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Month: October 2020

BBC’s STAGED Gets Season 2, Adds Ben Schwartz to Cast

‘Staged’: BBC Renews David Tennant & Michael Sheen Lockdown Comedy – Deadline:

The BBC has commissioned a second season of Staged, the lockdown comedy starring Good Omens actors David Tennant and Michael Sheen that secured pick-up from Hulu in the U.S.

The first season of the Infinity Hill, GCB Films and No Mystery-produced show featured Tennant and Sheen mounting Zoom rehearsals for their furloughed West End theatre production during the pandemic.

Season 2 sees the pair attempt to navigate the world of “virtual Hollywood” while keeping their increasingly fragile egos intact. Parks and Recreation star Ben Schwartz joins the cast as an assistant to their American agent.

Hey! A new season of a show featuring two of my favorite people, NOW featuring a third of my favorite people!


Now I just need to watch the first dang season on Hulu.

Support the Ottobar, with A Dope Playlist

The Ottobar, storied Baltimore music venue, launching local playlist to raise money during pandemic – Baltimore Sun:

The coronavirus pandemic forced many music and show venues to close or cancel many of their planned activities, losing out on much-needed revenue along the way. The Ottobar in Charles Village, one such venue with a 23-year history in Baltimore, is now trying to support both itself and the music scene it helps sustain with an upcoming fundraiser playlist.

Called “No Stagediving,” the playlist will feature 50 or more artists that are local, have gotten their start at the Ottobar or are otherwise associated with the venue, owner Tecla Tesnau said. The venue announced the fundraiser in a promotional email and on social media Tuesday.

I’ll be sharing a link to the actual playlist once it is up. I’m really looking forward to this project, and not just because I’m a heavily invested member of the Ottobar community, but because I always love seeing my local scene celebrated — regardless of the eventual cause it benefits.

Have It Your Way, In a Reusable Whopper Package

Burger King Testing Reusable Containers To Cut Down On Packaging Waste – Chew Boom:

Burger King is partnering with TerraCycle’s circular packaging service, Loop, to pilot a closed-loop system with zero-waste packaging that can be safely cleaned and refilled to be reused, again and again.

As part of the pilot, fans will be offered the option to reduce waste when ordering their favorite Burger King signature menu items like Whopper sandwiches, soft drinks or coffee in reusable sandwich containers or beverage cups.

Fascinating idea in theory, but I’m not sure how well it would work in practice.

I don’t know about your local BK, but my Whopper’s always end up a sloppy, mayo-and-lettuce-fueled mess. I can’t imagine cleaning those packages would be nice.

Maybe we just move forward with, I dunno, plates?

Hideo Kojima is Working on a New Game. That’s All We Know.

Hideo Kojima confirms a new project is in development, says nothing about it •

Legendary video game developer Hideo Kojima has confirmed a new project is in development, but has said nothing about it.

In a statement issued on Kojima’s official Twitter accounts and Kojima Productions’ LinkedIn page, the Metal Gear creator said the studio was hiring for various roles at its Tokyo office.

I know, this is one of those “no shit” sort of stories: Active Software Company in Development of Next Project, if you will.

But in the case of Kojima, his work is always so interesting, lauded and unique, that it’s genuinely exciting to know that the next project is on the way.

That said: I still haven’t played Death Stranding. Should I fix that, dear Internet?