Saturday, August 08, 2020

Previewing We Hunt Together

Well it took five months, but networks are finally running pretty low on content. I believe all Showtime have in the can are the miniseries The Good Lord Bird (which was supposed to premiere this week but was pulled in the wake of Black Lives Matter protest for some editing; who would have guessed a slavery show would be too racist?) and the Comey Effect. Your Honor recently got a teaser but no premiere date yet. And while shows are slowly restarting across the globe, it way be a while before Shameless and Billions will be able to film on location in Chicago and New York City respectively.

So here come the imports. Last month Hulu hosted a British Bingathon with five different shows from across the pond. Showtime is filling its hole with We Hunt Together which aired earlier this year in jolly ol’ England. The show is a cat and mouse show with two pairs. Baba saves Freddie from an assault and look to avenge those who wronged her. While Jackson is new to homicide and is teamed with the jaded Lola who try to prove a string of murders are connected.

This is a different kind of cat and mouse as British shows do seem to have different beats to them than their American counterparts. There also seems to be a tinge of very bleak British dark humour that peaks out everyone and a while. There is also an interesting question in the show of how much empathy do adults deserve if they had truly horrendous childhoods. Baba was a child soldier in Africa before moving to England and we learn as the show progresses, Freddie has some dark skeletons in her closet too.

Again, in light of Black Lives Matters, one thing that Jackson says that really stuck out to me was , “The good way to judge a society is by the conduct of its police officers.” While this show aired and was written before the protests here that even spread across the words, kind of a profound sentiment. Hopefully as our society is changing, our police force will also change for the better.

We Hunt Together airs Sundays at 10:00 on Showtime.

Around the Tubes: August 8, 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 Tesla, Bob Marley, Cut Copy, The Go-Go’s, Patti Smith, James Bay, Taylor Swift, Music Gives: Together #forStJude, and Wizard World Virtual Experiences.

 In Theaters and On Demand August 21st TESLA.  Brilliant, visionary Nikola Tesla (Ethan Hawke) fights an uphill battle to bring his revolutionary electrical system to fruition, then faces thornier challenges with his new system for worldwide wireless energy. The film tracks Tesla’s uneasy interactions with his fellow inventor Thomas Edison (Kyle MacLachlan) and his patron George Westinghouse (Jim Gaffigan). Another thread traces Tesla’s sidewinding courtship of financial titan J.P. Morgan (Donnie Keshawarz), whose daughter Anne (Eve Hewson) takes a more than casual interest in the inventor. Anne analyzes and presents the story as it unfolds, offering a modern voice to this scientific period drama which, like its subject, defies convention. Winner, Alfred P. Sloan Feature Film Prize at the 2020 Sundance Film Festival.

Amazon Music announces [RE]DISCOVER, a new global brand developed to support artist catalogs across all music genres. Launching today with Bob Marley as the first Artist of the Month, the [RE]DISCOVER brand showcases carefully curated artist playlists across various genres and takes listeners on a career-spanning journey of musical discovery, or re-discovery, through the featured artist’s entire body of work. Learn more about [RE]DISCOVER Bob Marley here“[RE]DISCOVER was inspired by what many music fans recognize as one of the great joys of the streaming era: our ability to discover or rediscover great music,” said Adam Block, head of catalog music for Amazon Music. “With [RE]DISCOVER, we’ve created a dedicated umbrella under which all catalog music and the stories that accompany them can be experienced. Whether you’re hearing Bob Marley for the first time, or being reminded of his music again, the reward of that experience is real. We’ve created a destination for catalog music that aims to engage both existing fans, and create next generations of them.”

Beloved Australian electronic act, Cut Copy return with their third single for 2020, “Like Breaking Glass,” out now via Cutters Records/The Orchard. The track is taken from the four-piece’s greatly anticipated sixth studio album, Freeze, Melt, to be released on Friday, August 21. “Like Breaking Glass” summons the quintessential Cut Copy sound from the vault, with high-end sonics and a reverb-laced backbeat upping the mood, while Dan Whitford’s unmistakable vocals conduct a choir of assorted textures, unsuspecting at every turn. Rising and falling vectors tear through warm synth-work and dance-tingling beats, mimicking sentiments behind the physicality of deep love and a heartbreak’s violent rhythms through the body. 

Watch The Go-Go’s perform their new, critically acclaimed single “Club Zero” (UMe) on Monday, August 10, as part of “The 19th Represents: 2020 Virtual Summit.”  This week-long virtual summit from Aug. 10-14, is to elevate the voices of women who are reshaping the American story and commemorate the centennial of its namesake 19th Amendment. “The 19th Represents: 2020 Virtual Summit” will be live-streamed daily from 2:00-4:45 p.m. ET/1:00-3:45 p.m. CT. Registration is free and available at  “The 19th Represents” lineup will include keynote conversations with voting rights activist Stacey Abrams; former secretary of state and 2016 Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonU.S. Sens. Kamala Harris, Tammy Duckworth and Catherine Cortez Masto; Co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Melinda Gates; and U.S. Rep. Elise Stefanik.

