Monday, September 25, 2023

View From the Eeeeeeeek! - Everything Coming to Paramount+ in October 2023

 

Paramount+ will debut a stacked slate of star-studded new original series, films and documentaries this October, including the highly anticipated Paramount+ Original series Frasier, starring the legendary Kelsey Grammer, who is reprising his iconic title character Frasier Crane for the first time in 20 years. Next month, Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers will be treated to the decades-spanning romantic limited series Fellow Travelers*, starring Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey. And to celebrate the spooky season, the service will premiere all-new original Halloween and horror-themed titles, including Pet Sematary: BloodlinesMonster High 2 and Bargain, and has resurrected the fan-favorite Peak Screaming collection to haunt your screens all month long. For a closer look at all of the entertainment coming your way in October, check out this month’s edition of View from the Eeeeeeeek!


IN THE
SPOTLIGHT

Frasier
Kevin Daniels, Kelsey Grammer, Jimmy Dunn and Jack Cutmore-Scott in Frasier
 

It’s been 20 years since he's been on the air, but Dr. Frasier Crane is back! In the Paramount+ Original series, Frasier, played by the legendary Kelsey Grammer, has moved back to Boston to be closer to his grown son Freddy. We spoke with Executive Producer Tom Russo to learn more about what the good doctor is up to and what we can expect from the new series.

  • Q: Why is now a great time for us to return to Frasier?

    I have always felt it would be a great time to return to “Frasier,” as he’s an iconic character portrayed by the equally iconic Kelsey Grammer. Life has been so challenging for so many people these past few years - so I believe the timing is perfect to welcome back a warm and loving friend, Frasier Crane.

  • Q: What familiar elements from the show did you want to remain untouched and what were you interested in changing?

    The elements we have sought to maintain from the original are the intelligent, elevated writing, which is not only funny but contains a solid dose of emotion and heart and distinctive characters embodied by wonderfully skilled actors. Much like the original show - which took a beloved character from a previous series and then surrounded him with new people in a new setting - we are doing the same thing here.

  • Q: What’s it like working with Kelsey Grammer and this fantastic new cast?

    I have known Kelsey for many years, going back to my involvement with the original show as its supervising Paramount Television executive. Kelsey is more than an extraordinary actor, producer and director; he is a phenomenal husband, father and loyal friend. It is a complete joy to work with the entire cast of the show. They are marvelously talented and wonderful people.

  • Q: Frasier is unique on the service for being filmed in front of a live studio audience. Tell us a little bit about how that impacts the energy of the show.

    The enthusiasm, laughter and vibrancy of the studio audience could be felt by everyone on stage, especially by the cast, crew, director and producers. This created both electricity and immediacy that are not present on a single-camera shoot. Every Tuesday evening at 6p.m. was a new opening night.

Get psyched when Frasier premieres on October 12, and stream the classic series on Paramount+ today.

WATCH THE TRAILER


MOUNTAIN
OF MOVIES

Pet Sematary: Bloodlines
David Duchovny and Jack Mulhern in Pet Sematary: Bloodlines
 

Sometimes… dead is better. That’s the haunting lesson at the heart of Stephen King’s twisted tale Pet Sematary. In Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, a spine-tingling prequel to the 2019 film, we travel back to 1969 to learn more about the unnatural patch of ground in Ludlow, Maine where grieving families bury their dead with the hope that they will rise again.

For Director Lindsey Anderson Beer, the film was a chance to better understand what would move someone to take such a terrifying risk. “Like the book, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines explores our fear of death and losing the ones we love,” said Anderson Beer. “Because Pet Sematary is such an intimate portrait of death, I wanted every scare and action scene to be extremely close and intimate. I wanted to confront death and our violent impulses to avoid it.”

For Anderson Beer, horror is an ideal genre. “There are so many things I love about making horror films,” said Anderson Beer. “You allow people to confront their greatest fears, and survive them. You can reflect the human experience and societal issues in ways that are easily digestible, educational and cathartic. I love filmmaking because it truly encompasses every art form, and horror, in particular, really allows me to use every tool in a filmmaker’s audiovisual arsenal. In this case, scares come as much from the cinematography, silence and sound design as from any blood, guts or violence. It’s often more about what you don’t see than what you do. I used more sound design than score, often based on the silence of death, and using the sounds of nature as violence.”

Dig up the truth in the town of Ludlow, Maine when Pet Sematary: Bloodlines premieres on October 6.

