Saturday, August 14, 2021

Around the Tubes: August 14, 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 Tassia Zappia, Chelsea Cutler, Claire Rosinkranz, JP Cooper, Detainee 001, Back to Life, POVand Buried.

Earning critical acclaim and enchanting fans around the world, Melbourne singer songwriter Tassia Zappia shares a cheeky and catchy new single entitled “Like Ohh” via Republic Records. Listen to “Like Ohh”— HERE.  Tassia comments about the new single, “During a writing trip to LA I met a new guy and we really hit it off. After I went back home to Australia, I just couldn't get him off my mind. “Like Ohh" is a sexy, playful song about craving a person knowing you may never see them again. I had the best time making this with my collaborators Lauren Christy, Jon Levine and Entente.”

Platinum Certified singer, songwriter, and producer Chelsea Cutler drops her latest single, “You Can Have It,” from her highly anticipated sophomore album—listen HERE!  “You Can Have It” illuminates another side of the songwriter, as delicately plucked acoustic guitar shifts into a head-nodding beat, and she delivers upbeat verses before a sun-kissed, soaring refrain, “Anything that you want, that I got, that’s for you.” Chelsea co-wrote the song with James Alan and co-produced it with Kevin White of Rice N’ Peas.

Tallying hundreds of millions of streams and attracting universal acclaim from BillboardOnes To WatchEUPHORIA. Magazine, and more, Gen Z singer-songwriter Claire Rosinkranz only increases the momentum of her rapid rise by unveiling the music video for her latest single “Hotel” today. Watch the music video for “Hotel”HERE.  It is available on her tastemaker-praised sophomore EP, 6 Of A Billion – listen HERE!

Acclaimed British singer and songwriter, JP Cooper, has dropped his uplifting new single “Call My Name”, today and announced his new album titled SHE, which will be released on October 15th.  You can listen to “Call My Name” HERE and the video is also available to watch HERE.

SHOWTIME Documentary Films today announced the new documentary feature DETAINEE 001, directed by Emmy®-winner Greg Barker (The Final Year, Sergio, Manhunt, Legion of Brothers). The film unpacks the mysteries surrounding the young American man, John Walker Lindh, found on the battlefield in Afghanistan alongside the people who were supposed to be his enemy. The story reveals how society views the “enemy from within” and the shifting allegiances during the war on terror. SHOWTIME will premiere DETAINEE 001 on Friday, September 10 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.  To watch and share the trailer, visit

SHOWTIME announced that the six-part second season of the critically acclaimed comedy series BACK TO LIFE, created by and starring Daisy Haggard (EPISODES, Breeders), will premiere on Monday, September 13 at 10 p.m. ET/PT with new episodes airing each week. All episodes of season two will be available on that day to stream and on demand for subscribers on SHOWTIME. From the producers of FleabagBACK TO LIFE follows Miri Matteson (Haggard) who, after 18 years behind bars, returns home and stumbles back into adult life in the coastal town she once knew. Miri continues to reconcile with her past while trying to assimilate and make a new life for herself post-incarceration. To watch and share the trailer, please visit:

POV Shorts, the newest series from American Documentary, debuts its fourth season on September 6, 2021 on PBS and streaming online at With 13 new short nonfiction films packed into seven unique episodes, POV Shorts continues to program innovative and diverse stories that capture longing for community and identity and difficult reconciliations with family history. In just its 3rd season, POV Shorts was named the ‘Best Short Form Series’ at the 36th annual IDA Documentary Awards.

SHOWTIME announced it will air BURIED, a four-part documentary series, about how one woman’s long-repressed memory of her childhood best friend’s murder sparked a national debate about the power and limitations of memory in the court of law. The legal thriller spotlights the reverberations of this first criminal case based on a recovered memory and analyzes how fallible and malleable the mind can be. SHOWTIME will release all four episodes to its subscribers at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday, October 10, prior to its on-air debut that night at 9 p.m. ET/PT. A co-production of MA Productions and Guendelman & Timor Productions, BURIED is executive produced by Yotam Guendelman (Shadow of Truth), Mika Timor (Coastal Road Killer), Maor Azran (Beauty and the Baker, The Amazing Race Israel) and Dan Adler (Noel) and written and directed by Guendelman and Ari Pines (Shadow of Truth, Coastal Road Killer). To watch and share the teaser, go to:

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

The Seventeenth Annual Scooter Television Awards


Welcome to the 17th Annual Scooter Television Awards honoring show that aired a majority of their season between August 2020 and July 2021. Without further ado, here are the winners of the 2021 STA's:

Best Scripted Show: Loki


Best Comedy: The Flight Attendant


Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy Show: The Mandalorian


Best Comic Book Adaptation: Loki


Best Period Show: Cruel Summer


Best Animated Show: Marvel’s M.O.D.O.K.


