Saturday, May 15, 2021

Around the Tubes: May 15, 2021


I have gotten a plethora of cool press releases have been flooding my inbox recently that you may find interesting.  This post includes blurbs on Olivia Rodrigo, Panic, Lavelle Crawford: The Comedy VaccineTemptations, Joy Oladokun, Haerts, Noah Kahan, Ariana Grande, Ida Maria, Glass Animals, Armchair ExpertThe Great, Kevin Garnett: Anything Is Possible, and Los Angeles Lakers..

Vevo, the world’s leading music video network, today announced that 2021’s break-through artist Olivia Rodrigo has been named their first LIFT artist of 2021, and has released a live performance of “deja vu,” shot on film.  WATCH "DEJA VU (LIVE PERFORMANCE) | VEVO LIFT"  Vevo’s LIFT program connects today’s up-and-coming and most relevant artists to audiences around the world through music video content. Launched in 2011, Vevo's artist development program shines a spotlight on the world's freshest new talent. Vevo LIFT alumni include the likes of Billie EilishDoja CatHalseyKhalidJorja SmithYUNGBLUD, and more. 

The official trailer and first-look episodic images for season one of Panic are available now. The ten-episode Amazon Original series will premiere exclusively on Amazon Prime Video on Friday, May 28, 2021 in more than 240 countries and territories around the world.

- Lavell Crawford returns for his third SHOWTIME comedy special LAVELL CRAWFORD: THE COMEDY VACCINE, premiering Friday, May 28 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. In the hour-long special filmed at the Tempe Improv in Arizona, Crawford reflects back on a tumultuous year of living through a global pandemic with an added punchline. From the panic of looking for toilet paper to attending virtual church services and wearing masks, Crawford brings levity to the many shared lifestyle changes we’ve experienced during a life in lockdown while also touching on his own quarantine frustrations with whimsical banter.  To watch and share the trailer from LAVELL CRAWFORD: THE COMEDY VACCINE, go to:

 Motown/UMe is pleased to announce the kickoff of the 60th Anniversary celebration of the legendary, Grammy Award-Winning Temptations. The Temptations are one of the most revered and prolific musical institutions of all time. Motown luminaries, The Temptations, are today, one of the most iconic, bestselling brands in the entertainment world. With Otis Williams, the founding and sole surviving member of The Temptations, their popularity is ever-increasing and their track record of continuing to sell decades worth of history-making music is breathtaking.

Emerging singer, songwriter and musician Joy Oladokun joined forces with Grammy Award-winning artist Maren Morris for her new song, “Bigger Man,” out today. Listen/share HERE. Written by Oladokun, Morris, Jimmy Robbins and Laura Veltz, the track is the latest unveiled from Oladokun’s highly-anticipated forthcoming major label debut album, set for release on Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records.

Nini Fabi and Benny Gebert, the German-born, New York-based duo HAERTS are sharing their latest chapter “Days Go By” HERE from their upcoming third album Dream Nation which comes out next week, May 21st via AntiFragile Records. The single comes with a filmed live version which was shot at Valentine Recording Studios in North Hollywood HERE.

- Vermont singer and songwriter Noah Kahan returns with his new single entitled “Part of Me” out now via Republic Records—listen HERE.  The introspective anthem reflects a natural progression for the artist. Noah’s signature storytelling and evocative lyrics shine over upbeat guitar and production by his frequent collaborator and Grammy Award-winning producer Joel Little (Taylor Swift, Lorde, Shawn Mendes, Jonas Brothers, Khalid). The momentum of the verses crashes right into the all-too-relatable hook as he confesses, “I don’t miss you. I miss the way you made me feel.”

Ariana Grande just made history again. The GRAMMY® Award-winning and record-breaking multiplatinum superstar has emerged as The First Artist To Simultaneously Land Three Songs in the Top 10 of the Billboard Pop Airplay Chart and The First Artist To Simultaneously Land Three Songs in the Top 10 of the Mediabase Top 40.  These entries include blockbuster singles “positions,” “34+35,” and “pov”—available on her 2020 album, Positions. Additionally, for a second consecutive week, Grande and The Weeknd currently hold the #1 Billboard Hot 100 spot with “Save Your Tears”.

The opening to "Dirty Money" will immediately grab listeners and confirm that this indisputable viking punk Queen Ida Maria has retained the same rebellious attitude that got her in the game, while referencing the lifestyle of an industry's enabling that took her out of the game for a brief time.  Featuring a punk blast of garage guitar, 'Dirty Money' carries the high-energy punk-pop Ida's been widely acclaimed for with cheeky lyrics that are sugar-coated with a highly addictive chorus, addressing much more serious topics that are frustrating to her. Ida's personal experiences with greed and corruption are detailed with a racket of petulant screams, among them "Pay me all your Dirty oney/I'm your favorite monkey/watch me go!!!"