WATCH THE TRAILER

Peak Screaming Collection

The Paramount+ “Peak Screaming” collection has been jolted back to life with more than 25 creepily curated carousels including "Big Screen’s Big Screams," "Horror Heroines," "Family Fright Night" and "A24 Horror"* with more than 400 fan-favorite horror movies, series and episodes such as Scream VISmileEvilGhostsA Quiet Place Part II and many more. Additionally, several new films and specials are making their debut in this year’s Peak Screaming offering:

  • Class is back in session for the world’s most unusual students when Monster High 2 premieres on the service. Clawdeen, Frankie and Draculaura are in for some hair-raising adventures as they step into the “human world,” contend with a new frenemy – popular werecat Torelai – and sing new bops we’ll be humming all season. Watch the trailer!

  • The critically acclaimed Korean dystopian thriller series Bargain is filled with twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat. Investigators are tracking down a ring of organ traffickers when a devastating earthquake traps them alongside the criminals in a crumbling building from which they must escape. Watch the trailer!

  • Trick-or-treaters will be delighted by A Really Haunted Loud House. In this spooky special, Lincoln Loud and his best friend Clyde McBride undertake a Halloween adventure in which they must decide between upholding the tradition of the signature Loud Family spooktacular or attending a party hosted by the cool new kid at school. Hijinks ensue. Watch the trailer!
EXPLORE THE PEAK SCREAMING COLLECTION


DIRECTOR'S
CUT

Fellow Travelers
Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer in Fellow Travelers

Next month, Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers can stream Fellow Travelers*, a decades-spanning love story, starring Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey, created for television by Oscar® nominee Ron Nyswaner and based on the novel by Thomas Mallon. The limited series begins in the early 1950s at the height of Senator McCarthy’s inquisition against alleged communists and LGBTQ+ government officials, which gave Executive Producer and Director Daniel Minahan the opportunity to explore the dichotomy of the show’s queer storyline and the state of LGBTQ+ rights through a documentarian lens.

“I was really intrigued by the idea of recreating a queer world in 1953 and imagining what that was like between the bars and the way people communicated, how they hid themselves and how they showed themselves to each other,” said Minahan. “I come from a documentary background, so research is really appealing to me.”

The pop-culture zeitgeist of the entire span of the series, from the 1950s to the 1980s,  was crucial in informing the aesthetic of his direction, as well. “Which movies were people watching? Which television shows were they watching? What kind of music was popular in 1953?” asked Minahan. “All of that became a palette from which I knew I could draw .”


Find a love for the ages when Fellow Travelers premieres on the Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan on October 27.

WATCH THE TEASER


STREAMING
SOON

ORIGINALS, EXCLUSIVES, PREMIERES & EVENTS

10/5: Bargain premiere
10/5: Monster High 2 premiere
10/6: The Caine Mutiny Court Martial premiere*
10/6: Pet Sematary: Bloodlines premiere
10/10: Painkiller: The Tylenol Murders premiere
10/12: Frasier premiere
10/16: Vindicta premiere
10/17: Crush premiere
10/24: Milli Vanilli premiere
10/27: Fellow Travelers premiere*



LIBRARY SHOWS

October 2

Lotería Loca (Season 1)
The Price is Right at Night


October 3

The Young & the Restless (Season 51)

October 4

Blaze and the Monster Machines (Season 6)>
Ex on the Beach (Season 6)>
Louis Tomlinson: All of Those Voices>
Siesta Key (Season 5)


October 11

Are You Afraid of the Dark? (2019) (Season 3)
Inside the Factory (Seasons 3-5)


October 13

Raid The Cage (Season 1)

October 18

Teen Mom Family Reunion (Seasons 1-2)
Teen Mom: Girls Night In (Seasons 1-2)
Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant Season 3)
The Penguins of Madagascar (Season 2)
Tyler Perry's Young Dylan (Season 3)


October 25

Isle of MTV: Malta
Air Disasters (Seasons 1-7)
MTV Cribs (Season 19)
Reno 911! It's A Wonderful Heist



