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Hulu Orders ‘Ghost Rider’ and ‘Helstrom’ Live-Action Marvel TV Shows
Streamer continues to expand relationship with Marvel

Hulu continues to expand its relationship with Marvel, ordering a pair of live-action TV series featuring the characters Ghost Rider and Hellstrom.

“Marvel’s Ghost Rider,” which will star the Robbie Reyes version of the Spirit of Vengeance, will be executive produced by Ingrid Escajeda, who will serve as showrunner. Paul Zbyszewski and Marvel TV chief Jeph Loeb will executive produce as well. The character will not be the same version that Diego Luna portrayed on ABC’s “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.”

Per Hulu, Reyes is a quintessential antihero, consumed by hellfire and supernaturally bound to a demon. Reyes lives on the Texas/Mexico border and when he unleashes the Rider, Robbie brings vengeance for the innocents he encounters, but struggles to control the power he wields.

“Marvel’s Helstrom” is based on the comic “Hellstrom,” which centered on Damion Hellstrom, aka the Son of Satan.

In Hulu’s version, Daimon and Ana (who goes by Satana in the comic) Helstrom are the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity — each with their attitude and skills. “Marvel’s Helstrom” is also executive produced by Zbyszewski — who will serve as showrunner — and Loeb.

Both series are co-productions with Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios, and will debut in 2020. The two join Hulu’s expanding roster of Marvel TV shows, which also includes “Runaways,” which was recently renewed for a third season.

Earlier this year, Hulu signed a massive animated series agreement with Marvel that includes four adult animated series — “Howard the Duck,” “M.O.D.O.K.,” “Hit-Monkey” and “Tigra & Dazzler” — to culminate in a crossover special, “The Offenders.” The four series are being written and executive produced by the likes of Patton Oswalt, Kevin Smith, Chelsea Handler, and the “Blades of Glory” directing team of Josh Gordon and Will Speck.

Hulu is now majority owned by Disney, following its purchases of 21st Century Fox’s film and TV assets. At the same time, Marvel TV’s corporate sibling Marvel Studios is developing a slate of TV series for Disney+ starring characters from the big screen Marvel Cinematic Universe.

https://www.thewrap.com/ghost-rider-...vel-tv-series/
 

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Dazzler? I was wondering if they would make that into a show.

Unfortunately, this also means no word if the old Netflix Marvel shows will transition to Hulu.
 

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'Marvel’s Helstrom’ Cast Revealed With ‘Homeland’, ‘Fear The Walking Dead’ & ‘The Royals’ Alums For Fiery Hulu Series


EXCLUSIVE: Marvel’s upcoming horror fueled Helstrom is going full POTUS, in a very dark way


Fresh off her role as besieged President Elizabeth Keane on Homeland and an unforgiving stint on Netflix’s Unbelievable, Elizabeth Marvel joins veterans of Fear the Walking Dead, The Royals and the just launched Raising Dion in the cast of the demonic live-action series from Hulu and the home of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.

The aptly named Marvel will play the long-institutionalized Victoria Helstrom in the 10-episode first season. Paul Zbyszewski will serve as showrunner and executive produce with Marvel TV boss Jeph Loeb.


Set to debut next year on the Disney-controlled streamer, Helstrom will be led by Tom Austen and Sydney Lemmon as supposed serial-killer offspring Daimon Helstrom and Ana Helstrom, respectively. Plagued by their family background, Grantchester and ex-The Royals blackmailing bodyguard Austen and Fear TWD alum Lemmon will pursue the world’s vilest of the vile – with some family drama of their own.


Raising Dion’s Ariana Guerra, Ballers’ Robert Wisdom, June Carryl and Alain Uy will also star in the live-action series that Hulu picked up back in May (See character descriptions below). The pulling back of the Helstrom cast curtain comes as the show kicks into production in Vancouver and after a long-planned Ghost Rider series with Gabriel Luna was shuttered last month.


Of course, when you may or may not be leaping into Hellfire, Marvel’s first foray into real horror looks to be pretty hot.


