Saturday, March 09, 2024

Around the Tubes: March 9, 2024


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 A Gentleman in Moscow, Bon Jovi, Ariana Grande, Olivia Rodrigo,  Dropkick Murphys, Jimmy Buffett, Billy Idol, Marcus King, The Black Crowes, Harlem Globetrotters: Secrets of the City, The Department, and Grey’s Anatomy.

SHOWTIME today released the official trailer for the new eight-episode series A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW. The series will premiere Friday, March 29 on streaming and on demand for Paramount+ subscribers with the Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan before its on-air debut on Paramount+ with SHOWTIME on Sunday, March 31 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. The series will premiere on Paramount+ in Canada, the UK and Australia on March 29 and on Paramount+ in Latin America, Italy, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and South Korea on May 17.  An adaptation of Amor Towles’ internationally best-selling novel, A GENTLEMAN IN MOSCOW follows Count Alexander Rostov, played by Emmy® Award-winning actor Ewan McGregor (Star Wars franchise, Halston, Trainspotting), who, in the aftermath of the Russian Revolution, finds that his gilded past has placed him on the wrong side of history. Spared immediate execution, he is banished by a Soviet tribunal to an attic room in the opulent Hotel Metropol and threatened with death if he ever sets foot outside again. As the years pass and some of the most tumultuous decades in Russian history unfold outside the hotel’s doors, Rostov’s reduced circumstances provide him entry into a much larger world of emotional discovery. As he builds a new life within the walls of the hotel, he discovers the true value of friendship, family and love.


Hulu has debuted the trailer and for upcoming original documentary series "Thank You, Goodnight: The Bon Jovi Story."   The 4-episode docuseries premieres all episodes April 26, 2024 on Hulu.

GRAMMY® Award-winning, multi-platinum recording artist and international superstar, Ariana Grande releases the official music video for “we can’t be friends (wait for your love)”directed by Christian Breslauer, from her seventh full length album, eternal sunshine, out now.  Watch the “we can’t be friends (wait for your love)” official music video HERE.   Listen to eternal sunshine HERE via Republic Records.

Tickets for the North American leg of Olivia Rodrigo’s arena tour are completely sold-out, but a captivating new immersive, one-of-a kind experience will be available for all fans in cities along the tour route. The GUTS World Tour Bus Experience will provide attendees a GUTS-inspired world with exclusive benefits for American Express Card Members, and limited-edition offerings from Starbucks and Sony’s LinkBuds S. Admission is free.  The colorful bus will make its first stop at The Music Yard in Charlotte, NC this Friday, March 8 – before Rodrigo’s show at Spectrum Center. Additional stops will include tour venues and local points of interest. Visit or follow @liviesHQ for more information on the bus.  The GUTS World Tour Bus Experience offers an interactive fan experience designed to evoke an iconic 1990s mainstay – a teenage girl’s bedroom. Mixing creatively curated décor and interactive, shareable encounters, the bus interior includes memorabilia, a closet full of authentic SOUR tour outfits worn by Rodrigo, a mirrored acrylic vanity and more. Visitors will have the chance to enter giveaways and purchase exclusive merch. There will be photo moments including opps with a crescent moon (similar to the one seen in the live set), and star-filled toilet. There will also be craft tables where fans can add unique and personalized elements to their merch.


- Dropkick Murphys are inviting fans worldwide to virtually join them in their hometown of Boston to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day together through the Dropkick Murphys St. Patrick’s Day Livestream From MGM Music Hall at Fenway in Boston on Sunday, March 17. Premier streaming platform Veeps will air the sold-out performance LIVE at 9:00 PM ET / 6:00 PM PT. Tickets are on sale for $24.99 at  All ticket purchasers have access to unlimited repeat viewings of the Dropkick Murphys performance stream during the 7-day replay period, and Veeps All Access subscribers can access the show for free as part of their subscription and can rewatch as many times as they want for a full year.

Celebrating the city that deeply influenced his music and joyful outlook on life, the release of the music video for "University of Bourbon Street" displays Jimmy Buffett's love affair with New Orleans. This standout track from his final album, Equal Strain On All Parts, features the legendary Preservation Hall Jazz Band and encapsulates the spirit of the city that left an indelible impact on Buffett.  "University of Bourbon Street” (Mailboat Records, distributed by Sun Records) is an autobiographical anthem where Buffett reminisces about his transformative years in New Orleans. The song and video together capture the essence of the city's lively streets, its rich musical heritage, and the joyous, unbridled festivities that can only be found in the heart of NOLA. Buffett's lyrics narrate his journey from Mississippi to New Orleans, where he was educated not in classrooms but through the city's vibrant street life, its music, and its culture.  Watch the “University of Bourbon Street” video here.

Rock legend Billy Idol is set to celebrate the 40th anniversary of his landmark album Rebel Yell with a deluxe expanded edition due April 26 via Capitol/UMe. Available for pre-order on Friday, March 8, the reissue includes a selection of previously unreleased songs and demos, the Poolside remix of Idol’s smash hit “Eyes Without A Face” and the never-before-heard Billy Idol/Steve Stevens original “Best Way Out of Here” from the original sessions. Idol’s never-before-released cover of the Rose Royce single “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” from the album’s original recording sessions will be available to download/stream on March 8 as well; pre-order the album and stream the new single on March 8 HERE.  Originally released in November 1983, Rebel Yell is the twice-platinum follow-up to Idol’s self-titled debut. The album features the iconic singles “Eyes Without a Face,” Flesh for Fantasy,” “Rebel Yell,” and “Catch My Fall.” The reissue is available in 2xLP, 2xCD, and digital formats. See below for complete track listings.

