Saturday, November 11, 2023

Around the Tubes: November 11, 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 CircusThe Artful DodgerDeath and Other Details, Noah Kahan, Chelsea Cutler, Flula Makes Fiveand Taylor Swift.

After eight seasons and 130 episodes, the groundbreaking, four-time Emmy® nominated political docuseries THE CIRCUS: INSIDE THE GREATEST POLITICAL SHOW ON EARTH – hosted by John Heilemann, Mark McKinnon, and Jennifer Palmieri – concludes with a series finale episode on Sunday, November 12 at 7 P.M. ET/PT streaming on Paramount+ with the Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan and on SHOWTIME linear.   Since the historic 2016 presidential race, THE CIRCUS has brought viewers behind-the-scenes and beyond the headlines of the nation’s biggest political stories inside the Beltway and beyond – while delivering the fast-paced, on-the-ground perspective, compelling and unfettered inside access, and eye-catching cinematography for which the show has been celebrated.   For eight seasons, THE CIRCUS has captured everything from Trump’s unexpected presidential victory and his contentious time in office, to the polarizing politics of the pandemic, the 2020 election and ensuing insurrection on Capitol Hill, Biden’s presidency at a time of international turmoil, and much more. The hosts have traversed the globe to give viewers a look at what the public rarely sees and explore the high human drama inherent in American politics. 

Hulu has revealed the official trailer for the upcoming Australian Original series "The Artful Dodger," exploring the adult double life of Charles Dicken's famous prince of thieves, aka The Artful Dodger. All eight episodes of season one, starring Thomas Brodie-Sangster, David Thewlis and Maia Mitchell, premiere on Hulu Wednesday, November 29.  The Artful Dodger" explores the adult double life of Charles Dickens’ famous prince of thieves, Jack Dawkins aka The Artful Dodger, whose fast pickpocketing fingers have turned into the skilled hands of a surgeon.  Set in 1850s Australia, in the lively colony of Port Victory, Dodger’s past returns to haunt him with the arrival of Fagin, luring him back into a world of crime. A greater threat - to Dodger’s heart - is Lady Belle, the Governor’s daughter, determined to become the colony’s first female surgeon.

"Death and Other Details" (FKA “Career Opportunities in Murder and Mayhem”), the 10-episode series, premieres January 16, 2024 with two episodes, then one episode weekly, with a two-episode finale on March 5, 2024.  Set amidst the glamor of the global elite, “Death and Other Details” centers on the brilliant and restless Imogene Scott (Violett Beane), who finds herself in the wrong place/wrong time (okay, it was kinda her fault) and becomes the prime suspect in a locked room murder mystery. The setting? A lavishly restored Mediterranean ocean liner. Suspects? Every pampered guest and every exhausted crew member. The problem? To prove her innocence, she must partner with a man she despises—Rufus Cotesworth (Mandy Patinkin), the world’s greatest detective. The series stars Violett Beane, Mandy Patinkin, Lauren Patten, Rahul Kohli, Angela Zhou, Hugo Diego Garcia, Pardis Saremi and Linda Emond.

Over his nearly 40-year career in showbiz, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Chris Isaak has revealed many sides to his persona: seductive crooner, roots rocker, actor, film score composer, talk show host, and television talent judge. This holiday season, Isaak is spreading the yuletide cheer and sharing his love of dogs with the video for “Dogs Love Christmas Too,” out November 9th via Sun Records, and by partnering with BISSELL Pet Foundation to raise awareness for their Empty the Shelters reduced-fee adoption event.  Isaak kicked off his nationwide 2023 It's Almost Christmas tour in style on October 30th in Nashville at The Ryman Auditorium. With two instant-classic Christmas albums in his catalog, Isaak has shown he’s not too cool to get into the holiday spirit. This year, he’s proving he may be dog’s best friend by pairing the video for his swinging seasonal fav, “Dogs Love Christmas Too,” from his 2022 album, Everybody Knows It's Christmas, with BISSELL Pet Foundation’s Empty the Shelters reduced-fee adoption program. 

