Saturday, November 12, 2022

Around the Tubes: November 12, 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 Free Puppies!,  Hailee Steinfeld, The Beach Boys, Chelsea Cutler, The Circus, Biosphere, The Corridors of Power, This FoolGentleman in Moscowand Mystery Science Theater 3000.

When Hurricane Katrina left more than 250,000 pets stranded, the infrastructure of a nation-wide dog rescue effort was born. Since then, millions of Southern rescue dogs have been transported to new homes thanks to the tireless efforts of a grassroots network of dog rescuers. And while the media has popularized the image of dogs climbing out of transport trucks into the arms of eager adopters, little attention has been paid to the other side of the story.  FREE PUPPIES! travels across the country's political divide to explore one of the many areas where no public animal services exist, and volunteers -- many of them women -- step in. The story follows rescuers Monda Wooten, Ann Brown, and Ruth Smith, and the network of independent “rescue ladies” who patrol vast rural counties in the Tennessee Valley caring for stray and surrendered dogs. 

 Multiplatinum pop singer, songwriter and Academy® Award-nominated actress Hailee Steinfeld releases the highly anticipated music video for “Coast” [feat. Anderson .Paak]. Shot in California as an homage to the artists’ roots, Anderson .Paak also directs the video, which sees Hailee daydream about a psychedelic surf competition in which she and Anderson feature as the main event.  Watch the video for "Coast" [feat. Anderson .Paak]—HERE.  “Coast” first arrived to rave reviews with outlets like Rolling Stone declaring it a “vibey, electric guitar-backed pop earworm,” E! hailing it “her biggest, boldest and brightest chapter yet” and Consequence highlighting “It’s easy to tell that Steinfeld is gifted with talent, both on screen and vocally, but it’s wonderful to hear that she’s stretching her legs as a curator and arranger first and foremost.”

 Following the recent release of the long sought-after Dennis Wilson and Blondie Chaplin gem “Carry Me Home,” The Beach Boys are sharing a stunning previously unreleased a cappella mix of “All This Is That,” which strips away the music to allow listeners to hear the pristine vocals of Al Jardine, Carl Wilson and Mike Love and the group’s trademark harmonies exactly as they were recorded in the studio. Inspired by the Transcendental Meditation teachings of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi and Robert Frost’s poem, “The Road Not Taken,” “All This Is That” is one of the many standout tracks released on the band’s 1972 album Carl and the Passions – “So Tough.”  Stream/Share “Carry Me Home” here: Sail On Sailor – 1972:

Singer, songwriter, and producer Chelsea Cutler is back this week with new music, dropping her long-awaited single “Men On The Moon”—listen HERE! The track arrives after weeks of teasing it on social media and performing it live on tour, building fans’ anticipation and signaling the beginning of a new chapter for the Platinum-Certified artist.  On the song, Chelsea sings over a soft piano melody accented by delicately strummed acoustic guitar. Through her dreamy delivery and emotionally charged lyrics, she ponders, “We put men on the moon, but I still don’t know how to get to you.” Sonically and thematically, it finds Chelsea evolving yet again.

The Emmy® nominated docuseries THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH wraps up its seventh season this Sunday with a special one-hour episode examining the historic midterm elections in which Democrats defied predictions by staving off a Republican red wave.  Hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon and Jennifer Palmieri are joined by guest hosts Errin Haines, editor-at-large for The 19th, and Tim Miller, writer-at-large for The Bulwark, to document a dizzying election week. Criss-crossing the nation to capture the closing arguments from both sides, and an election night that stunned the nation, the program analyzes what the election revealed about America, and how it will impact Washington, Donald Trump, and the Republican Party.  For a preview, go to:

IFC Films has announced that they are acquiring North American rights to BIOSPHERE, the playful sci-fi debut feature from award-winning producer Mel Eslyn (The One I Love) and starring Mark Duplass and Sterling K. Brown. Set in the not-too-distant future, Duplass and Brown play the last two men on earth who must adapt and evolve to save humanity.  The film was produced by Eslyn, artist/filmmaker Zackary Drucker—who previously co-directed the Duplass Brothers-produced docuseries “The Lady and the Dale”—and Duplass Brothers Productions’ Shuli Harel and Maddie Buis. Mark and Jay Duplass Executive Produced. 

SHOWTIME announced its feature documentary THE CORRIDORS OF POWER will have an awards-qualifying run starting Friday, November 25 at IFC Center in New York and Laemmle Glendale in Los Angeles. It will expand to Washington, D.C. on Friday, December 2 at the Regal Gallery Place. The announcement was made by Vinnie Malhotra, Executive Vice President, Nonfiction Programming, Showtime Networks Inc.  To watch and share the trailer, visit:

Hulu Original comedy series “This Fool,” which hails from ABC Signature, has been renewed for a second season with ten episodes.  The first season premiered on August 12th and all ten episodes are now streaming on Hulu.  “This Fool” is written and executive produced by Chris Estrada, Pat Bishop, Jake Weisman and Matt Ingebretson. Jonathan Groff and Fred Armisen also serve as executive producers on the series. 

