Saturday, February 11, 2023

Around the Tubes: February 11, 2023


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 History of the World, Part II, Wreck, Lavell Crawford, Mckenna Grace, Lauren Spencer Smith, Benee, Showtime, To The Rescueand Sublime.

We are excited to share the official trailer for Hulu's upcoming sketch comedy variety series "History of the World, Part II," which premieres Monday, March 6 with two episodes. Two new episodes will drop daily, with our finale on Thursday, March 9.

Fremantle's UK series “Wreck” is a tense thriller, mixing comedy with a slice of slasher, set aboard The MS Sacramentum cruise ship. The series follows 19-year-old new recruit, Jamie, as he infiltrates the 1000-strong crew in a desperate race to find his missing sister. She was working aboard the same vessel on a previous tour and vanished mid-charter. Jamie is initiated into cruise life and gets a crash course on the tribes within the staff: the theatre kids, the mafias and the low-paid workers. For this overworked and underpaid crew, life below deck can be an odyssey of partying and excess… and they remain oblivious to the bloodthirsty murders taking place on board. Jamie is forced to turn detective and uncover the sinister truth.  Premieres exclusively on Hulu Wednesday, March 1st.

Lavell Crawford returns for his fourth SHOWTIME comedy special LAVELL CRAWFORD: THEE LAVELL CRAWFORD, starting Friday, February 24 on streaming and on demand for SHOWTIME subscribers, before making its on-air debut on Sunday, February 26 at 10 p.m. ET/PT. In the stand-up special filmed at the Joy Theater in New Orleans, Crawford delves into the issues of getting older without the shame and with all the sarcasm. From experiencing his first bidet to paying HOA fees, Crawford brings playfulness to life’s precarious situations that arise as we become more domesticated and seasoned.    To watch and share the trailer from LAVELL CRAWFORD: THEE LAVELL CRAWFORD, go to:

“RapCaviar Presents” is a compelling new documentary series that tackles some of today’s most provocative issues through the stories of hip-hop visionaries and emerging stars currently ruling the charts and influencing our culture, from City Girls to Tyler, The Creator, Jack Harlow, Polo G, Roddy Ricch, Coi Leray and more. Based on the influential Spotify playlist, launched in 2015, this seven-part series is a deep dive into current events that untangles important subjects and offers a view of the world from an artist’s perspective.   Check out a first look clip featuring Tyler, The Creator from Hulu's Original docuseries, "RapCaviar Presents."  All seven episodes will premiere March 30, only on Hulu.  FIRST LOOK CLIP: HERE

- Emmy nominated singer, songwriter and actress Mckenna Grace releases her new track and visualizer for “Checkered Vans” today via Photo Finish Records. The song was co-written by Grace, Bulow and Elizabeth Lowell Bowland (Madison Beer, Tate McRae) and produced by Lowell and Herag (Hailee Steinfeld, Alessia Cara). Grace is also set to perform on February 21, at LA’s Moroccan Lounge. Click HERE for Tickets Available at Ticketmaster.  “Checkered Vans” is the second song being released from Bittersweet 16. “I wrote this song as a fun punky skater breakup song:) I’m a big roller skater and a vans fan (especially checkered ones) so I thought it’d be interesting to write a song using really specific items and imagery.” says Grace. “I took a lot of inspo from Le Tigre for this song, I wanted it to feel super 90s punk girl.”

Lauren Spencer Smith, the generational talent and breakthrough act of 2022, is set to have a landmark 2023. The 19-year-old singer songwriter from Vancouver Island, Canada, shares her latest single “Best Friend Breakup” from her forthcoming debut album. The newest anthem is for a certain type of heartbreak — one that comes from the falling out of two best friends. Lauren’s booming, impressive vocals are on full display while she sings about both a deeply personal and universally relatable experience. With “Best Friend Breakup,” she continues her streak of sharing songs that make her fans feel understood; Lauren’s brand of music is like a hug from a friend at the time it’s needed most.

New Zealand alternative pop star BENEE returns with a brand new single and music video entitled “Green Honda” via Republic Records.  Listen to “Green Honda” HERE & watch the music video HERE  “Green Honda,” which was featured on New Music Daily on Apple Music, is the first new song from BENEE leading up to a larger body of work due out later this year.

 SHOWTIME has placed a straight-to-series order for THE DEPARTMENT (w/t) to be directed by George Clooney. Clooney and Grant Heslov will executive produce through their Smokehouse Pictures with MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios set to produce.  "THE DEPARTMENT, based on the riveting and brilliant series The Bureau, will follow in the great tradition of HOMELAND, one of the most successful and brand-defining shows at SHOWTIME,” said Chris McCarthy, President/CEO, Showtime and Paramount Media. “Just as HOMELAND elevated global espionage to new heights, THE DEPARTMENT will take viewers even deeper into a world of intrigue and subterfuge with complicated characters who struggle with their own demons as they fight existential threats to the nation and the world.”

  • BILLIONS: MIAMI (w/t), a new installment set in the world of private aviation, where the clientele believe the rules of society, government and gravity don’t apply to them, amidst the wealth, nightlife, contraband and the cryptocurrency that pulses through that city. Koppelman and Levien are already in the writing process on this project.
  • BILLIONS: LONDON (w/t), another iteration set across the pond and operating in the world of UK finance.
  • MILLIONS (w/t), a series featuring diverse, thirtysomething, financial mogul wannabes doing whatever it takes to make it in Manhattan.
  • TRILLIONS (w/t), a drama based on fictional stories of the richest people in the world - titans of industry living all over the country but coming into contact and conflict with one another.