Patti Smith presents an evening of words and music celebrating her latest memoir, Year of the Monkey. This will be her only staged program of 2020.  For this one-time event, fans from around the world will be able to see Patti Smith on stage at the Murmrr Theatre in Brooklyn, where she will read from Year of the Monkey and play songs with her longtime bandmate Tony Shanahan.  This event will be filmed by acclaimed cinematographer Matthew Schroeder with a broadcast scheduled on September 4th @ 9:00PM Eastern Time.

- Three-time GRAMMY® Award-nominated and BRIT Award-winning multiplatinum singer, songwriter, producer, and guitarist James Bay shares a brand new Acoustic version of his latest single “Chew On My Heart.”  Check out “Chew On My Heart” (Acoustic) it HERE!  Recently, James performed a gripping 45 minute, 10-song solo set on YouTube in support of #SaveOurVenues- the UK crowd fundraiser started to protect UK grassroots music venues at risk for permanent closure dur to COVID-19. He performed new and old songs as well as a surprise Whitney Houston cover of “I Wanna Dance With Somebody.” In addition, James performed “Chew On My Heart” on The TODAY Show and the first full band performance of the song on Mahogany Sessions.

Taylor Swift’s spectacular run last week continues this week with Billboard’s Hot 100 chart announcement. folklore, her 5 star album, debuts at #1 on the Billboard 200 this week and her single “cardigan” lands at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, making her the only artist in history to simultaneously debut at #1 on the Billboard 200 and the Billboard Hot 100. No artist in the history of Billboard’s charts has ever debuted at both top spots, 200 chart and #1 on the Hot 100 chart.  With all 16 songs from folklore charting on Billboard Hot 100, Taylor Swift becomes the female artist with the most simultaneous debut entries. Taylor is the first artist ever to debut three songs in the Hot 100’s top six spots in a single week and is the first woman to debut two songs in the top five simultaneously with “cardigan” at #1 and “the 1” at #4. In addition, Taylor set a new record as the female artist with the most entries on the Billboard Hot 100, with 113 entries.

Music’s biggest names in pop, R&B, country, Latin, indie, Gospel and more will unite to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital®️ for a virtual festival called Music Gives: Together #forStJude, on Thursday, Aug. 13, at 5 p.m. ET. The livestream will have all the makings of a summertime celebration – great music, delicious food and special edition souvenirs – with content across six stages to help raise awareness and support for the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children.®  In addition to music spanning multiple genres, the concert will include intermissions with culinary content from some of America’s most recognized chefs to make at home and enjoy during the festivities. Viewers can tune in and watch on FacebookYouTubeInstagram and TikTok with additional announcements on Twitter.

 Wizard Entertainment, Inc. (OTCBB:WIZD) brings more “Wizard World Virtual Experiences” featuring stars of iconic franchises across its digital video platforms in the coming days and weeks. Today, "X-Men: Animated Series" takes the virtual stage, with voice actors Cal Dodd (Wolverine), Chris Britton (Mr. Sinister) and George Buza (Beast) joining artist/director Larry Houston at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT. On Tuesday Hallmark movies standouts Julie Benz, Amy Acker, Arielle Kebbel, Brant Daugherty, David Alpay, Cerina Vincent and Marshall Williams begin their group Q&A at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT. On Sunday, August 16, the “Legends of Tomorrow” headliners Caity Lotz, Brandon Routh, Jes Macallan, Adam Tsekhman and Courtney Ford appear, starting at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT.  This is in addition to the previously announced sessions on Saturday, August 8 with "LEGO Masters," The Newlyweds: Tyler and Amy Clites; The Bearded Builders: Boone Langston and Mark Cruickshank; and The Eccentrics: Samuel and Jessica Ragzy Ewud at 4 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. PT; and on Saturday, August 22 featuring headliners—and Wizard World favorites—from “Smallville,” including Tom Welling, Kristin Kreuk, Michael Rosenbaum, Erica Durance, Laura Vandervoort, Sam Witwer and the newly added Alan Ritchson at 1 p.m. ET / 10 a.m. PT.

Sunday, August 02, 2020

57 Channels and Only This Is On: August 2, 2020

The Alienist: Angel of Darkness : Oh wow, only four episodes in and we already know who the killer is. Though plenty of questions remain, most importantly, why is she doing this?
You can download The Alienist: Angel of Darkness on iTunes.

The Chi: So Ronnie heard Keisha, actually went to the house where she was, heard her screaming… and left. Did he think it was best not to confront the dude and is coming back later? I know we still have four more episodes left this season, but at this point they are just stretching thing out. Though I do wonder if Ronnie is the one to save Keisha, will Kevin forgive him for shooting Coogie?

Stargirl: Wait, is Brainwave Jr. really dead? They had a memorial for him but no one discussed how he died nor did they show a body. I still think he might show up. And did Brainwave Sr. do something to the Shining Knight and is that why he is talking like Rain Man? Although since he keeps talking about dragon, that may be a Dragon King reference.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.: Wait, did they just kill Daisy’s mom before Daisy is born? They also seemed to imply that Fitz is dead before Deke’s mother is born. Shouldn’t they be disappearing Marty McFly style? But I am proud of myself that I actually recognized John Garrett and did not have to go to Google just to see who the fork that was like I do when characters take multiple seasons of (or are played by different actors like in the case).
You can download Marvel's Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. on iTunes.

Doom Patrol: Ugg, they did not kill Dorothy in time. Oh well, maybe The Beekeeper will show up in time to save the world next week.