Saturday, November 18, 2023

Around the Tubes: November 18, 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 Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie!, Lauren Spencer Smith, Lyn Lapid, Shania Twain, Olivia Newton-John, Adam Blackstone, and Game Show Network.

“Whoa Mama!” Grab your favorite pair of suspenders, hike up those pants, and get ready to celebrate the holidays with Steve Urkel. From executive producer Wyatt Cenac, Warner Bros. Animation, and Warner Bros. Discovery Home Entertainment comes Urkel Saves Santa: The Movie!, an all-new animated holiday movie musical for the whole family to enjoy. Starring the beloved and kind-hearted Steve Urkel, the breakout character from the series Family MattersUrkel Saves Santa: The Movie! features the voices of Jaleel White (as Steve Urkel), joined by Nicole Byer (“Nailed It”), Roy Wood Jr. (“The Daily Show”), and Kym Whitley (“The Bay”). The film will be available exclusively on Digital from participating digital platforms where you purchase movies, including Amazon Prime Video, AppleTV, Google Play, Vudu, and more, on November 21, 2023.  The holiday season is here, and brilliant but accident-prone super genius Steve Urkel has only one mission: to make the holidays the best they can be for everyone! However, things are off to a not so merry start after he ruins a celebration at his local shopping mall and humiliates the department store Santa. Hoping to make things right, Steve invents a device that helps people spread holiday cheer but it only manages to make things worse. Using his big brain and even bigger heart, it’s up to Steve to help the city rediscover the holiday spirit.

-Global breakout Lauren Spencer Smith celebrates the holiday season with her powerful rendition of the iconic “Santa Baby,” alongside an original, “Broke Christmas.” The cover showcases Lauren’s impressive vocal range while  “Broke Christmas,” conveys the relatable burden of holiday spending. Check out “Santa Baby” here and “Broke Christmas here.  Earlier this month Lauren’s cover of “Hallelujah,” appeared exclusively on Apple Music as part of their Carols Covered annual global holiday program. Check it out here.

21-year-old singer and songwriter Lyn Lapid reveals her new single “east side,” taken from her forthcoming deluxe EP to love in the 21st century: the epilogue, out December 1st on Mercury Records/Republic Records. Listen to “east side” now HERE and watch the visualizer HERE!  Lyn says, “I’m so excited to share my new song ‘east side,’ it’s a really special and personal song I wrote about my hometown friends back in Maryland. I wrote about how my hometown friendships over the years have turned into ‘low maintenance friendships,’ mostly because I don’t see my old school friends as much as I used to, yet despite everything it hasn’t affected our friendship at all. We’ve grown to live such different lives with them being in college and me pursuing music full time, we don’t talk or hangout as much as we used to, but our friendship still remains strong even if I’m not as close with them anymore.”

On November 17, Mercury Nashville/UMe is set to release multiple expanded U.S. and International 2LP vinyl editions of Shania Twain’s widely acclaimed November 2004 compilation album Greatest Hits, marking the first time ever that this record-breaking collection of hits will appear on vinyl. With countless chart-topping anthems throughout Shania’s discography, Greatest Hits represents so much more than a collection of classics – it’s a genre-defining celebration of the queen of country pop. Greatest Hits was certified by Guinness World Records as being the fastest-selling hits collection by a female artist in the U.S., with first-week sales of 529,000 units, sending it well on its way to achieving global sales of over 5M units to date. Both the U.S. and International versions of Greatest Hits have been remastered from the original tapes, and they each now contain two additional tracks: Shania’s latest hit, “Giddy Up!” as well as the fan-favorite “Life’s About To Get Good.”

MCA/UMe releases both vinyl and CD editions of Dame Olivia Newton-John’s smash-hit, tenth studio album, 1978’s Totally Hot, a record that further reinforced her status as a surefire international superstar. In celebration of Newton-John’s first-ever platinum-certified album’s 45th anniversary, Totally Hot returns to vinyl for the first time in decades in two different options, in addition to being made available on CD and on all major digital platforms.  Totally Hot is available in the following formats: limited-edition 1LP neon coral red vinyl, standard weight 1LP black vinyl, 1CD, and Digital. All versions of Totally Hot can be ordered HERE.

- Emmy® award-winning musical director, musician, singer, and songwriter Adam Blackstone unveils the cover art and tracklist for his forthcoming second solo album and first Christmas album, A LEGACY CHRISTMAS, which is set for release on November 24 (“BASSic Black Friday”)!!  Pre-order/Pre-save HERE.   The album features a myriad of A-list guests, including Andra DayBJ The Chicago KidBoyz II MenKeke Palmer, 2023 Stellar® Awards New Artist of The Year Lena Byrd Miles, and more. With a total of ten joyful songs, A LEGACY CHRISTMAS warms up the season as the perfect soundtrack!

This Thanksgiving and Black Friday, Game Show Network will be running marathons of fan favorites and new additions.  The marathons will feature Split Second and America Says, both hosted by John Michael Higgins, People Puzzler hosted by Leah Remini, Switch hosted by Jeff Hephner, and Family Feud hosted by Steve Harvey. Joining the Game Show Network staples is a run of Card Sharks, hosted by Joel McHale.  The episodes will run 8a - 6p on Thursday, and 8a - 8p on Friday.


8:00a- Switch (Jeff Hephner)

11:00a- America Says (John Michael Higgins)

2:00pm- People Puzzler (Leah Remini)


8:00a- Split Second (John Michael Higgins)

11:00a- Family Feud (Steve Harvey)

4:00p- Card Sharks (Joel McHale)

Sunday, November 12, 2023

57 Channels and Only This Is On: November 12, 2023


 Fear the Walking Dead:  So Morgan recently went back to Atlanta and now Dwight is going all the way to Virginia?  Geez, it is like there is unlimited fuel in the apocalypse.  How are these people driving long distances?


Survivor:  Well, Kaleb’s Shot in the Dark turned out was worthless if he was just voted out the very next week.  But it looks like we are heading for an all chick’s alliance.  How often does that actually work out?  Just Parvati?


The Challenge: Battle for a New Champion:  How appropriate on the Pride episode, it comes down to two gay homosexuals being up for elimination?


Doom Patrol:  Well, that did seem like a pretty definitive ending.  I wonder what would have happen if there was a third season.  Would Rita have stayed dead?


Loki:  They really suck Sylvie with that silly mullet all season?  I feel really bad for her.  So Loki is just He Who Remains Now?  Though I am confused what actually happened to Who He Remains.  But this whole season was confusing.


Lessons in Chemistry:   I recently got three free months of Apple TV+ and got caught up on this show.  It is hilarious.  Though of the shows I have watched so far, there seems to be a theme on this service of shows that I laugh a lot through, but I am not entirely sure if they are actually supposed to be funny (The Morning Show and See being the other two that fit this bill).  Calvin being hit by the bus followed by an episode with a talking dog was just wild.


As for the latest episode, I was surprised none of Elizabeth’s audience actually showed up to the protest.  Except her rowing partner was there but was not actually even mentioned at all like he was a glorified extra.   And just how does the priest know Calvin?  I get a very strong female Forrest Gump from this show and these giant coincidences just feeds into it.