Saturday, September 30, 2023

Around the Tubes: September 30, 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 Curse, MoonlightingLast Stop Larrimah, Willie Nelson, Joy Oladokun, Shoresy, and Leprechaun.

SHOWTIME today announced that its highly anticipated series THE CURSE will premiere on streaming and on demand for all SHOWTIME and Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers on Friday, November 10, before making its on-air debut on SHOWTIME on Sunday, November 12, at 10 p.m. ET/PT. SHOWTIME also has unveiled an expanded look at images from the series, which will have its world premiere at the 2023 New York Film Festival on Thursday, October 12, screening the first three episodes.  THE CURSE is a genre-bending series that explores how an alleged curse disturbs the relationship of a newly married couple as they try to conceive a child while co-starring in their new home-improvement show. The series stars Emma Stone (La La Land), Nathan Fielder (The Rehearsal) and Benny Safdie (Oppenheimer). Guest stars include Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi, Emmy nominee Corbin Bernsen, and Constance Shulman. 

For the very first time, all 67 episodes of "Moonlighting," starring Cybill Shepherd and Bruce Willis, will be available to stream, complete with the original Grammy-nominated title track recording by Al Jarreau. Each classic episode has been remastered in HD from the original film source.  When former fashion model Maddie Hayes goes broke and finds that one of her few remaining assets is ownership of the Blue Moon Detective Agency, she’s tempted to liquidate it until she meets the quirky employees and gets involved in their even quirkier cases.  All five seasons of beloved Emmy Award winning series "Moonlighting" will be available on Hulu on October 10.

- Last Stop Larrimah, premiring on HBO and Max October 8. at 9:00PM ET.  Nestled deep in the Australian Outback is the remote town of Larrimah and its 11 eccentric residents. When Paddy Moriarty and his dog Kellie left the local pub and vanished in December of 2017, a long history of infighting is unveiled as the remaining residents become suspects in an unfolding investigation that leads to Paddy being declared dead. The documentary, told in five chapters, shines a light on Larrimah's quirky history and how the town’s once close-knit and jubilant residents brought about their own fate.

 Continuing the yearlong celebration of Willie Nelson’s 90th birthday, UMe has added two additional titles to its extensive vinyl campaign of the legend’s UMG catalog: on November 10 Willie’s beloved 2001 kid-friendly album, Rainbow Connectionwill be released on vinyl for the first time ever and his acclaimed It Always Will Bepreviously released as a double LP in 2004, will be reissued on vinyl as a single LP. Both records will be available on 180-gram black vinyl as well as a special limited edition color variant, with Rainbow Connection on 140-gram translucent orange vinyl and It Always Will Be on translucent ruby vinyl.  The vinyl series, which kicked off June 23 with his 2002 collaborative album, The Great Divide, was followed by 1998’s acclaimed, cinematic, Daniel Lanois-produced Teatro on August 4 in honor of its 25th anniversary. Willie’s 2000 ode to the blues, Milk Cow Blues, was just released September 15 as a double LP, while 1996’s stripped-back and emotionally raw Spirit will bow on October 20, just ahead of the American icon’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on November 3. The Great Divide and Milk Cow Blues join Rainbow Connection in making their vinyl debuts while Teatro and Spirit return to vinyl due to popular demand after being available in limited capacity but now long out-of-print.  All albums are available on 180-gram black vinyl in addition to a limited edition color variant on 140-gram vinyl, exclusively available at uDiscover Music and The Great Divide and Spirit have been pressed on clear vinyl while Teatro and Milk Cow Blues are on translucent red vinyl and orange vinyl respectively. The LPs are available to purchase here:

A new version of Joy Oladokun’s “thrilling” (Rolling Stone) duet with Chris Stapleton, “Sweet Symphony (Living Proof Version),” is out today in celebration of the song’s one-year anniversary. Listen/share HERE.  Reflecting on the song, Oladokun shares, “A year ago I released one of the most significant songs I have ever been a part of. I teamed up with Chris Stapleton to put out ‘Sweet Symphony’ as a way to celebrate love that outlasts the many tests life throws at us. Since then, people have danced to it at weddings and sung it to their children. They’ve played it for family members and friends as a way to put words to their love. I’m so proud of this song and honored that it’s become a part of people’s lives. To celebrate, we cooked up a new version that has the same heart as the original with a new spin.”

