Saturday, October 12, 2019

Around the Tubes: October 12, 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 Krypton, Desus & Mero, The Swan Princess, The Avett Brothers, Charlie’s Angels, Phantogram, BENEE, Memphis Bell in Color, Battle of Midway: The True Story, Marvel’s Helstrom, Couples Therapy, and The President Is Missing.

- Watch as the battle to free Krypton from Zod begins! Warner Bros. Home Entertainment will release the action-adventure hit series Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season on Blu-ray and DVD on January 14, 2020. From executive producers David S. Goyer (Man of Steel, The Dark Knight Trilogy) and Cameron Welsh (Constantine, The Last Ship), Krypton tells an entirely new story in the mythology of DC’s iconic Superman universe! Fans can purchase the sets with all 10 exhilarating episodes from season two plus two bonus featurettes including, “The Fate of Superman” and “Villains: Modes of Persuasion.” Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season is priced to own at $24.98 SRP ($30.99 in Canada) for the DVD and $29.98 SRP ($39.99 in Canada) for the Blu-ray which includes a Digital Copy (US Only). Krypton: The Complete Second & Final Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from all major digital retailers. Krypton: The Complete Series, which includes both seasons of Krypton will also be available for fans to own on Blu-ray and DVD for $54.97 / 44.98 SRP ($63.99 / $52.99 in Canada). Order due date for both releases is December 10, 2019.

- Desus & Mero will return from its summer hiatus with all-new episodes airing every Monday and Thursday at 11:00 p.m. ET/PT, starting on Monday, October 14. Desus & Mero features the duo chatting with guests at the intersection of pop culture, sports, music, politics and more, as well as giving their take on the day’s hot topics in their signature style in front of a small live studio audience from New York City. Upcoming guests include DaBaby (on October 14), Taraji P. Henson, Forest Whitaker and Ta-Nehisi Coates.

- In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Golden Globe®-nominated animated classic The Swan Princess, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment is making the fan-favorite available in brilliant high definition for the first time ever with a collectible anniversary edition Blu-ray and in 4K HDR on digital, both available on October 29th. The Swan Princess, a magical, musical animated adventure based on the classic fairy tale "Swan Lake" has captured the hearts of audiences around the world. The winner of the Film Advisory Board Award of Excellence and the Parents' Choice Award, it's the heartwarming story of the beautiful princess Odette, who is transformed into a swan by an evil sorcerer's spell. Held captive at an enchanted lake, she befriends Jean-Bob the frog, Speed the turtle and Puffin the bird. Despite their struggle to keep the princess safe, these good-natured creatures can do nothing about the sorcerer's spell, which can only be broken by a vow of everlasting love. The Swan Princess is bursting with color, dazzling animation, beautiful music and the vocal talents of Jack Palance, John Cleese, Steven Wright, Sandy Duncan and Michelle Nicastro. The 25 anniversary Blu-ray release includes an all-new featurette entitled “A Look Back, Tease Ahead,” plus a variety of additional archival features.

- The Avett Brothers: Tell the Truth on The Tonight Show:

- Republic Records and Sony Pictures Entertainment unlock the pre-order for the year’s biggest and most-anticipated soundtrack album, Charlie’s Angels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). The star-studded tracklisting to the soundtrack has been revealed and includes four new songs from co-executive producer and Grammy-winner Ariana Grande. New Grande songs include another triple threat anthem “Bad To You” featuring Normani and Nicki Minaj, “Nobody” with the legendary Chaka Khan, “Got Her Own” with Victoria Monét as well as Grande’s own solo song “How I Look On You.” The soundtrack also includes tracks from Anitta and Danielle Bradbery as well as the infamous Donna Summer. See full track listing below! Pre-order Charlie’s Angels (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) HERE.

- Hot off the heels of their North American headline tour, Phantogram releases their new single, “In A Spiral,” from their highly anticipated upcoming project, today—listen HERE!
Of the inspiration behind “In A Spiral,” Sarah Barthel of Phantogram says, “‘In A Spiral’ started from a beat that Josh had in his back pocket for quite some time, which I had gravitated to immediately and written some vocal ideas for. But the song was waiting for the right moment to reveal itself to us... We threw it on at the last minute while we were preparing to go record in Joshua Tree at the magical Rancho de la Luna with our friend Boots, and once we got out there everything started to fall into place.”

