Saturday, April 27, 2024

Around the Tubes: April 27, 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 Johnny Cash, Miranda Lambert, Billy Idol, Paul McCartney and Wings, and Becoming Karl Lagerfeld.

In early 1993, the legendary Johnny Cash found himself between contracts in his then nearly 40-year career and recorded an album’s worth of songwriting demos at LSI Studios in Nashville of songs he’d written over many years. LSI at the time was owned by his son-in-law Mike Daniels and daughter Rosey, and he wanted to help the family financially while also record some songs special to him. Not long after the fruitful session, Johnny met producer Rick Rubin, and the recordings were shelved as the two embarked on an important and prolific musical partnership that revitalized the Man in Black’s career that would last the rest of his life.   Some thirty years later, John Carter Cash, the son of Johnny and June Carter Cash, rediscovered the songs and stripped them back to just Johnny’s powerful, pristine vocals and acoustic guitar. Along with co-producer David “Fergie” Ferguson, the two invited a handpicked group of musicians that played with Johnny, including guitarist Marty Stuart and the late bassist Dave Roe, along with drummer Pete Abbott and several others, to the Cash Cabin, a hallowed space in Hendersonville, Tenn. where Johnny would write, record and relax, to breathe new life into the tracks, taking the sound back to the roots and heart of the songs.  Listen to “Well Alright” and pre-order Songwriter here:

Always music forward and reaching for new levels of candor in her country, trailblazing superstar/songwriter Miranda Lambert forges a new creative alliance designed to take the three-time GRAMMY winner to even more powerful spaces. Having just wrapped her twice-extended, 48-show Velvet Rodeo residency in Las Vegas, the most awarded artist in Academy of Country Music history – including their top Entertainer of the Year honor – signs with Republic Records. The deal will include support from the Nashville-based Big Loud, including Country Radio promotion as well as other marketing efforts, all as a part of the overall strategic partnership with Republic Records.  The announcement signals Lambert’s first new solo music since 2022’s critically acclaimed, GRAMMY-, ACM- and Country Music Association-nominated Palomino. “Wranglers,” arriving May 3, is her first track.  New Single “Wranglers” Available Everywhere May 3- Pre Save HERE

 - Rock legend Billy Idol is marking the 40th Anniversary of his landmark sophomore album Rebel Yell with a Deluxe Expanded Edition out now via Capitol/UMe. In celebration of the release, Idol is debuting the never-before-heard Billy Idol/Steve Stevens track “Best Way Out of Here” from the original Rebel Yell recording sessions; stream/share the track and order the album HERE.  The reissue features a selection of previously unreleased songs and demos including “Best Way Out of Here,” the Poolside remix of Idol’s smash hit “Eyes Without A Face,” Idol’s never-before-released cover of the Rose Royce single “Love Don’t Live Here Anymore” and much more.

The wait is over: With the June 14 release of One Hand Clapping, one of the most bootlegged live albums in musical history will finally receive a proper release. In August 1974, when Band on the Run was enjoying a seven-week consecutive #1 stint at the top of the UK album charts, Paul McCartney and Wings headed to Abbey Road Studios for the filming of a video documentary and possible live studio album – One Hand Clapping. Despite overwhelming demand for newly recorded material from the biggest band in the world at that time, One Hand Clapping was never officially released.  Filmed and recorded over four days and directed by David Litchfield, the release of One Hand Clapping is a historic moment for Paul McCartney fans.  Over the years, various parts of One Hand Clapping have been bootlegged with varying degrees of success.  Some of the material has also appeared on official McCartney releases. However, the June 14 release of One Hand Clapping, which features the original artwork designed for the project, including a TV sales brochure for the unreleased film at the time, is the first time the audio for the film—plus several additional songs recorded off-camera--have been officially issued.  Preorder HERE

In 1972, Karl Lagerfeld (Daniel Brühl) is 38 and not yet wearing his famous catogan. He is a ready-to-wear designer, unknown to the general public. While he meets and falls in love with the sultry Jacques de Bascher (Théodore Pellerin), an ambitious and troubling young dandy, the most mysterious of fashion designers dares to take on his friend (and rival) Yves Saint Laurent (Arnaud Valois), a genius of haute couture backed by the redoubtable businessman Pierre Bergé (Alex Lutz).  BECOMING KARL LAGERFELD, dapted from the novel “Kaiser Karl” by Raphaëlle Bacqué published by éditions Albin Michel.  Premieres Exclusively on Hulu Friday, June 7.  Watch the Official Trailer HERE !

Thursday, April 25, 2024

View from the Peak - Everything Coming to Paramount+ in May 2024



The Chi | Evil | Rupaul Drag Race All Stars | Bob Marley: One Love

There’s plenty of new entertainment coming to Paramount+ this May for everyone in the household. Next month will see the premiere of brand new seasons of Paramount+ Original series Evil and RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars, as well as new episodes of The Chi for premium subscribers. Two new music documentaries, LOLLA: The Story of Lollapalooza and Kiss The Future, join the critically acclaimed biopic Bob Marley: One Love, which has ranked as the No. 1 movie on the service among active subscriber households since its debut on April 12. And the UEFA Champions League should deliver edge-of-your-seat excitement for soccer fans in the lead-up to the final on June 1.

For a closer look at all the entertainment coming to Paramount+ in May, check out the latest edition of View from the Peak.


Evil Season 4
Katja Herbers, Aasif Mandvi and Mike Colter in Evil

Throughout its run, we’ve followed an elite team of believers and skeptics tasked by the Vatican to investigate purported demonic events in the Paramount+ Original series Evil. The supernatural drama is the creation of husband-and-wife showrunners and writing partners, Robert and Michelle King, who have helmed a number of beloved series including The Good Wife, The Good Fight and Elsbeth.

