Saturday, March 18, 2023

Around the Tubes: March 18, 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 Only Murders in the Building, I've Got Secret, Counting Crows, Fred Rogers, and Personality Crisis: Only One Night.

- Check out the first look at season three of Hulu's acclaimed original comedy series, "Only Murders in the Building." This season's first teaser will air tonight during the 95th Oscars® and shows a sneak peek at guest star and Oscar®-winner Meryl Streep in the new season. "Only Murders in the Building" season three is coming soon. 

Embassy Row, Werner Entertainment and Game Show Enterprises Studios, GSN’s production arm, have joined forces to produce a pilot of the classic panel game show I’VE GOT A SECRET hosted by sports television personality Katie Nolan. The series is available for network and syndication.  The hour-long I’VE GOT A SECRET is a reimagining of a classic panel game show from the 1950s. With a tone that’s part game show and part comedic talk show, four celebrity panelists will try and figure out each contestant’s “secret,” drawn from pop culture both past and present, by asking them a series of yes or no questions.  

After performing to sold-out crowds worldwide on the Butter Miracle Tour over the last two years, today, world-renowned rock band COUNTING CROWS are pleased to announce their return to the US in 2023 with the BANSHEE SEASON TOUR. After years of collaboration, cult-favorite rock band and long-time friend of the band, DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL, will be joining as support on the upcoming run, with English singer/songwriter FRANK TURNER joining the tour for select dates. The 56-date mega tour will kick off June 13 in OmahaNE, at the Steelhouse Omaha, with stops in major cities across the US, including BostonTampaNashvilleNew OrleansLas Vegas, and Los Angeles, before ending at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO on September 25. Watch Adam Duritz and Chris Carrabba tour announcement HERE.  Ticket presales begin Tuesday, March 14 in select markets and the general ticket on-sale begins Friday, March 17 at 10:00 AM local time. For additional information, follow Counting Crows on Facebook and Instagram.

 Ahead of what would have been Fred Rogers 95th birthday on March 20, GRAMMY® and Emmy winning music producer Dennis Scott will release a special deluxe version of Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music & Memories on Friday, March 17. Scott’s second edition of Fred’s original music comes with 13 additional tracks, and is being re-released by Bob Frank Distribution & The Orchard on all major digital music streaming platforms ( and at Originally released in 2019, the compilation album features recordings from music icons like Micky Dolenz, Sandi Patty, Vanessa Williams, Jim Brickman, Jon Secada, Lee Greenwood, Rita Wilson, Tom Bergeron, The Cowsills, Jaci Velasquez, Kellie Pickler, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis Jr. The new deluxe reissue will have 13 additional tracks, and feature a newly recorded version of “Won’t You Be My Neighbor” by singer-songwriter and guitar virtuoso Parker Hastings, along with recording artist interviews, and track commentary.  Thank You, Mister Rogers: Music & Memories has already won several awards including the Parent’s Choice Award, National Parenting Products Award, Family Choice Award, Hot Diggity Award, and was a nominee of American Association of Independent Music's Libera Award.

“Vegetarian, gay, straight; I just wanted to bring those walls down and have a party,” proclaims David Johansen, influential ’70s glam punk lead singer of the New York Dolls.  For the first time ever, PERSONALITY CRISIS: ONE NIGHT ONLY reveals the many faces of Johansen when it premieres on SHOWTIME on Friday, April 14, at 8 p.m. ET/PT. From Academy Award-winning director Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz, No Direction Home: Bob Dylan, George Harrison: Living in the Material World, Pretend It’s a City), co-director Emmy nominee David Tedeschi (The 50 Year Argument) and executive producers Academy Award® winning filmmakers Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, present this wildly entertaining portrait, available for streaming and on demand to SHOWTIME subscribers that same day.   To watch and share the trailer, visit:


Sunday, March 12, 2023

57 Channels and Only This Is On: March 12, 2023


The Blacklist:  I am trying to do the math on the new agent.  Just how old was her mom when she had her?   Though I guess there were some time jumps so maybe it has been more than ten years on the show since season one.  But the Whaler really looked like Lizzy’s mother, for a second I thought she returned.


The Last of Us:  Yippie, another lets meet another dead person of the week.  They really leaned into the video aspect this week with Joel getting antibiotics and his health meter instantly getting full. But where exactly did the rest of the resort people go as one of the buildings got burned down?  The resort just seemed to turn into a ghost town the moment Joel arrived even though there were at least twenty people at dinner.


Your Honor:   Wait, the baby mama is only seventeen?  For some reason I thought she was in college.  But I am beginning to think that trail is what will bring all the corrupt people in New Orleans down.


Quantum Leap:  Oh yeah, other leaper is back.  That guy was missing for too many episodes.  But where was he the whole episode?


The Mandalorian:  Why did Mando send Grogu to Bo-Katan?  Little dude has made much bigger creatures go to sleep with the force.  Why waste all the time traveling to the moon when he could have easily dispatched the eye robot?  But I could not tell is Mando put the Dark Saber back on his suit.  Doesn’t Bo-Katan have a claim to it?  The eye robot won it in battle from Mando and she won it in battle from the eye-robot.  If she refused it from Mando because it has to be won in battle, kind of seems like this satisfies the prophecy.   


Wu-Tang: An American Saga:  Yet another very special episode.  I wonder just how many more of these will we get.  Will Method Man get one?  He was conspicuously absent from this episode and really has not been in the season that much. 


The Challenge: World Championship:  Some questionable non-winners included in this cast.  I do not even remember Justine.  Ben was “medically separated” from his season and still seems hurt.  Neither Australia player even made the finals.  No comment on Argentina because for some reason The Mount is not airing that season until halfway through this season.  Then I do not like that the Global MVP’s are paired with “Legends” ( I had to put that in quotation marks because, c’mon… Theo? Nelson?  Kacee?).  Hopefully the MVP’s do not let the “Legends” dominate the game and let the same boring alliances from the main show dominate.


Survivor:  Here is the problem with modern Survivor.  All the smart players what to sit next to someone annoying at Final Tribal so it will be easier for them to win.  So when the annoying people used to go out first, now we have to spend an entire season them with them.  I was just flabbergasted that the one dude whose name I have not bothered to learn yet sided with the two most annoying people this season.


School Spirits:  I was not expecting high art, but the acting was somehow worse than I was expecting.  Okay, I do have to admit the gay homosexual dying from a nut allergy was pretty funny.  That chick really should have laughed at that.