Friday, January 30, 2015

Around the Tubes: 1/30/15

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 Hannibal, The Blacklist, Fish Bowl II, Hindsight, Alaska State Troopers, Shaq Inq, and The Grim Game.

- Sneak a peek at the upcoming season of Hannibal, returning this summer to NBC.

- In anticipation of The Blacklist’s move to Thursday nights, NBC is launching #RedOnTheRun, a scavenger hunt in 25 cities! From February 2-5, fans will go on a scavenger hunt to find Red Reddington look-alike decoys in their city by solving the clues on the show’s social media handles. This culminates in a national tune-in-and-win sweepstakes with a $25,000 cash prize during the show’s Thursday premiere on February 5. Visit for more information, including clues in each city and the show’s Twitter feed next week.

- The Patriots, the Seahawks and the Goldfish. When the clash of the gridiron is too much to handle, click over to Nat Geo WILD to experience the scientifically proven calming effects of watching aquarium fish (complete with no cheating scandals!). This year Goldie is taking her show on the road, heading to a farm with a clownfish friend to visit some of Dr. Pol’s closest animal pals. Don’t miss Goldie’s relaxing escape to the farm in Fish Bowl II, once again premiering Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 1, 2015, from 6:00 to 10:00.

- VH1 is moving Mob Wives to 8:00 and Hindsight to 9:00 beginning Wednesday, February 4th. On the new Hindsight, Becca is given her first work assignment from Chester and Victoria, which leads to a road trip with Lolly and Paige to Chapel Hill. Jamie wants to make things right between Andy and Sean. Lolly runs into an old friend who could be something more. And a decision that Becca makes has dire consequences.

- For seven seasons, National Geographic Channel has embedded with the brave men and women of the Alaska State Troopers as they face treacherous rescue missions in below-freezing temperatures, high-speed pursuits on snowy stretches of highway, unexpected bear encounters and confrontations with unpredictable criminals. Now buckle up for one last ride-along as the eighth and final season of Alaska State Troopers premieres Wednesday, Feb. 11, at 9:00 on National Geographic Channel.

- truTV has ordered a pilot for Shaq Inq. (working title), a workplace comedy loosely based on the wild and frenetic business empire of Shaquille O’Neal, who is executive-producing the show with Mike Tollin (Smallville, Arli$$). The series is being produced for truTV by Mandalay Sports Media. Jeremy Garelick (The Wedding Ringer, The Break-Up) will write the pilot, with John Fortenberry (Galavant, Instant Mom) set to direct. Perry Rogers, Colin Smeeton and Michael Parris will render producer services. This half-hour scripted comedy follows Shaquille O’Neal and the team who runs his sprawling business empire. The offbeat, yet capable, group juggles the mayhem of managing Shaq’s existing products and endorsements while implementing his latest batch of eccentric and oftentimes brilliant business ideas. But while they're all working towards the same goal, each employee is constantly jockeying for the power and recognition to make the big guy proud.

- Turner Classic Movies (TCM) is bringing the long-lost Harry Houdini classic The Grim Game (1919) back to the public eye in a world premiere screening during 2015 TCM Classic Film Festival held March 26-29 in Hollywood. This much-sought-after film – a complete print of which was only recently rediscovered and brought to TCM for restoration – features the escape artist and legendary illusionist in one of his few starring roles. The film was discovered and the restoration was produced and restored by award-winning film preservationist and silent-film scholar Rick Schmidli.