friday, February 26th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by caramel and cheese popcorn.

THE STORY OF 'CRIMINAL MINDS'
It probably got lost in the other "Hey, we're doing a reboot!" news from Paramount+ this week, but the soon-to-launch streaming service has announced it is doing a spin-off/reboot of the series. Not many details yet, other than the fact it will be a ten-episode season that focuses one case.

But if you want to know why Paramount+ is bringing back the show, one reason can be found in this graph from Evolution Media Capital, which shows the growing popularity of the series since the beginning the year. Netflix has the rights to seasons 1-12 and those seasons have had a steady popularity. But Hulu added seasons 13-15 on January 1st and that seems to have led a lot of Hulu subscribers to watch the earlier seasons on Netflix. The show made regular appearances on Netflix's Top Ten lists in January, which is another indirect confirmation of the trend.

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BBC CHILDREN IS LOOKING FOR A 'FAMILY-FRIENDLY SIMPSONS'
Broadcast (sub required) has a great interview with BBC Children’s and Education, Patricia Hidalgo, in which she lays out the new direction for BBC Children. She says she wants to shift the percentage of British-produced animation on the channel from 70% to 90% in the next few years. And that will inevitably mean fewer live action children's shows:

In terms of the project in the vein of The Simpsons she said it would be routed in UK culture – about “roast beef instead of turkey”.  

The former chief content and creative officer at Turner will be calling on her experience in the international markets and background launching animation series The Amazing World of Gumball and The Heroic Adventures of The Valiant Prince Ivandoe. 

She also said that while the amount of resources available at the network will remain the same, BBC Children will focus more of its attention on a smaller number of shows, in an effort to create some franchises.

TED SARANOS TALKS ABOUT INCLUSIVITY
There's not an easy way to embed the video, so just go here and an interview that Chief Content Officer and co-CEO Ted Sarandos had on CBS This Morning earlier today. Sarandos is very good with the media and it's tough to catch him off-guard. But Gayle King's question about his wife (who is not white) and whether their marriage has impacted the way he views the issue of representation is quite telling.


TODAY'S PREMIERES
1) Baby Shark's Big Show Series Premiere (Nickelodeon)
Baby Shark and his best friend, William, embark on fun-filled adventures in their community of Carnivore Cove.

2) Billie Eilish: The World’s A Little Blurry (Apple TV+)
Teenage singer-songwriter Billie Eilish rises to stardom as she navigates life on the road, on stage, and at home with her family.

3) Bigfoot Family (Netflix)
Bigfoot’s now a big deal. So when he goes missing, his shy but tech-savvy teen son must take on an evil CEO to save his family and a wildlife preserve.

4) Brutal Bridesmaids (LMN)
Jessica as she tries to find out which of the bridesmaids is out to ruin her day.

5) Crazy About Her (Netflix)
After spending a wild night together, Adri discovers the only way to see Carla again is to become a patient at the psychiatric center where she resides.

6) Invincible Series Premiere (Amazon)
Mark Grayson, 17, is just like every other guy his age -- except that his father is the most powerful superhero on the planet, Omni-Man; as Mark develops powers of his own, he discovers his father's legacy may not be as heroic as it seems.

7) The Girl On The Train (Netflix)
A troubled divorcee fixates on a seemingly ideal couple from afar until a shokcing observation sends her spiraling straight into a knotty murder case.

8) The United States Vs. Billie Holliday (Hulu)
The Federal Bureau of Narcotics launches an undercover sting operation against jazz singer Billie Holiday.

9) Tom And Jerry (HBO Max)
A pandemic wasn't the only reason why this animated film makes more sense streaming than being in a theater.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

If you'd like to get this daily feature as an email, subscribe to our free daily "Too Much TV" newsletter here.

I'll be back with another one on Monday. If you have any feedback, send it along to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow me on Twitter @aysrick.

Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Thursday, February 24th, 2021

25 February, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Thursday, February 25th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by watermelon and corn chips.

My apologies for the late newsletter today. As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I'm going through some medical stuff right now and while it doesn't appear to be too scary, it does screw up my daily workflow unexpectedly. Thank you all for the support.

IN DEFENSE OF BINGEING
I spend an inordinate amount of time discussing the concept of bingeing television with people. In some circles, the practice of streamers dropping an entire season of television at once is considered to be very close to a cultural crime. If you want to get a lot of traffic to a post, all that is required is to include a headline along the lines of "Hey, Bingeing Sucks."

The main argument against bingeing comes from TV industry folks, TV critics and hardcore television fans. They moan about how bingeing destroys the communal experience of the conversation that surrounds the traditional weekly episode release method. In a lot of ways, the conversation reminds me of the one that sprang up in the music industry during the evolution from album releases to being able to buy individual tracks from an album. 

There certainly was something communal about the experience of hearing an entire album back-to-back in the way that the artist intended. And there are some albums that deserve that level of attention and contemplation. But it's easy to forget the old album/single purchasing method was a terrible experience most of the time for consumers. It was expensive and you often found yourself being forced to buy an entire album to get the two or three tracks you really wanted. And while music fans could rightfully argue "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" deserved to be experienced in its entirety, I'm not sure that the album Chicago XIV deserved the same level of appreciation.

And that is my response to people who use the success of The Mandalorian or Wandavision as a rationale why all scripted television should be released on a "one-episode-per-week" basis. Those shows are the exception, not the rule. Releasing episodes once a week doesn't guarantee people who spend more time talking about the show. Otherwise, my social media feeds would be filled with conversations about the second season of Snowpiercer

The pop culture zeitgeist only has the attention bandwidth to deal with so much bandwidth at one time. And in an industry where there are maybe a dozen potential buzzworthy shows being released each month, dropping an entire season of most of them at once gives more of them a chance to shine-even if it's for a shorter amount of time.

