Saturday, October 28, 2023

Around the Tubes: October 28, 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 Culprits, Thriller 40Claire Rosinkranz, Kid Cudi, Taylor Swift, and Fizz.

“Culprits” kicks off where most crime stories end: after a high-stakes heist, when the crew of elite criminals have gone their separate ways and have tried to leave their old lives behind. Past and present collide when a ruthless assassin starts targeting them one by one. Why are they being stalked, who is behind the mayhem, and will they be able to find one another in time to protect themselves and the people they love?   Complete season 1 only on Hulu, Friday, December 8th.

SHOWTIME announced that the new documentary feature THRILLER 40 will make its debut on streaming and on demand for Paramount+ subscribers with the Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan on Saturday, December 2, and premiere that day at 8 p.m. ET/PT on SHOWTIME. The feature will also make its international debut on December 2 on Paramount+ in the UK, Australia, Canada, Italy, France, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Latin America and South Korea and on MTV internationally, excluding China and Japan.   Forty years after the release of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” – the best-selling album of all time worldwide – Director Nelson George takes fans back in time to experience the making of the record-breaking album and the release of the accompanying short films that forever redefined the music video format. Featuring never-before-seen footage and exclusive interviews, THRILLER 40 chronicles the creation of a pre-internet global phenomenon unlike anything before it or since. “Thriller” launched Michael Jackson into mega-stardom and to this day continues to influence all aspects of culture and entertainment, including the worlds of music, dance and fashion. Music and entertainment luminaries including UsherMary J. Blige, Will.I.AmMark Ronson, Misty CopelandMaxwell and John Landis are featured in the documentary.

19-year-old Southern California singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Claire Rosinkranz unveils the official music video for her latest single “Swinging At The Stars,” taken from her debut album Just Because, out now. The sunny and playful video stars Claire alongside actor Gavin Casalegno [Jeremiah in Amazon Prime’s The Summer I Turned Pretty], following the two best friends on a summertime adventure around Malibu.  Watch the music video HERE.  On the meaning behind the song, Claire says, “‘Swinging at the Stars’ is about wanting to experience the fullness of living, and about experiencing beautiful things with someone else. I love to feel everything. I’m obsessed with the abundance that comes with being alive. The fact that I’m capable of feeling all these things and all these emotions - and so if I can touch all the corners of that, that’s what this song feels like.”

GRAMMY® Award-winning multiplatinum sonic visionary, artist, producer, actor and director Kid Cudi releases “Ill What I Bleed”, the next single from his anxiously awaited ninth full-length studio album, INSANO. Pre-order/Pre-save HERE via Republic Records. It stands out as his first full-length offering since 2022 and one of the most anticipated records of this year.  Listen to “Ill What I Bleed” HERE.  Watch the video HERE.  He initially set the stage for INSANO with the fan favorite single “PORSCHE TOPLESS.” It has already reeled in nearly 10 million Spotify streams and counting in addition to earning critical acclaim. Right out of the gate, The FADER proclaimed, Cudi celebrates the good times on his latest effort, while Complex applauded its “bouncy production and a carefree hook.” HYPEBEAST fittingly christened it “a fun and upbeat summer anthem, and Consequence of Sound dubbed it “a top-down, tunes-up party track.

Taylor Swift just captured #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Cruel Summer.” With this achievement, she has once again made history and become The First Female Artist To Score Ten #1 Hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and Ten #1 Albums on the Billboard 200. Since its release over a year ago, Midnights has not left the top 10 of the Billboard 200. Notably, the standout track “Anti-Hero” held the #1 spot for eight weeks and is the longest charting song of her career. The track has not left the Billboard Hot 100 chart for a full year. This week with “Cruel Summer,” Taylor claims her 30th week at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100.  “Cruel Summer” has historically completed “The Longest Run For a Female Soloist From a Hot 100 Debut to #1 (Non-Holiday), climbing to the top after four years and two months. This marks the “Longest Climb for a Non-Holiday Female Track from Release Date” and the “Second Longest Climb for a Non-Holiday Track in the Soundscan Era from Release Date.

 fast rising musical collective FIZZ release their highly anticipated debut album The Secret To Life via Decca Records. FIZZ was born when longtime friends and musicians dodie, Orla Gartland, Greta Isaac and Martin Luke Brown came together to make music together as a band for the first time. Locking themselves away at Middle Farm Studios with sonic wizard Pete Miles, engineer Soren Bryce and drummer Mat Swales, they ripped up their personal musical rule books to embrace creative freedom, maximalist music making and most importantly, fun.  What emerged after a whirlwind two weeks together was their technicolour, psychedelic and wholly unpredictable debut album The Secret To Life: 12 tracks that exist somewhere in the space between reality and make believe, featuring the singles ‘High In Brighton’, ‘Hell of a Ride’, ‘Close One’ and ‘As Good As It Gets’. On their quest to discover The Secret To Life, the band traverse the bombastic, the silly and the heartfelt, rounding everything out with a five minute, five part, theatrical no holds barred curtain closer. 

