Saturday, September 21, 2019

Around the Tubes: September 21, 2019

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 The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth, Light As A Feather, Oh Wonder, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, bülow, Anna of the North, Ali Barter, Ariana Grande, JunkBunny, Marina Kaye, Rise of the Supercrarrier, I'm Listening: A Frasier Podcast, The United States vs. Billie Holiday, and Yellowjackets.

- The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth returns this Sunday, September 22 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Showtime, venturing behind the scenes of the unfolding 2020 campaign.

- No TRICKS here, just major TREATS for the return of Hulu's Light As A Feather, just in time for Huluween. Check out the new trailer below. The remaining 8-episodes of Light As A Feather Season 2 premiere Friday, Oct. 4 only on Hulu!

- Oh Wonder recently made a magnificent and much welcomed return with their brand new single “Hallelujah.” Today, the duo release a joyous live video, shot in one take, of the band performing the track unplugged with a host of musicians and a choir—watch the video for “Hallelujah” (Unplugged) HERE!

- Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (OMD) continue their 40th anniversary celebrations with the announcement of a digital career box set, 2CD download and a brand new 3LP greatest hits collection - out October 4th. The special digital career box set will be comprised of 98 songs. Pre-order here. The 3LP greatest hits package, spanning the band's 40-year career, will include all the singles from "Electricity" to "What Have We Done" as well as the exclusive brand new single, "Don't Go." Listen here.

- Today, award winning and multi-platinum selling artist bülow released her latest track “Boys Will Be Boys,” Wax Records /Republic Records/Universal Music Canada. The highly anticipated new music is the first single off an upcoming EP to be released on October 4th. Listen to “Boys Will Be Boys” HERE. About the new song bülow comments, “Its ironic. A ‘fuck you’ to old sayings that reinforce negative bullshit.”

- Anna of the North releases enchanting visuals for her recent single, "Dream Girl." The video follows the announcement of her forthcoming sophomore album, which will be released on October 25th. The effervescent track blends Anna's idyllic, hypnotic vocals over saccharine melodies as she sings refreshingly honest lyrics. The video perfectly compliments the ethereal vibe of the track, with Anna seen singing longingly on a beautifully ornate estate.

- It’s rinse and repeat every New Year according to Ali Barter on her video for brand new single "January", which premiered yesterday on Billboard. It marks the third track pulled from her highly-anticipated second album Hello I’m Doing My Best which will land on October 18th via Inertia Music/ [PIAS]. Furthermore, next month she’ll embark on a huge twenty-five date tour around Europe, the UK, USA and Australia. Watch the video HERE.

- When Charlie’s Angels hits theaters this November – for the first time in the entire history of the franchise, films and television, directed by a woman, Elizabeth Banks – the new Angels will move to the beat of Ariana Grande, Miley Cyrus, and Lana Del Rey as Republic Records and Sony Pictures Entertainment release their song “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)” and the song’s official music video. The track, which features co-writing credits from all three of the artists, was recently featured in the film’s trailer and is the lead single from the upcoming Charlie’s Angels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). The soundtrack is co-executive produced by Ariana Grande, Savan Kotecha, and will be available November 1, 2019 via Republic Records, two weeks prior to the films November 15, 2019 release. Check out “Don’t Call Me Angel (Charlie’s Angels)” HERE and the official music video HERE.

- Rising Houston-based rock trio JunkBunny releases their debut single “Sedona” with an accompanying video via LAVA Records/Republic Records—watch HERE and listen HERE! JunkBunny is made up of three young musicians – Mac Johnson (lead vocals & guitar, 18), Cayden Diebold (vocals & bass, 17) and Jake Douglas (drums, 17). The band’s upcoming debut is an impressive introduction to their sound, sizzling with big, raw, urgent and relentless proclamations. The trio’s debut song “Sedona” is immediately both personal and universal, with sincerity bleeding from the vocals. “Sedona” was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Howard Benson (My Chemical Romance, P.O.D.), and the video was directed by Adam Rose-Levy and shot in the desert of Lancaster, CA.

