Saturday, August 26, 2017

Previewing Mysteries of the Missing

There was a time when my biggest complaint about the cable news stations was they would get obsessed over insignificant stories like random dead white chicks and missing plains from halfway across the world with no Americans on board. Just wall to wall coverage despite no new news to report for days. Much simpler times. When Natalie Holloway’s dad popped up recently I thought, what a reprieve to what modern news has devolved into.

For those that miss these types of stories, Science Channel has a new show that will delve into stories that puzzled us all and still do with Mysteries of the Missing. Tonight’s premiere starts off with CNN’s favorite missing plain, Malaysian Airlines Flight 370. In a time of security cameras, satellites, and cameras in almost every phone, it is increasingly shocking how a plain leaving from Kuala Lumpur, traveling to Beijing could just disappear. The show goes over the various theories (a couple I never heard of before) as well as talking to aviation specialist as well as a hacker that has been banned from a couple airlines.

The series features other prominent vanishing acts including the three Alcatraz escapees who managed to flee the island fortress in 1962; the Lost Roanoke Colony in North Carolina; the unexplained cause of a 1908 explosion in an extremely remote part of Siberia that is said to have been the equivalent of a thousand atom bombs; and the notorious Bermuda triangle, among others. The series is narrated by Lost’s Terry O’Quinn.

Mysteries of the Missing airs Saturdays at 10:00 on Science Channel.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Around the Tubes: 8/25/2017

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 Prince, Cold War Kids, Baker Grace, Aly + AJ, The Third Rail with OZYThe Third Rail with OZY, Jerry Lewis, the SAG Life Achievement Award, and 2017 VMAs.

- Showtime has acquired the rarely seen Prince concert film Sign O’ the Times, which will air on American television for the first time in more than a decade, premiering September 16 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. Created as a companion to the 1987 Prince double album of the same name, Sign O’ the Times features live performances of songs including “U Got the Look” (with Sheena Easton), “If I Was Your Girlfriend” and “I Could Never Take the Place of Your Man,” in addition to the title song and a striking rendition of the Prince classic, “Little Red Corvette.” Much of the film was shot at Prince’s own Paisley Park Studios, as well as on tour in the Netherlands and Belgium.

- Tune in to the AT&T* AUDIENCE Network concert special Cold War Kids airing Friday, August 25,at 9:00 via DIRECTV Ch 239, AT&T U-verse Ch 1114 and on-demand through DIRECTV NOW. In this episode, Cold War Kids perform fan favorites and sit down with series host Ted Stryker for an in-depth interview.

- Stepping out today with her debut single, 16 year old newcomer Baker Grace makes an immediate impression with Am I Talking To You? Showcasing gorgeous vocals and songwriting ability belying her tender years, the track features Baker's sparkling tone decorating a sparse arrangement.

- Musical duo, Aly + AJ, who have sold over 2 million records worldwide, return today after a 10 year musical hiatus, with their brand new track, Take Me. “This is just the start,” muses Aly Michalka, who, along with her sister AJ Michalka, exude an excitement impossible to ignore. Their energy completely renewed, the track, "Take Me" exudes that same vigor - it's teaming with a slow burning restlessness that’s nestled amongst textured melodies and 808 drums, with nostalgic synth hits.

- OZY Media and PBS new prime time show, The Third Rail with OZY, premieres Friday September 8, 2017 at 8:30 pm ET and is hosted by OZY CEO and founder Carlos Watson. Watson grew up in Miami and holds an A.B. in Government from Harvard University and a J.D. from Stanford Law School. After stints on political campaigns, graduating from law school, time at McKinsey & Company, starting his own college prep company and anchoring on MSNBC, Carlos Watson channeled his skills toward building Silicon Valley based-OZY, a media company focused on the future.

- Turner Classic Movies (TCM) will celebrate the life and career of acclaimed comedian, actor and filmmaker Jerry Lewis, whose irrepressible zaniness and frantic creativity made him a defining figure of American entertainment in the 20th century, with a five film tribute on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 4 in honor of of the nearly 50 years Mr. Lewis spent hosting The Jerry Lewis MDA Labor Day Telethon encouraging viewers to donate to the charity. Lewis, who passed away Sunday Aug 20 at the age of 91, knew success in movies, on television, in nightclubs, on the Broadway stage from his early films with Dean Martin, to his solo career eventually writing, producing and directing many of his own films.