Thursday, October 26, 2023

View From the Peak - Everything Coming to Paramount+ in November 2023


Ink Master | Colin From Accounts | Good Burger 2 | Lawmen: Bass Reeves

This November Paramount+ is serving up a feast of entertainment for every member of the household for which to be thankful. We have a double serving of series that feature quirky couples in newly premiering Colin From Accounts and The Curse. History buffs will love the chance to dig into the rich story of the Wild West’s first Black U.S. deputy marshal in Lawmen: Bass Reeves. Sports fans will enjoy an incredible spread of pro and college football games over the holiday week, and fast food is on the menu with the premiere of the nostalgic Paramount+ original film Good Burger 2. For a closer look at all the entertainment coming to Paramount+ in November, check out the latest edition of View From the Peak.


Lawmen: Bass Reeves
David Oyelowo and Lauren Banks in Lawmen: Bass Reeves  

In November, Lawmen: Bass Reeves joins the elite collection of Paramount+ Original Series set in the Wild West. Created for television by executive producer, writer and showrunner Chad Feehan and executive produced by Taylor Sheridan and series lead David Oyelowo, the show tells the gripping story of U.S. Deputy Marshal Bass Reeves (Oyelowo), famed for apprehending more than 3,000 outlaws during his time. We sat down with Feehan to get his insights into the creation of the series.

  • Not enough Americans know about Bass Reeves, the first Black U.S. deputy marshal west of the Mississippi; what attracted you to telling this story?

    I was attracted by the triumph of his spirit. Bass Reeves was a real-life superhero, who overcame unimaginable circumstances and dedicated his life to justice and equality in a lawless region of American history. I’m honored and humbled to be a part of the team that celebrates Bass’ legacy.

  • Expanding on that, can you talk about how important it was to authentically depict the diversity of Texas during this time period?

    Our series begins with enslavement and carries through Reconstruction to the first cruel whispers of Jim Crow. During this time, Texas, the Indian Territory and Arkansas were home to multiple cultures, races and creeds. Not only was it important to depict that as authentically as possible, but more so, we wanted to explore the universality of the human condition and the emotionality that connects all of us.

  • What was it like to collaborate with David Oyelowo as you developed the series and the title character?

    In my opinion, television writing is a team sport. Not only does that include a wide array of voices in the writers’ room, but it also extends to historians, researchers and various experts. Our series was incredibly fortunate to rely on the likes of David as well as Sidney Thompson, Mo Brings Plenty and many others, who shepherded us into recreating an authentic picture of the American West.

  • Without giving any spoilers, what are you most excited for audiences to see?

    I’m excited for our audiences to see a portrayal of Bass Reeves – the lawman, the husband and the father – as well as experience a story that’s thrilling, heroic and emotionally complex.

No one is above the law when Lawmen: Bass Reeves premieres on November 5.



Colin From Accounts
Harriet Dyer and Patrick Brammall in Colin From Accounts

Next month, Colin From Accounts makes its streaming debut in the U.S. on Paramount+. The series follows the unconventional meet cute between Ashley (Harriet Dyer) and Gordon (Patrick Brammall), which involves an unexpected flash, a car accident and an adorable dog in need of assistance.

While many rom coms tend toward the fanciful, executive producer Trent O’Donnell wanted to keep the show grounded and authentic. “It's messy and weird in a good, specific way," said O’Donnell. “I think the real strength of the show is in the real-life moments. There are so many funny, beautifully observed stories that often feel too inappropriate for a romantic comedy. They tend to play the best.”

While working with the show’s human leads was a dream, their canine co-stars were another story. “There were two dogs that played Colin: Zak and Buster,” said O’Donnell. “I was a big Zak guy. Buster and I definitely clashed more.”

Boy meets girl...and dog when Colin From Accounts premieres on November 9.



Good Burger 2 Movie
Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell at New York Comic Con

Welcome back to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger! After 25 years, best pals Dexter and Ed, played by comedy legends Kenan Thompson and Kel Mitchell, have reunited and are ready to take your order in Good Burger 2.