Releasing an entire season at once also plays to the reality of streaming television in 2021. We live in a world with a lot of media distractions. We're discovering things at different times and on a variety of unexpected platforms. Our viewing habits are defined by our friends and social media feeds as anything else. For the most part, we don't live in a pop culture world of entertainment. It's a pod culture world. More and more often, we discover a show because someone we know or follow on social media talk about. I am sure nearly all of us have suddenly had a discussion of an older show dominate our cultural pod because one person discovers it and encourages everyone else to give it a try. 

Binge-releasing television plays to that time-shifted pod culture most of us live in. Yes, a traditional weekly release works for some high-profile programs with built-in fanbases. But entirely too many industry analysts and reporters confuse "how I watch TV" with the way it should work for most people.

ONE HEADS-UP ABOUT PARAMOUNT+
You've already read lots about the Paramount+ news from yesterday and I've written a bit in the past few weeks about the service. I just received a bit of a walk-through of some of the service (mostly with screenshots) under embargo. So while I cant say much for now, check back on the web site the morning of the launch and I'll have a detailed review as well as some other features. I'll also link to all of that stuff in that day's newsletter.

Close Enough | HBO Max Originals
TODAY'S PREMIERES
1) A Closer Look With Eric Benet Series Premiere (ALLBLK)
A Closer Look is a music documentary series that profiles legendary and popular artists whose songs have topped the charts, re-shaped the music industry, and resonated with fans across the world. Following profiles of New Edition lead singer Ralph Tresvant and R&B crooner Brian McKnight, the third episode in the series will give fans “a closer look” at singer, songwriter Eric Benét.

2) Close Enough Season Two Premiere (HBO Max)
A couple faces various challenges as they transition from their 20s to their 30s.

3) Geez & Ann (Netflix)
A sensitive and independent girl falls for a mysterious dream boy and yearns for the one thing everyone wants in a relationship — commitment and love.

4) High Rise Invasion Series Premiere (Netflix)
A teen girl is teleported to a high-rise rooftop where she must choose between four dangerous options in a battle for her survival.

5) Luda Can't Cook Series Premiere (Discovery+)
In the one-hour special from record breaking producer Will Packer, Ludacris gets schooled in the kitchen by James Beard Award-nominated Chef Meherwan Irani to up his culinary game with international flavors and techniques. Indian cuisine is one of Luda’s favorites and Chef Irani gives him a master class in the foundations, from layering spices to frying and braising and making curry. Then in a test of his newly acquired culinary skills, he cooks and serves a menu of Indian dishes Ludacris-style to a room of VIPS, including his mom Roberta.

6) Millennials Series Premiere (ALLBLK)
This comedy follows four twentysomething roommates and their neighbor across the hall as they navigate the chaos of being young and finding success in L.A. Starring Kyle Massey (That’s So Raven), Keraun Harris (Insecure), Philip Bolden (Are We There Yet?), Aaron Grady (Everybody Hates Chris), Teresa Celeste (Wild N’ Out) and more.

7) Punky Brewster Reboot Series Premiere (Peacock)
In this continuation of the iconic 80s sitcom about a bright young girl raised by a foster dad, Punky is now a single mother of three trying to get her life back on track when she meets Izzy, a young girl in the foster system who reminds Punky a lot of her younger self.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021

23 February, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Tuesday, February 23rd, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by watermelon and corn chips.

SCRIPPS TO LAUNCH NATIONAL LIFESTYLE NETWORKS
When E.W. Scripps Co. sold off their cable lifestyle networks (Food, HGTV, Travel, etc) to Discovery Inc. several years back, company executives said at the time that they like the television business, but felt it was the right time to sell those assets at their peak value. As Axios reports today, Scripps is now moving towards its next television goal: creating a group of free national lifestyle networks which will be available over the air and on the various cable/satellite TV services.

Scripps recently closed their $2.65 billion acquisition of national broadcast company ION, which owns 124 stations, making it the country's largest broadcast station group. 

Scripps plans to package Ion with a set of over-the-air diginets they acquired through the purchase of Katz Networks in 2017. Those nets include Bounce, Court TV, Court TV Mystery, Grit and Laff. Since current FCC rules require cable and satellite systems to include Ion in their packages, Scripps is in the process of moving over their diginets to the ION stations and then selling those stations as a package to national advertisers. 

The Axios piece doesn't discuss the biggest question about this plan: is the format of the ION stations going to change? Currently, the stations run a mix of various syndicated crime dramas, such as Law & Order. There has been talk from Scripps executives that this mix might change eventually into some sort of lifestyle programming, but no details have been discussed publicly at this point.

MAYBE THEY COULD HAVE FOUND A MORE AVERAGE AVERAGE PERSON TO SPEAK WITH
MediaPlayNews posted a piece yesterday on Premium PVOD and the premise was that more people are using PVOD as an at-home replacement for the movie theater experience. Which makes sense, but the only "average PVOD consumer" source for the post was a woman named Cathy Valenzuela, who doesn't sound like all that average of a consumer:

Before relocating to Pueblo, Colo., where she runs a promotional products company, she worked in Hollywood as a production assistant and then associate producer at Norman Lear’s Tandem Productions.

She grew accustomed to watching new movies at the DGA screening room, and after moving to Colorado continued to regularly frequent movie theaters, as often as three times a week, generally with her husband. “The experience has gotten so much better, with the addition of reclining chairs, cocktails, even food services,” she says.

I'm sure she's a lovely woman, but I don't know that I would have chosen her to represent what is supposed to be an average consumer trend.

