Saturday, June 24, 2023

Around the Tubes: June 24, 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 Chi, The Real George Michael, Billy idol, Lyn Lapid, Shania Twain, Mýa's, Solar OppositesSuccessionand Metalocalypse.

The sixth season of the hit SHOWTIME drama series THE CHI will premiere Friday, August 4 streaming on Paramount+ with SHOWTIME and on demand, before making its on-air debut Sunday, August 6 at 9 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. On the heels of a series high in streaming audience for season five, last year, the network extended a one-time expansion to 16 episodes, which will be split into two eight-episode installments with the second half of the season premiering at a later date.  THE CHI is SHOWTIME at its best – complex characters and sophisticated storytelling that leave our viewers wanting more, which is why we’ve expanded this season to its biggest yet,” said Chris McCarthy, President/CEO, Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios and Paramount Media Networks. “Lena is a gifted creator and we’re fortunate to collaborate with her on this iconic series – one of our biggest – as we continue to lean into diverse cultures, one of our key programming lanes, that you’ll see us build out as we gear up to launch Paramount+ with SHOWTIME.”

Who really was George Michael? The new documentary THE REAL GEORGE MICHAEL, available on June 25th, which would have been George’s 60th birthday, will be available on Amazon, Tubi, Roku, Peacock, Plex and Xumo in the United States and Canada. The doc details just that, told candidly from the people who really knew him best – his music manager Simon Napier-Bell, his longtime lover and partner Kenny Goss, fellow luminaries Stevie Wonder, Rufus Wainwright, Stephen Fry, and many more. By far the most definitive feature documentary on George’s amazing life, the film explores the many ups and downs of the illustrious Grammy Award winner, considered one of the best-selling musicians of all time with sales of over 120 million records worldwide. We would love to set up an interview with you and the film’s director, Simon Napier-Bell, to discuss the importance of the documentary and George’s legacy, as well as share anecdotes about who he really was.

Rock legend Billy Idol is releasing an expanded edition of his self-titled debut album on July 28 via Capitol/UMe. The reissue includes the original 10-track album, the previously unreleased August 12,1982 concert from The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA as well as the recently unearthed and previously unreleased 12-minute Clubland Extended Remix of his classic song “White Wedding” from Idol’s debut. You can pre-order the deluxe 2CD and pre-save the reissue HERE.  Fans are also encouraged to celebrate the release of this iconic album with a Dolby Atmos®️ aural upgrade by GRAMMY®️-winning engineer Paul Hicks who has remixed albums in Atmos®️ for The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, George Harrison and more.

20-year-old buzzing songstress Lyn Lapid delivers her brand new EP, to love in the 21st century, out now on Mercury Records/Republic Records–listen HERE! Inspired by Gen Z rom-coms like To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before and The Summer I Turned Pretty, the narrative behind the 10-track project follows Lyn over the course of a relationship while falling in and out of love for the first time. The EP captures the vulnerable emotions during the beginning, middle, and end of a relationship, allowing listeners to relate to the all-too-familiar feelings of a first love. Watch the cinematic trailer for the EP HERE.  On the project, Lyn says, “My EP, ‘to love in the 21st century,’ follows one story about a girl who meets a boy, who she talks to for 147 days, falling in love with the idea of being with him, only until he shatters her overly romanticized perception of love and relationships. I love when projects are cohesive and revolve around a story, and I knew I wanted this next project to revolve around a true story. I watched the events that I describe in the tracks of the EP happen in real time to someone very close to me, and I feel like writing about this one story allowed me to epitomize what it’s like to be young and to experience romantic love in this day and age.”

five-time GRAMMY® Award-winning legend and the best-selling female artist in country music history Shania Twain unveils the Royal Edition Extended Version of her acclaimed new album, Queen Of Me, out now via Republic Nashville, a division of Republic Records. With a total of 19 tracks, it encompasses her complete vision for this musical chapter. Listen to Queen of Me: Royal Edition Extended VersionHERE.  Shania shines once again on the fresh additions “Done & Dusted” and “On Three,” which features none other than Billy Ray Cyrus counting Shania in. She flexes her world-renowned range with dynamic performances punctuated by no shortage of personality, prowess, and passion. These songs ultimately round out the full body of work, elevating the Queen of Me chapter even higher.