Fans of the 1997 cult-classic comedy will be thrilled to see the return of the iconic Burgermobile, a highly modified 1975 Oldsmobile Delta 88 convertible that sports a custom burger hood, hot-dog headrests, pickle hubcaps and French-fry windshield wipers. The new Burgermobile, which clocks in at more than 5,000 pounds (or 1,500 Good Burgers), recently made its first-ever appearance at New York Comic Con. Two versions of the car were made, but one comically was destroyed during filming.

Dex and Ed will deliver laughs for the whole family when Good Burger 2 premieres on November 22.



NFL players Joe Burrow, Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes

Heat up those leftovers; get cozy on the couch; and settle in for an unmatched lineup of live sports on Paramount+ this Thanksgiving holiday. 
The action begins on Thanksgiving Day with the NFL on CBS when the Washington Commanders take on the Dallas Cowboys. The fun will continue Sunday, November 26, with an NFL on CBS doubleheader that will feature live, local-market games. 

College football fans also will be treated to a hefty helping of games during Thanksgiving weekend with a doubleheader on Black Friday. A Big Ten on CBS matchup, featuring Iowa vs. Nebraska, will kick off the day, followed by an SEC on CBS contest between Missouri and Arkansas. The SEC on CBS game of the week on Saturday, November 25, will cap the college football action.

Soccer fans also will get a treat in the days after Thanksgiving when Paramount+ brings CBS Sports’ UEFA Champions League studio show stateside with Destination Miami. Fans can watch UEFA Champions League Today live from Miami on November 28-29 with all 16 matches streaming live on Paramount+. 


The Curse
Emma Stone in The Curse
  • Next month will see the premiere of The Curse*, 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 Oscar® winner Emma Stone, Nathan Fielder and Benny Safdie. 
  • After a long day of binging an epic Thanksgiving feast, it’s wonderful to relax with the whole family and binge great movies together until the food coma subsides. The Paramount+ movie library is filled with options for your family to enjoy including family favorites like The Loud House Thanksgiving Special for the little ones and beloved films for older family members including Planes, Trains and AutomobilesGladiatorCatch Me If You CanDreamgirlsRunaway BrideThe Big ShortThe Godfather trilogy*, The Lincoln LawyerChicago and many more.



11/1: Ink Master (Season 15) premiere
11/5: Lawmen: Bass Reeves premiere
11/7: De La Calle premiere
11/7: FBI True (Season 4) premiere
11/9: Colin From Accounts premiere
11/10: The Curse* premiere
11/14: JFK: What the Doctors Saw premiere
11/22: Good Burger 2 premiere


November 1

Kung Fu Panda: Legends of Awesomeness (Season 2)
RuPaul's Drag Race Holi-Slay Spectacular

November 3

Let's Make a Deal Primetime**

November 6

The Eternal Memory

November 12

Assassin Club

November 14

NCIS: Sydney (Season 1)**
PAW Patrol (Season 8)
Pay Or Die

November 15

Basketball Wives (Season 10)
The Loud House Thanksgiving Special
The Exhibit: Finding the Next Great Artist (Season 1)

November 16

Ghosts UK (Season 1)**

November 21

A Song Film by Kishi Bashi : Omoiyari
Alive in Bronze
Birthing a Nation: The Resistance of Mary Gaffney
Last Song from Kabul: The Day The Music Stopped
Tattoo on My Brain
The ABCs of Book Banning by Grace Lin

November 22

Drag Race Mexico (Season 1)
The Last Cowboy (Season 3)

November 28

The Billion Dollar Goal (Season 1)