A REALLY GOOD CASE FOR NETFLIX
For the most part, I am not interested in litigating another round of the "Is Disney+ a Netflix killer?" argument. The bottom line is that of course there is room for both, although they are rapidly becoming the global Alpha males of streaming. But one point I do hear regularly from Disney+ proponents is that Disney's massive amount of pop-culture IP gives them an advantage over the rivals. Which is true to a point, but it's also not always the deciding factor for subscribers.

The clearest case I've heard for Netflix comes from Julia Alexander, who writes the really intelligent "Musings On Mouse" newsletter:

What Netflix has that Disney does not, however, beyond an additional 110 million subscribers or so, is a library of TV shows and films that keep people watching even after they marathon a new original series or film. For example, this past weekend I made my way through Crime Scene: The Vanishing at Cecil Hotel and I Care A Lot before winding up watching what I watch every night: New Girl and Arrested Development. 

I don’t have kids, and I’m not always in the mood to watch a Disney Channel original, a Pixar, or a Marvel movie. Netflix doesn’t have to try and serve me something to keep me watching (although the streaming platform absolutely does this via its recommendation algorithm). There’s something I’m going to throw on because Netflix had more than 47,000 episodes of television and 4,500 films in 2019. Disney+ didn’t have a third of that, and of the available offerings, I’m not interested in a decent amount. 

You should be reading her newsletter, so go here and subscribe for free. 

ODDS AND SODS
The Information (sub required) reports that 40% of Disney+ subscribers are in the U.S. Along with this jaw-dropping number: "Mulan brought in around $90 million in the first two weeks through Disney+ from subscribers who paid to access the movie early." Okay, one more great factoid: the most-watched show on Disney+ is The Simpsons.

A review of the Tim Allen/Richard Karn competitive building series Assembly Required, which premieres tonight on History.

Netflix Adds A New Director Of Business Development In ANZ. It's the only international streamer that has boots on the ground in Australia & New Zealand.

Tim Allen & Richard Karn on Why 'Assembly Required' Is 'Tool Time on  Steroids' (VIDEO)
TODAY'S PREMIERES
1) Assembly Required Series Premiere (History)
Tim Allen and Richard Karn spotlight the best and brightest makers from across the country, as they compete head-to-head, to create mind-blowing builds-- everything from a dual all-season ice melter/leaf blower and all-in-one riding comfort mower to a do-it-yourself jacuzzi and BBQ bicycle -- which not only pushes each builder beyond their limits but challenges their inner fixer and inventor to build it bigger, better and more powerful. Additionally, the duo will be joined by woodworking do-it-yourself YouTube star April Wilkerson who will act as the series’ own resident expert.

2) Brian Regan: On The Rocks (Netflix)
Comedian Brian Regan is trying to understand absurdities around him. In his second Netflix comedy special, the legendary comedian confronts his befuddlement with animals, people, dinner parties, Reiki healers, and his recent realization that he has O.C.D.

3) Goodbye & See You Soon (MHz Choice)
Sixty-something Henri meets fifty-something Lila, and sparks fly - until they both must reconcile their very different lives and backgrounds.

4) Made You Look: A True Story About Fake Art (Netflix)
A woman walks into a New York gallery with a cache of unknown masterworks. Thus begins a story of art world greed, willfulness and a high-stakes con.

5) Murder In....Season Seven Premiere (MHz Choice)
A gorgeous collection of mysteries, each one set in a different, picturesque region of France. Enjoy French towns and areas you may never have seen before!

6) Outdaughtered Season 5B Premiere (TLC)
Viewers pick up with the Busby family and America’s first all-female quintuplets months after the family, and the country, went into quarantine. Now, the family is emerging with five-year-old Ava, Olivia, Parker, Hazel and Riley and their nine-year-old big sister Blayke to a new normal with plenty of new experiences in store, including a crash course in riding bikes, taking an RV trip to the wilderness and the quints starting kindergarten.

7) Pele (Netflix)
This documentary tells the story of world-renowned footballer Pelé, his quest for perfection and the mythical status he has since attained.

8) Superman & Lois Series Premiere (The CW)
After years of facing megalomaniacal supervillains, monsters wreaking havoc on Metropolis, and alien invaders intent on wiping out the human race, the world’s most famous superhero, The Man of Steel aka Clark Kent (Tyler Hoechlin) and comic books’ most famous journalist, Lois Lane (Elizabeth Tulloch), come face to face with one of their greatest challenges ever - dealing with all the stress, pressures and complexities that come with being working parents in today’s society. Complicating the already daunting job of raising two boys, Clark and Lois must also concern themselves with whether or not their sons Jonathan (Jordan Elsass) and Jordan (Alexander Garfin) could inherit their father’s Kryptonian superpowers as they grow older.

9) The List Of Ten (Discovery+)
In 2010, a probation officer conducts a routine check on 76-year-old Joseph Naso, in Reno, Nevada. During a search of Naso’s home for probation violations, the officer finds a shocking cache of materials: thousands of pictures of women in hosiery, mannequins dressed in lingerie, and a journal recounting dozens of sexual assaults. But the most important piece of evidence found is Naso’s “List of Ten,” a handwritten list with ten cryptic entries of vague locations, but no names or dates. Investigators fear that they have stumbled upon a hidden serial killer and his list of victims completely by chance. Working against time, investigators have one year to decode the list before Naso goes free.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Monday, February 22nd, 2021

22 February, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Monday, February 22nd, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by coffee and oranges.

My apology for the lack of a newsletter at the end of last week. I was dealing with some health issues that kept me mostly offline for a few days. As much as I love being a one-man band, the downside is that when I'm out of commission, so is the web site and this newsletter. Thanks for being patient.