SHOWTIME announced today that BAFTA® winner and Emmy nominee Sam Miller (Surface, I May Destroy You, Luther) is set to direct and executive produce the upcoming limited series A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW, an adaptation of Amor Towles bestselling novel.  Set to start production early next year, the limited run series is produced by eOne in association with Paramount. A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW will debut exclusively on SHOWTIME in the U.S., Paramount + in the U.K and all international markets where the service is available.  A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW stars Ewan McGregor (Star Wars franchise, Halston, Trainspotting) as Count Alexander Rostov who, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, finds that his gilded past places him on the wrong side of history. Spared immediate execution, he is banished by a Soviet tribunal to an attic room in the opulent Hotel Metropol, threatened with death if he ever sets foot outside again. As the years pass and some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold outside the hotel’s doors, Rostov’s reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. As he builds a new life within the walls of the hotel, he discovers the true value of friendship, family and love.

This year’s annual Mystery Science Theater 3000 Turkey Day Marathon is the biggest event in nearly 30 years. Join your fellow MSTies along with hosts Felicia Day and Rebecca Hanson for a day stuffed with turkey… of the cinematic variety!  Starting at 7am ET / 4am PT on Thursday, November 24, the marathon will feature an extended lineup of ten feature-length episodes and one short film. Alongside NEW host segments, this year’s event includes two feature-length episodes and a short from the show’s current Season 13, screening for the first time outside of MST3K’s independent streaming platform, the Gizmoplex. 

Sunday, November 06, 2022

57 Channels and Only This Is On: November 6, 2022


The White Lotus:  How disappointing that Angelina did not ask anyone for their jacket.  Hopefully she returns for the finale.  Weird they are setting up another murder mystery considering they kind of ignored the one in the first season for most of the episodes.  I will just guess the three Sicilian dudes are the ones that died even though that will likely get ignored until the finale again.


The Walking Dead:  This show has been going on so long, I kind of forgot Negan and Ezekiel have beef.  Have to imagine Negan murdered some Kingdom people.


Let the Right One In:  Wait, so Ellie still does homework?  Has she been doing sixth grade homework all this time or has she been moving up a grade every year?  She should be a junior or senior in college by now, but if she has the mentality of a twelve year old, just how much can she have advanced?  But anyway.  Just how is dad going to get out of having a gun pointed at him?  Would drug dealer guy actually buy, my daughter is a vampire excuse?  Has he become so skilled as a fighter, he can get the gun away from him.  That probably will happen with the other chef coming in.  But then, what does the father do with that guy?


Quantum Leap:  Finally, a sort of entertaining episode.  Though I was kind of hoping for the possessed chick to turn out to be someone another leaper had run into.


La Brea:  So Gavin is from 2076, was taken back to 10,000, where apparently his father could not find him despite being in the same time period, traveled to 1988 where he lived for about three decades, traveled back to 10,000 and then once again back to 1988.  Those are some frequent flier miles.  Now is it as easy to get back to 10,000? 


The Handmaid’s Tale:  So just where exactly will Serena go?  She has already been detained once and sent back to the Wheeler’s.  Would she be welcome in New Bethlehem?  I get the sense the other main characters will be there by the start of the next season.


Survivor:  Wrong move, get rid of the guy who has the Knowledge Is Power advantage.  But apparently James has not watched every other season where the people who have power due to knowledge are the ones that know of the advantage and make the owner look like a fool when they ask for an idol or advantage they gave away.  Seriously people of Survivor, if you find that advantage, do not tell anyone else because then they have all the power from that knowledge.


The Challenge: Ride or Dies:  That challenge made zero sense and apparently no one actually participating could figure it out.  Well, except Nelson who finally got his first daily win ever.  Then you had an elimination between a dude who could not lift his partner and a chick who could not solve a puzzle.  What makes it sadder was that dude had one of lightest partner there and still could not get her out of the mud at all.  It is one thing had he gassed out but dude could not lift her an inch.  Ouch.  But they were both annoying so good riddance.


Stargirl: Oh snap, Wildcat just beat up an old chick.  Though I do not understand why the old lady could easily stab the art teacher, but the kids were all able to just brush off all the cold attacks.


Big Sky:  Hootie!!!!  So are he and Lyle Lovitt going to kill people in between gigs?


Titans:  So they just wrote off Wonder Girl?  Is she just going to hang out with Lyla Garrity?  Can we get that spin-off show?  But in successive seasons, they have killed off The Joker off screen and Lex Luther after one episode.  I fear for the safety of Black Manta in a potential fifth season.  And, is Raven a Targaryen now?