This Week’s MPN Podcast: December’s Most Anticipated Shows and Movies; ‘The Peripheral’ and ‘1899’ Wrapped Up; Best Shows of 2022


On this week’s episode of the Media Play News Podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley introduce a new segment to the show: looking ahead to the coming month’s most anticipated streaming shows and movies, according to data collected by Whip Media. With 20 items on the list, there’s plenty for the hosts to chew on, and they share their opinions on what is worth looking forward to and what can be skipped. There’s plenty of Avatar 2 discussion as its premiere approaches and, to no one’s surprise, it’s the No. 1 most anticipated movie of December.

Charlie sums up his thoughts with “The Peripheral” and “1899” now that he’s finished both series. In summation, the former is a promising new sci-fi show with the potential to become great, but the latter doesn’t live up to its premise and, in the host’s opinion, fails to be consistent with its storytelling. Charles talks about a fun YouTube channel, “Watcher,” which has a recurring series “Puppet History,” consisting of exactly what the title implies: historical events reenacted by puppets.

Looking backward in time, Charlie and Charles dissect a list of top shows from 2022 according to The Economist, along with shows they themselves liked most. Stay tuned to the end to hear what is worth revisiting from this past year!

This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘The Munsters,’ ‘In Bruges’ Reviews and a Look at ‘Fan Edits and Restorations’

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley dive into reviews of The Munsters and the 4K re-release of In Bruges. The Munsters is interesting because of a notoriously poorly edited trailer promoting the release of the movie, which negatively colored Charlie’s opinion of the movie. All Charles has heard is “it’s fine,” which falls in line with John Latchem’s thoughts in his review. As for the review of In Bruges by Scott Marks, Charlie has seen it and gives it his endorsement.

During the episode intro, the hosts cover a video essay titled the bizarre world of fan edits and restorations, which details the explosion of independent film edits that were kicked off with a cut of The Phantom Menace, spread far and wide by the earlier days of the internet. These cuts are compiled and available at

Lastly, Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery will get a week-long theatrical release across all three major theater chains in November. Both Charles and Charlie loved the first movie and are looking forward to the sequel. However, at the box office, the post-summer slog continues with horror movie Smile netting the most revenue from ticket sales, but still only in the low $20 million range.

This Week’s MPN Podcast: ‘Meet Cute,’ ‘Turning Point’ Reviews; Weekend Box Office Report; New Streaming Stats

On this week’s episode of the Media Play News podcast, hosts Charles Parkman and Charlie Showley cover reviews for the Peacock streaming movie Meet Cute, written by John Latchem, and 1950s-era Kino Lorber release The Turning Point, written by Scott Marks. While Charlie doesn’t make a habit out of watching rom-coms, when he hears that Meet Cute has a time travel mechanic he’s instantly into it. 

At the box office, the horror movie Smile opened this past weekend with a more than $20 million debut. Avatar remains near the top of the charts, too, closing on $2.9 billion in total ticket sales; both hosts are simultaneously incredulous at Avatar’s success and increasingly excited about its sequel’s imminent release at year’s end. The episode is wrapped up with a series of streaming statistics, as there were multiple record-breaking shows and movies recently.