Saturday, April 01, 2023

Around the Tubes: April 1, 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 The CircusAm I Being Unreasonable?The Venture Bros., Game Show Network, and Joy Oladokun.

The Emmy® nominated docuseries THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH wraps up the first half of its eighth season covering the historic indictment of Donald Trump, the first former U.S. president to face criminal charges.  Hosts John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, and Jennifer Palmieri – along with guest host Andrew Weissmann, who served as a lead prosecutor on Robert Mueller’s special counsel team, and is an MSNBC legal contributor and host of the MSNBC podcast Prosecuting Donald Trump – examine the legal and political fallout from the bombshell development. In addition, the program tracks the multiple investigations of the former president, including the special counsel probe into Trump's handling of classified documents and his role in the January 6 insurrection. For a preview, go to:

A new clip from the genre-bending Hulu Original comedy thriller "Am I Being Unreasonable?" is now available, featuring BAFTA TV Award Performance in a Comedy nominees Daisy May Cooper ("Nic")  and Lenny Rush ("Ollie").  NEW VIDEO: HERE  Co-produced by Boffola Pictures and Lookout Point, critically-acclaimed "Am I Being Unreasonable?" sees Nic (Daisy May Cooper, "This Country") grieving a loss that she can’t share with anyone whilst stuck in a depressing marriage. Only her son, Ollie (Lenny Rush, "Apple Tree House") who she adores, keeps her going. But when Jen (Selin Hizli, "Mum") arrives in town, her life is lit up with laughter and, through this kindred soul, her dark secret starts to bubble up.

For the first time ever, all episodes from Adult Swim's award-winning original adult animated series are brought together in one set with The Venture Bros.: The Complete Series. Get ready to experience thrilling action-packed adventure along with acute family disfunction and binge all 82 episodes from the seven season run along with all the previously released special features. The Venture Bros.: The Complete Series will be available to purchase Digitally and on DVD from Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment on June 20, 2023.  The series features the voice talents of James Urbaniak as Dr. Thaddeus “Rusty” Venture, Christopher McCulloch as Hank, Michael Sinterniklaas as Dean Venture, Patrick Warburton as Brock Samson, and Paul Boocock as Dr. Venture’s deceased father, Dr. Jonas. The series was created by Chris McCulloch and Doc Hammer for Adult Swim’s late night programming block. The Venture Bros. originally premiered on August 7, 2004, and ran for 7 seasons winning numerous awards including Best Animated TV Series Award at Cineme 2003, the Chicago International Animated Film Festival.

Game Show Network and Sony Pictures Television (SPT) announced offerings for the 2023 Upfronts will continue to include options in live viewing, integrations, and syndicated programming.  Delivering one of the top levels of live viewing and commercial retention in the industry, opportunities exist with Game Show Network’s successful original programming slate and branded entertainment opportunities in America’s most successful and long running game shows: JEOPARDY! and WHEEL OF FORTUNE as well as positions in some of the most iconic shows in syndication.    A top 20 cable network Game Show Network remains a prolific producer of content, with over 275 hours of shows in 2023 (26% over the previous year), as a result of its commitment to delivering high quality original programming and the consistency of a stripped schedule. Game Show Network has greenlit four new strip series, SPLIT SECOND, based on the format from game show legend Monty Hall, to be hosted by Emmy®-Nominated Game Show Host John Michael Higgins (“America Says”, “Pitch Perfect”), in his second series for the network, the comedic game show format BLANK SLATE, to be hosted by Mario Lopez (“Access Hollywood”), RIDDICULOUS (working title) based on the popular UK game of riddles, along with recently announced HEY YAHOO!, hosted by actor Tom Cavanagh (“Ed”, “The Flash”), which is based on the most popular searches from the powerful search engine, Yahoo.  

Acclaimed singer, songwriter and musician Joy Oladokun will perform a special album release show at Nashville’s Brooklyn Bowl on Friday, May 12 with special guests FANCY and Mon Rovia. Pre-sale tickets will be available starting this Wednesday, March 29 with general on-sale following this Friday, March 31 at 10:00am CT. Pre-sale sign up and ticket details can be found at   The performance celebrates Oladokun’s highly anticipated new album, Proof of Life, which will be released April 28 via Amigo Records/Verve Forecast/Republic Records (pre-order here). With production by Oladokun, Mike ElizondoIan FitchukDan Wilson and Alysa VanderhymProof of Life captures the human experience with a profound simplicity. Across these thirteen tracks, Oladokun celebrates the little details and simple pleasures of being alive, while also giving voice to some of life’s most complex experiences in a way only she can.

Sunday, March 26, 2023

57 Channels and Only This Is On: March 26, 2023


Your Honor:   Episode 10:  I was right that the judge spilled everything at trial, but I was wrong with the fallout.  I thought everyone would go to prison.  Instead the gangster’s wife managed to take out her husband and her father in one fell swoop.  Well, she tried except apparently her father cannot kill someone at point blank range and her husband woke up.  This kind of felt like a set up for another season.  Brian Cranston did say this was the last season in an interview for it came up, though I do not believe Showtime has made any kind of announcement.  Could they possibly try a season without Cranston whose character should be in prison for a while?  Hopefully not.


The Mandalorian:  Some serious laps in logic this week.  Like how did the Mandalorians beat the bird dinosaur back to her nest?  And if Grogu was able to shoot off three darts in a row, why did the other kid just shoot one at a time when Grogu was looking confused at the game?  He picked the game; he should know he could shoot multiple shots in a row.


Wu-Tang: An American Saga:  This was probably the best of all the movie episodes but wild we got three in the final season.  But I guess that is it and next week will be the Clan spread out but reteams for the finale to record Wu-Tang Forever.  Disappointing that we will not get a Pharma Bro episode.


The Challenge: World Championship:   The show needs to bring back the advantage for whoever comes back from elimination because when the same people get nominated every week, it just gets boring.  Why even watch next week when it will most likely be the last remaining Argentina team goes in and probably goes home?


Survivor:  Another week, another young women goes home.  Frannie better watch her back next week.  Lucky for her, it looks like the one dude with the limp arm might be pulled.  I am surprised he made it this far.

Scooter's Note:  Since Showtime has been putting new episodes on streaming on Fridays for a while, I am going to start writing about those show in the following day's 57 Channels instead of waiting a week to write about them because they air linearly on Sundays starting with the season premiere of Yellowjackets.

Yellowjackets:   Everyone has been wondering when the first taste of cannibalism was going to happen, but, wow, I was not expecting it would be Shanna just popping Jackie’s ear like it’s a Skittle.  But now I fear for the safety of Tai’s wife.  I would not be threatening someone who cut off your dog’s head and to make an altar of it.  Though it seems like Tai was just as shock to see it as her wife.  A shout out to Callie for watching the greatest scene in The Challenge history and was much more interested in that than her mother coming home.