“We feel incredibly fortunate to have landed a cast loaded with this much talent,” Zbyszewski told Deadline today of the Helstrom unveiling. “From the beginning, we knew we’d need a group of actors who were multifaceted, who could play all the chords any great Marvel show promises to play, from dramatic thriller to comedy to action. It’s going to be really fun to watch them work.”


“Marvel Television is thrilled to have such an amazing cast that enriches Paul’s fantastic writing,” Loeb added about the show produced by Marvel Television and ABC Signature Studios. “The ensemble is the perfect way to bring our audience into our Adventure into Fear franchise causing delicious nightmares of what’s to come!”


First making an appearance in the almost equally fiery Ghost Rider comic in 1973, Daimon Hellstrom aka Son of Satan was granted his own series soon afterwards. With a sibling called Satana in the books, the Roy Thomas- and Gary Friedrich-created Hellstrom the comic character has demonic abilities and the ability to travel back and forth between this world and Hell.


With a multi-world of narrative possibilities, Hellstrom has gone through various iterations and spellings over the years. He is currently set as a member of the down-and-dirty Strikeforce comic team with Blade, Monica Rambeau, Angela, Winter Soldier, Wiccan and Spider-Woman.


No word yet on how Helstrom the TV series will roll out on Hulu, but don’t be shocked if they debut a trio of episodes in one go and the remainder week after week.


Here are the cast and characters descriptions unveiled Tuesday:


Tom Austen (Grantchester, The Royals) as Daimon Helstrom – A professor of ethics who moonlights as an exorcist, Daimon has no illusions about saving a world he has no patience for; he just hopes he can help a few of the people closest to him. In his battle against a hidden world, Daimon is determined to root out demons as they arise, and will not stop until they’re vanquished


Sydney Lemmon (Fear The Walking Dead, Succession) as Ana Helstrom – By day, Ana runs a successful auction house and suffers no fools, but her true interest lies in hunting down those who hurt others. Traumatized by her father as a child, Ana is driven to rid the world of those like him, even as she secretly worries her father will return.


Elizabeth Marvel (Homeland, The Meyerowitz Stories) as Victoria Helstrom – Plagued by demons both real and imagined, Victoria has been institutionalized for 20 years. While she struggles to be herself, she hopes to repair her relationship with her children.


Robert Wisdom (Ballers, Watchmen) as Caretaker – Caretaker is a guardian of knowledge of the occult. He uses his knowledge and his relationship with Ana to help keep demonic forces at bay.


June Carryl (Mindhunter, Dead Women Walking) as Dr. Louise Hastings – A psychologist with a strong faith but an open mind, Hastings is head of the psychiatric hospital where Victoria is being monitored. She has watched over the Helstrom family for years, caring for them as best she can.


Ariana Guerra (Raising Dion, Insatiable) as Gabriella Rosetti – A woman balancing logic and faith, Gabriella arrives from the Vatican to help Daimon and Hastings uncover cases of demonic possession. She wants to save everyone she can, including Daimon.


Alain Uy (The Passage, Paper Tigers) as Chris Yen – Yen is Ana’s business partner and her closest friend — some would say surrogate brother. He carries out the bulk of the auction house’s responsibilities and assists Ana with whatever she needs.


https://deadline.com/2019/10/helstr...vel-tom-austen-sydney-lemmon-hulu-1202755045/
 

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Marvel’s Helstrom TV Show Release Targeting Fall 2020

Marvel's latest Hulu series, Helstrom, is eyeing a fall premiere date as it joins the streamer's spooky "Huluween" programming block.

BY RACHEL LABONTE

Marvel's latest Hulu series, Helstrom, is currently eyeing a fall premiere date. Hulu officially ordered Helstrom last year alongside a planned Ghost Rider series starring Gabriel Luna. However, Ghost Rider ended up not being picked up, but Helstrom continued on as planned. Updates were slow to come for a while, but in March, stars of the series confirmed production on season 1 of Helstrom had officially finished. The series follows siblings Daimon (Tom Austen) and Ana (Sydney Lemmon) as they hunt down the very worst of humanity. Additionally, both struggle with the trauma of having a powerful serial killer for a father. Helstrom also stars Elizabeth Marvel, Robert Wisdom, June Carryl, Ariana Guerra, and Alain Uy.

