Friday, July 21, 2017

Around the Tubes: 7/21/2017



I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post will include blurbs on Meg Mac, The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards, Shalom Italia, Snatchers, and AllThat.TV.
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Melbourne artist, Meg Mac arrives with her long awaited debut album, Low Blows; available from 300 Entertainment. The record debuted at #1 on the Australian overall iTunes and Alternative charts and #6 on the US singer/songwriter charts.

- The 2017 MTV Video Music Awards launched the first promo spot that’s the first piece of many creative elements in a multi-platform campaign going back to the roots of the VMA. All the work was done in house by the MTV Marketing and Creative Group.


- Amid hearty Tuscan meals and sweeping landscapes, the octogenarians’ quest unexpectedly swells with humor and clashing memories in Shalom Italia. Directed by Tamar Tal Anati, the film has its national broadcast premiere on July 24 at 10 p.m. (check local listings) on the PBS documentary series POV (Point of View). POV is American television’s longest-running independent documentary series, now in its 30th season. The feature film will follow the Oscar®-®nominated short Joe’s Violin, in which a donated musical instrument forges an improbable friendship between a 91-year-old Holocaust survivor and a 12-year-old Bronx school girl.

- Snatchers is the teen horror-comedy from Stage 13/Warner Bros. Digital Networks that is streaming on go90. Series is bingeable as of August 10; we have been releasing episodes every Thursday since June 22.

- Award-winning TV Host, Journalist and Author Roland Martin has launched a lifestyle and information website called AllThat.TV. The site will be a daily digital destination for national news, pop culture, politics, lifestyle features, health and wellness, cooking segments, faith-based content and a weekly motivational series.

- Stefano de Stefano, a free market Republican and Houston-based energy attorney, emerged Monday as the sole Republican primary challenger for Sen. Ted Cruz’ seat in the U.S. Senate. "Texas Republicans deserve a big-tent alternative who can bring private sector know-how to bear against the gridlock in our federal legislature," said de Stefano.

Monday, July 17, 2017

I Want My Music Television: 7/17/2017



The Story of O.J. - Jay-Z


I remember reading an article a few years back where the reviewer in Rolling Stone calling every single album R.E.M. released in the new millennium the best R.E.M. since the mid-nineties. Basically trashing all the albums that at the time they were calling R.E.M.’s comeback. That came to mind after all the reviews calling it Jay-Z’s latest album the best since The Black Album. Now I have not listened to the whole album because I am certainly not signing up for Tidal to listening to it, but from what I heard, it is about as good as the post nineties R.E.M. album: not very.


Po-Dunk – Kid Rock


People have been theorizing who Trump would inspire to run for political office with no experience other than being famous. The Rock has teased a few times but Kid Rock is the first to actually say they are putting their hat in the ring. Sure hee has not officially signed any paperwork and his Rock for Senate website redirects you to his merch page on his label’s website, but I am a little worried. Of course a video like this may play in the South, but isn’t this just an advertisement as why not to vote for him in states above the Mason-Dixon Line, including Michigan, the state he is running for Senate?


OMG - Vic Mensa feat. Pusha T


Do no ask me why Vic Mensa recruited Carl Gallagher for his video, but thankfully he recruited Pusha T for the song because King Push makes everything better.


Sweat - The All-American Rejects


Does the world need an eleven minute music video featuring the dude from The All-American Rejects in drag? Probably not.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

57 Channels and Only This Is On: 7/16/2017



Claws: Are we really getting a second, oh wait Roller really is not dead, for the second time in three episodes? Ugg. Really an up and down episode, the opening was great (though I have to question why the doctor did not take off the pillowcase in the trunk). The parts with Desna’s brother is always a drag, but it was paid off with a great sequence where they cut back between the murders and the weirdly choreographed dance sequence. But to end with the tease of Roller not being dead again was a huge let down.
You can download Claws on iTunes.

Fear the Walking Dead: Poor hot chick, she was gone this whole time and does not even get her own episode; it was just one segment where we learned how she joined the Indians. And of course she was a Trojan horse. Plus that was a horrible cover story to boot. And what is with this mid-season crap. The main show does it to avoid Christmas, but a break in the summer is just silly and exploitative and just builds into the narrative that the franchise can only do premieres and finales and everything else is boring.
You can download Fear the Walking Dead on iTunes

I’m Dying Up Here: Oh hey, Bill’s dad is still around? Hasn’t been months? But that got dark real quick. And poor Johnny Carson, the first up and coming comic after a dude walks into bus tried to OD in his green room.

Preacher: So after a century in Hell, Hitler has turned into a pansy? Are we really supposed to feel bad for Hitler?
You can download Preacher on iTunes.

Casual: There is no television cliché I hate more than start an episode at the end and then show the x amount a time before place card. But this was weird because it had no bearing on the episode. It was almost like they thought, well we are paying all this money for a Fleetwood Mac song, might as well play it twice. And does Tommy not listen to Nice and Smooth because if he did he would know too much of anything makes you an addict.
You can stream Casual on Hulu.

