Friday, October 07, 2016

Around the Tubes: 10/7/16

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 Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner, Temple of the Dog, USO – For the Troops, Polar Bear Town, Polar Bear Town, Window Warriors, Supercar Superbuild, and I Was There!.

- In 1831, Nt Turner, an African-American slave and preacher, led a bloody slave revolt in Southampton County, VA. Turner is most remembered as a killer, rather than a freedom fighter driven by faith, but in Rise Up: The Legacy of Nat Turner, viewers will get a different perspective into his notorious legacy that extends beyond this rebellion. From executive producer Nate Parker, the one-hour documentary premieres on Friday, October 7 at 10:00 on National Geographic Channel, coinciding with the Fox Searchlight Pictures theatrical release of critically acclaimed, Sundance Jury and Audience Awards winner The Birth of a Nation which is directed by Parker and is the dramatic story of this historic liberation movement.

- To commemorate the 25th anniversary of the band’s landmark 1991 self-titled release, Temple of the Dog - the Seattle supergroup featuring Soundgarden's Chris Cornell, Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament, Stone Gossard, and Mike McCready, and drummer Matt Cameron (who plays drums with both Soundgarden and Pearl Jam) – today released a special 25th anniversary collection of the band’s first and only album, newly mixed by Brendan O’Brien. The collection is now available in four configurations, including a four disc Super Deluxe, a two CD Deluxe, and a single CD via UMe. A double LP will also be available on November 11. For a detailed list of the co ntents of each configuration, click HERE.

- PBS announced today that USO – For the Troops, an independent documentary film that chronicles the iconic American institution created 75 years ago to bring pieces of home to active duty troops around the world, will air Monday, November 7, 2016, 9:00-10:00 (check local listings) on PBS. The film is narrated by Oscar nominee David Strathairn.

- Every fall, approximately 10,000 tourists from around the world descend on “The Polar Bear Capital of the World,” Churchill, Manitoba. This community of about 800 people on Hudson Bay in Northern Canada is home to the annual migration of more than 1,000 hungry polar bears that pass through town as they wait for the Bay ice to return. The new Smithsonian Channel docu-series Polar Bear Town documents a season in Churchill, following this extraordinary migration of human and four-legged animals as they collide in unexpected and sometimes dangerous ways. This six-episode series premieres Wednesday, November 16 at 8:00.

- GSN, the leader in game shows and competitive entertainment, announced today that many of the biggest names in retail have lined up as promotional partners for the new skill-based competition series Window Warriors, hosted by actress Garcelle Beauvais (“Hollywood Today Live,” “Spider-Man: Homecoming”). GSN partnered with General Growth Properties (GGP), the owner and operator of 128 high-quality retail properties throughout the United States, including include Tysons Galleria in Washington D.C., Glendale Galleria in Los Angeles and Water Tower Place in Chicago. Top retail brands, including Macy’s, Anthropologie, Hot Topic, Lush Fresh Handmade Cosmetics and Sprinkles will also serve as partners. Michaels, North America's largest arts and crafts specialty retailer, also provided many of the materials used to create the windows for the show.

- Smithsonian Channel is set to premiere new episodes of Supercar Superbuild, beginning Sunday, October 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series goes behind the inherent beauty, amazing mechanical prowess, and basic building process of some of the world’s leading luxury automakers as they attempt to produce what they hope is their next iconic car. The new episodes focus on the Pagani, Mustang, Viper and Porsche.

- Take a trip through sports history through the eyes of those covering the biggest events of all-time. In I Was There! sixty-five of the biggest names in sports broadcasting and journalism share their personal experiences at the Top 5 sports moments they each saw in person. From cultural phenomena like the Super Bowl, World Series, and Olympics to less-well-known sports and games, the people who brought you these moments on television and radio or wrote the stories you read in the newspaper or online give you a first-hand look at what made these events so special. Join legends of the business like Marv Albert, Joe Buck, Bob Costas, Jim Nantz, Bob Ryan, and Dick Stockton as they tell their stories from these indelible moments in time and explain why their five moments stand above all of the others they have seen, and find out why each of them are proud to say “I Was There!”

Sunday, October 02, 2016

Previewing Shameless: Season Seven

One of these days, someone should go back and count the number of times Frank Gallagher should have died. In the previous six seasons of Shameless, it has definitely gotten over double digits. And add another one on at the end of the season when his family dumped his body off a bridge and let him sink. He somehow wakes up in the hospital after almost a month with a sizable bill for being taken care of during the coma. But luckily for Frank, I guess it is hard to collect that from a John Doe with no ID.

The rest of the Gallagher clan is also recovering from the events of the finale. With Sean out of the picture, Fiona is the temporary manager until they find a new one. Lip is just out of rehab (and disturbingly becoming more like his father every day). New mom Debbie is still adjusting to her new life and needs to find a way to support her child (again, she gets by doing things much like her father).

Then you have Kev and V who opened their home and bed to a new partner last season and now have to adapt to the polygamous relationship that looks like it will be messier than anything on Big Love. And what would the new season be without a new low in shamelessness and this season Carl learns he has a little extra going on than his brothers and goes to extreme measures to assimilate.

Shameless airs Sundays at 9:00 on Showtime.