Saturday, September 28, 2019

Around the Tubes:September 28, 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 Into the Dark, Ray Donovan, Anna Kendrick, The Silence of Others, Jade Bird, Chelsea Cutler, Taylor Swift, The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle, VICE, You Light Up My Christmas, Mavericks, Ripley, Little Fires Everywhere,

- Get in the Halloween spirit with the NEW TRAILER for Into the Dark's October episode Uncanny Annie. The horror series' newest installment follows a group of college students as they play for their lives on Halloween night. Available on Hulu Friday, October 4th!

- Showtime has released a new trailer for the upcoming seventh season of Ray Donovan, premiering on Sunday, November 17 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. The series stars Liev Schreiber in his three-time Emmy® nominated and five-time Golden Globe® nominated role as the iconic fixer.

- Anna Kendrick Is Proud of Amsterdam’s Petite Sex Workers on Late Night:

- Filmed over six years, The Silence of Others reveals the epic struggle of victims of Spain’s 40-year dictatorship under General Franco, as they organize a groundbreaking international lawsuit and fight a “pact of forgetting” around the crimes they suffered. A cautionary tale about fascism and the dangers of forgetting the past. The Silence of Others has its national broadcast debut on the PBS documentary series POV and this Monday, September 30 at 10 p.m. (check local listings). The film is a co-production of Semilla Verde Productions, Lucernam Films, American Documentary | POV, Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Latino Public Broadcasting (LPB), in association with El Deseo. POV is American television’s longest-running independent documentary series now in its 32nd season.

- Jade Bird: Love Has All Been Done Before on Late Night:

- Breakout singer, songwriter and producer Chelsea Cutler drops her new single “You Are Losing Me” today via Republic Records—listen HERE! Of the inspiration behind “You Are Losing Me,” Chelsea says, “‘You Are Losing Me’ is about realizing what you deserve and moving on from someone who took you for granted.”

- Taylor Swift’s critically adored album Lover [Republic Records], receives platinum certification in just four weeks from the RIAA in recognition of over 1 million U.S. sales—as announced yesterday.

- Inspired by their juggernaut podcast – with more than 85 million listens worldwide and 1.5 million unique listens a month – Kid Fury and Crissle host this talk/variety format that carries over their beloved segments like Hot Tops and The Read, while additionally featuring a special celebrity and/or musician guest. The duo uses their sharp, honest brand of cultural commentary and perceptive opinions to drill deep into the roots of the issues and stories affecting their millennial and Gen Z peers, from social justice and politics to dating and music culture, and everything in between. Produced by Avalon Television, The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle premieres on Fuse October 11.

- The hit rock and roll true crime podcast Disgraceland returns in its 4th season with a two part episode on NWA. The show will run through the rest of 2019 with new episodes released mostly bi-weekly. The announcement of Season 4 comes just days before the release of host Jake Brennan's debut book, Disgracleand: Musicians Getting Away with Murder and Behaving Very Badly, available October 1 via Grand Central Publishing.

- Further establishing itself at the forefront of longform journalism and newsworthy explorations of our world today, Showtime has acquired the rights to the Emmy-winning weekly newsmagazine VICE and ordered a new 13-episode season, to premiere in the spring of 2020. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc. Featuring a diverse group of award-winning journalists with a boundless passion and determination to inform, VICE has redefined documentary filmmaking with acclaimed reports on a range of international issues affecting young people today. Created to engage and occasionally enrage, the series has been nominated for 12 Primetime Emmy awards across its previous six seasons, with two wins including Outstanding Informational Series or Special.

Lifetime’s highly anticipated holiday movie, You Light Up My Christmas, starring and executive produced by veteran actress, Kim Fields sets new premiere date for Sunday, December 1st at 8pm ET/PT. Initially set to debut on December 14th, positive reaction to the network’s announced slate of holiday films prompted the earlier date to satisfy excited fans. You Light Up My Christmas is part of Lifetime’s annual It’s a Wonderful Lifetime programming event, kicking off October 25 and continuing through December 25. With 60 plus days of holiday movies totaling over 1000 hours, It's A Wonderful Lifetime features some of television and music’s most beloved stars.