Created by and starring Jared Keeso, directed by Jacob Tierney and produced by New Metric Media in association with Play Fun Games, the half hour comedy sees the foul-mouthed, chirp-serving, mother-loving, fan favourite character, Shoresy (Keeso), and the Sudbury Blueberry Bulldogs of the Northern Ontario Senior Hockey Organization (The NOSHO), continue their quest to never lose again.  Joining the stellar lineup this season are Frederick Roy (son of Hall of Fame goalie Patrick Roy), international pop star Rêve, Catherine St-Laurent (Tu Dors Nicole) and Jordana Lajoie (THE BOYS).  Catch up on Season 1 of SHORESY with this new video.  Get ready for season 2!  Premiering exclusively on Hulu Friday, October 27.

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the debut of the cult-classic film Leprechaun. To celebrate the holiday horror milestone, Hulu is lucky enough to be streaming all eight of the renowned feature films.  All eight films will be available to stream this Sunday, October 1st!

Previewing Heist 88


Sit down kiddies, I have a story to tell: you now that phone in your hand that does just about everything you need, from banking transactions to playing games, and yes, it will even make phone calls.  But there was a time when there were not smartphones.  There was even a time when very few people even owned computers.  Even the few people that had them, these were very rudimentary computers that were not connected to the internet.


Heist 88 takes you back to this time; the 88 in the title being the year it takes place.  Courtney B Vance plays a criminal mastermind that recruits his cash strapped nephew and friends who work at a bank to pull off the second half of the title.  Sure, banks were some of the few places that had computers back then, but this is before secure transfer and encryption.  To transfer money, even millions of dollars, all you needed was a single conformation code and a second bank employee confirms the code via a phone call.


Inspired by true events, Heist 88 is a tight, just under ninety minutes.  We do not get much background on the players aside from a clunky montage where Vance goes around and sees just how struggling his potential accomplices are.  There is not even you usual epilogue of what happened to these people afterwards you usually see in these inspired by true event movies.


Despite some strong performances (unfortunately Keith David does not have much of a role), you can tell why Paramount decided to put it straight Showtime as it is a second tier movie, though one with a twist ending for those not familiar with the story it is based on.


Heist 88 airs Sunday at 9:00 on Showtime.  The film is currently able to stream on Paramount+ with Showtime.

Monday, September 25, 2023

View From the Eeeeeeeek! - Everything Coming to Paramount+ in October 2023


Paramount+ will debut a stacked slate of star-studded new original series, films and documentaries this October, including the highly anticipated Paramount+ Original series Frasier, starring the legendary Kelsey Grammer, who is reprising his iconic title character Frasier Crane for the first time in 20 years. Next month, Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers will be treated to the decades-spanning romantic limited series Fellow Travelers*, starring Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey. And to celebrate the spooky season, the service will premiere all-new original Halloween and horror-themed titles, including Pet Sematary: BloodlinesMonster High 2 and Bargain, and has resurrected the fan-favorite Peak Screaming collection to haunt your screens all month long. For a closer look at all of the entertainment coming your way in October, check out this month’s edition of View from the Eeeeeeeek!


Kevin Daniels, Kelsey Grammer, Jimmy Dunn and Jack Cutmore-Scott in Frasier

It’s been 20 years since he's been on the air, but Dr. Frasier Crane is back! In the Paramount+ Original series, Frasier, played by the legendary Kelsey Grammer, has moved back to Boston to be closer to his grown son Freddy. We spoke with Executive Producer Tom Russo to learn more about what the good doctor is up to and what we can expect from the new series.

  • Q: Why is now a great time for us to return to Frasier?