The Bold Type: This may already be my favorite horrible show on television. Sorry Supergirl.
You can download The Bold Type on iTunes.

Friday, July 14, 2017

Around the Tubes: 7/14/2017


I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post will include blurbs on Boiling the Frog, New Radicals, Keith Urban: Live From Phoenix, Conan, Flying High with Phil Keoghan, Baby Driver, Claws, Homeland, and Signed.

- The Primetime Emmy® Award-winning television and digital series Years of Living Dangerously has joined forces with Funny Or Die to launch a new digital series which tackles the issues surrounding climate change with humor. Produced in collaboration with The Years Project, Years of Living Dangerously is the multimedia series that has brought together some of Hollywood’s biggest influencers who are passionate about environmental issues and revealed emotional and hard-hitting accounts of the effects of climate change from around the planet. Season 1 of the new series Boiling the Frog with Senator Al Franken involves six five-minute episodes. Each episode will be released every week on the Facebook pages of Funny Or Die and Years of Living Dangerously beginning July 10th. The entire season will also be available on funnyordie.com. Each episode can be embedded on other sites via the Facebook or YouTube versions of the videos.

- New Radicals were an American alternative band formed by singer-songwriter Gregg Alexander. Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too, the 1998 MCA Records release – featuring the hit single “You Get What You Give” – is now being reissued by Interscope/UMe on vinyl for the first time as a 2-LP set – with an additional, exclusive color edition in translucent gold -- on August 4

- Tune in to the AT&T* AUDIENCE Network concert special Keith Urban: Live From Phoenix airing Friday, July 14,at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT via DIRECTV Ch 239, AT&T U-verse Ch 1114 and on-demand through DIRECTV NOW. The electrifying live performance and interview from the four-time GRAMMY Award-winning, platinum-selling artist was filmed on location during the AT&T Block Party at the 2017 NCAA March Madness Music Festival in Phoenix.

- Conan O'Brien returns to San Diego for the third year in a row with a week of star-filled shows to be taped during Comic-Con® International. The roster includes stars from the upcoming Netflix movie Bright, the new Warner Bros. film The LEGO Ninjago Movie, HBO's Game of Thrones, The CW's Supernatural and a surprise film cast to be announced. CONAN's Comic-Con® International shows will be taped at San Diego's historic Spreckels Theatre on Wednesday, July 19 – Saturday, July 22. Episodes will air that Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday at 11 p.m. (ET/PT) on TBS, with availability across TBS and Team Coco's digital, mobile and VOD platforms the following day.

- n the edge of the world, the island nation of New Zealand is known for its jaw-dropping scenery and incredible natural wonders, but it's the people who call this small country home that make it unlike any other. Amazing Race host and Kiwi native Phil Keoghan, who has traveled millions of miles and visited more than 100 countries, takes viewers on an unprecedented journey through New Zealand. From helicopters and hot air balloons to sailboats and a World War I plane, Keoghan drops in to meet some of New Zealand’s icons, game changers, and global celebrities. Flying High with Phil Keoghan premieres Sunday, August 6 at 8 PM ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

- Showtime has acquired the television rights to the critically acclaimed film Baby Driver. The film recently opened to both rave reviews and successful box office in both the U.S. and abroad. Showtime Networks’ subscribers will be able to watch the film during its premium television window in 2018 across all platforms including on SHOWTIME ON DEMAND®, SHOWTIME ANYTIME® and the SHOWTIME stand-alone streaming service, and as an add-on through select television providers. BABY DRIVER will debut across all SHOWTIME platforms, joining the network’s diverse slate of films including Bridge of Spies, Snowden, Hell or High Water, Bad Moms, Patriots Day, The Edge of Seventeen, The Light Between Oceans and The Girl on the Train.

- Turner's TNT has renewed its new original drama series Claws for a second season. From Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Claws follows the rise of five diverse and treacherous manicurists working at the Nail Artisan of Manatee County, where a lot more is going on besides silk wraps and pedicures. The series stars Niecy Nash, Carrie Preston, Judy Reyes, Karrueche Tran, Jenn Lyon, Jack Kesy, Kevin Rankin, Jason Antoon with Harold Perrineau and Dean Norris. New episodes of Claws premiere across TNT platforms Sundays at 9 p.m. (ET/PT), with the season finale set for Aug. 13. The second season is slated to launch in 2018.

- SHOWTIME and Fox 21 Television Studios announced this week that the critically acclaimed drama Homeland will move to Virginia for production of the show’s seventh season. The series will begin filming in Central Virginia this fall. HOMELAND’s seventh season will premiere on SHOWTIME in 2018.

- Bill Skarsgard has been cast as a series regular on Hulu’s Castle Rock.