Helstrom arrives at a time when the landscape of Marvel television shows is changing. For years, Marvel Television created a plethora of shows that technically existed within the MCU, but very rarely connected to it. Most of these shows were fairly well received, especially in the case of Netflix series like Daredevil and Luke Cage. However, news broke last year that Marvel Studios is absorbing Marvel TV and taking over the television side. Numerous shows are currently in development for Disney+, and the last original Marvel TV show, Agents of SHIELD, will end this summer. Helstrom, meanwhile, was initially in development with Marvel Television but is now under Marvel Studios' care.

It seemed likely that Helstrom would premiere on Hulu later this year, and now that seems to be confirmed. Amidst news about Hulu's future programming, THR notes Helstrom is being included among the streamer's "Huluween" block of fall content. This means it'll likely arrive in October, and it'll be alongside other shows like Books of Blood, Bad Hair, and Monsterland.

Considering how Helstrom is supposed to fit solidly within the horror genre, it makes perfect sense to drop it around Halloween. This'll likely capture more than a few subscribers' attentions as they look for something spooky to watch. At the same time, the fall release is interesting timing when considering the Disney+ shows. At this current moment, Marvel is planning to release The Falcon and the Winter Soldier in August and WandaVision in December.

This puts Helstrom right in the middle of both. While Helstrom is reportedly set within the MCU, it certainly won't have the same connections as the aforementioned shows do, which means it's unlikely they'll be marketed together or will even pose as potential competition. However, Helstrom is still a Marvel show, and that guarantees it'll get some attention. Fans should expect further updates on the latest Marvel series as fall 2020 gets closer.

https://screenrant.com/marvel-helstrom-tv-show-targets-2020-release-date/
 

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Marvel’s Helstrom Trailer Reveals First Look At Son Of Satan’s Powers
A new trailer for Marvel's upcoming Helstrom show on Hulu gives a look at Daimon Helstrom's powers, otherwise known as the Son of Satan.

BY REBECCA VANACKER



A new trailer for Marvel's upcoming Helstrom show teases the Son of Satan's powers. The series will premiere on Hulu next month, with all ten episodes of season 1 releasing Friday, October 16. Helstrom is based on the similarly named Hellstrom family from the comics. As the children of a serial killer, Daimon and Ana hunt those who hurt others, while also dealing with their institutionalized mother, Victoria. Daimon is also known as the Son of Satan, with Helstrom being his live-action debut.

The show has been affected by behind-the-scenes changes at Marvel. It was originally developed under Marvel Television, which folded into Marvel Studios late last year. Following this move, the series name was changed, as it was originally called Marvel's Helstrom. This is partly because of the show's horror elements, which aren't in line with Marvel's usual brand. The first trailer for Helstrom, released during this summer's Comic-Con, showed off the scarier aspects of the show, which should be an interesting departure for the studio.

he new footage plays up Helstrom's creepy elements as well. Some of the trailer, which Hulu released this week, repeats the same moments shown in the original preview. However, there are a few new parts, including a first look at Daimon's powers at the end. Hulu also shared some key art for the series, which looks more like a horror movie poster than one for a Marvel show.



The glimpse at Daimon's powers make him look like a strong force in Helstrom. It remains to be seen how his powers will come across in the series, especially on a TV budget. For those already excited about the show, this trailer should make them even more eager for season 1. However, those on the fence may still be looking for something that sets Helstrom apart from other supernatural shows. Since the first ten episodes are releasing all at once, viewers should get an idea very quickly if the series is for them.

If Helstrom is well-received, Disney, which owns both Hulu and Marvel, may have a dilemma on its hands. The studio is trying to focus its efforts on the Marvel Cinematic Universe shows premiering on Disney+ soon, and other Marvel shows may take away from that. However, with movies delayed and theme parks far from operating at peak capacity, Disney is more focused on streaming than it once was. It will be interesting to see if Helstrom's debut helps the company at all or if the show becomes a one-season wonder.