Glass Animals today release the endearingly trippy video for their single “Space Ghost Coast To Coast,” taken from their acclaimed third album Dreamland released last year—watch HERE. The UK band has experienced a huge global rise in support for their single “Heat Waves,” with the original now surpassing 500 million streams and climbing up the Top 40 Radio Chart, and the band recently released a version of “Heat Waves” featuring iann dior—listen HERE.

Spotify (NYSE: SPOT) announced today a multiyear exclusive license agreement with one of the world’s most listened-to and shared podcasts, the award-winning Armchair Expert podcast, co-hosted by actor, filmmaker and comedian Dax Shepard and Emmy-nominated producer and personality Monica Padman. In addition to bringing the widely-popular podcast to the Spotify platform exclusively, the deal also covers a first look with Armchair Umbrella Network. All existing and new episodes of Armchair Expert, which is produced by Rob Holysz, Padman and Shepard, will remain free and available exclusively on Spotify starting July 1st.

Hulu announced that Gillian Anderson will be joining the cast of the second season of Emmy, SAG, Golden Globe and WGA-nominated series “The Great.”  Gillian Anderson (“The Crown,” “Sex Education,” “The Fall” and “The X-Files”) will join the cast of Hulu’s critically-acclaimed Original comedy series “The Great” in a two-episode appearance as Catherine’s (Elle Fanning) mother, Joanna.  Joanna is a glamorous socialite from Germany, sometimes also known as the “maestro of marriage” for her abilities to arrange high profile partnerships for her daughters. She has heard rumors of her daughter’s coup and come to Russia to see it for herself. Though the apple of Catherine’s eye and a doting mother, it soon becomes clear Johanna has more sinister intentions to save her family’s reputation. 

SHOWTIME Sports has announced the title and premiere date of the upcoming documentary KEVIN GARNETT: ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE, chronicling the career of one of the NBA’s all-time greats. The film will premiere on Friday, July 30 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME and will include scenes from Garnett’s induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, taking place at Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut this Saturday. To watch and share a teaser of the upcoming documentary, go to

Hulu announced that a new expansive, nine-part Original docuseries chronicling the history of the storied Los Angeles Lakers franchise will join the Hulu Originals lineup. The project comes to Hulu from Lakers’ CEO and controlling owner Jeanie Buss, Emmy® Award-winning director Antoine Fuqua, in association with Fuqua Films, as well as Haven Entertainment and Los Angeles Media Fund.  The series details the past four decades of the Lakers, and contains colorful and emotional new interviews from over 35 people within the organization, including the Buss family, legendary coaches Pat Riley and Phil Jackson, and NBA Hall of Famers Magic Johnson, Shaquille O’Neal and team captain Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, among numerous other current and former players. Also featured are interviews with a range of high-profile fans and a treasure trove of archival footage featuring never-before-seen interviews with the Lakers late owner, Jerry Buss.

Sunday, May 09, 2021

57 Channels and Only This Is On: May 9, 2021


Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist:  People kept giving grief to Zoey about her costume, but were we supposed to know who Rose was supposed to be?  She just looked like someone practically dressing for a race in colder weather.  The internet claims she was Victoria Beckham that almost makes sense if Max was David Beckham but I do not really equate Posh Spice with a black puffy coat with a hoodie.  I guess I only think of her in little black dresses.  Sure that would be the best attire for a seven mile run, but I am not sure a little black dress would rank in the bottom ten worst things to run a race that we saw.


But to be honest, I would not have much of a problem with Max going to New York even permanently.   I am just ready for the love quadrangle to end anyway possible.  I was hoping Rose would end things, but Max and Zoey are still going at it with lingering resentment from their relationship ending.  Which is a shame, because I have really enjoyed Rose in the little we have seen her.  But hey, at least Tobin is getting some and Leif is not being weird about it.  Well, other than that weird jumping up and down, arms clenched in plain view of the office.


The Nevers:  So no Touched that can bring someone back from the dead.  Though I think the crazy lady admitting to hanging out in the dead girl’s casket.  But that twist at the end would have landed much better had I known who that chick was.  They have done a pretty bad job making us care for most of them and in some cases given a reason to even remember them. 


Fear the Walking Dead:  Did I miss something?  Last week I vaguely remember someone talk about catching up to Alicia as they look for the people who were tagging everything.  Then all of the sudden this episode starts with Alicia and her group already in the taggers headquarters.  Then the dude I barely remember is seeing his brother he thought was dead and then killing him.  And why is Alicia still there?  Why couldn’t she light the match and join the rest of them?  Whoever edited this episode needs to be fired.


Good Girls:  Ugg, Rio knows.  Of course he knows.  He has to figure out everything just to keep him on the show.  Except the show would be much better if they just brought in a new big bad every season.  Haven’t the writers ever see Buffy or Justified?  Well, I guess the secret service agents are not long for this world.