We are thrilled to announce the premiere of Grammy Award-winning artist Mýa's new music video, "It's All About Me (25th Anniversary Remix)" - a reinvented heels choreography version of her 1998 debut music video. This video celebrates Mýa's remarkable 25-year journey in the music industry, showcasing her enduring talent as a premier dancer and performer.  The 2023 version of "It's All About Me" is directed and choreographed by the iconic Brian Friedman, a pioneer and entrepreneur in the dance industry, who has worked with top music artists such as Michael Jackson, Celine Dion, Janet Jackson, Prince, Paula Abdul, and more. This collaboration marks another milestone in their history of successful collaborations, including Mýa's "My Love is like Wo!" music video, Mýa's MTV ICON tribute performance for Janet Jackson, and Mýa's fierce "Whatever Bitch" performance from Pepsi Smash.  CHECK IT OUT HERE

Hulu announced today that Dan Stevens has joined “Solar Opposites” as the new voice of Korvo, a grouchy alien who always wears ceremonial robes and professes to hate Earth. He desperately wants to fix their spaceship so he can escape to a new planet.  Season four of “Solar Opposites” will premiere on August 14, 2023 on Hulu with 11 episodes followed by a Valentine’s Day special coming in 2024.  Hulu previously announced the season four renewal in June 2021, and the season five renewal in October 2022 at New York Comic Con

For the first time ever, all episodes from HBO’s award-winning original series are brought together in one set with the release of Succession: The Complete Series. Get ready to binge on all 39 episodes from the series’ four critically acclaimed seasons, along with all the previously released special features. The brilliant high-stakes drama following the Roy Family and their quest for power will be available to own on DVD on September 12, 2023.  For fans looking to complete their DVD library, Succession: The Complete Fourth & Final Season will also be available to purchase on DVD on September 12. Season 4 episodes are averaging 9.4 million viewers across platforms.  Succession: The Fourth and Final Season and Succession: The Complete Series are available now to purchase Digitally from Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu and more.

It doesn’t get more metal than this! The long-awaited return of Adult Swim’s favorite heavy metal adventure Metalocalypse arrives with an all-new, full-length animated movie. Written and directed by series co-creator Brendon Small, Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar brings the heaviest metal band ever created back together again for an action-packed journey. The movie will be available to purchase Digitally and on Blu-ray Disc August 22, 2023.  As a special highlight, fans can also look forward to the release of two full-length albums this year. Fans can now pre-save DETHKLOK’s highly anticipated Dethalbum IV which includes all new original DETHKLOK songs, and releases on August 22. The second album release, Metalocalypse: Army of the Doomstar (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) will include additional songs plus a totally original movie score and will be released August 25.  Both albums will be released through WaterTower Music, who today released Aortic Desecration, the first new music from Dethalbum IV, and DETHKLOK’s first new music in almost 10 years! Dethalbum IV will also be available on vinyl through Mondo, and vinyl preorders are now live.

Sunday, June 18, 2023

57 Channels and Only This Is On: June 18, 2023


 Fear the Walking Dead:  They have a cure (maybe, the kid is not looking very good) but cannot get it to Grace in time?  Why introduce a cure in first place.


Cruel Summer:  I am confuse what exactly is going on with Isabella.  She has diplomatic immunity, which implies she is a diplomat’s kid from another country, yet she has an American accent.  So where exactly is she from?  Did she just grow up in America?  This character just seems poorly cast from the American accent to people mistaking her for a white chick.


Class of ‘09:  So they have graduated and they never went back to the black dude being able to run a mile.  The whole 2009 timeline was just worthless.


The Clearing:  Oh, so the kid’s mom was a founding member of the cult.  That was almost interesting enough me for me to look up from my tablet.