THE STORY TO WATCH WITH DISCOVERY+ ISN'T IN THE SUBSCRIBER NUMBERS
Discovery Inc released its Q4 and 2020 financials early Monday morning and the takeaway that is getting the most attention is the topline subscription numbers: more than 11 million streaming subscribers globally.  A lot of other people are going to be parsing those numbers today, so I want to focus on another related issue. 

Readers of this newsletter know that I've been arguing since Discovery+ launched that this streaming service is more than just a place to park Discovery Inc.'s massive catalog, along with a few scattered originals. It's clear that in the U.S., Discovery sees its streaming service as the future of the company and it is devoting an enormous amount of resources to the effort.

First, there are the originals.  Between yesterday (Sunday) and this coming Thursday, Discovery+ is launching six new original shows plus an original documentary. And that's been a pretty typical pace for the service since it launched. The programs lean heavily on familiar linear programs and personalities. For instance, this week's premieres include two new spin-off shows from TLC's popular 90 Days franchise (90 Days: The Single Life, 90 Days: Pillow Talk), a reboot of an older HGTV competition series (Design Star: Next Generation) and a cooking series featuring the Ludacris (Luda Can't Cook). Recent weeks have seen shows moving to Discovery+ that previously had aired on linear television, including the Food Network's Good Eats reboot.

And then there are all of the more subtle efforts to make Discovery+ a "must have" for a fan of any of the Discovery Inc. networks. Some popular shows such as HGTV's Property Brothers premiere on their linear home network, but streaming of the current season is only available on Discovery+. No on-demand, no TV Everywhere app. Some new linear TV shows are also receiving extended bonus versions that are only available on Discovery+.

All of which leads me to doubledown on my original thesis: while Discovery Inc. still wants to retain its linear TV partners and keep that subscriber money coming in, it sees the future as streaming and the company will do everything in its power to carve out a spot for itself in that future. 

And what does that future look like? I wouldn't be surprised to see an expanded relationship between the A&E Networks and Discovery+. And while I'm not convinced they can make the logistics work, adding content from semi-rival Hallmark would be a natural fit for Discovery+

DID ADDING 'THE OFFICE' TO PEACOCK HELP GROW SUBSCRIBERS?
The measurement and analytic company Antenna has some interesting data points on the impact adding the entire run of The Office had on Peacock. The series had moved to the service from Netflix, where it had been available for six years. 

As you might expect, the popular comedy did drive some subscription growth, according to Antenna:

Peacock earned more paid Sign-ups around The Office's arrival than it did for its nationwide launch, or any programming event, including the start of the Premier League. 

In the first two weeks of January, Peacock saw a 9 percentage point uptick in customers choosing the Premium Plus ($9.99/mo) plan, which like Netflix, allows ad-free viewing to all nine seasons of The Office.

And while a few people did drop Netflix and follow the show to Peacock, the loss of the series basically didn't have much of an impact on Netflix:

There was no meaningful impact on Netflix Churn amongst Subscribers that made a TVOD purchase for The Office – as these customers likely treated the one-time transaction as a supplement to their Netflix Subscription.

On the other hand, Netflix Subscribers that did Sign-up to Peacock in January 2021 showed a 4.7 percentage point increase in Churn vs. those that did not add Peacock – meaning that a portion of users did cancel Netflix, as they followed The Dunder Mifflin crew to Peacock.

However, <1% of Netflix Subscribers Signed-up to Peacock, so overall Churn Rate for the service was not materially impacted.

ANOTHER BAD YEAR FOR MVPD AND VMVPD SUBSCRIPTIONS
Now that Dish has reported the last of its subscriber numbers for 2020, Variety's Andrew Wallenstein passed along this chart from Variety+, which shows a continuing year-on-year decline :

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ODDS AND SODS
I just posted this piece, which on a slower day might have debuted in the newsletter: "Can True Crime TV Help With America's Cold Case Problem?"


First trailer released for Beartown (Björnstad) – The Killing Times
TODAY'S PREMIERES
1) Beartown Series Premiere (HBO)
This new drama  centers on a floundering community in Sweden that places its dreams of revitalization on the teenage shoulders of its junior ice hockey team. Boosted by their new professional-athlete-turned-coach Peter (Ulf Stenberg) and rising star Kevin (Oliver Dufåker), the boys finally have a shot at securing a national title – until a violent act threatens to destroy Beartown entirely. Chilling and honest, the series explores family trauma, teenage romance, truths and lies, actions and consequences, and ultimately, the courage it takes to go against the group and stand up for justice. 

2) Red (Netflix)
A murder investigation leads police to a photo of a suspect, but when two men are found with faces that match the picture, the case gets doubly tricky.

3) Social Society Series Premiere (ALLBLK)
A one hour sketch comedy variety show bringing some of your favorite "instafamous" sketch comedians together for laughs, live performances, and the latest in today's entertainment news. Each week, viewers will tune in to watch Kendall Kyndall give his take on the week's entertainment highlights, life hacks, and social media buzz.

4) Spring Baking Championship Season Premiere (Food)
It's a breath of fresh spring air as host Ali Khan welcomes 11 talented bakers and challenges them to create stunning and delicious spring treats for the chance to be crowned Spring Baking Champion and win the $25,000 grand prize. The bakers must impress judges Kardea Brown, Nancy Fuller and Duff Goldman in fun and fanciful spring challenges, creating everything from dancing cow cakes and leaping leprechaun desserts to spring proposal plates and hot cross bunnies.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Wednesday, February 17th, 2021

17 February, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Wednesday, February 17th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by coffee and oranges.

WARNERMEDIA EXPANDS KIDS PROGRAMMING
WarnerMedia announced today that it is massively expanding its original children's programming and plans to debut nearly 50 new programs in the next two years.