Mare of Easttown:  Yeah, the priest did it.  Not the priest they were questioning, but Mare’s cousin.  The other priest is just covering for him by dumping the bike.  Sure, this hurts my theory that the most famous person always does it and it is super weird that they cast Guy Pierce just to be a red herring booty call.  Also weird: Mare all the sudden being a dirty cop.  Bad look at the captain to look the other way.  How is the baby mamma just going to let that slide?  Doesn’t Mare have to at the very least give up custody to keep her quiet?


City on a Hill:  Ooo, Deep Cover: great song.  I was wondering if they were trying to signal he was undercover or even possibly a snitch.  But since he got shot by the end of the episode, it looks like they were just playing a great song.  But after how many people that kid had killed now, it would be hard for them not to pin Siobhan’s shooting on him no many how alibis his mother give him.  Yet I have a feeling he will go free or at the very least avoid the law so Decoursey will need Jackie to enact his vengeance.


Debris:  Yeah, this definitely did not need to be two episodes.  I was fun for an episode but it really dragged on during the second one.  Not to mention it was extremely obvious once they started communicating threw time and space the answer to solve everything was obviously both twins needed to jump at the same time.


Cruel Summer:  We finally got the scene I was assuming that would happen for a while: Kate and Mallory becoming friends united in their hatred of Jeanette.  Now we have to wait and see if my early prediction that Malory gave Kate the necklace is correct.  It was weird that the show ended with the rape crisis number even though there was no rape in the episode.  I guess we are supposed to assume that is why the dude would kidnap a teenage girl, but I am not sure the vice principal has it in him to do that.  Kate seems to kind of dominate him, scratching and he is the one that always scurries away.  Though, if not for sex, why exactly kidnap her? 


But I do have one more prediction: the gunshot he heard in the first episode was Kate shooting the VP.  The whole shootout they talked about on the news was overblown or possibly a cover-up.  She even killed him with the gun the dude’s dad used on himself (though I am not convinced he committed suicide, I think the VP may have staged it; though that hurts my theory that dude does not have it in him to do stuff like that; but hey, what is a mystery show without spitballing some silly theories).


Supergirl:  Speaking of episodes that did not need a second one. This show needs less Brainiac 5 and Dreamer, more.  Though by the end of the second episode, I realized I liked young Kara and Alex than their grown up versions.  Especially Alex.


Big Sky:  Does the sister want to die?  If both of your brothers are stone cold murderers, maybe you should tempt the murderers with the knowledge that you know.  Speaking of dumb people, why was Ronald taking his girlfriend and his daughter with him to bury her dead sister?  The guy is supposedly a mastermind that has been able to evade the police this long, but he is going to be caught by a ten year old?


The Handmaid’s Tale:  I do not think I have witnessed a dumber escape plan ever than locking yourself in a milk car.  Pretty lucky that someone ambushed the train and that the car was able to be opened from the inside.  But Fred is really the father?  Way to establish he was shooting blanks back in the first season.  I fear this is just going to be the stupid plot devises to get the Waterford’s back to Gilead.


The Challenge: All-Stars:  I laughed when Kendal was trying to argue that it was better to have her puzzle upside down than to fix it, but the more I thought about it, the more I realized she had a point.  If all the pieces were in the right order, why should it matter if it were upside down?  Unless there were rules they did not tell us, there was no right way to do the puzzle as long as they are all fitting together.  But big twist coming next week, that is it and then the finals start after that.  Unfortunately thanks to the last promo, we know two of the contestants that will be in the Arena.


With two less people that will get eliminated last week, that means twelve people in the finale.  Geeze. Maybe they should have been doing double eliminations this whole time.  Nine of the remaining fourteen contestants have not even been in the Arena.  So at the very least, seven of the twelve finalist will have made it to TJ’s Final without winning an elimination.  Or maybe they should have institute the Gold Skulls they have been doing recently on the main show.  Granted that would just be Kendal, Nehemiah, Alton, Anessa, and Mark right now.  Add the two winners from next week then subtract one since we know at least one of those people is going in again this week and a six person final seems more reasonable.


Manifest:  So Noah’s Ark time traveled like 828?  Alrighty.  Way to steer into the absurdity.  Yet not as absurd as Jared dating the Major’s daughter (they are definitely learning what happened to her mom by the end of the season), that the new girl looks like she is going to Single White Female Olive, or that anyone thinks they are going to get all the 828’ers in the same lifeboat.  It may be prudent just to kill everyone off who are not following the callings.  Though the callings may frown on that.


The Blacklist:  Why was Lizzy acting like that in the car?  Why she trying to overact like Red?  Is she turning into the person she hates the most?  Is that what this season is about?