Saturday, May 23, 2020

Around the Tubes: May 23, 2020

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 Taste the NationThe Short History of the Long RoadSupergirl, Tracee Ellis Ross, Kid Cudi, Crystal Starr, Cautious Clay, Ringside, and The Flash.

In Taste the Nation, award winning cookbook author, host and executive producer Padma Lakshmi, takes audiences on a journey across America, exploring the rich and diverse food culture of various immigrant groups, seeking out the people who have so heavily shaped what American food is today. From indigenous communities to recent immigrant arrivals, Padma breaks bread with Americans across the nation to uncover the roots and relationship between our food, our humanity and our history - ultimately revealing stories that challenge notions of identity, belonging, and what it means to be American.

For teenage Nola (Sabrina Carpenter, "Girl Meets World"), home is the open road. Her self-reliant father (Steven Ogg) is her anchor in a life of transience. The pair criss-cross the United States in a lovingly refurbished RV, making ends meet through odd jobs while relishing their independence. A shocking rupture, though, casts Nola out on her own. She makes her way to Albuquerque, New Mexico in search of a mother she never knew, only for her motor home to break down unexpectedly. But after forging a bond with an auto body shop owner (Danny Trejo), Nola senses the possibility of mooring her ship in this storm.  The Short History of the Long Road debuts on VOD June 16th.

Adventure awaits as one of TV’s favorite DC Super Heroes flies into homes with the release of Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season on Blu-ray and DVD on September 8, 2020 from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Fans can purchase the sets which, in addition to all 19 super-powered episodes from season five, also contains The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019, deleted scenes and a gag reel. A limited-edition bonus disc featuring all five DC Crossover Event Crisis on Infinite Earths episodes will be available exclusively for fans who purchase the Blu-ray. Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD ($44.98 in Canada) and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray ($49.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). Supergirl: The Complete Fifth Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

Emmy Nominated and Golden Globe® Award-winning actress Tracee Ellis Ross releases the official music video to “Love Myself” today. Watch HERE. “Love Myself” is the first single to the upcoming film The High Note in which Tracee Ellis Ross stars in as recording artist “Grace Davis.”  Last week, Tracee Ellis Ross debuted “Love Myself” on Instagram Live to fans and friends like, Michelle Obama, Janelle Monáe, Lena Waithe, Sarah Paulson, Kerry Washington, her incredible mother Diana Ross, and more.  Watch the premiere HERE and listen to “Love Myself” HERE.

To celebrate the release of Kid Cudi’s first solo track since December 2016, he has partnered with long time creative director, Off-White founder and Louis Vuitton Men’s Artistic Director Virgil Abloh, on an exclusive t-shirt available on now for a very limited time.  The shirt which features a sketch from Abloh, references an iconic Kid Cudi moment that fans will recognize and features the track title in Abloh’s hand on back.  In addition to the t-shirt, Cudi has also released a limited edition pressing of the “Leader Of The Delinquents” single on 7” vinyl, 12” picture disc and cassette featuring updated single artwork from Abloh.
Southern California singer, songwriter, and powerhouse performer Crystal Starr presents her new single “Goodie Two Shoes” [feat. L. Michelle].  Get it HERE.  Additionally, she shares the official music video. Watch it HERE.  Nodding to nineties R&B and pop, she gleefully taps into a classic throwback spirit on the track. Her voice glides over slick beats before an unshakable and undeniable hook illustrative of her traffic-stopping range. 

Cautious ClayRemi WolfStill WoozySophie MeiersClaudMelanie Faye and HXNS premiere the official video for their single, “Cheesin’,” out now via slowplay/Republic Records—watch HERE!  Created by The Valdez, the video for “Cheesin’” brings Cautious Clay, Remi Wolf, Still Woozy, Sophie Meyers, Claud and Melanie Faye all back together for their take on the “Zoom-lifestyle” we’ve all grown accustomed to during this quarantine. In the video, throwback filters and hand-drawn graphics add nostalgic warmth to the digital party as everyone dances along—apart, but together.