    I have always felt it would be a great time to return to “Frasier,” as he’s an iconic character portrayed by the equally iconic Kelsey Grammer. Life has been so challenging for so many people these past few years - so I believe the timing is perfect to welcome back a warm and loving friend, Frasier Crane.

  • Q: What familiar elements from the show did you want to remain untouched and what were you interested in changing?

    The elements we have sought to maintain from the original are the intelligent, elevated writing, which is not only funny but contains a solid dose of emotion and heart and distinctive characters embodied by wonderfully skilled actors. Much like the original show - which took a beloved character from a previous series and then surrounded him with new people in a new setting - we are doing the same thing here.

  • Q: What’s it like working with Kelsey Grammer and this fantastic new cast?

    I have known Kelsey for many years, going back to my involvement with the original show as its supervising Paramount Television executive. Kelsey is more than an extraordinary actor, producer and director; he is a phenomenal husband, father and loyal friend. It is a complete joy to work with the entire cast of the show. They are marvelously talented and wonderful people.

  • Q: Frasier is unique on the service for being filmed in front of a live studio audience. Tell us a little bit about how that impacts the energy of the show.

    The enthusiasm, laughter and vibrancy of the studio audience could be felt by everyone on stage, especially by the cast, crew, director and producers. This created both electricity and immediacy that are not present on a single-camera shoot. Every Tuesday evening at 6p.m. was a new opening night.

Get psyched when Frasier premieres on October 12, and stream the classic series on Paramount+ today.



Pet Sematary: Bloodlines
David Duchovny and Jack Mulhern in Pet Sematary: Bloodlines

Sometimes… dead is better. That’s the haunting lesson at the heart of Stephen King’s twisted tale Pet Sematary. In Pet Sematary: Bloodlines, a spine-tingling prequel to the 2019 film, we travel back to 1969 to learn more about the unnatural patch of ground in Ludlow, Maine where grieving families bury their dead with the hope that they will rise again.

For Director Lindsey Anderson Beer, the film was a chance to better understand what would move someone to take such a terrifying risk. “Like the book, Pet Sematary: Bloodlines explores our fear of death and losing the ones we love,” said Anderson Beer. “Because Pet Sematary is such an intimate portrait of death, I wanted every scare and action scene to be extremely close and intimate. I wanted to confront death and our violent impulses to avoid it.”

For Anderson Beer, horror is an ideal genre. “There are so many things I love about making horror films,” said Anderson Beer. “You allow people to confront their greatest fears, and survive them. You can reflect the human experience and societal issues in ways that are easily digestible, educational and cathartic. I love filmmaking because it truly encompasses every art form, and horror, in particular, really allows me to use every tool in a filmmaker’s audiovisual arsenal. In this case, scares come as much from the cinematography, silence and sound design as from any blood, guts or violence. It’s often more about what you don’t see than what you do. I used more sound design than score, often based on the silence of death, and using the sounds of nature as violence.”

Dig up the truth in the town of Ludlow, Maine when Pet Sematary: Bloodlines premieres on October 6.


Peak Screaming Collection

The Paramount+ “Peak Screaming” collection has been jolted back to life with more than 25 creepily curated carousels including "Big Screen’s Big Screams," "Horror Heroines," "Family Fright Night" and "A24 Horror"* with more than 400 fan-favorite horror movies, series and episodes such as Scream VISmileEvilGhostsA Quiet Place Part II and many more. Additionally, several new films and specials are making their debut in this year’s Peak Screaming offering:

  • Class is back in session for the world’s most unusual students when Monster High 2 premieres on the service. Clawdeen, Frankie and Draculaura are in for some hair-raising adventures as they step into the “human world,” contend with a new frenemy – popular werecat Torelai – and sing new bops we’ll be humming all season. Watch the trailer!

  • The critically acclaimed Korean dystopian thriller series Bargain is filled with twists and turns that will have you on the edge of your seat. Investigators are tracking down a ring of organ traffickers when a devastating earthquake traps them alongside the criminals in a crumbling building from which they must escape. Watch the trailer!