- Buzzing 19-year-old indie pop phenomenon BENEE shares her new single “Find An Island” – listen HERE! “Find An Island” charms listeners with its chantable hook, “Find an island, far away from me, a shipwreck lost at sea…nobody knows but me.” Of the alternative bop, BENEE says “Howdily doodley! This is a song I wrote about my best bud because sometimes ya hate your friends, but you always love them.”

- The Circus: Inside the Wildest Political Show on Earth takes stock of this political moment in a new episode titled “Desperate Times, Desperate Measures,” airing on Sunday, October 13 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. Co-hosts John Heilemann, Alex Wagner, and Mark McKinnon are joined by contributor Jennifer Palmieri, an alumna of the Clinton and Obama administrations and a Hillary Clinton campaign veteran, as the show tracks the escalating desperation of the White House, whistleblowers and 2020 candidates. For a preview of this week's episode, go to:

- Smithsonian Channel continues its annual initiative honoring Veterans Month with two all-new specials to air this November. Memphis Bell in Color tells the story of the famed Memphis Belle – a B-17 bomber plane that became a symbol of the Allies’ desperate fight against the German Luftwaffe during WWII – with vibrant color footage of the iconic aircraft in combat. Turning toward the Pacific theater, Battle of Midway: The True Story revisits one of the most pivotal battles in United States naval history – a decisive victory that turned the tide in the United States’ punishing fight against Japan. Memphis Bell in Color will premiere on Sunday, November 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT, and Battle of Midway: The True Story will premiere on Monday, November 11 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel.

- Showtime announced it has picked up a second season of the acclaimed docu-series Couples Therapy, from Sundance Award winning filmmakers Josh Kriegman, Elyse Steinberg and Eli Despres. The second season will also feature world-class therapist Dr. Orna Guralnik. Described as “raw and delicious” by the The New York Times, “addicting” by GQ and “compulsively watchable” by Jezebel, Couples Therapy has received critical praise from press and viewers alike, and is currently airing on Fridays at 10 p.m. ET/PT. To watch a first look from this week’s episode, visit:

- Marvel Television and Hulu have announced casting for Marvel’s Helstrom - the live-action series based on the popular Marvel comic book. The series will mark Marvel’s first foray into terror and is slated for debut in 2020. In Marvel’s Helstrom, Daimon and Ana Helstrom are the son and daughter of a mysterious and powerful serial killer. The siblings have a complicated dynamic as they track down the terrorizing worst of humanity — each with their attitude and skills. Tom Austen (“Grantchester,” “The Borgias”) as Daimon Helstrom - A professor of ethics who moonlights as an exorcist, Daimon has no illusions about saving a world he has no patience for; he just hopes he can help a few of the people closest to him. In his battle against a hidden world, Daimon is determined to root out demons as they arise, and will not stop until they're vanquished. Sydney Lemmon (“Succession” “Fear of The Walking Dead”) as Ana Helstrom - By day, Ana runs a successful auction house and suffers no fools, but her true interest lies in hunting down those who hurt others. Traumatized by her father as a child, Ana is driven to rid the world of those like him, even as she secretly worries her father will return. Elizabeth Marvel (“Homeland,” ”The Meyerowitz Stories”) as Victoria Helstrom - Plagued by demons both real and imagined, Victoria has been institutionalized for twenty years. While she struggles to be herself, she hopes to repair her relationship with her children. Robert Wisdom (“Ballers,” ”Watchmen”) as Caretaker - Caretaker is a guardian of knowledge of the occult. He uses his knowledge and his relationship with Ana to help keep demonic forces at bay. June Carryl (“Mindhunter,” “Dead Women Walking”) as Dr. Louise Hastings - A psychologist with a strong faith but an open mind, Hastings is head of the psychiatric hospital where Victoria is being monitored. She has watched over the Helstrom family for years, caring for them as best she can. Ariana Guerra (“Raising Dion,” “Insatiable”) as Gabriella Rosetti - A woman balancing logic and faith, Gabriella arrives from the Vatican to help Daimon and Hastings uncover cases of demonic possession. She wants to save everyone she can, including Daimon. Alain Uy (“The Passage,” “Paper Tigers”) as Chris Yen - Yen is Ana's business partner and her closest friend -- some would say surrogate brother. He carries out the bulk of the auction house's responsibilities and assists Ana with whatever she needs.

