Saturday, October 01, 2022

Around the Tubes: October 1, 2022

 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 The Flight Attendant, The Lincoln Project, Schitt's CreekRamySolar Opposites, Spector, The Beach Boys, Oh Wonder, Little Big Town, Kid Cudi, All the Smoke with Matt Barnes and Stephan JacksonTom and Jerry, and King Shaka.

Buckle-up as the HBO Max dark comedy series that hooked audiences all around the world travels to your home as Warner Bros. Home Entertainment releases The Flight Attendant: The Complete Season 1 & 2 on DVD November 29, 2022. Follow all 16 episodes from seasons 1 and 2, plus more than an hour of bonus content that goes behind the scenes of the series for the ultimate fan! The Flight Attendant: The Complete Season 1 & 2 is priced to own at $39.99 SRP for the DVD. The series is also available to own on Digital via purchase from digital retailers.  Starring Kaley Cuoco, The Flight Attendant is a story of how an entire life can change in one night. A flight attendant (Cuoco) wakes up in the wrong hotel, in the wrong bed, with a dead man – and no idea what happened. The dark comedic thriller is based on the novel of the same name by New York Times bestselling author Chris Bohjalian.

The Emmy® nominated docuseries THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH continues the second half of its seventh season by focusing on the myriad legal threats facing former President Donald Trump.  Hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Jennifer Palmieri examine the metastasizing investigations, from courtrooms to Congress, into Trump's handling of classified documents, his role in the January 6th insurrection and his business dealings in the White House. For a preview, go to:  Episode includes: Veteran journalists Peter Baker and Susan Glasser on Trump’s unparalleled legal problems, Former Trump White House Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews on her testimony to the January 6th Committee about Trump's actions the day of the Capitol attack, Andrew Weissmann, senior prosecutor in the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, on the Justice Department's investigations and the role of Attorney General Merrick Garland, Former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal on the Trump investigations, the Supreme Court and the rule of law.  

SHOWTIME today released a new trailer for THE LINCOLN PROJECT, a five-part docuseries following the members of the Lincoln Project over the course of the 2020 election and its aftermath. The series will premiere on October 7 at 8 p.m. ET/PT, and episodes will air back-to-back each Friday at 8 p.m. ET/PT. All five episodes will also release on demand and on streaming platforms for SHOWTIME subscribers on October 7.  To watch the trailer, visit:

Every now and again, spending like a little bit of money on something really special can definitely help make you smile. And that's why I, like, commend Hulu for seeking us out at Alexis Rose Communications, because we totally get it.   Generally speaking, we at Alexis Rose Communications believe there is nothing wrong with asking for what you deserve. And after weeks and weeks of, like, heavy business negotiations with Hulu, I could absolutely not say no as a businesswoman. The world deserves the best. And I love that journey for them.  And now a special announcement. Boop.  Alexis Rose Communications is happy to bring you the world exclusive announcement that Hulu will be the official destination for Schitt's Creek beginning October 3rd.  TWITTER  FACEBOOK

Get an insightful look into the new season with Hulu’s official Ramy Aftershow, One Cup of Tea, hosted by Ramy Youssef, Hiam Abbass and Laith Nakli. Each episode features special guests to help unpack the topics and themes of the groundbreaking Hulu Original series, which is now streaming on Hulu. 

Check out the all-new trailer for Hulu's upcoming "Solar Opposites" Halloween special. The episode will premiere on October 3, 2022.

SHOWTIME Documentary Films announced today that the network will air SPECTOR, a four-part documentary series produced by Lightbox from directors Sheena M. Joyce and Don Argott (Framing John Delorean, Believer) about enigmatic, legendary music producer Phil Spector and what happened on the fateful night of February 3, 2003 when actress Lana Clarkson was shot dead in his mansion. All four episodes of the docuseries will release on demand and on streaming platforms for SHOWTIME subscribers on Friday, November 4, ahead of its on-air premiere on Sunday, November 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT.  To watch the trailer, visit:

The Beach Boys landmark albums, 1972’s Carl and the Passions – “So Tough” and 1973’s Holland, will take center focus in Sail On Sailor - 1972, a new expansive multi-disc and digital box set, releasing November 18th via Capitol Records/UMe, that documents and dives deep into their transformative and fruitful 1972 era. The latest chapter in the Beach Boys’ archival series was produced by Mark Linett and Alan Boyd, the team behind 2013’s GRAMMY® Award-winning SMiLE Sessions and last year’s acclaimed Feel Flows – The Sunflower and Surf’s Up Sessions 1969-1971, the comprehensive 6CD Super Deluxe Edition features newly remastered versions of Carl and the Passions – “So Tough” and Holland, plus Holland’s Mount Vernon and Fairway (A Fairytale) EP (complete with its original instructions to “please listen in the dark”), and boasts an unreleased live concert recorded at NYC’s famed Carnegie Hall on Thanksgiving, 1972, the first-ever release of a complete Beach Boys concert from this era with the original setlist.  Pre-order Sail On Sailor – 1972 and stream/share “You Need A Mess Of Help To Stand Alone” (Live At Carnegie Hall, 1972):

Oh Wonder has shared a new track “Can We Always Be Friends?,” which is available now on Republic Records. This comes ahead of the unique London band’s new album, 22 Make, which is due on October 7th. This was previewed by brooding first single “Magnificent,” the anthemic “Fuck it I Love You,” and the cinematic “True Romance.”  “Can We Always Be Friends?” was hastily reworked hours before Oh Wonder went on honeymoon. Having started life as a pop banger, they just knew it wasn’t quite right. With vinyl deadlines looming and the very real deadline of a flight to catch, they stayed up all night reworking it into the louche, after-dinner jazz number it is now. It’s a song that sums everything up for Oh Wonder, and the album completing their two-part, 22 Break project; that no matter what, the connection between these two people can never really end. “We’ve got too much love,” they sing. “You and me together to the end: can we always be friends?” An album like 22 Make will leave you in no doubt that the answer is yes.

The award-winning quartet known to all as Little Big Town recently wrapped a hectic summer tour after the release of their tenth studio album, Mr. Sunshine.  In the latest episode of The Spout Podcast, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman, Phillip Sweet and Jimi Westbrook unpack stories from the road, admit they still get nervous before performing on national television, explain the process of picking who sings lead, ponder what shoes are best to wear with a romper, and decide which superpowers the Kardashians would embody if they appeared in a Marvel Cinematic Universe movie.  Listen to the full interview on The Spout Podcast HERE.

GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum sonic visionary, artist, producer, actor and director Kid Cudi proudly presents his anxiously awaited tenth full-length album and one of the most anticipated releases of 2022, Entergalactic. Delivering his most layered and leveled-up vision to date, it arrives in tandem with the companion NETFLIX project Entergalactic.  Listen to Entergalactic HERE.

SHOWTIME Sports® announces veteran journalist, host and NBA analyst Rachel Nichols is joining SHOWTIME Basketball, the fast-rising content vertical that features edgy, authentic and compelling content from every corner of the sport.  As both a host and producer, Nichols will contribute to multiple programs and projects from SHOWTIME Basketball across multiple platforms. The announcement comes as SHOWTIME Basketball’s successful video podcast ALL THE SMOKE WITH MATT BARNES AND STEPHEN JACKSON drops a new, revealing interview, her first sit-down since her 2021 departure from ESPN, where Nichols opens up about her journey in sports media and what has led to this next chapter in her expansive 25-year career. To watch and share the episode tease, click HERE.

Just in time for the holidays, everyone’s favorite cat and mouse duo are back in action as Tom and Jerry: Snowman’s Land releases on Digital November 15, and DVD November 29, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment. Produced by Warner Bros. Animation, the all-new, full-length animated family holiday film is filled with 72 minutes of toe-tapping tunes and hilarious hijinks and 3 classic episodes. Tom and Jerry: Snowman’s Land will be available to own on Digital for $14.99 SRP (US and Canada) and on DVD for $19.98 SRP ($24.98 in Canada).

SHOWTIME announced today that Charmaine Bingwa (The Good Fight) and Nkeki Obi-Melekwe (Tina -The Tina Turner Musical) will star, and Tony Kgoroge (Invictus), Sindi Dlatu (The River) and Bahle Hadebe (Bone of My Bones) will guest star in the highly anticipated new series KING SHAKA, an epic drama centered around one man’s personal journey from stigmatized childhood to legendary king. The CBS Studios production will shoot in the historic KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) South Africa province, the birthplace of King Shaka, and will be fully shot in South Africa. The series is produced with Propagate and Hill District Media and will debut on SHOWTIME in 2023.  