Later this year, a new preschool programming block called "Catroonito:-" will premiere on HBO Max and the Cartoon Network. That block will launch with about 20 new programs, many of them built around familiar children's programming. Shows already on order for the block include Bugs Bunny Builders, Mush-Mush And The Mushables and Thomas And Friends: All Engines Go. There will also be an original series from Sesame Workshop entitled Bea's Block

Other shows in development include Tom & Jerry Junior and a spin-off of Craig Of The Creek entitled Jessica's Big Little World. There are also some shows that had been announced, including Little Ellen, Lucas The Spider, Batwheels and Mecha Builders.

There is also a number of teen-oriented programs coming in the pipeline, including three 44-minute Ben 10 specials, two new seasons of Total Drama Island, a fourth season of Craig Of The Creek, a second season of Gremlins (ahead of the season one premiere) and a third season of Victor and Valentino.

New programs include Infinity Train: Book Four and Jade Armor. Projects in development include The Amazing World of Gumball Movie, Teen Titans Go! The Night Begins to Shine, Tweetie Mysteries as well as the previously announced Tiny Toons Looniversity.

Given the expansion of kids programming, it will interesting to see if HBO Max makes kid-friendly profile settings available that would limit a profile access to just kid-safe programming.

RUSH LIMBAUGH, DEAD AT 70
Conservative media icon Rush Limbaugh died today of complications due to his battle with lung cancer. It's impossible to discuss his career without devolving into a political argument. But I think it's fair to say that when the FCC eliminated the Fairness Doctrine in 1987 it opened the way for partisan talk radio. And Limbaugh was perfectly positioned to take advantage of the new media landscape. Freed of the need to be fair or even acknowledge other viewpoints, Limbaugh and his impressive broadcast skills single-handedly created the conservative radio world. His success also made possible the rise of even more strident conservative hosts, who pitched themselves as "like Rush but meaner."

"Have you ever noticed how all newspaper composite pictures of wanted criminals resemble Jesse Jackson?" - Rush Limbaugh, 10/8/90

TODAY'S PREMIERES

1) Amend: The Fight For America (Netflix)
Amend deploys a groundbreaking narrative format featuring a number of luminaries including Mahershala Ali, Diane Lane, Samuel L. Jackson, Pedro Pascal, and Yara Shahidi breathing life into speeches and writings by the 14th Amendment’s most ardent advocates and foes such as Frederick Douglass, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Andrew Johnson among them. It also offers insights from an inclusive array of contemporary thought leaders and experts. 

2) Behind Her Eyes Series Premiere (Netflix)
A single mom becomes entangled in a twisted mind game when she begins an affair with her psychiatrist boss while bonding with his mysterious wife.

3) Good Trouble Season Premiere (Freeform)
With Jerod’s case on the line, Callie takes a job with a high profile defense lawyer. After sleeping with Evan, Mariana has to make a decision regarding her relationship with Raj. Meanwhile, Malika’s future is on the line with her impending trial.

4) Hello, Me! (Netflix)
Miserable and unsuccessful, a woman thinks she's lost all her spark — until one day, her spunky younger self appears in front of her demanding change.

5) House Hunters: Comedians on Couches Unfiltered Season Premiere (Discovery+)
Some comics sit around (on Zoom's answer to a couch) watching snippets from the HGTV show House Hunters while they mock the decisions made by the potential home owners.

6) I Survived A Crime Series Premiere (A&E)
Hosted by award-winning ABC News reporter Gio Benitez, the show takes viewers on a journey into the experience of being a victim of a sudden crime, from the moment those attacked first perceive the danger through the potential long-lasting effects. Using surveillance and cell phone footage captured during the crime, the series follows individuals going about their daily lives who were confronted with a dangerous situation and forced to make a quick decision on how to protect themselves or their families.

7) MeatEater (Netflix)
Steve sets his sights on game such as mule deer, duck, wild turkey, bear and moose in travels that take him to hunting hot spots across the US.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

If you'd like to get this daily feature as an email, subscribe to our free daily "Too Much TV" newsletter here.

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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Tuesday, February 16th, 2021

16 February, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Tuesday, February 16th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by Diet Rite and cinnamon-flavored gummi bears.

IF A NEW SHOW PREMIERES AND NO ONE CARES, DID IT REALLY PREMIERE?
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote a big piece in one of my newsletters about the challenges of promoting new broadcast television programming and I focused on NBC's new sci-fi drama Debris:

So what would I do if NBC asked? I would be relentlessly promoting the series on Peacock. Highlighting the show on the opening splash screen. First with Peacock-only trailers and then in the week before the linear premiere, with a ten-minute sneak preview. I'd make sure that to remind subscribers to add it to their watchlist. I'd find members of the show who are gamers (and believe me, there are some) and organize a Twitch stream for where they can play games and riff about the show. Reach out to niche web sites that have audiences that are a great with the show's premise and offer them exclusive interviews, video and photos. Set up interviews with influential media newsletters discussing the promotional efforts for the show. Create fake clips for TikTok that feature cast members "discovering" the debris and interacting with it. A bunch of this stuff will fail and some of it might be mocked on social media. But that's fine. The goal is to cut through the promotional clutter and get people to tune in. If not live, then before the next episode premieres. Debris is a show that has episodes you have to watch in order. And history suggests that if an audience gets too far behind, they won't stick around. Create ads that ask people to sign up for a once-a-week Debris texts. Which they'll get the morning the new episode premieres, along with a link to a clip from the episode. All of these ideas are marginal on the face of it. But in a world where a .07 share is considered a ratings win, it doesn't take much to substantially move the ratings needle.