SHOWTIME has released the official trailer for its upcoming award-winning documentary RINGSIDE, premiering on Friday, June 12 at 8:30 p.m. ET/PT. Filmed over the course of nine years by award-winning director Andre Hörmann, RINGSIDE chronicles the dramatic upbringing of two boxing prodigies and follows the divergent paths they take as they navigate life’s uncertainties on the South Side of Chicago.  To watch and share the trailer for RINGSIDE, go to:

Just in time for the seventh season premiere of the highest-rated series on The CW, fans will be zooming into stores to pick up The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases the Blu-ray and DVD on August 25, 2020. Averaging over 1.8 million viewers weekly*, viewers will be able to speed-watch all 19 gripping episodes from the #1 series on The CW, plus a never-before-seen “Kiss Kiss Breach Breach - Noir” episode with commentary by showrunner/ executive producer Eric Wallace. Other special features include: The Best of DC TV’s Comic-Con Panels San Diego 2019, deleted scenes and a gag reel. A limited-edition bonus disc featuring all five DC Crossover Event Crisis on Infinite Earths episodes will be available exclusively for fans who purchase the Blu-ray.  The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD ($44.98 in Canada) and $44.98 SRP for the Blu-ray ($49.99 in Canada), which includes a Digital Copy (U.S. only). The Flash: The Complete Sixth Season is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.

A group of South Carolinians, who have won key races across the Palmetto State, announced today the launch of “Lindsey Must Go,” a newly formed political action committee that will highlight incumbent Lindsey Graham’s vulnerabilities in the U.S. Senate race. Lindsey Must Go (LMG), will rely on a data and impact-driven approach that engages in an aggressive, persuasion campaign across South Carolina. Grounded by polling, it will include digital, cable, radio and SMS engagement to reach voters. LMG launches with a hard hitting video tackling Graham’s flip flopping on key issues as well as his untrustworthiness.  “Lindsey Graham is in trouble – he knows it, we know it and by November, every voter in South Carolina will know it,” said Tyler Jones, a South Carolinian who served as general consultant and strategist to U.S. Congressman Joe Cunningham in his upset victory in 2018. “We are building a grassroots effort to meet voters on the airwaves and online to make sure that we end Lindsey Graham’s political career.”

Sunday, May 17, 2020

57 Channels and Only This Is On: May 17, 2020

Billions: Man, they really dove into that Showtime synergy with the multiple Dexter references. But off course Chuck was referring to the book and not the show. Then we get what feels like the first ever mention of Wags family. So are we going to get more family time with him this season? They did shuffle off the daughter without really seeing her but some leg.

Killing Eve: Really the crazy French assassin is just going to blow up her mother’s house with her in it and parts of her new family? And the story about her mother giving her up for adoption was a little silly. I guess you get stupid stuff like that when you have three showrunners in three years. You can download Killing Eve on iTunes.

Supergirl: I vaguely remember Sean Austin being on earlier this season but kind of forgot what he was doing other than I think he was possessed by something. I also thought that assistant Director Skinner died in a Cliffside battle. I wondering if I am misremembering all that or that stuff really happened and was changed by Crisis. You can download Supergirl on iTunes.

Penny Dreadful: City of Angels: So the brother that killed all those cops with plenty of witnesses is just out and free? But now we got a new personality for Maergery Tyrell. But her explanation of how she is Spanish was very convoluted. Although that may be the point, I kind of zoned out at some point and maybe everyone she explains her heritage to just accepts it because they also stopped paying attention. But if she is a shape shifter who can transform into anyone, including a young boy, why not just shape shift into an actual Hispanic?

Run: Well that took an unexpected turn. Not sure for the better, but it is the first time I w as even mildly interested in the show.

Survivor: Winners at War: I got worried there for a second, after being irate during the original Edge of Extinction when it seemed obvious that the guy voted our fourth was going to win only for him to be bounced by the guy voted out third, I thought, oh no, is the chick who was voted out first actually going to win? But it just shows that Natalie could still get four votes when Michele, who clearly played the better game could not get any. But thankfully it sounds like that will be done with that stupid twist for aware. Yet, even though no seasons are being filmed, and may not be for a while, Probst still managed to announce a twist almost as dumb as Edge of Extinction: he actually encouraged teenagers as young as sixteen to apply. Please no. You can download Survivor: Winners at War on iTunes.

The Challenge: Total Madness: Do you believe in highly unlikelies!!! And the thing is, when you looked at Jenna area under the stage, it looked like there was a pile of rocks that could have filled two wheel barrels. But I really did not understand why everyone just let Tori throw herself in. If I did not want to see her in a final, I would just never throw her in. But it was nice to have drunk Nany back. It has been awhile since she got that crazy. You can download The Challenge: Total Madness on iTunes.

Blindspot: Oh yeah, Bill Nye is Patterson’s dad. Still weird. So what happened to the chick with the phone?

The Blacklist: Well that was weirder than I was expecting. And I thought Lizzy’s grandpa was already dead. Weird that she said he was going to recover soon since Brain Dennehy just died. Maybe should have changed that line because they kind of have to kill him off now. You can download The Blacklist on iTunes.