Sunday, September 25, 2022

57 Channels and Only This Is On: September 25


House of the Dragon:  We have heard about her for a while and we finally get to meet Daemon’s wife and she did not disappoint, just mocking him, she will be a great addition to the cast… oh wait, she is already dead.  Well, fork.  Also gone really quick, the Sea Snake’s kid’s lover.  Maybe not try and blackmail a King’s Guard member.  Sign and now we are in for the largest time jump.  Shockingly the king was still in the previews for next week.  Just how long is that dud going to survive.


Tales of the Walking Dead:  A strong end to the season, I am always down for a haunted house (though not really down for bird murder).  Here is my official ranking of season one:

1)      Evie / Joe

2)      La Doña

3)      Blair / Gina

4)      Amy / Dr. Everett

5)      Dee

6)      Davon


City on a Hill:  I am actually a little surprised that the priest was the one who took a shot at Jackie.  Though, the suspect was very long.  Also surprising is that Dryden got wind of the investigation into him.  Will they be able to take him down with just one episode left this season?


Quantum Leap:  I have been asking for a reboot of this show ever since the reboot craze started about a decade or so ago.  Unfortunately they did not take me up on my suggestion of having Sam be the new Al.  They could not even get Scott Bakula at all.  After seeing what the show became, I am not surprised that he passed on the show.  What a flaming piece of hot garbage filled with too many people who cannot act including a scientist who thinks it is socially acceptable to show up to work in a suit fashioned like a crop top. As a whole, they just spent way too much time in 2022.  I vaguely remember one episode of the original spending one episode mostly in its present day, but was about it.  We rarely ever saw Al not in hologram form. This show needs to make a hard pivot and soon.  Have Ernie Hudson be the new Al, have Al’s daughter, who I am guessing will turn out to be doing her own rogue Quantum Leap program, and just get rid of everyone else from 2022.


Reboot:  Okay, I laughed way too hard at the song they played at the end of episode two.  But the Hulu executive may end up being the sneaky best part of the show, but I kind of feel bad for the actual head of comedy (but hey, they did give up this show, Only Murders in the Building, Dollface, and The Great).  And you have to wonder who at the network force the writer to cast some hot chick who cannot act, because dudes 18-34 do not care about acting skill.  The guy did create Modern Family so…


Andor: Call me old fashioned, but I prefer my television shows to be, you know, television shows.  While this show looked great, the performances were good, but the first three episodes felt more like a two hour movie split into three than three actual episodes of television.  But anyway.  Is that lady mechanic supposed to be Andor’s sister?


The Handmaid’s Tale:  So One Eyed Willie survived, but did the other one survive?  It probably would be hard to just have her trying to kill herself every week.  But the big news of the week was that Serena tried to stay in Gilliad.  Wouldn’t she have to stand trial like Fred?  Does no one know she was the reason Fred was even captured by the Canadians.  I laughed at the American dude asking why she would want to go back when she was free now… and promptly put her back in detention when she was returned to Canada.


Tell Me Lies:  Nothing says bad parent quite like casting Peggy Bundy.  I laughed when Lucy tried to insist she had the worse mother.  Sure she may have forked another dude while your father was dying, but it is not like she sits on the couch all day eating Bon Bon’s.  But I really missed the side characters this week.  I really came to the realization this week that Stephan and Lucy may be my two least favorite characters on the show. But Lucy finding Stephan’s drawing at Macy really made me wonder when those pictures on his computer are from.  I was thinking they were taken at college, but now I am not sure.  But if they were taken while they were still in high school, that would make her very underage at the time.


Survivor:  Oh wow, I do not remember the last time the most annoying person went out first.  Usually annoying people are kept around because they are easy to beat at the final Tribal.  Okay, it was actually her clothing choice that was annoying; the elevator salesman probably had the more annoying personality.  I am just glad I do not have to spend most of the season staring at that rainbow outfit after having to look at that extremely annoying ostrich shirt for most of last season.


Stargirl:  I have been defending Shiv’s innocence all season, but now that she is growing her father’s dragon skin, the same time of dragon skin found at the crime scene.  Though, I do wonder if maybe there is a Jekyll and Hyde thing going on.  Or maybe her dead father is somehow taking over her conscience.


Resident Alien: So they killed off the alien tracker right after he found his kid?  That was cruel.  So what exactly happened to the kid?  Id the reason why the aliens stopped taking the tracker to his kid because the government captured him?  But where are the aliens that had him in the first place?


Big Sky:  I forget what happened to the Indians and why their henchman is now with Meadow Soprano, but Reba McIntire is a massive downgrade.  But obviously she was going to turn out to be the big bad of this season; it looks like she went into her plastic surgeon and asked for The Joker.