Weekly Round-Up: 6/23/19-6/29/19
Good Omens (2019) now on Amazon Prime
In the continued streaming wars between the likes of Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and Amazon, everyone is looking for as many brands and intellectual properties to capitalize on as possible. Following the success of the Stars produced adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s novel American Gods, Amazon has stepped into the ring with a new adaptation of another Gaiman novel, the mini-series Good Omens (2019). Focusing on the unlikely and millennia spanning friendship of the angel Aziraphale (Michael Sheen) and the demon Crowley (David Tennant), Good Omens explores the pair’s exploits as they attempt to stave off the apocalypse. The show has been hotly anticipated since its announcement, and Amazon mounted an aggressive advertising campaign that focused on the off-kilter chemistry between Sheen and Tennant, both widely respected actors. I’m four episodes into the six-episode mini-series, and so far would say that while Sheen and Tennant are absolutely wonderful, the show drags when not focusing on the two of them. Nonetheless, it is entertaining at the very least, and I hope it signals a continuance of Amazon’s impulses to fund projects that may be too weird or niche to find an audience elsewhere.
Twitter Announces new “Quarantine” for Certain Political Tweets
In the age of the Donald Trump presidency, Twitter has held onto a measure of relevance as the President’s chosen communication method as many other social media platforms face the prospect of being replaced by newer apps. However, many have questioned the way Twitter and others, such as Facebook, have protected their users from the epidemic of fake news. Yesterday, Twitter announced a new policy that will “quarantine” tweets from politicians that violate the app’s policies and standards about “abusive” behavior, such as tweets that incite violence or spread hate speech. They will not delete these tweets, but rather put them behind a screen that could, according to a blog post from the company, say something like this: “The Twitter Rules about abusive behavior apply to this Tweet. However, Twitter has determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain available. Learn more.” Users will then have the option to click through the screen and see the tweet anyway. Many have wondered if this policy is a direct response to President Trump, and the story is actively developing.
One Day at a Time (2017-) Picked up by Pop
When Netflix cancelled their beloved sitcom One Day at a Time (2017-) there was immediate outcry for what many, including this writer, perceived as the loss of a incredibly charming show that also made great strides for diversity and inclusion in a genre that has often struggled to do so in any meaningful way. Now, like other shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine (2013-) before it, One Day at a Time has been saved from cancellation and will be brought back on the CBS-owned Pop Network. Beyond this being exciting for fans of the show, it is also a major point in the industry. As Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter notes, “One Day at a Time becomes the first original scripted series to move from a streamer to a cable network.” Only time will tell if Pop preserves all the charm and intelligence that made One Day at a Time such a beloved part of Netflix’s line-up, but this fan is just excited to get more of the show in any form.