I bring this back up because NBC has two new comedies premiering tonight: Kenan and Young Rock. And aside from the tired premises involved, I'm struck by how relentlessly predictable the promotional efforts have been for the shows. Both were recently highlighted during NBC's virtual TCA presentation and reviews surfaced today in a number of traditional old-school media outlets. But at a time when there is so much excitement in the industry and so many efforts are being made to cut through the clutter, I remain amazed at how static the promotional efforts are at some of the broadcast nets.

A SHORT FILM FESTIVAL IS COMING TO FORTNITE
The Battle Royale-style game Fortnite is launching what it describes as its first short film festival. "Fortnite Presents Short Nite" comes to the Big Screen in Fortnite's Party Royale on February 20 at 2 PM ET:

The animated shorts featured in Short Nite come from around the world. (Among them are shorts that were previously nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film!)

The total runtime of the Short Nite series is about 30 minutes, and the series will repeat non-stop for 24 hours. Players will also have the option to watch Short Nite in standard Battle Royale via Picture-in-Picture, available at the start of Short Nite and every two hours afterwards.

For the shorts that contain dialogue, you’ll be able to watch them with subtitles in your preferred language.

DISNEY ANNOUNCES SLATE OF TEN EUROPEAN ORIGINALS
As it moves towards rolling out its Star platform globally, Disney+ has unveiled its first slate of European originals - ten programs coming from producers in France, Italy, the Netherlands and Germany.

Four French commissions have been announced - two new Star Originals and two Disney+ Originals. Parallels is a Disney+ Original fantasy series following four teenagers, whose lives are turned upside down when a mysterious event propels them into parallel dimensions. The Disney+ Original Weekend Family is a comedy that chronicles the life of a new stepfamily that meets up every weekend. When the father gets into a relationship with a new partner, the weekends take on a whole new turn. The two Star originals are Oussekine, a four-part miniseries which examines the terrible true events of December 5, 1986, that led to the death of a young student, Malik Oussekine. And Soprano: Sing or Die is a documentary series which will offer exclusive access to one of France’s most popular recording artists as he and his crew get ready for a massive stadium tour in Summer 2022.

Three Star Originals for Disney+ are coming from Italy: The Good Mothers offers a mafia seen entirely from the women’s perspectives, the popular Italian show-within-a-show comedy Boris is returning for a new season. And The Ignorant Angels  is a romantic comedy based on the Italian box-office hit Le Fate Ignoranti.

Coming from the Netherlands is the sports documentary Feyenoord Rotterdam, which chronicles the behind-the-scenes story of the popular soccer team.

And two Star Originals for Disney+ are coming from Germany: the dark comedy Sultan City follows the respectable matriarch of a German-Turkish family who accidentally becomes the head of a criminal underworld and discovers she and her daughters have a talent for the business. And the true-life drama Sam: A Saxon tells the real-life story of Samuel Meffire, East-Germany’s first black police officer.

I'M NOT SURE IF THIS IS DEPRESSING OR JUST GRIM
Vice has a piece on a Canadian woman who dresses up like various Disney princesses and makes videos aimed at kids that tries to convince them not to wear masks:

Freedom Princess is a new anti-mask project featuring professional princess cosplayer Mary-Jean Harris creating videos of herself dressed up as Disney characters who espouse anti-mask rhetoric. The anti-mask community, as well as other conspiracy movements, have long been crying “save the children!” in their outreach efforts, but typically it’s an emotionally manipulative way of recruiting adults. Direct attempts to convert children to these conspiracies have been far rarer.

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TODAY'S PREMIERES

1) Animals On The Loose: A Man Vs. Wild Movie (Netflix) - [review]Bear Grylls returns with Animals on the Loose: A You vs. Wild Movie, an exciting 90 minute interactive movie for the whole family. The protective fence surrounding a wildlife sanctuary has mysteriously suffered a breach, and now animals are on the loose. Bear is called in to help rescue a mischievous baboon, track down a hungry lion, and fix the fence before any more animals get out.  Three urgent missions await you with only so much time and Bear needs your help. With the possibility of completing a secret mission, each decision impacts this interactive adventure.

2) Beach Cabana Royale (Discovery+)
Snooki hosts as designers compete to transform broken-down beach cabanas.

3) Each And Every Day (MTV)
The film features nine young people that span across race, ethnic, religious and socio-economic backgrounds across the country, sharing their personal stories in an intimate and engaging conversation that goes deep into the fastest-growing suicide epidemic among teens and young adults today. Audiences not only hear their stories of depression, anxiety and other mental health concerns, but also see the uplifting message of hope, recovery and the importance of treatment and honest conversation.

4) Kenan Series Premiere (NBC)
This single-camera comedy follows a widowed dad, Kenan (Kenan Thompson), who’s juggling a high-profile job as the host of an Atlanta morning show and raising his two girls. As Kenan tries to move on, his father-in-law (Don Johnson), brother (Chris Redd) and co-workers all have strong opinions on the best way to live his life. 

5) Nostradamus: End Of Days (Discovery+)
This all-new eight-episode series reveals exactly how the world will end, and who will be behind it, as predicted by history’s greatest prophet, Nostradamus. Combining the infamous seer’s ancient words with paintings from a mysterious lost book bearing his name, the series decodes new prophecies and causes to the world’s demise.

6) Queen Sugar Season Five Premiere (OWN)
The contemporary drama returns as the Bordelons find themselves continuing their fight to save their family farm and preserve their father’s legacy as they navigate their own personal journeys.