November 1

A Boy Named Charlie Brown
A Very Brady Sequel
Above the Rim
Aeon Flux*
Alfie (2004)
Along Came a Spider
American Gun
Bad Santa
Bad Santa 2
Black Hawk Down
Blue Hawaii
Blue Velvet*
Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason
Bridget Jones's Baby
Cadillac Man*
Catch Me If You Can
Christmas Eve
City of God
Cold Mountain
Cool World*
Detective Story
Easy Come, Easy Go
Enemy at the Gates
Everyone Says I Love You*
Ferris Bueller's Day Off
Footloose (2011)
Forces of Nature
Four Brothers
Fun in Acapulco
Funny Face
G.I. Blues
Girls! Girls! Girls!
Grumpy Old Men
Happy Christmas
Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back
Keeping Up with the Steins
King Creole
Kinky Boots (2005)
Kiss the Girls
Like a Boss (2020)
Long Shot
Love, Rosie
Menace II Society*
Mistletoe Ranch*
Moonlight and Valentino
My Fair Lady
Mystic Pizza*
No Strings Attached
Paradise, Hawaiian Style
Peanuts: Bon Voyage Charlie Brown (And Don't Come Back!!)
Rabbit-Proof Fence
Race for Your Life, Charlie Brown
Rat Race
Remember Pearl Harbor
Reservoir Dogs*
Roman Holiday
Rosie the Riveter
Rules of Engagement
Runaway Bride
Sabrina (1954)
Sands of Iwo Jima
Santa Stole Our Dog!
Saving Christmas*
Saving Private Ryan
Scooby-Doo (2002)
Scream 4
Scrooge (1970)
Shutter Island
Small Time Crooks*
Snake Eyes
Snoopy, Come Home
Staying Alive
Sunset Boulevard
The Actors
The Babysitter
The Bad News Bears* (1976)
The Big Short
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
The Collective*
The Color Purple
The Counselor*
The Crying Game*
The English Patient
The Godfather (Remastered)*
The Godfather Coda: The Death of Michael Corleone (Remastered)*
The Godfather Part II (Remastered)*
The Heartbreak Kid
The Kite Runner*
The Lincoln Lawyer
The Out-of-Towners (1999)
The Out-of-Towners (1970)
The Perks Of Being A Wallflower*
The Romantics
The Stepford Wives (2004)
The Switch
The Terminal
The Town
The Traveler
The Truman Show
The Uninvited
The War of the Worlds (1953)
The Wiz*
The Woman in Red*
The Wood
Uncommon Valor
Up In The Air
Wall Street*
What Men Want
What Women Want
When Harry Met Sally*
Wolves of War*

November 9

Lucky Number Slevin
Miracles Across 125th Street

November 14

The Accused

November 15

Dead Shot*
The Crusades*

November 23


November 27

The Lesson*

November 28

Earth Mama*


11/4: Big Ten on CBS – Ohio State @ Rutgers*
11/4: SEC on CBS – Missouri @ Georgia*
11/4: SEC on CBS – LSU @ Alabama* 
11/5: NFL ON CBS Week 9 (check local listings)
11/5: Rockwool Italy Sail Grand Prix*
11/5: Barclays Women’s Super League – Arsenal vs. Manchester City
11/7-10/8: UEFA Champions League Matchday 4
11/7: UEFA Champions League – AC Milan vs. PSG
11/8: UEFA Champions League – Arsenal vs. Sevilla
11/9: UEFA Europa League – Matchday 4
11/9: UEFA Europa Conference League – Matchday 4
11/11: SEC on CBS*
11/11: 2023 NWSL Championship Game*
11/12: NFL ON CBS Week 10 (check local listings) 
11/12: Courage in Sports: Grid Iron Greatness* 
11/12: Serie A – Lazio vs. Roma
11/16 & 11/20: Concacaf Nations League – Costa Rica vs. Panama
11/17 & 11/21: Concacaf Nations League – Honduras vs. Mexico
11/17 & 11/21: Concacaf Nations League – Jamaica vs. Canada
11/18: WCRA Rodeo Carolina*
11/18: SEC on CBS
11/19: NFL ON CBS Week 11 Doubleheader (check local listings)
11/19: Barclays Women’s Super League – Manchester United vs. Manchester City
11/23: NFL ON CBS Thanksgiving Day – Washington Commanders @ Dallas Cowboys
11/24: Big Ten on CBS – Iowa @ Nebraska*
11/24: SEC on CBS – Missouri @ Arkansas* 
11/25: SEC on CBS*
11/26: NFL ON CBS Week 12 Doubleheader (check local listings) 
11/26: Serie A – Juventus vs. Inter 
11/28-11/29: UEFA Champions League – Destination Miami (Matchday 5)
11/28: UEFA Champions League – PSG vs. Newcastle United
11/29: UEFA Champions League – Real Madrid vs. Napoli 
Throughout November: Italian Serie A competition
Throughout November: Concacaf Nations League qualifiers
Throughout November: Concacaf W Gold Cup qualifiers
Throughout November: Argentina Liga Profesional de Fútbol competition
Throughout November: Campeonato Brasileirão Série A competition
Throughout November: Scottish Professional Football League competition
Throughout November: Combate Global competition
Throughout November: AFC Champions League competition
Throughout November: Barclays Women’s Super League competition

* 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.