- VH1 this week announced that the new music competition show Signed will premiere on Wednesday, July 26th at 9PM ET/PT. The eight, hour-long episodes follow three moguls — rapper, entrepreneur and hip-hop artist Rick Ross, recording artist and Grammy award-winning songwriter The-Dream and Roc Nation’s SVP of A&R / Artist Management Lenny S— as they work to develop unsigned hip-hop and R&B artists in Atlanta.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Previewing Will



I have two lasting memories of William Shakespeare from high school. As a freshman, we watched an adaptation of Romeo and Juliet when we see Romeo in his glory when he exits the bed without any clothing. That would be scandalous by itself, but our English teacher, rewound the scene paused on Romeo’s bare bottom and singled out one of my female classmates and said this was for her. My other Shakespearean memory was when a substitute teacher was forced to show a documentary on the Baird where a literature historian called Shakespeare a “flaming homosexual.” I miss the nineties. There would be a couple fired teachers if that happened today.

The take on Shakespeare in TNT’s Will is definitely not a flaming homosexual (well someone says, “I have a queer feeling about you Shakespeare” so maybe just not yet), instead we get a father of three who, much like Captain Hook on Once Upon a Time, looks more like an like an Abercrombie model instead of the chubby balding guy we have seen in paintings. This actually a story of the struggling William as he tries to break into the playwright scene in London in 1589 while the wife and kids stay back in Stratford.

At times, the show reminds me of the definitive telling of Romeo and Juliet of my lifetime staring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes as the shoe occasionally places modern music into the show (and my modern I mean seventies punk). Except Will is on a television budget which means only one song per episode for the first three episode. They must have had some extra money lying around for the fourth as they have enough in the budget for three popular songs (including, welcome to the nineties!, a Beastie Boys song).

Watching the first couple episode I kept wondering, who exactly is this show for? Are there really that many Shakespeare heads out there wondering what the writer’s life may have been like? The kind of people who would be interested what inspired him to think of the line, “What light through yonder window breaks?” If you are one be sure to tune into episode two.

What I found most interesting in the early season was a C or maybe D plot involving the lead actor at the troop Shakespeare tries to join and the handmaiden of one of the local aristocrats. I think they may are supposed to be this show’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern comic relief. That is the show I want to see. But other than that, the most notable part of Will is it pushes the level of nudity way further than any basic cable show before it. The show at time pushes the boundaries so far that I wonder if there is going to be massive edit from the version I saw and the ones that air much like on Vikings where they cut the nudity from the American version but put them in the DVD’s and foreign broadcast. But at least Vikings was interesting even without the nudity.

Will airs Mondays at 10:00 on TNT. You can download Will on iTunes.



Sunday, July 09, 2017

57 Channels and Only This Is On: 7/9/2017



Claws: The only downside of watching screeners before episodes air is that sometimes you have to wait over a month to see a new episode. TNT made the first three episodes available before the show aired so I had to sit on Roller being alive for a long time while I sat and stewed on how he could have survived. Except it turns out he did not, Desna is just hallucinating him. Meh.
You can download Claws on iTunes.

Fear the Walking Dead: Okay, crazy person went and killed the family that left the compound, but why let them turn into zombie?
You can download Fear the Walking Dead on iTunes

Preacher: Whenever I know does something immoral, I tend to guilt them by saying, “you are going to spend all of eternity in hell with Hitler.” So I was not surprised when Eugene bumped into him there. I just hope they do not help each other escape.
You can download Preacher on iTunes.

Casual: I would be fine if the show would take a hard left turn and focus on Leon and the assistant.
You can stream Casual on Hulu.

Friday, July 07, 2017

Around the Tubes: 7/7/2017



I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting. This post will include blurbs on Episodes, BattleBots, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood!, and Divided.

- Showtime has released the official trailer for the fifth and final season of its acclaimed comedy series Episodes, which will premiere on Sunday, August 20 at 10:00. Episodes stars Matt LeBlanc in his four-time Emmy®-nominated and Golden Globe®-winning role playing a fictionalized version of himself.


- Let the robot shrapnel fly. Science Channel has licensed the off-network cable rights to air 16 episodes of ABC’s epic robot-fighting series BattleBots. BattleBots features the biggest, baddest, strongest, and fastest next-generation robots as they duke it out to become champions of an intense, fast-paced single elimination tournament. BattleBots premieres Wednesday, July 12 at 10pm ET/PT on Science Channel.

- Rising comedy star Tiffany Haddish takes the stage in her first stand-up special, Tiffany Haddish: She Ready! From the Hood to Hollywood! premiering on Friday, August 18 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. In this hour-long special filmed at the Nate Holden Performing Arts Center, the Los Angeles native tackles subjects ranging from her early days in foster care and being bullied on the playground to getting revenge on ex-boyfriends and introducing Will and Jada Pinkett Smith to Groupon. With her bold and unique style of comedy and refreshingly positive outlook on life, Haddish proves SHE READY for the spotlight!

- GSN’s hit series, Divided, will return for a second season, beginning Tuesday, August 15, with back-to-back episodes at 10:00 and 10:30. The show, which debuted in January 2017, was watched by nearly 11 million viewers during its initial 40-episode run. Part game show, part social experiment, the series, created by John de Mol (“The Voice”) and hosted by Mike Richards (Executive Producer of "The Price Is Right") features four strangers who must agree not only on their answers, but how their prize money should be split.