- - French multi-platinum selling singer-songwriter Marina Kaye (21), discovers her sinful alter ego in the sultry new single "Twisted". Accompanied by the macabre new visual (Directed by Julien Hosmalin and Marina Kaye), it’s a track that explores Marina’s unhinged and twisted, musical nature. Watch and listen HERE.

- - As the network’s fall schedule expands for the first time to a three-hour programming block, Showtime has made some changes to the schedule as reflected below. The series finale of the critically acclaimed, Golden Globe®-winning Showtime drama series The Affair will now air at 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 3. The new comedy series Back to Life will have its series premiere with two episodes airing back-to-back beginning at 9 p.m. on Sunday, November 10, following the tenth season premiere of Shameless. The second season of Kidding moves to next year paired with the eighth and final season of Homeland. Kidding will now premiere with back-to-back episodes at 10 p.m. on Sunday, February 9, 2020.

- Set sail on HMS Queen Elizabeth, the largest and most advanced warship ever built in Great Britain, in Smithsonian Channel’s Rise of the Supercrarrier. Filmed over three years, with exclusive and unprecedented access, the new three-part series takes viewers on an intimate and extraordinary journey with the Royal Navy, as 700 sailors learn the intricacies of the new warship and are pushed to their breaking points. Rise of the Supercrarrier premieres Sunday, October 13 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

- On October 1st, season 3 of I'm Listening: A Frasier Podcast with Anita Flores will premiere on the More Banana Network with special guest Rachel Bloom. Comedian and number one Frasier fan Anita Flores explores different themes and pivotal moments from ‘Frasier’ with a new guest each episode. Past guests include John Hodgman, Larry Owens, Remy Kassimir and Anita's dad.

- Beginning production in early October in Montreal, Lee Daniels will direct and produce The United States vs. Billie Holiday, a new feature film about the legendary jazz singer Billie Holiday. In 2010, Daniels received an Academy Award nomination for Best Director and was the first African American to receive a Director’s Guild of America Nomination for Best Director for his critically acclaimed film PRECIOUS. Daniels also helmed the global box-office hit, THE BUTLER in 2013, grossing over $175M worldwide.

- Showtime has announced a pilot order for the hour-long drama series Yellowjackets, with creators Ashley Lyle and Bart Nickerson (Narcos) executive producing and serving as showrunners. Karyn Kusama (Destroyer) will executive produce and direct the pilot, a co-production of SHOWTIME and Entertainment One (eOne) taking place in Los Angeles this fall. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

Sunday, September 15, 2019

57 Channels and Only This Was On: September 15, 2019

The Affair: Considering how I was surprised that Helen was looking like she was going to hook up with “modern James Bond” I did find it interesting that the “modern James Bond” wants movie Noah to get bac with movie Helen by the end of their movie. Kind of says something if the show ends up going with the “modern James Bond” ending or go with the ending that Noah was adamant about. And then we got short scene of Joanie being extremely messed up and for the second time in three episodes where her scene ends with her ambiguously possibly dead. This is going to be a long season. I do wonder if we get another perspective in the future other than her’s.

Fear the Walking Dead: So just when the main antagonist of the season find a conscience, he gets shot in the head. And apparently by the person who hired him to get the oil. Alrighty. So that nerdy cowgirl chick is now the chief antagonist?
You can download Fear the Walking Dead on iTunes.

The Challenge: There are not many cases where I would actually root for Wes to win on the Killing Floor, but against Bear would be one. Meh. It would have been interesting had Wes won because it would have been the first time this season where there would be a serious question of if he would join the British team. Although maybe he could have been welcomed back into Team US and the two voted him in could be on the outs. The next episode is titled “Benedict Laurel.”

Titans: I wonder if the show will turn a corner after a pretty lackluster first season. The original four characters were a bore last year but Lyla Garrity and Wonder Girl are now cast members and provided the two best scenes this week. Rose Wilson seems intriguing, but it will be a bigger test when they give her father more screen time. Although Dr. Light was kind of silly but I do not see him being around very long with Hawk, Dove, and Wonder Girl heading to San Fran. But does no one care that Starfire just disappeared?