- Morgan Freeman – Academy Award® winning actor, producer, voice actor and activist – has been named the 54th recipient of SAG-AFTRA's highest tribute: the SAG Life Achievement Award for career achievement and humanitarian accomplishment. Freeman will be presented the performers union's top accolade at the 24th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards®, which will be simulcast live on TNT and TBS on Sunday, Jan.21, 2018 at 8:00. Given annually to an actor who fosters the "finest ideals of the acting profession," the SAG Life Achievement Award will join Freeman’s exceptional catalog of preeminent industry and public honors, which includes a Screen Actors Guild Award, an Academy Award, HFPA’s Cecil B. DeMille Award®, an AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, seven Image Awards, a Silver Berlin Bear, several Obies®, a Kennedy Center Honor, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

- MTV today announced additional performers set to take the stage at the 2017 “VMAs” airing live from the “Fabulous” Forum in Inglewood, Calif. on Sunday, August 27 at 8:00. Logic will perform his hit single “1-800-273-8255” featuring Khalid, and Gucci Mane will take the stage with previously announced Fifth Harmony to perform their song “Down.” Additionally, the show will feature special performances by breakout artists Post Malone and Julia Michaels. MTV is announcing that singer-songwriter Alessia Cara and rapper KYLE will perform at the 2017 "MTV VMAs" on Sunday at 8pm ET/PT.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

I Want My Music Television: 8/24/2017

Future Me - Echosmith

Broken Glass - Rachel Platten

Echosmith and Rachel Platten debut major label albums were cheesy fun and what set them apart was that they sounded more like classic pop songs instead of what passes as current pop, which is basically vaguely EDM with that weird dolphin sound in ever song. So it was very disappointing that both of their new songs of their sophomore albums have that same vague EDM sound like everything else there right now.

Feel Good - Neon Trees

Well at Neon Trees are still doing their same power-pop songs for better or worse.

Versace On the Floor - Bruno Mars

Was Bruno Mars trying to make a Prince video, because I kind of see it. Granted, Prince would have gotten that dress of much faster.

Monday, August 21, 2017

The 100 Greatest Two Hit Wonders of All Time

1. The Presidents of the United States of America

2. Spin Doctors

3. Steppenwolf

4. Irene Cara

5. The Chi-Lites

6. Whitesnake

7. Terence Trent D'Arby

8. Tesla

9. A Flock of Seagulls

10. Twisted Sister

11. Tone-Loc

12. Rancid

13. Scorpions

14. Fine Young Cannibals

15. Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock

16. Amerie

17. The Romantics

18. Corey Hart

19. Delta Rae

20. The Power Station

21. Quiet Riot

22. Mr. Mister

23. The Dandy Warhols

24. Extreme

25. James Bay

26. John Parr

27. Carl Thomas

28. Domino

29. Kim Wilde

30. Soul Coughing

31. General Public

32. City High

33. Candlebox

34. Bloodhound Gang

35. MisterWives

36. Rugburns

37. JoJo

38. The Motels

39. Berlin

40. Del Amitri

41. Naked Eyes

42. Embrace

43. The Refreshments

44. Ready for the World

45. Stereo MC's

46. Glass Tiger

47. Echosmith

48. Was (Not Was)

49. The Rembrandts

50. Everlast

51. Sixpence None the Richer

52. Sophie B. Hawkins

53. Soul for Real

54. Seven Mary Three

55. Sister Hazel

56. Filter

57. Junior M.A.F.I.A.

58. Erin McCarley

59. Europe

60. Zero 7

61. The Foundations

62. Switchfoot

63. Howie Day

64. Phantogram

65. Fun Lovin' Criminals

66. Suzanne Vega

67. The Spencer Davis Group

68. One eskimO

69. Damn Yankees

70. Cameo

71. Walk the Moon

72. Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise

73. Inner Circle

74. Snap!

75. Level 42

76. Stacie Orrico

77. Falco

78. Glenn Medeiros

79. Nine Days

80. Vanessa Hudgens

81. Broken Bells

82. Animotion

83. Blue Swede

84. Fort Minor

85. Vanilla Ice

86. Lit

87. The Soup Dragons

88. Jackie DeShannon

89. The Ting Tings

90. Ugly Kid Joe

91. Amy Macdonald

92. The Donnas

93. Veruca Salt

94. Lita Ford

95. Mad Season

96. White Zombie

97. Another Bad Creation

98. White Lion

99. Dream

100. The KLF

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Previewing The Last Ship: Season Four

So The Last Ship found a cure for the outbreak in the first season, spread it across America in season two, and then shipped it across the globe in season three. So what is left for season four especially after Captain Chandler walked away from the ship in the season finally to raise his kids after his father died? Well apparently the virus, called Red Rust on account that is the color food is turning, that threatened humanity is now destroying the food supply. But fear not, there is a virus resistant strain, except it is being horded somewhere is Iran. Maybe. So on to Mesopotamia the Nathan James goes this season.

Civilian Chandler is still on the show, he and his brood has found their way to Greece (maybe no so coincidentally the Nathan James will be travelling the Mediterranean early in the season) and has found a hot Greek family to shack up with. Except with the food shortage, pirate have to taking food from local fishermen, including those Tom is cohabitating. And Tom thought his days of hero-ing were over.

It has been sixteen months since the events of last season and even early in the first couple episodes, the show visits, Nebraska, Morocco, Greece and Spain, with more foreign countries to come. And like past seasons, there are plenty of explosions and tense action that should keep you entertained for the rest of the summer.

The Last Ship airs Sundays on TNT.