- MSNBC's Mavericks has made a name for itself as a series of groundbreaking, in-depth conversations with artists, musicians, and cultural icons. Past interviews have featured Academy Award-nominated director Lee Daniels, Grammy Award-winner Annie Lennox, and Emmy-winner Jill Soloway. Tonight, Long-time music business titans, Lyor Cohen, currently of YouTube Music, and Kevin Liles of 300 Entertainment, sit down with Ari Melber to graciously invite us for a look behind the curtain of the industry and into their lives as two of the driving forces behind the wave of innovation propelling digital music, record labels, and streaming platforms into the future.

- Showtime has ordered the first eight-episode season of the ongoing drama series Ripley, based on Patricia Highsmith’s bestselling quintet of Tom Ripley novels. BAFTA® Award winner Andrew Scott (Fleabag, Sherlock) will star in the title role of Tom Ripley. Oscar and Golden Globe® winner and Emmy® nominee Steven Zaillian (Schindler’s List, The Night Of) will write and direct the entire first season. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc. In the series, Tom Ripley, a grifter scraping by in early 1960s New York, is hired by a wealthy man to travel to Italy to try to convince his vagabond son to return home. Tom's acceptance of the job is the first step into a complex life of deceit, fraud and murder.

- Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere has found its young Elena and Mia for its flashback episode. AnnaSophia Robb as ‘Young Elena,’ a young mother with four children under four, Elena struggles to reassert control over her life after her youngest child is born. Tiffany Boone as ‘Young Mia,’ after learning her scholarship is being revoked, Mia is willing to go to extreme lengths to stay in art school and pursue her dreams. Alona Tal as “Young Linda,’ Elena’s best friend, Linda and her husband Mark long for a child of their own while enduring heartbreaking loss and the grief of infertility. The 8-episode limited series will premiere on Hulu in 2020.

- The CNN/New York Times Democratic presidential debate in October will occur on one night, the Democratic National Committee told campaigns Friday. "To address several inquiries we have received we are writing to let you know that, pending a final decision after the certification deadline, it is the intention of the DNC and our media partners to hold the October debate over one night on Tuesday October 15th," the DNC wrote in an email Friday morning.

- As Nancy Pelosi officially calls for an impeachment inquiry of President Donald Trump today, the Executive Director of the Main Street Alliance, Amanda Ballantyne, had this to say: “Main Street Alliance supports Speaker Pelosi’s decision to investigate President Trump’s recent interactions with the Ukrainian government. Our federal government must do everything that it can to protect the integrity of US elections. As the investigation moves forward, Main Street Alliance small business owners are hopeful that accountability is a priority, and look forward to moving on from this tumultuous season of politics towards more transparency from this administration.”

Monday, September 23, 2019

Fall 2019 Music Preview

Whenever I do my quarterly music previews, I like to add links to iTunes (the artist name) and Amazon (the album names) just in case anyone wanted to pre-order them and while making links this weekend, I could not find any pre-order links for the new Kanye West album that is supposed to come out on Friday. Sometimes when I make these list,albums that are scheduled months later do not have pre-orders yet, but I do not remember this ever being the case for something coming out in less than a week. so maybe we will get a new Kanye album on Friday, or maybe not. Really the only promotion so far for the album is a handwritten note from his wife's Twitter page. Not that I can get too excited about a Kanye gospel album in 2019. Sure, Jesus Walks is one of his best songs, but his last coupe albums have been too weird or just meh.