LIBRARY MOVIES

October 1

A Royal Night Out*
A Simple Plan*
Airplane!*
Airplane II: The Sequel*
Akeelah and the Bee*
Almost Famous*
American Graffiti*
An American Haunting
Babel
Bend It Like Beckham*
Beowulf (2007)*
Best Defense*
Better Off Dead*
Big Game*
Birthday Girl
Birthmarked*
Body Cam
Chocolate City*
Citizen Ruth
Clerks
Crawl
Croupier*
Dance Flick
Dead Presidents*
Deep Impact
Defiance
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels*
District 9
Dotty & Soul*
Doubt*
Eye for An Eye
Face/Off
Fatal Attraction
Fear the Night*
Firestarter (1987)
First Blood*
Flesh and Bone
Follow Her*
Getting Even with Dad*
God's Waiting Room*
Harlem Nights
Hart's War*
Home For The Holidays (1995)*
Hoosiers*
Igby Goes Down*
In & Out*
In The Bedroom*
In The Heights
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Inside Llewyn Davis*
Into The Wild*
Iris*
Jackass Number Two
Jessabelle*
John Grisham's The Rainmaker
Just Between Friends*
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider*
LX 2048*
Malcolm X*
Mansfield Park*
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein*
Mean Creek
Midnight Cowboy*
Minority Report
Moonstruck*
More American Graffiti*
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge*
Mrs. Brown*
Mulholland Drive*
Notorious*
Phantasm*
Pioneer Woman*
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Private Parts
Rambo III*
Rambo: First Blood Part II*
Raze*
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Save the Last Dance
Saving Private Ryan*
Say Anything*
School Ties
Scrooged
Semper Fi*
Sexy Beast
Silence
Six Degrees of Separation*
Sleeping with the Enemy*
Smoke Signals*
Smokey and the Bandit*
Smokey and the Bandit II*
Smokey and the Bandit Part 3*
Summer of Sam*
Suspiria (1977)*
Teeth*
The Aviator
The Boys in the Band*
The Contractor
The Conversation*
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button*
The Duchess
The Firm
The Grudge
The Host*
The Integrity of Joseph Chambers*
The Italian Job (1969)
The Italian Job (2003)
The Love Guru
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Missouri Breaks*
The Newton Boys*
The Original Kings of Comedy
The Prestige*
The Queen*
The Remains of the Day*
The Ring Two*
The Station Agent
The Warriors
The Wings of the Dove*
Titanic
Train to Busan*
Universal Soldier
Vampire in Brooklyn
Vamps*
Vanilla Sky
What Lies Beneath*
Who's Harry Crumb?*
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)*
Young Adult


October 9

The Starling Girl*

October 16

Vindicta

October 18

Homefront*


SPORTS

10/1: NFL ON CBS Week 4 (check local listings)
10/1: Argentina Liga Profesional de Fútbol – Boca Juniors vs. River Plate
10/1: Professional Bull Riding Camping World Teams Series
10/3-10/4: UEFA Champions League Matchday 2
10/3: UEFA Champions League – Napoli vs. Real Madrid
10/4: UEFA Champions League – Newcastle United vs. PSG
10/5: UEFA Europa League Matchday 2
10/5: UEFA Europa Conference League Matchday 2
10/6: NWSL – Megan Rapinoe Sendoff Match  – OL Reign vs. Washington Spirit 
10/7: Professional Bull Riding Camping World Teams Series
10/7: SEC on CBS
10/7: Serie A – Juventus vs. Torino
10/8: NFL ON CBS Week 5 Doubleheader (check local listings) 
10/8: Barclays Women’s Super League – Manchester City vs. Chelsea
10/14: SEC on CBS Doubleheader
10/15: NFL ON CBS Week 6 (check local listings)
10/15: Professional Bull Riding Camping World Team Series: Road to the Championship
10/15: NWSL – Final Day of Regular Season
10/21: College Football on CBS – Air Force @ Navy
10/21: SEC on CBS
10/22: NFL ON CBS Week 7 Doubleheader (check local listings)
10/22: Serie A – AC Milan vs. Juventus 
10/22: NWSL Playoffs Quarterfinals
10/24-10/25: UEFA Champions League Matchday 3
10/24: UEFA Champions League – Sevilla vs. Arsenal
10/25: UEFA Champions League – PSG vs. AC Milan
10/26: UEFA Europa League Matchday 3
10/26: UEFA Europa Conference League Matchday 3
10/28: Big Ten on CBS 
10/28: SEC on CBS – Georgia vs. Florida
10/29: NFL ON CBS Week 8 Doubleheader (check local listings)
10/29: Serie A – Inter vs. Roma
10/29: Serie A – Napoli vs. AC Milan
10/30: 2023 Ballon d’Or Awards Ceremony
Throughout October: NWSL competition
Throughout October: Italian Serie A competition
Throughout October: Concacaf Nations League qualifiers
Throughout October: Argentina Liga Profesional de Fútbol competition
Throughout October: Campeonato Brasileirão Série A competition
Throughout October: Scottish Professional Football League competition
Throughout October: Combate Global competition
Throughout October: AFC Champions League
Throughout October: Barclays Women’s Super League


* Title is available to Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers.