Following his widely successful breakthrough year, critically acclaimed Vermont singer and songwriter Noah Kahan receives a GRAMMY® Award nomination for Best New Artist.  After months of fans begging for a collaboration and following a surprise performance together in Nashville, today, Kahan finally joins forces with RIAA Diamond-certified Irish singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Hozier for a new version of “Northern Attitude” out now—the latest release in his Stick Season (We’ll All Be Here Forever) collaboration series. Listen to “Northern Attitude” with Hozier HERE!

Platinum-Certified singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer, and engineer Chelsea Cutler releases an acoustic version of her fan favorite hit “Your Bones” today—listen HERE! “Your Bones” is featured on her recently released new album Stellaria, out now. The powerful anthem has soundtracked thousands of fans’ love stories online, with Chelsea’s girlfriend filming and editing the song’s official visualizer. Not to mention, Chelsea recently gave a stunning stripped-back performance of the track on Jimmy Kimmel Live!—watch HERE.  Following Stellaria’s release, Chelsea revealed her 2024 headline tour titled “The Beauty Is Everywhere Tour.” Kicking off in Atlanta on February 16th, the tour makes stops at iconic venues across North America throughout the spring, including New York’s Radio City Music Hall on February 23rdLos Angeles’ The Hollywood Palladium on March 22ndNashville’s Ryman Auditorium on March 30th, and more. See the full list of tour dates below—tickets are on-sale now at

This week's episode of Flula Makes Five,"Flula and the Farfaflougat Factory” featuring David DeLuise (Wizards of Waverly Place) is out today on all streaming platformsOn this week's episode, Flula’s home baking business is blowing up. Boom! But is it also making the entire town sick with salmonella? Meanwhile, Cameron uses his college fund to buy an NFT from David DeLuise (Wizards of Waverly Place) who plays a shifty door-to-door NFT salesman. Stream the show HERE.  The official soundtrack featuring original music and clips from the series is out now on Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp. “My Uncle Tippi (Is Stupid)” b/w “Is There Room In Your Heart? (Theme to Flula Makes Five)” is now available on limited edition “pee-pee yellow” vinyl and can be purchased HERE.

 Continuing an unprecedented and historic run at the top of the charts and popular culture, Taylor Swift’s 1989 (Taylor’s Version) bows at #1 on the Billboard 200, Top Album Sales, Vinyl Albums and Top Streaming Albums charts this week with over 1.6 million units in the U.S. and over 3.5 million globally. This achievement notably makes her, “The First Artist To Score Six #1 Album Debuts With Over 1 Million Units Sold in history. Impressively, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) has notched the “Biggest First-Week Sales for a Re-recorded Album Ever” and emerged as the “First Album To Debut With 1 Million Units Sold First-Week Twice” in 2014 and 2023.  Plus, 1989 (Taylor’s Version) actually eclipsed the 2014 first-week sales of 1989, making it “The First Taylor’s Version To Net a Bigger Debut than the Original” with over 1.6 million total consumption.

Sunday, November 05, 2023

57 Channels and Only This Is On: November 5, 2023


Fear the Walking Dead:  Wait, Charlie is alive?  I am pretty sure we saw her die.  Although, I guess she is dead now, granted we did not actually see her die.  Just heard a gunshot and saw some brown hair under a tarp, so, who knows, maybe she will come back to life a second time.


Survivor:  The Shot in the Dark is so forking stupid.  Especially if Kaleb gets voted out next week.  But maybe he will end up like Wentworth who got all but two or three votes and make it quite further in the game.


The Challenge: Battle for a New Champion:  Yeah, there was no chance they were able to get 23 ball in 23 minutes that was just an impossible task.  But I did like this challenge.  It is a shame it was not two teams to see who can do it the fastest.  That would have been fun.


Quantum Leap:  An episode in the middle of the L.A. Riots was as awkward as I was expecting.  


Doom Patrol:  There is really only one episode left?  How are they going to take down Immortus and the butts with teeth at the same time?


Loki:  So how did Sylvie manage to keep a Temp Pad when the TVA seemed to disappear?  But if Loki time jumps to before the start of the season and just negates everything we saw, that will just make this a waste of a season.  And I was extremely disappointed that Casey was not actually from Jacksonville.