Best Reality Show: The Challenge: All Stars


Best Remake, Reboot, or (non-comic book) Adaptation: The Good Lord Bird


Best Miniseries: Mare of Easttown


Best Talk Show: Pardon the Interruption


Best New Show: The Flight Attendant


Guiltiest Guilty Pleasure: Cruel Summer


Worst Show I Made Though an Entire Season Of: A Teacher


Best Hour of TV: Zoey’s Extraordinary Birthday (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist)


Best Half Hour of TV: Essential (Superstore)


Biggest Shocker: Lady Loki ushered in the multiverse in the MCU


Best Line: “Jeanette Turner, I hope you rot in hell.”  - Kate (Cruel Summer)


Worst Idea: Manifest possibly being saved but not Zoey’s Wallis Extraordinary Playlist


Worst Moment: Kate Mara acting like a teenage girl while telling a co-worker she hooked up with a student


Biggest Disappointment: Every other episode of Lovecraft Country


Best Musical Moment: Zombie (Cruel Summer)


Best Karaoke: Don’t Stop Me Now (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist)


Best New Title Sequence: WandaVision


Best GIF:



Best Character: Zoey Clarke (Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist)


Best Recurring Character: Mrs. Keys (The Handmaid’s Tale)


Best Guest Appearance: Raylan Givens (The Mandalorian)


Best Cast Addition: Sean Bean (Snowpiercer)


Best Duo: Anna Kendrick and a sex doll (Dummy)


Most Entertaining Reality “Star”: Selena Gomez (Selena + Chef)


Most Annoying Reality:  Josh Martinez (The Challenge)


Most Anticipated New Show of the Next Season: Only Murders in the Building


Most Anticipated Reboot:  Beavis and Butt-Head


Show That Should Be Brought Back: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist


Biggest Question for 2021-2022: How will Mando hook back up with Baby Yoda, or will he?



Tuesday, August 10, 2021

The Twenty Best Television Shows of 2020-2021

1. Loki 1.x

2. The Mandalorian 2.x

3. The Flight Attendant 1.x

 4. Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist 2.x

5. Mare of Easttown 1.x

6. Hacks 1.x

7. Cruel Summer 1.x 

8. This Way Up 2.x

9. Two Weeks to Live 1.x 

10. The Good Lord Bird 1.x

11. WandaVision 1.x

12. Made for Love 1.x

13. Cosmos: Possible Worlds

14. The Challenge: All Stars 

15. Dummy 1.x

16. Superstore 6.x

17. The Capture 1.x

18. Black Monday 3.x

19. Selena + Chef 1.x / 2.x

20. The Handmaid's Tale 4.x

Shows that aired a majority of their season between August 2020 and July 2021 were eligible for this list.

Sunday, August 08, 2021

57 Channels and Only This Is On: August 7, 2021

The White Lotus:  There are fewer things I need to see in my life than seeing a dude go to town on another dude’s backside.  I get everyone has their own fetish, but that just seems very unsanitary.  Maybe I would be up for it is she showers first, but even then it would have to be requested by someone way out of my league.  Now I am having trouble remembering anything else that happened this week,


Kevin Can Fork Himself:  Great concept that just never worked and just fizzled out in the end.  But that is some sitcom level stretch of reality for dude to hear the whole conversation in a closet on the other side of the kitchen that is being taken place in the middle of the living room.  WandaVision did a much better job weaving sitcom troupes into a drama even if the jokes on that show were not particularly funny either.


The Chi:   So did the mayor just bolt town?  He does not seem like a guy who would take being blackmailed very lightly especially if that means giving up all that power.  Then after Ronnie getting gunned down at the end of last season, the end of this season seemed very subdued.  It seemed a little weird they lingered on Kevin at the end.  I thought something was going to happen, but it just went to the credits.


Black Monday:  Ha, I knew it.  The dead Lehman Brother coming back and killing everyone one made little sense.  Really, the more he kept on talking about revenge, the more I became convinced it was not him.   It ended up being the person I guessed back in episode one and for the exact reason I guessed.  I just did not see Tiff coming back and saving every one even if I was suspicious that she died face down among a bunch of lookalikes.


Flatbush Misdemeanor:  This did not really feel like a finale, it seemed like it was more of a penultimate episode and everything with everything going being resolved next week.  But that is it.  I guess they better hope they get renewed.


Motherland: Fort Salem:  What a weird reveal to learn Raelle mother was alive at the end of the first season, wait until the second half of the second season to reunite them, and kill the mother off seconds after reuniting.  Although, is she dead?  I am not entirely sure what that black substance is and forget if Raelle got her inability to die from her mother.