**All Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers can live stream CBS titles via the live feed on Paramount+. Those titles will be available on-demand to all subscribers the day after they air live.

Dates for library titles are subject to change.

Sunday, September 24, 2023

57 Channels and Only This Is On: September 24, 2023

  

The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon:  So the miracle child was born to a zombie.  Cool.  Does that explain why he is super weird?  They will probably just make him immune from zombieism.

 

The Chi:  Well, that was not the Avengers assembling that I predicted, it actually was a really embarrassing assassination attempt.  Then Emmitt tries to blame it on the gun jamming; the dude shot am missed multiple times before that.  But Victor definitely finishes him off, right?  Either Douda or Emmitt has to die next episode because Douda has to know it was Emmitt since he set up that meeting.  I guess we will have to wait awhile because the show is going on hiatus.   But I guess this ws the last we will see of Kevin, that certainly looked like a farewell.

 

Billions:  Finally, some R.E.M.  Great ending to a not so great episode. Why  was there so much about how Bobby owes Chuck when Bobby is not even in the episode?  The whole DMV thing just seemed like a forced attempted to get Chuck and Wendy at the same place and for the writers to add some forced sports references.

 

Only Murders in the Building:  Now that is how you make an entrance. Welcome back Detective Williams. Sorry you had to slum it on The Idol; hopefully she is available for the final two episodes and this was not a one off. Charles and Oliver's plan to distract her was hilarious. I did notice that they would have missed the interrogation of the first guy (though he is so insignificant I forgot his name if we ever knew it in the first place) and Bobo. I wonder if missing their interview will be important.

But maybe not because Loretta confessed. I had an inkling that it was going to happen, but thought that was going to be the cliffhanger for the penultimate episode, not this one. What pushed her over the edge was Donna talking about protecting her child at all cost which put Donna at the top of my murder board. Could she have sabotage the play to save her kid the humiliation of producing a bomb? She seemed extremely angry that the critic who wrote the bad review for the play was at the sitzprobe (I am now extremely disappointed that none of my high school musicals had sitzprobes).

So now I am thinking they pin the murder on Donna next week, but the big twist at the end is that she just poisoned Ben Glenroy and then we learn who pushed him down the elevator shaft in the final and that will be... mmm, I kind of like Tobert until he started dating Mabel. I guess I will stick with him unless someone really sticks out next week. Though, if it was him, then Detective Williams would have been wrong to say, "The killer is someone in this room." Maybe I will say Howard as a backup, he seems way too eager to be part of the podcast.

 

Ashoka:  So Erza has been hanging out with the rock people from Frozen this whole time?  Wild that him and Thrawn just let each other live in peace this whole time.

 

The Challenge: USA:  Hopefully Wes will keep his word and stay retired, but I will not hold my breath.  If only he took Johnny with him

Saturday, September 23, 2023

Around the Tubes: September 23, 2023


I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post includes blurbs on Only Murders in the Building, The Caine Mutiny Court-MartialLove in Fairhope, Chucky, Olivia Newton-John, Daya, Nickelback, and Stephen Sanchez.


Check out multi-Grammy®/Academy Award® winner Steve Martin perform “Which of the Pickwick Triplets Did It?” -  a new song written specifically for the show by Oscar®, Grammy®, Tony®, and Olivier Award-winning songwriters/producers Benj Pasek & Justin Paul ("La La Land," "Dear Evan Hansen," and "The Greatest Showman"), Grammy®, Emmy®, and Tony®-winning songwriter/ composer Marc Shaiman ("Hairspray") and Tony®, Grammy® and Olivier Award-winning songwriter Scott Wittman ("Hairspray").  SINGLE: Apple Music | Spotify



SHOWTIME today released the official trailer and key art for the highly anticipated original film THE CAINE MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL, written and directed by Academy Award®-celebrated filmmaker William Friedkin and based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Herman Wouk of the same name. The captivating film follows a U.S. naval first officer who’s standing trial for orchestrating a mutiny after his captain shows signs of becoming unhinged and jeopardizes the lives of his crew. Following the film’s premiere at the 80th Venice International Film Festival, THE CAINE MUTINY COURT-MARTIAL, will premiere on streaming and on demand foall SHOWTIME and Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers on Friday, October 6, before making its on-air debut on SHOWTIME on Sunday, October 8, at 9 p.m. ET/PT.