(looking forward to this one)
 

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Helstrom boss, stars preview the thrills and chills in Marvel's new drama

Over the past 12 years, Marvel has traversed many classic genres: a war epic, a '70s spy thriller, two space odysseys, a sensitive teen drama, and gritty street-level TV shows, just to name a few. Now, the House of Ideas bounds into horror with Hulu’s Helstromwhich purposefully lacks the ownership signifier "Marvel's" that every other show in the universe carries. "Not having the red box over the title is a way of telling the audience that this is something different,” says showrunner Paul Zbyszewski. “We are siloed off [from the Marvel Cinematic Universe]. Part of it is [because] it’s a darker-themed show than the other Marvel shows on other platforms.”

Based on the Son of Satan comics, the chilling series centers on Daimon (The Royals' Tom Austen) and Ana (Succession's Sydney Lemmon) Helstrom, the offspring of a serial-killing demon. As youngsters, their father’s devilish disposition destroyed the family, leaving them emotionally scarred. Now grown, the estranged siblings use their inherited powers to fight evil in different ways: Daimon performs exorcisms in Portland, while his icy San Francisco-based sister hunts wicked men like her dad.

“There’s one thing she’s after, and that’s vengeance — and justice,” says Lemmon. Austen adds: “He carries a massive amount of guilt for surviving [their father] in a way that he doesn’t believe, or can’t understand, his sister has.”
Unfortunately, Daimon and Ana must confront their traumatic past and reunite with their institutionalized and possessed mother, Victoria (Homeland's Elizabeth Marvel), when a powerful new demon is unleashed. Watching Marvel switch between Victoria's lucid state and her demonic side — which she performs with a frightening and guttural voice without the help of technology — is one of the thrills of the series.

"It's creepy and it's weird and it's unpredictable and feels dangerous," says Austen of working with Marvel. "Elizabeth is just the most incredible woman and the most incredible actress. So you always knew somewhere in the back of your mind that you were going to be safe and nothing really bad was going to happen, but she goes so deep and she goes so dark with so much of what she does that you do have to step out of yourself sometimes and just check yourself and remind yourself that this is not for real, because it's so amazing the transformation that she does."

ven though it may be good for Daimon and Ana to finally deal with some of this baggage, there are some out there who don't share that opinion. "There's an entire sect out there that believes that bad things happen when the spawn of the Devil get together. It doesn't help that mom is possessed," says Zbyszewski. "It goes back to the theme of the nature versus nurture of it all. You've got two kids who are the offspring of potentially the most evil being that's ever walked the planet. They both have abilities. What happens when they decide to put those abilities to use? Are they going to put those abilities to use for the forces of good or evil?"

Alas, Zbyszewski wouldn't go into too much detail about what those abilities might be. "They live in a world where there are these demons and then these demons are basically creatures of energy. Daimon and Ana, because of who their father was, have the ability to manipulate this energy in different ways. Ana has a particular way of manipulating that energy, as does Daimon. The ways they do that are taken in spirit from the comic books," says Zbyszewski, adding that viewers can expect some Easter eggs that reference the comics.

Because the stars spent long hours excavating this heavy family drama and shooting in spooky locations, like an abandoned Vancouver mental hospital, the show’s specter often followed them home."I was sleeping with the light on in the hallway because it does seep in,” says Lemmon. “It’s so frightening because it’s something true—it’s the battle between good and evil [and] who’s going to win. It’s something we can relate to so presently.”

 

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‘Helstrom’ Is a Dull, Scare-Free Horror Series: TV Review

Hulu’s “Helstrom” might sport an elaborate mythology, but like many comic book stories, it ultimately reveals a simplistic core. Loosely based on Marvel comics characters, “Helstrom” follows Daimon (Tom Austen) and Ana (Sydney Lemmon) Helstrom, two adult siblings with psychic powers and an intimate connection with the demon world. Both use their gift in different ways: Daimon teaches ethics by day and performs secular exorcisms by night, while Ana runs an auction house and kills violent offenders who slip through society’s cracks. They’re reunited when the demon that has possessed their institutionalized mother, Victoria (Elizabeth Marvel), revives the Helstrom’s long-dead serial killer father who wishes to exact his revenge. On top of this, they have to deal with the numerous demons already roaming the Earth, plotting to wreak havoc at all times.