6) Tatort: Borowski Season Five Premiere (MHz Choice)
Detective Klaus Borowski is a quixotic, social disaster who manages to offend everyone while solving crimes in the port city of Kiel. His infuriating mix of callousness and sensitivity serves him well on the job, but gets him in trouble with everyone in his private life. His assistant, his ex-wife, his daughter and his shrink all want to throttle him most of the time, unless he’s having one of his rare good moments – in which case, he’s delightful.

7) Temptation Island Season Premiere (USA)
The singles join four new couples who are packing up their emotional baggage and heading to Maui, Hawaii for the ultimate test of their relationship. Will these couples commit to a lifetime together or will they ultimately give into temptation to one of the singles looking to find everlasting love?

8) The Black Church: This Is Our Story, This Is Our Song (PBS)
In this intimate four-hour series from executive producer, host, and writer Henry Louis Gates, Jr., we trace how this came to be in the 400 year-old story of the Black church in America, all the way down to its bedrock role as the site of African American survival and endurance, grace and resilience, thriving and testifying, freedom and independence, solidarity and speaking truth to power.

9) Tyler Perry's Madea's Farewell Play (BET+)
In Tyler Perry’s final stage run as Madea, he pulls together some of his audience’s favorite characters for a family gathering. Madea, Mr. Brown, Cora, and Aunt Bam are all under one roof for over two hours of pure joy. Madea is in rare form, as she tries to support her great-grandchildren, and daughter Cora. While at her granddaughter’s home, Madea uses her combination of tough love and old southern wisdom to help the family navigate their new normal. All seems fine until Mr. Brown takes a trip that leaves audiences in stitches.

10) Tyler Perry's The Oval Season Two Premiere (BET+)
The one-hour drama returns with its second jaw-breaking season and lifts the veil of what can happen when the leader of the free world, his wife and family are crazed maniacs. The series also highlights the personal side and everyday lives of the staff who run the inner workings of the nation’s most iconic residence.

11) Where Murder Lies Series Premiere (Discovery+)
Everyone is hiding something. It may be a harmless secret, or it might be something far more serious: a terrible betrayal of trust or a shocking indiscretion. Some of these come out over time, while others stay hidden forever. But sometimes, an event is so horrific, so cataclysmic, that everyone’s truths are laid bare. Where Murder Lies gradually exposes murder investigations one truth after another, revealing the sinister underbelly beneath seemingly placid communities.

12) Young Rock Series Premiere (NBC)
From growing up in a strong and resilient family, to being surrounded by the wild characters of his professional wrestling family, to playing football at the University of Miami, the show will explore the crazy rollercoaster that has shaped Dwayne Johnson into the man he is today and the larger-than-life characters he’s met along the way.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

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Too Much TV: Your TV Talking Points For Friday, February 12th, 2021

12 February, 2021

Here's everything you need to know about the world of television for Friday, February 12th, 2021. I'm writing this from the Twin Cities suburbs, where AllYourScreens HQ is powered by the thought of a relaxing weekend.

Just a reminder for new subscribers. Friday newsletters tend to be on the shorter side. In part because Fridays tend to be a big day for new releases. Also...it's Friday.

DAVE CHAPPELLE IS A BIT OF A TOOL
The entertainment world has its share of talented people who tend to first-class jerks in real life. And while I've never met the guy, I've heard enough stories to put comic Dave Chappelle in that category. Yes, The Dave Chappelle Show is genius and he has done some great stand-up work since then. But he's also a performer who has slowly developed this weird cognitive dissonance to his act. He spends a lot of time reassuring the audience that he is still cutting-edge and relevant while simultaneously complaining about the "cancel culture" that won't let comics like him say what they want to say. Which is a weird complaint from a comic who has a string of Netflix specials that provide him with a worldwide audience. But maybe that's just me.

Chappelle announced on his Instagram feed late Thursday that will give him the rights back to his Comedy Central show, which will return soon to Netflix. Normally, I would focus on that story, but if you want to know more about that, this Hollywood Reporter story covers it pretty well.

I'm more interested in discussing this piece in Consequence Of Sound, which does a pretty good job of letting Chappelle both have his say and show off his asshattery. Chapelle has been doing a comedy tour and his essential attitude has been "well, you can wear a mask during the show if you want. But I'm not living in fear, so you be you." There have been lots of photos of him and other comics hanging over audience members and fans maskless and partying unmaskeless after the show. Not surprisingly, Chappelle and a number of the other comics on the tour caught COVID-19. But if you thought that might make him second-guess his decision to tour during a pandemic. Well, dream on:

"You may have seen in the news that I caught coronavirus recently, and I did. Oops! I did. Because in the beginning of the pandemic, I talked to a guy in the live entertainment business and I said, ‘When can we go back to work?’ He said, ‘Probably sometime in 2022.’ And I said, ‘There’s no fucking way I can wait that long.’ And I just tried to find a way to work."

"And after all these months doing these shows, goddamnit — my number was up and then I had the rona." Cowards rejoice in a time like this because they’re so invested in being afraid. When I said I had the coronavirus, the overwhelming majority of people wished me well. But there was a faction of people, the cowards, who said, ‘You see that, Dave Chappelle? That’s why we stay inside where it’s safe, and we never try anything.’ Well, enjoy yourselves motherfuckers, because I’m better now."

Aside from the casual jerk-like comments from Chappelle, one of my issues with his attitude is that he doesn't appear to care much about the staffs of these club or theaters where he is performing. If they get sick, that's their bad luck. Chappelle still gets to make his money and be a star. As someone who did stand-up for well over a decade, I understand the emptyness that can come from being forced to stay away from the stage. But Chappelle could wait until later in the year to do live shows. Unlike a lot of road comics, he doesn't rely on those live shows to pay the bills. 