 All hail the king of country soul - today, GRAMMY-nominated singer-songwriter Marcus King released “Hero,” the third single from his forthcoming Rick Rubin-produced album Mood Swings, released on April 5 via American/Republic Records. King also announced he will return to the Tonight Show on Monday March 11 2024 for a highly anticipated performance.  Pre-order Mood Swings HERE.  On “Hero,” co-written with Dan Auerbach (The Black Keys), King’s arresting vocal shares the tale of relationship struggles, crediting exes, divine intervention and Auerbach for inspiration for the timeless track.

- Legendary rock band The Black Crowes release the music video for “Wanting and Waiting,” directed by Christopher Acosta, for the lead single from their wildly anticipated new album Happiness Bastards, dropping March 15th via the band’s own Silver Arrow Records. Marking their first music video in 16 years since 2008’s “Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution,” the Crowes are back with a vengeance. The album’s artwork and lyrics lay the backdrop for Chris Robinson’s signature flare as he claps and confidently struts around his brother and bandmates. Amidst fiery imagery that complements the red-hot energy emanating from Robinson, dressed in a matching red suit, he passionately cries out “blood on fire!” The Black Crowes, as explosive as ever, are reveling in the anticipation of releasing their celebratory album - and they are clearly enjoying the ride. Since its release in January, “Wanting and Waiting” has dominated the airwaves at top 10 in four radio formats, including AAA, Americana, Active Rock, and Canadian Active Rock.  Watch the new music video HERE.  Pre-Order Happiness Bastards HERE.

AspireTV, the network that celebrates and reflects Black life, style and culture, has entered into a production partnership with EMMY nominated producer,  Ri-Karlo Handy of Sunwise Media, to develop and produce new original programming as the network continues to expand the aspireTV Studios slate this year. The first series to be greenlit under this agreement is Harlem Globetrotters: Secrets of the City.  Harlem Globetrotters: Secrets of the City is a travel series that follows the Harlem Globetrotters as they span the globe on their 2024 world tour. The show combines adventure and cultural immersion; utilizing a documentary style that transports viewers to the soul of the city and the heart of the people wherever the team travels. The Globetrotters share untapped secrets of culture, cuisine and adventure from the most renowned cities around the globe. The Harlem Globetrotters have been touring the world for almost 100 years, visiting over 120 countries which has given them unfiltered access, connections and exploration of Brown and Black culture throughout the world. Going into production this Spring, locations to be featured on the series include, but not limited to: Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines, Egypt, and Thailand. AspireTV has ordered eight 30-minute episodes.

Paramount+ announced today that Joe Wright, the director behind the Golden Globe and multi-BAFTA winning films Pride and Prejudice, The Darkest Hour and Atonement, will direct and executive produce the new drama series from Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios and 101 Studios, THE DEPARTMENT. An espionage political thriller series based on the critically acclaimed hit French drama Le Bureau des Legendes, THE DEPARTMENT will debut on Paramount+ for subscribers with the Paramount+ with SHOWTIME plan later this year.  Tony Award-winning writer Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth (Ford v Ferrari, Edge of Tomorrow) will executive produce and write all ten episodes. George Clooney and Grant Heslov will executive produce through their Smokehouse Pictures along with David C. Glasser and 101 Studios.  “Joe Wright is a visionary director with a gift of focusing on intricate details to craft immersive and visually striking stories,” said Chris McCarthy, President/CEO Showtime/MTV Entertainment Studios. “And, Jez and John-Henry are masterful writers whose witty and emotionally charged language dives deep into their characters’ moral complexities, while simultaneously creating a propulsive narrative. Bringing these powerhouse creatives together alongside George Clooney and Grant Heslov is sure to give The Bureau the reinvention it deserves."

Ahead of the milestone 20th season premiere on ABC, all 420 episodes of the beloved medical drama are now available on Hulu.  “'Grey’s Anatomy' is one of our top performing next-day titles, and we are very excited to now be the only streaming destination to offer every 'Grey’s' episode ever, both past and current,” said Hulu General Manager Lauren Tempest.  “In addition to bringing lifelong fans back to Grey Sloan, we hope that new audiences will discover and fall in love with the characters and stories that have captivated us for so many years.”

Sunday, March 03, 2024

57 Channels and Only This Is On: March 3, 2024


The Walking Dead: The Ones Who Lived:  If I am not mistaken the writer of the comic said his biggest regret was cutting of Rick’s hand and they is why they did not do it on the show.  Yet, the very first thing Rick does on the spin-off was cut off his hand.  It is really stupid to keep Rick around so long.  A one handed guy who keeps trying to escape is just too much trouble.   


Shōgun:  Okay, that was pretty cool despite all the reading.  At least Hulu offers an English dub. 


Death and Other Details:  We are back to the back up?  That seems so long ago.  Last week’s episode with all the bad acting really disrupted the flow of the show.


Halo:  Why did the one chick rip off her wig for no apparent reason?  I forget anything else that happened this week.  I just want to know what was up with that wig.  Did it have some significant meaning on the other planet, now it is worthless?  How will her son recognize her?  What a weird scene.


Ghosts:  Okay the boyfriend faking he saw ghost was pretty funny, one of the funnier plots on the show.  I kind of wish he got the power when he fell down the stairs.  How long until Sam meets another Ghost seer?