If you’ve ever seen “The Exorcist” or any other exorcism-related films and TV, then you’ll be familiar with most of clichés present in “Helstrom.” The series tries to get ahead of this in Daimon’s introductory scene, when he encounters a child faking his demon possession and lists the litany of tropes that the show presumably won’t be indulging. Nevertheless, Daimon and Ana’s powers, not to mention Elizabeth Marvel’s demonic performance, all fall neatly in line with genre expectations. Characters are often thrown against walls and ceilings by the possessed, and the show’s many demons speak in that recognizable scary baritone voice. Creator and showrunner Paul Zbyszewski turns his focus to the supernatural instead of religion, and he grounds the show in broad issues of childhood trauma, but he gives up the game whenever Daimon puts his magic hand on anyone. He might as well scream, “The power of Marvel compels you!”

Speaking of, “Helstrom” represents the last gasp of Marvel’s TV slate after President Kevin Feige folded Marvel Television into Marvel Studios and phased out the company’s television productions all together. Subsequently, Disney has tried to distance “Helstrom” and its dark tone from the rest of the Marvel name, mostly by removing the word “Marvel” from the title. But while the series features more blood and jump scares than the typical Marvel affair, “Helstrom” has the mark of the omnipresent studio almost from the beginning. Everything from the Joss Whedon-esque quippy dialogue, frequently delivered with one-note sarcasm, to the stodgy effects and fight scenes will be familiar to anyone who has dipped their toes into the MCU. A horror series in name and appearance only, “Helstrom” remains a lame-duck brand property to the core.

It’s a shame if only because “Helstrom” features enough elements to at least be derivative in a different direction. Maybe it’s because the series was filmed in Vancouver, or because Ariana Guerra plays a skeptical Vatican agent in the vein of Dana Scully, but there’s a slight “X-Files” bent to “Helstrom” that suggests a more compelling, procedural version of the show. Instead, the five episodes screened for critics confirm that “Helstrom” is a punishingly on-task origin story that slowly teases out details of Daimon and Ana’s psychological trauma, with almost every scene between and about them connecting back to this theme. On top of that, the writers have to service a seven-person main cast, which includes Caretaker (Robert Wisdom), an occult guardian; Louise Hastings (June Carryl), the head of the psychiatric hospital that house Victoria; and Chris (Alain Uy), Ana’s auction house partner-in-crime. It takes four episodes for most of these characters to team up, but in that time, they have yet to take on distinct identities.

It’s possible the protracted table-setting and myriad subplots will eventually pay off when “Helstrom” ties the threads together. However, even if that’s the case, the actual experience of watching those threads in action remains programmatic and dull, especially for a show that involves demon warriors. “Helstrom” attempts to engage with issues like chronic PTSD and unresolved mental illness, but it can only communicate these mature motivations through its self-serious tone, rarely allowing any of its ideas breathe. It constantly goes through the motions of an “elevated horror” series without at least offering any decent scares or cool monsters. “Helstrom” might be airing in time for the Halloween season, but it’s too tedious to raise anyone’s heart rate.

 

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Helstrom: A Few Devilish Details About Hulu's Horror-Filled Marvel Adaptation

Sibling relationships can be hell.

Just ask Daimon and Ana, the brother and sister at the center of Hulu’s new horror series Helstrom. When the series drops in its entirety on the streamer Friday, audiences will be introduced to the pair, two members of an estranged family that has seen its share of demons — both emotional and literal.

The hour-long drama from Marvel Television and ABC Studios is based on the Marvel comic of the same name, but executive producer Paul Zbyszewski says no prior knowledge is necessary to get sucked into the Helstrom family’s scary saga.

“We take the spirit of the comics, and those characters, and tell a very different story,” the EP tells TVLine. “Like, we didn’t go back in and go, ‘OK, we’re going to do that run from Marvel Spotlight 12 to 24, and that’s our first season.’ We didn’t take that specific arc.” Instead, he explains, “We built stories of our own for these characters, based on who we wanted these characters to be.”