But meh kind of describes how I feel for this slate of fall albums. Sure The Avett Brothers always put out a solid album and I have really enjoy the singles King Princess has put out but is about it. I was excited for the return of Hootie and the Blowfish until iTunes listed under the country genre. The band was at its best when it mixed southern rock with RnB, but the lead singer's country albums have been mostly forgettable (though I am still intrigued by the song they wrote with Ed Sheeran). Then I find it weird that three pretty huge rock bands (or as huge as rock bands can be in 2019) are waiting until early 2020 to release their albums when fall is usually the time when the big releases are dropped (though that means less in the streaming age when people are no longer buying albums even as Christmas presents). But really the albums I am most interested in this fall are reissues: R.E.M., Prince, and The Roots. Oh well, here are the albums that will be at least a spin on Spotify.

September 27
Jesus Is King - Kanye West
Sound and FurySturgill Simpson
Hey, I'm Just like You - Tegan and Sara
In the Morse Code of Brake Lights - The New Pornographers
For the Girls - Kristin Chenoweth
Things Fall Apart (Deluxe Edition) - The Roots

October 4
Closer Than Together - The Avett Brothers
Ode to Joy - Ode to Joy - Wilco
A Pill for Loneliness - City and Colour
All Mirrors - Angel Olsen

October 18
The Help Machine - Fastball

October 25
Cheap Queen - King Princess
Daylight - Grace Potter
KIWANUKA - Michael Kiwanuka
Colorado - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
Dream Girl - Anna of the North

November 1
Imperfect Circle - Hootie & The Blowfish
Wildcard - Miranda Lambert
New Age Norms 1 - Cold War Kids
Monster (25th Anniversary Edition) - R.E.M.

November 8
Building Balance - Allen Stone

November 15
Our Pathetic Age - DJ Shadow
Juliana Hatfield Sings The Police - Juliana Hatfield

November 22
You're In My Heart: Rod Stewart (with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra) - Rod Stewart
WHO - The Who

November 29
1999 (Super Deluxe Edition) - Prince
The Later Years 1987-2019 - Pink Floyd

January 17
Father of All... - Green Day

February 21
Notes On a Conditional Form - The 1975

March 20
The Light - Delta Rae

May 15
Van Weezer - Weezer

Entergalatic - Kid Cudi
Dixie Chicks
Mandy Moore
Selena Gomez

Of course this could be the quarter that we get Dr. Dre's Detox.

Sunday, September 22, 2019

57 Channels and Only This Is On: September 22, 2019

The Affair: We finally got that Whitney centered act that I thought we should have gotten way back when Noah climbed into the hot to watch two chicks make out and one of the chicks turned out to be his daughter. She even manages to possibly start an affair her first time out. Although she may not go back to the guy who lets another guy watch. At least it worked out; she is getting her own gallery. That was better than Noah this week who just did stupid things after another.

Fear the Walking Dead: So why are the better tomorrow people bad? Sure they ruthlessly killed Logan, but they let Morgan and Al go when they broke in on behalf of the dude they were looking for. Hopefully they get fleshed out in these last couple episodes.
You can download Fear the Walking Dead on iTunes.

The Challenge: Well that was wild. I did think it was weird that Laurel just seemed shove that last flag in at the top. Also kind of weird that none of the production staff noticed that both Laurel and Ninja missed a hole. Usually when someone misses something, the cameraperson zooms in on it so everyone knows that something was missed. Everyone just seemed to drop the ball on that. It will be interesting to see how things move forward. I cannot see a way where any of the Americans not put one of their own in if they lose now. Or possibly they try to throw it again so an American is guaranteed to go home like this week or will the backfire this week will make them all try. But really, I am surprised that Ninja did not just ship, the americans are in free fall now so every Probing Ground winner would be wise to join up with the Brits. At least until they start to implode too.

Titans: So Wonder Girl just left Chicago without even noticing Starfire just disappeared? Alrighty. But I never thought they could find a character as annoying as New Robin, but Dr. Light is up there. I was kind of hoping they would just kill each other. But how bad are the original Titans that they needed the whole team to take him down but New Robin almost took him down singlehandedly?