  • Trick-or-treaters will be delighted by A Really Haunted Loud House. In this spooky special, Lincoln Loud and his best friend Clyde McBride undertake a Halloween adventure in which they must decide between upholding the tradition of the signature Loud Family spooktacular or attending a party hosted by the cool new kid at school. Hijinks ensue. Watch the trailer!


Fellow Travelers
Jonathan Bailey and Matt Bomer in Fellow Travelers

Next month, Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers can stream Fellow Travelers*, a decades-spanning love story, starring Matt Bomer and Jonathan Bailey, created for television by Oscar® nominee Ron Nyswaner and based on the novel by Thomas Mallon. The limited series begins in the early 1950s at the height of Senator McCarthy’s inquisition against alleged communists and LGBTQ+ government officials, which gave Executive Producer and Director Daniel Minahan the opportunity to explore the dichotomy of the show’s queer storyline and the state of LGBTQ+ rights through a documentarian lens.

“I was really intrigued by the idea of recreating a queer world in 1953 and imagining what that was like between the bars and the way people communicated, how they hid themselves and how they showed themselves to each other,” said Minahan. “I come from a documentary background, so research is really appealing to me.”

The pop-culture zeitgeist of the entire span of the series, from the 1950s to the 1980s,  was crucial in informing the aesthetic of his direction, as well. “Which movies were people watching? Which television shows were they watching? What kind of music was popular in 1953?” asked Minahan. “All of that became a palette from which I knew I could draw .”

Find a love for the ages when Fellow Travelers premieres on the Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan on October 27.




10/5: Bargain premiere
10/5: Monster High 2 premiere
10/6: The Caine Mutiny Court Martial premiere*
10/6: Pet Sematary: Bloodlines premiere
10/10: Painkiller: The Tylenol Murders premiere
10/12: Frasier premiere
10/16: Vindicta premiere
10/17: Crush premiere
10/24: Milli Vanilli premiere
10/27: Fellow Travelers premiere*


October 2

Lotería Loca (Season 1)
The Price is Right at Night

October 3

The Young & the Restless (Season 51)

October 4

Blaze and the Monster Machines (Season 6)>
Ex on the Beach (Season 6)>
Louis Tomlinson: All of Those Voices>
Siesta Key (Season 5)

October 11

Are You Afraid of the Dark? (2019) (Season 3)
Inside the Factory (Seasons 3-5)

October 13

Raid The Cage (Season 1)

October 18

Teen Mom Family Reunion (Seasons 1-2)
Teen Mom: Girls Night In (Seasons 1-2)
Teen Mom: Young & Pregnant Season 3)
The Penguins of Madagascar (Season 2)
Tyler Perry's Young Dylan (Season 3)

October 25

Isle of MTV: Malta
Air Disasters (Seasons 1-7)
MTV Cribs (Season 19)
Reno 911! It's A Wonderful Heist