In addition to Zbyszewski, TVLine spoke with cast members Tom Austen (The Royals), Sydney Lemmon (Fear the Walking Dead) and June Carryl (Mindhunter) about what to expect from the 10-episode first season. Read on for all the spooky specifics.

WHO’S WHO | Austen’s Daimon is a college professor/exorcist who has, let’s say, a healthy disdain for the Catholic Church and anyone who works with it. Lemmon’s Ana is a wheeler-and-dealer in San Francisco who’s at the height of her career when circumstances conspire to reunite her with her estranged brother, whom she hasn’t talked to in a decade. Their mother, Victoria (played by Homeland‘s Elizabeth Marvel), has been in a psychiatric facility run by Carryl’s Dr. Louise Hastings for years. And their dad? Oh, he was a mysterious (and prolific) serial killer. The cast also includes Ariana Guerra (Raising Dion) as Vatican representative Gabriella Rosetti, Alain Uy (The Passage) as Ana’s assistant Chris Yen and Robert Wisdom (The Wire) as one of Ana’s mysterious colleagues known as Caretaker.

HOW EVIL IS IT? | Though the comics make it clear that Daimon and Ana (short for Satana)’s pop is Beelzebub himself, the show purposefully makes the matter a lot hazier. Was Daddy Helstrom a demon? Was he just the worst kind of human being? And how far, exactly, do the evil apples fall from the tree? “Our origin story is, we are taking from the comics, but this is a darker, grittier, more psychologically-grounded take, I think,” Lemmon says. “There’s an amazing speech that Caretaker has, where he describes Daimon and Ana’s father as being pure evil, and that kind of says it all. That can be whatever you want it to be. Obviously, in the comics, it is literally Satan. We don’t ever use that word in this show, but the idea of the essence of pure evil is absolutely what is inside of them.”

ON A SCALE OF 1 TO AVENGERS | Not a comics person? No worries, Austen says. “The cool thing about the show is, it’s as Marvel or as un-Marvel as you want it to be. If you’re there for the stunts and the action and the supernatural powers, then you’ve got it. If you’re there because you want to watch a drama about a family struggling to make it through life, that’s there, too.”

YOU MAY ENJOY HELSTROM IF… | … you enjoy Fox’s The Exorcist series adaptation, CBS’ Evil or Hulu’s Castle Rock — all of which deal heavily with the teetering balance between good and evil. In addition to overseeing the hospital where Victoria Helstrom is a longtime patient, Carryl’s character has a history that involves both deep devotion to religious faith… and more than a healthy bit of skepticism about the world at large. “You know, in Constantine, Gabriel says to Constantine, ‘You don’t have faith, you just know. You just happen to know the truth,'” Carryl says. “Louise is on the other side of that. It’s like, ‘Yes, I know, but I still believe — probably partly because I know.'” That distinction, she adds, “sustains her faith, and it helps her to see Daimon, Ana and Victoria as beings worth protecting.”

 

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Reviews from critics don't seem favorable, so I knew there was something good about it.

Best parts are production, above average. Unexpected high quality acting, cinematography, sound. Not too high though.
Story is ok, interrupted from time to time by characters talking about feelings, usual filler.
We know about characters, but not about the world. Universe/lore is not explained enough, is lacking.

Did not feel like a Marvel show. Felt like a fantasy show from late 2000's/early 2010's, set in 2020. Which is why I think the critics did not like it. Does not have the stench of many current year politics stuffed trash which seems to be mandated in a lot of productions.
Similar to Constantine (TV) in some ways.

Definitely impressed. It's not often a show keeps me watching episode after episode.
Ending a bit anticlimactic, but got me excited for season 2.
7/10.
 

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Awesome to hear, thanks guys. I am really looking forward to this one. Glad to hear the critics may have been wrong (as usual).
 

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I think it is ok. I'm a few eps in and it's starting to take some typical twists. Not really better than the Vampire Diaries.
 

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I have got to find some time to sit down and watch this. Was looking forward to this but just don't have enough time in the day to do it.
 
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