Doing a series of live shows now is just selfish. And maybe it's because 2020 was a long year. But I find myself not having a great deal of patience for someone who does things just because no one has the power to tell them "no." 

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TODAY'S PREMIERES

1) Are You Afraid Of The Dark? Reboot Series Premiere (Nickelodeon)
Season two follows a Midnight Society group of kids who learn of the terrifying curse cast over their small seaside town and are haunted by a mysterious creature known as the Shadowman. 

2) Buried By The Bernards Series Premiere (Netflix)
In 2017, Ryan Bernard opened the doors to R Bernard Funeral Services, offering complete, yet affordable funeral packages to help his community deal with exponentially high funeral costs. With family dra-medy at the center, the family-owned and operated business provides their community top tier care, service and comfort with a side of laughter in the toughest of times. In this line of work, the Bernards can't neglect supporting each other and have their own special recipe for preserving their relationships - it's one part understanding, a pinch of sarcasm, and a heaping spoonful of blatant honesty. This unorthodox funeral home is only outmatched by the unconventional Bernard family themselves. 

3) Clifford Season Premiere (Amazon)
He's a really big red dog. And he's back.

4) Dead Pigs (Mubi)
The fates of an unlucky pig farmer, a feisty home-owner defending her property, a lovestruck busboy, a disenchanted rich girl, and an American expat pursuing the Chinese Dream converge and collide as thousands of dead pigs are found floating down the Huangpu River, towards a modernizing Shanghai.

5) Galentine's Day Nightmare (LMN)
It’s the day before Valentine’s, a time for all the single girls to celebrate being single. Though her career is on the upswing and she’s landed her dream job, Claire (Camille Stopps) can’t say the same for her personal life and decides a night on the town with her girlfriends is what she needs. When she meets Brian (Anthony Grant) she thinks she may have found the one, but soon realizes that Brian is actually married to her boss. Now in a terrible predicament, Claire’s nightmare is only beginning when her boss is murdered and she becomes the prime suspect.

6) Hate By Dani Rovira (Netflix)
From the Soho Theater in Málaga, actor Dani Rovira presents his most honest, unfiltered and preposterous vision of today's human being.

7) Havana Street Party Presents: Beatriz Luengo (HBO Max)
The second installment of the hit HBO concert series “Havana Street Party Presents” features exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews, hits from “Cuerpo y Alma,” and reimagined versions of Ha*Ash’s “Ex de Verdad,” CD9’s “I Feel Alive,” Alejandra Guzmán’s “Quítatelo,” Ricky Martin’s “La Mordidita,” and Orishas’ “Sabor, Sabor.” Joining Beatriz on stage is a gospel choir, string quintet, live DJ, and fan-favorite guests Manuel Medrano, Farina, Blas Cantó, and Orishas.

8) Hip Hop Uncovered (FX)
This six-part series tells the five untold stories of Rap's most notorious kingmakers.

9) If I Can't Have You: The Jodi Arias Story (Discovery+)
When 30-year-old Alexander is found brutally murdered in his Mesa, Arizona home, police are shocked – who would have wanted to harm the popular salesman with no known enemies?  But soon, investigators receive a bizarre phone call that changes everything. The caller is Alexander’s mysterious ex-girlfriend – Jodi Arias. What happens next is too shocking to be real – but, it is. 

10) Into The Dark: Tentacles (Hulu)
In celebration of Valentine's Day, this month's installation is a psychosexual horror-thriller about a young Los Angeles couple Tara (Dana Drori) and Sam (Casey Deidrick) who fall head over heels into a new romance, entwining their lives — until their intimacy transforms into something terrifying.

11) Judas & The Black Messiah (HBO Max)
Bill O'Neal (Lakeith Stanfield) infiltrates the Black Panthers per FBI Agent Mitchell (Jesse Plemons) and J. Edgar Hoover (Martin Sheen). As Black Panther Chairman Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) ascends, falling for a fellow revolutionary (Dominique Fishback) en route, a battle wages for O’Neal’s soul.

12) Nadiya Bakes Series Premiere (Netflix)
Delightful cakes and heavenly breads pop from the oven as Nadiya Hussain returns to baking, her happy place, and spotlights creative kindred spirits.

13) Saint Maud (Epix)
The debut film from writer-director Rose Glass, Saint Maud is a chilling and boldly original vision of faith, madness, and salvation in a fallen world. Maud, a newly devout hospice nurse, becomes obsessed with saving her dying patient's soul - but sinister forces, and her own sinful past, threaten to put an end to her holy calling.

14) The Map Of Tiny Perfect Things (Amazon)
Quick-witted teen Mark (Kyle Allen) is contentedly living the same day in an endless loop when his world is turned upside-down by the mysterious Margaret (Kathryn Newton), also stuck in the same loop.

15) To All The Boys: Always And Forever (Netflix)
It started with an old love letter — and turned into a new romance. What does the future hold for Lara Jean and Peter?

16) Unseamly: The Investigation of Peter Nygard (Discovery+)
Peter Nygård's was a true rags to riches story, as he built an international fashion empire. He was known in Canada as a playboy with a questionable reputation. But in the Bahamas, he became known for an infamous feud with his billionaire neighbor.

17) Xico's Journey (Netflix)
A girl, a dog and her best pal set out to save a mountain from a gold-hungry corporation. But the key lies closer to home, with her sidekick pup, Xico.

This newsletter is called "Too Much TV" because....well, it's hard to keep track of all the new television premiering everyday. To help you prioritize your viewing, click here to see our list of more than 400 upcoming television premieres, movies and finales. You'll find listings from more than 70 networks, as well as streaming services and web shows.

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I'll be back with another one on Monday. If you have any feedback, send it along to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and follow me on Twitter @aysrick.