October 1

A Royal Night Out*
A Simple Plan*
Airplane II: The Sequel*
Akeelah and the Bee*
Almost Famous*
American Graffiti*
An American Haunting
Bend It Like Beckham*
Beowulf (2007)*
Best Defense*
Better Off Dead*
Big Game*
Birthday Girl
Body Cam
Chocolate City*
Citizen Ruth
Dance Flick
Dead Presidents*
Deep Impact
Dirty Rotten Scoundrels*
District 9
Dotty & Soul*
Eye for An Eye
Fatal Attraction
Fear the Night*
Firestarter (1987)
First Blood*
Flesh and Bone
Follow Her*
Getting Even with Dad*
God's Waiting Room*
Harlem Nights
Hart's War*
Home For The Holidays (1995)*
Igby Goes Down*
In & Out*
In The Bedroom*
In The Heights
Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
Inside Llewyn Davis*
Into The Wild*
Jackass Number Two
John Grisham's The Rainmaker
Just Between Friends*
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider*
LX 2048*
Malcolm X*
Mansfield Park*
Mary Shelley's Frankenstein*
Mean Creek
Midnight Cowboy*
Minority Report
More American Graffiti*
Mr. & Mrs. Bridge*
Mrs. Brown*
Mulholland Drive*
Pioneer Woman*
Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Private Parts
Rambo III*
Rambo: First Blood Part II*
Salmon Fishing in the Yemen
Save the Last Dance
Saving Private Ryan*
Say Anything*
School Ties
Semper Fi*
Sexy Beast
Six Degrees of Separation*
Sleeping with the Enemy*
Smoke Signals*
Smokey and the Bandit*
Smokey and the Bandit II*
Smokey and the Bandit Part 3*
Summer of Sam*
Suspiria (1977)*
The Aviator
The Boys in the Band*
The Contractor
The Conversation*
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button*
The Duchess
The Firm
The Grudge
The Host*
The Integrity of Joseph Chambers*
The Italian Job (1969)
The Italian Job (2003)
The Love Guru
The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
The Missouri Breaks*
The Newton Boys*
The Original Kings of Comedy
The Prestige*
The Queen*
The Remains of the Day*
The Ring Two*
The Station Agent
The Warriors
The Wings of the Dove*
Train to Busan*
Universal Soldier
Vampire in Brooklyn
Vanilla Sky
What Lies Beneath*
Who's Harry Crumb?*
William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet (1996)*
Young Adult

October 9

The Starling Girl*

October 16


October 18



10/1: NFL ON CBS Week 4 (check local listings)
10/1: Argentina Liga Profesional de Fútbol – Boca Juniors vs. River Plate
10/1: Professional Bull Riding Camping World Teams Series
10/3-10/4: UEFA Champions League Matchday 2
10/3: UEFA Champions League – Napoli vs. Real Madrid
10/4: UEFA Champions League – Newcastle United vs. PSG
10/5: UEFA Europa League Matchday 2
10/5: UEFA Europa Conference League Matchday 2
10/6: NWSL – Megan Rapinoe Sendoff Match  – OL Reign vs. Washington Spirit 
10/7: Professional Bull Riding Camping World Teams Series
10/7: SEC on CBS
10/7: Serie A – Juventus vs. Torino
10/8: NFL ON CBS Week 5 Doubleheader (check local listings) 
10/8: Barclays Women’s Super League – Manchester City vs. Chelsea
10/14: SEC on CBS Doubleheader
10/15: NFL ON CBS Week 6 (check local listings)
10/15: Professional Bull Riding Camping World Team Series: Road to the Championship
10/15: NWSL – Final Day of Regular Season
10/21: College Football on CBS – Air Force @ Navy
10/21: SEC on CBS
10/22: NFL ON CBS Week 7 Doubleheader (check local listings)
10/22: Serie A – AC Milan vs. Juventus 
10/22: NWSL Playoffs Quarterfinals
10/24-10/25: UEFA Champions League Matchday 3
10/24: UEFA Champions League – Sevilla vs. Arsenal
10/25: UEFA Champions League – PSG vs. AC Milan
10/26: UEFA Europa League Matchday 3
10/26: UEFA Europa Conference League Matchday 3
10/28: Big Ten on CBS 
10/28: SEC on CBS – Georgia vs. Florida
10/29: NFL ON CBS Week 8 Doubleheader (check local listings)
10/29: Serie A – Inter vs. Roma
10/29: Serie A – Napoli vs. AC Milan
10/30: 2023 Ballon d’Or Awards Ceremony
Throughout October: NWSL competition
Throughout October: Italian Serie A competition
Throughout October: Concacaf Nations League qualifiers
Throughout October: Argentina Liga Profesional de Fútbol competition
Throughout October: Campeonato Brasileirão Série A competition
Throughout October: Scottish Professional Football League competition
Throughout October: Combate Global competition
Throughout October: AFC Champions League
Throughout October: Barclays Women’s Super League

* Title is available to Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers.

**All Paramount+ with SHOWTIME subscribers can live stream CBS titles via the live feed on Paramount+. Those titles will be available on-demand to all subscribers the day after they air live.

Dates for library titles are subject to change.