SHOWTIME announced today it has placed a straight-to-series order for the new drama DEXTER: ORIGINS (w/t), to be executive produced by Emmy nominee Clyde Phillips, based upon the Emmy-nominated hit series DEXTER that starred Emmy nominee Michael C. Hall.  The network is also developing a new version of DEXTER: NEW BLOOD, which depicts the ongoing emergence of Dexter’s son Harrison. In addition, SHOWTIME is exploring projects based on other characters from the DEXTER universe, such as the makings of the notorious Trinity Killer originally played by Emmy winner John Lithgow.

SHOWTIME has announced its development plans for series based upon the hit drama BILLIONS, starring Oscar® nominee and Emmy® winner Paul Giamatti, Corey Stoll and Maggie Siff. All of the projects are executive produced by BILLIONS showrunners Brian Koppelman and David Levien, who have established their own acclaimed brand of propulsive storytelling and articulately incorrigible characters. Season seven of BILLIONS is currently in production in New York City and will return to SHOWTIME later this year. Currently in the process of development at SHOWTIME are projects that would expand the BILLIONS universe.


Great American Family and the producers of the hit animal TV series, “To The Rescue,” are teaming up to raise money for animal rescue organizations via Forever Family Rescue Foundation a 501c3, with its first annual "To The Rescue Pup-A-Thon 2023.” Featuring dogs that are available for adoption around the country that have been waiting for a forever home, the event will be broadcast live nationally from Los Angeles on Great American Family from 12 PM-4 PM ET / 9 AM-1 PM PT this Sunday, February 12. In support of the upcoming event, the donation window is now live and people can pledge their support by texting LIVE to 801801.  The Pup-A-Thon will be hosted by Tommy Habeeb (host of “To The Rescue”), Mariel Hemingway and Scott Baio. The broadcast will also feature the following celebrity guests and athletes: John O’ Hurley, Ray Crockett (NFL 2 X Super Bowl Champion), Isaiah Stanback (NFL STAR), Alison Eastwood (Actor and Director of Eastwood Ranch & Rescue), Ser’Darius Blain (Jumanji), Bruce Buffer (UFC and Mixed Martial Arts Announcer), Jen Lilley (Great American Family), Roger “Rocket” Clemens (NYY 2 X World Champ, 7 X Cy Young Award, 11 X All Star),  Rick Perry (Former Texas Governor), Donna D’Errico (Baywatch), Robert Colbert (The Young and the Restless, Maverick), Burton Gilliam (Blazing Saddles), Spud Webb (NBA Slam Dunk Champion), Cleto Escobedo III (band director, Jimmy Kimmel Live), G.W. Bailey (The Closer/Police Academy/Major Crimes), Richy Jackson (Lady Gaga's choreographer), and more.  Musical performances will include country music legend John Anderson; and The Womak Sisters (Sam Cooke’s daughters).   In support of the upcoming event, the donation window is now live and people can pledge their support by texting LIVE to 801801 or by visiting 

Iconic band Sublime are kicking off the new year by launching their official cannabis line ‘REEFERS By Sublime’ and announcing the live album “$5 At The Door (Live At Tressel Tavern, 1994).” Select offerings from ‘REEFERS By Sublime” are now available in Southern California, and the live album featuring the 1994 fan-favorite concert at Tressel Tavern will be released on Surfdog Records April 21. This live album will be a new and exciting experience for those who never had the chance to see Sublime live. It showcases the trio’s signature and authentic raw, high energy live performances they were known for. Fans can place their pre-orders now and get a sneak peek with a stream of “Loving / Good Hole College.” Pre-orders available here

Sunday, February 05, 2023

57 Channels and Only This Is On: Februvry 5, 2023


The Last of Us:  Oh joy, another “very special episode” of a prestige TV show.  But when every prestige TV show has a “very special episode” they just become less special.  And why would I spend almost an entire episode with two people we have never met and will be dead by the end of the episode when we barely know the two leads?  This just killed any momentum before they could even start any momentum.


Your Honor:   So the gangster is just now wondering how the judge got out of prison?  But I guess it was best to have the conversion in a public space because who know what would have been said or done had no one else been around.


Anne Rice’s Mayfair Witches:  Who dreams of having sex fully clothed?  I know this is basic cable, but c’mon.  And I still have no clue who the lurker dude is and why he keeps tying himself to whoever wears that key.  They need to explain him soon.


Quantum Leap:  Way to just ruin the set rule that if a leaper dies during a leap, they die in real life.


La Brea:  I have no idea who that dud who died was.  They turned him over and I was like… okay.  But really, I do not really remember anyone not in the main cast except the dude with the wild hair.  I guess I vaguely remember the guy with the knife.


The Challenge: Ride or Dies:  Is Olivia unlucky or does this show need better safety requirements?  She pulled apart her finger why tossing something and then almost put her eye out during the slingshot.  Then the inconstant rules on this show just continue.  Devon can drink all the sabotage fish drinks, but Horatio could not do all the sling shots.  Maybe if they would stop making things up on the fly, people will not constantly get seriously injured.