- Showtime has announced that Emmy and Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo (Selma) will play the title role in the drama series The President Is Missing. The network has ordered a pilot, which is currently in pre-production and scheduled to shoot in 2020. Academy Award® winner Christopher McQuarrie (The Usual Suspects), Anthony Peckham (Invictus), Heather McQuarrie and Oyelowo will executive produce the series. Peckham is writing the adaptation. The announcement was made today by Gary Levine and Jana Winograde, Presidents of Entertainment, Showtime Networks Inc.

- Trump Administration revisions to the federal Lead and Copper Rule, announced today, fail to protect people and communities from toxic lead contamination. The National Wildlife Federation views the move as yet another instance where the Trump Administration is failing to protect the nation’s drinking water and public health. “Justice delayed is justice denied—and the sad truth is that this rule will not help the vast majority of the millions of America’s living right now with the injustice of toxic lead in their water,” said Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation. “Lead is a neurotoxin. It poisons kids’ blood and brains. EPA had the perfect opportunity to adopt a science-based approach and to accelerate the replacement of lead pipes across the country, but instead it opted to retain the current unsafe approach and allow unsafe pipelines to continue poisoning residents until the residents make investments first (regardless of whether they can afford it). It’s not just a missed opportunity — it’s a betrayal of our public health. We call upon Congress to step up to protect our drinking water and our communities.”

Sunday, October 06, 2019

57 Channels and Only This Is On: October 6, 2019

The Affair: After being completely missing last week we get a complete episode of just Joanie this week. Plus we got a confirmation of the timeline; Allison does not die for another two years. So we are three years until Noah’s movie gets made? They have taken some big time jumps on the show so it is nice that someone is paying attention. We also got Cole’s second wife in the future and a Noah mention, but I still wonder if she will ever run into the guy who raised her for a couple years or even the Soloway children. And if Cole was in his seventies when he died, is the army guy who killed Allison still alive to pay for his crime? All I know is I want more of that reporter.

Fear the Walking Dead: Well they finally took my advice to clear out the ghost town, but only after Ginny was on her way. Oh, and it turns out she evilly killed all those people. But how very Bond villain of her to just walk away and let Morgan die without seeing him actually die. Almost as silly of Grace not having radiation poisoning, but instead turned out to be pregnant.
You can download Fear the Walking Dead on iTunes.

Wu-Tang: An American Saga: Wait, Method Man played lacrosse? I kind of want a Method Man playing lacrosse spin off. Can we resurrect Rock ‘n’ Jock for a lacrosse game with Method Man and other celebrities we would have never guessed played the sport.
You can watch Wu-Tang: An American Saga on Hulu.

Survivor: Island of Idols: Last week’s premiere was a giant ball of flaming shirt. But I have softened on this season a little this week because Kellee is just content gold this week. And much like the lone bright spot of last season Lauren (not be confused with this season’s Lauren the killjoy), Kellee also played colligate soccer. But even Kellee could not do much to improve the borefest that is the Island of Idols. And unfortunately, unlike the lone bright spot of last week, they did not vote the annoying dude this week. Meh.
You can download Survivor: Island of the Idols on iTunes.

The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2: I had no idea until they went against each other this week that Nicole and Jenny were two separate people. And it was kind of lame that TJ let people sit out of trivia. Make everyone go at least once, that made no sense especially when people were going twice.
You can download The Challenge: War of the Worlds 2 on iTunes.

Almost Family: I did not have much expectation for this show considering the premise was so absurd, but I have to say the three sisters really made this show compelling. Though it is kind of silly that the black chick stole the chick with the bad redhead dye job’s boyfriend only for her to turn out to be a lesbian. But I will still watch every episode.
You can download Almost Family on iTunes.

Stumptown: Oh, so this is going to be a P.I. show? They kind of completely dropped the ball telling the viewer what exactly the show was going to be in the promo and the first episode.
You can download Stumptown on iTunes.

The Good Place: Oh wow, we learned a new curse word this week. And I have already called five different people deckheads so far since. But the sad day we all feared all summer finally happened this week, Jason learned the Jags cut Blake Bortles. Now if only he can meet Gardner Flint Minshew II.
You can download The Good Place on iTunes.

Titans: I think we all knew Jason Todd would die eventually, but is he really going to be killed by Deathstroke? And if that fall kills him, don’t you have to bring in Batman at that point, having his apprentice die?

The Blacklist: Oh yeah, Red got stabbed at the end of last episode. Could have used that in a “Previously On: instead of a flashback in the middle of the episode. I have trouble remembering things I watched last week let alone what I watched four months ago. But I guess we do learn around the same time Red does.
You can download The Blacklist on iTunes.