If you were given the chance to bring your fantasy love story to life on TV, how would it look? Would it be a picture-perfect fairy tale or something a bit messier? This uniquely unscripted romantic series follows five women at different stages in their lives as they experience reimagined romance in the picturesque small town of Fairhope, Alabama, a tight-knit community where everyone knows everyone else’s business and matters of the heart matter most. In “Love in Fairhope," real people star in a story inspired by their own where fantasy and reality collide.  "Love in Fairhope," a uniquely unscripted romantic series, premieres on Hulu Wednesday, September 27.  TRAILER: HERE


- Chucky... Next stop, Washington, D.C.  Season 3 Premieres October 4 at 9PM on USA & SYFY.  Season 3, Part 1 (four episodes) premieres October 4 and Part 2 returns with more episodes in 2024.  Tune in for returning fan favorites Devon Sawa and Jennifer Tilly, and guest stars including Saturday Night Live's Sarah Sherman and Kenan Thompson!  Episodes Will Stream Next Day on Peacock.  Text "CHUCKY" to 201-500-3347 to join the Chucky party and be the first to get any new camPAIN 🔪 updates!  Official Season 3 Trailer Here


-  On November 17, MCA/UMe is set to release both vinyl and CD editions of Dame Olivia Newton-John’s smash-hit, tenth studio album, 1978’s Totally Hot, a record that further reinforced her status as a surefire international superstar. In celebration of Newton-John’s first-ever platinum-certified album’s 45th anniversary, Totally Hot returns to vinyl for the first time in decades in two different options, in addition to being made available anew on CD and on all major digital platforms.   Totally Hot will be released in the following formats: limited-edition 1LP neon coral red vinyl, standard weight 1LP black vinyl, 1CD, and Digital. All versions of Totally Hot can be pre-ordered HERE.


Daya has released her latest single “Downtown,” alongside an official visualizer. The sensual electropop track is now available for streaming on all major digital platforms.  LISTEN TO “DOWNTOWN" WATCH THE OFFICIAL “DOWNTOWN” VISUALIZER  Following the success of "Juliene," Daya's first single release of the year, which marked the commencement of an exciting new era in her career, "Downtown” offers fans a look into the pop star’s sultry side while documenting a thrilling night out.  Daya's journey through the music landscape has been nothing short of remarkable. With a string of hits that have resonated with fans globally, the artist has cemented her status as a true pop icon. 


Nickelback unveiled the music video for their single “High Time,” off of their 2022 album Get Rollin’. With a funky groove and country rock twang, “High Time” takes listeners on a hazy cross-country road trip that reminds us it’s always 4:20 somewhere. Frontman Chad Kroeger sings about “strumming’, thumpin’ on the dashboard”, which listeners are sure to do as their friends sing along in the backseat of a long drive while they get rolling - literally.  The world-renowned rock band is currently bringing their “fiery, raucous, unapologetic and rock-driven” energy (The Tennessean) across North America with their 53-date Get Rollin’ tour, in support of their 10th studio album by the same name. Their electrifying set explores their record-breaking, genre-defying discography of arena-ready singalongs, hard-hitting rock anthems and emotional ballads. With hits spanning nearly three decades, the band continues their incomparable legacy as “one of rock’s biggest-ever bands” (KERRANG). Nickelback’s Get Rollin’ tour holds the #7 spot on Pollstar’s LIVE75 chart which ranks worldwide active tours by average tickets sold for shows performed over the last 30 days. In April 2024, Nickelback will join Morgan Wallen, Eric Church, Post Malone, Hardy, Diplo, Wiz Khalifa, Bailey Zimmerman and more at the iconic Stagecoach Country Music Festival in California.  


 Multi-platinum emerging artist Stephen Sanchez has released his debut album, Angel Face, out now via Mercury Records/Republic Records. The 13-track album is filled to the brim with 50s and 60s-inspired love songs, including RIAA 3x Platinum Certified hit, “Until I Found You.” Listen to Angel Face HERE. Along with the album, Stephen has released cinematic music videos for “Death Of The Troubadour” and “High,” directed by Charlie Rees - watch “Death Of The Troubadour” HERE and watch “High” HERE.