Saturday, February 03, 2024

Around the Tubes: February 3, 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 Extraordinary, Black History Month, The Last Repair Shop, and Black Pumas, and Colouring.

- Hulu has released first look images for the highly anticipated second season of the critically-acclaimed comedy "Extraordinary."  The Original series will premiere Wednesday, March 6, only on Hulu in the U.S. and Disney+ in the rest of the world. Season two picks up where season one spectacularly left off, following Jen (Máiréad Tyers) on her powers journey as she enrols as a client at the power clinic. Jen soon discovers that the process of finding her power isn’t as easy as she hoped, and things in the rest of her life aren’t smooth sailing either. Ex-cat, now-boyfriend Jizzlord (Luke Rollason) has had an unexpected revelation about his past, and Kash (Bilal Hasna) and Carrie (Sofia Oxenham) are attempting to be totally mature and dignified about their break-up, which is not easy when they’re still living under the same roof. It seems that Jen and the gang are dealing with new levels of adulting and chaos that none of them are prepared for. 

- In honor of Black History Month, Hulu is proud to continue highlighting Black stories and storytellers through our refreshed "Black Stories Always" hub throughout February and all year round. This upcoming month brings exciting TV and film premieres, including Hulu Original "Love & WWE: Bianca & Montez," Nat Geo’s "Genius: MLK/X" and "The Space Race," Andscape's "Sacred Soil: The Piney Woods School Story," and the season three premiere of acclaimed series and winner of Emmy and Golden Globe Awards, "Abbott Elementary!"   As part of Hulu’s "Black Stories Always" campaign, explore our extensive film and TV content showcasing talents of Black creators. Titles include FX’s "Snowfall," Andscape’s "Cypher," Onyx Collective’s "Reasonable Doubt," fan-favorites including "The Bernie Mac Show," "My Wife and Kids," "The Wonder Years," the beloved film "Soul Food" and many more. This year marks the iconic anniversaries of "Family Matters" (35 years), "Sister, Sister" (30 years) and "Black-ish" (10 years), as well as the 10th anniversary of the Academy Award-winning film "12 Years A Slave."

From Oscar® and Grammy®-nominated and Emmy®-winning filmmaker, musician and LAUSD star alumni Kris Bowers (A Concerto is a ConversationGreen BookKing RichardQueen Charlotte: A Bridgerton Story) and Oscar® winning director Ben Proudfoot (two-time Oscar® nominee for The Queen of Basketball and A Concerto is a Conversation), comes THE LAST REPAIR SHOP, a film about LAUSD’s unique free and freely-repaired musical instrument repair shop, which helped launch countless illustrious careers and millions of music lovers.  Watch Now Here (Full 39-Minute Film):

Grammy-nominated contemporary soul group Black Pumas is set to deliver an electrifying live performance from The Wiltern on Friday, February 9, 2024. Part of their Chronicles of a Diamond tour, the show will air live on Veeps, allowing fans worldwide to be a part of the magic. The in-person show at The Wiltern is sold out so the Veeps livestream provides an exclusive opportunity for fans without tickets to experience it. Veeps All Access subscribers can access the show for free, otherwise tickets to the show are on sale for $14.99.   Hailing from Austin, Texas, Black Pumas set the music world on fire with their debut album, which garnered three Grammy nominations in 2020. Ever since then, they have been a force in redefining soul music. With their massively anticipated sophomore album Chronicles of a Diamond released in October 2023, Black Pumas continue to ride the wave of acclaim. The record solidified their status in the music industry, earning them their seventh Grammy nomination overall, with this year’s nomination for Best Rock Performance for their song "More Than a Love Song."


With his anticipated new album Love To You, Mate due out February 23 via Bella Union, and following the singles “Lune”, “For You” and “Love To You, Mate”, Colouring today shares another new track, “How’d It Get So Real?”, ahead of the LP’s release. “How’d It Get So Real?” was something Jack Kenworthy’s wife Helen said to him during the year following her brother’s cancer diagnosis and the song is a message of support to her during this turbulent time. With its shuffling groove and beautiful ear worm of a chorus the song is one of the most uplifting and life-affirming on the album. Click HERE to listen.  “I've always been on the side of making up scenarios rather than being really honest about my life within my music,” adds Jack about his second album Love To You, Mate. “This is the first time I've been able to do that. I've been less scared of it because it's not my story. It’s a shared one.”

Sunday, January 28, 2024

57 Channels and Only This Is On: January 28, 2024


True Detective:  If it not for the podcasts I listen about the show, I would not have gotten the Rust connection from the first season.  Though, I do miss a lot because I grab the tablet whenever the corpsicicle is on screen and sometime forget to put it down


Death and Other Details:  This episode was really missing Wynn Duffy.  He and Mandy Patinkin are the only interesting parts of the show.


Percy Jackson and the Olympians:   Um, how did Annabeth get out of Hades?  I guess the ball thing will do it, but why not break it when she started turning into a tree?


La Brea:  Why was the one chick so worried about leaving the other one alone in case a giant boar came by?  Wouldn’t the boar just get stuck before reaching the other chick?  Go get help.  But the whole Ty in the current timeline just really feels like it is going to create a paradox.


The Challenge: Battle for a New Challenge:  Hilarious that the dudes had to team up to beat a girl.  But it really looks bad that two girls went home, girls finished last in every heat and a guy one every heat.  I think Michele was the only female that finished before a male in her heat.  Maybe these challenges are not as evenly matched between the genders as they thought.