As Evil prepares for its finale, we sat down with the Kings to learn what fate has in store for our intrepid investigators.

  • What’s made Evil incredibly unique is the way it plays the tension between the skeptics and believers on the team. Why was that important to you?

    We're of two different beliefs in our marriage. Robert is a Catholic believer, and Michelle is secular, so many of the debates in the show—between David and Kristen especially—mirror our debates. How much is evil a reflection of psychological problems, and how much is it a result of supernatural forces? We think that's what gives an extra weight and drama to the character's disagreements. We also want the plotlines to reflect that two-sided nature of reality.

  • Evil can be just as funny as it is eerie. How do you find the right balance?

    I think it's just our sensibility. We hate earnestness and, when you're dealing with issues of good and evil, things often get dark and serious. But we also have great comic actors and we always want to give them something to do. It always seems best to leaven scares with laughs.

  • Looking back across the series, what do you feel is the show's enduring message?

    The enduring message—though we don't really think in terms of messages—is that, in the modern world, evil is spreading, mostly because of social media. People can now talk to each other, and find fellowship in their villainy.

  • What are you excited for fans to experience in the final season?

    We're most excited about all the new scares we find in different environments: a particle accelerator, a cornfield with a demon pig, in tunnels under the Vatican, in the middle of a hurricane. We're also excited to show a new set of demons. Finally, it's always fun to see different sides of our leads and how they work together.

Your prayers will be answered when Evil's final season premieres on May 23.



The Chi mid-season premiere
Joel Steingold, Rolando Boyce, Luke James, Vic Mensa, Jason Weaver and Jacob Latimore in The Chi

Next month, we return to the Windy City when The Chi resumes. The SHOWTIME drama has never shied away from tough subjects, and this season delves even deeper into the internal struggles of life in Chicago’s South Side. May is Mental Health Awareness Month and one focus this season is seeking help with mental health. Several characters form a healing circle to create a safe space to discuss relationships, challenges and the intricacies of life.

Executive producer and co-showrunner Justin Hillian maintains that differentiating between general mental health and the nuances of Black men’s experience was a must. “We were in the writers’ room discussing what we wanted to see on television and there was a consensus on Black male vulnerability,” Hillian explained. “There are so many stereotypes about Black men. It felt like the perfect forum to explore the interiority of these men.”

Head back to The Chi on May 10 for the rest of season six on Paramount+ with SHOWTIME



Bob Marley: One Love
Kingsley Ben-Adir in Bob Marley: One Love

Don’t worry about a thing because the box-office hit Bob Marley: One Love has arrived on Paramount+. Starring Kingsley Ben-Adir as the reggae icon, the global success offers an intimate look at the man, his music, and the messages that have become the cornerstone of his legacy.

May promises to keep the jams coming. LOLLA: The Story of Lollapalooza chronicles the impact of Chicago’s famed music festival since its debut in 1991. Produced by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Kiss The Future is a moving testament to the power of art that recounts the efforts of an underground community that used music to bring attention—and ultimately U2—to the crisis in Sarajevo. And the second season of Behind the Music delves into the lives of musicians with new episodes about Bell Biv DeVoe, Trace Adkins and Wolfgang Van Halen and remastered episodes featuring 50 Cent, Ice-T and The Notorious B.I.G and more.

These latest additions only continue the crescendo of music–focused content across our library. Michael Shannon and Jessica Chastain become country music’s power couple, Tammy Wynette and George Jones, in the Emmy-nominated SHOWTIME mini series, George & Tammy.* Milli Vanilli, Nothing Compares*, and June offer in-depth looks at some of music’s biggest names while Thriller 40 and Hitsville document some of the sounds, albums and movements that revolutionized music history.

And because we know seeing music live is an experience in itself, we provide fans a chance to skip the ticket line and watch streams of concert specials featuring Billy Joel, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Jojo Siwa and more.



Mother Nature’s biggest stages have found their home at Paramount+. In honor of Earth Day, we announced a new partnership with the National Park Foundation as its first-ever official streaming partner.

Paramount+ will provide funding to support the foundation's mission to protect and preserve more than 420 of America’s national parks and motivate people everywhere to connect and fall in love with their beauty, history and culture through unprecedented virtual access. Since Earth Week, we have been taking audiences inside Yosemite, Death Valley, and a number of national parks through live streams, and more virtual visits can be found in our Earthly Adventures collection.


Utkarsh Ambudkar, Michelle Yeoh, Keisha Castle-Hughes, Vanessa Lachey and Dante Roman Basco (voice) in the Watch Us Rise collection
  • In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Paramount+ is celebrating and lifting up the community’s creators and talent with a refresh of the Watch Us Rise collection. Launching May 1, it features hit series such as Halo and Yellowjackets* to fan favorites including Ghosts and NCIS: Hawai’i to movies like Oscar nominee Past Lives*, Oscar winner Everything Everywhere All At Once* and Mission Impossible: Dead Reckoning.
  • On May 17, 14 of the most talented queens in Drag Race HERstory are returning to the Werk Room for the ninth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars. There is more at stake this season as each queen is competing not only for a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame, but also representing a charitable organization that will receive a major donation if they win. The full cast was ru-vealed yesterday and fans are already speculating about which diva will climb to the top.
  • To make finding content subscribers will love even easier, Paramount+ recently introduced Top 10 Carousels that will enhance discovery and engagement of top-performing shows and movies on the service. We also rolled out a new, improved Kids Hub to help parents and kids connect with and enjoy more of our content together. The update includes a dynamic homepage of content carousels, eye-catching previews and curated collections to explore.


Young Sheldon
Zoe Perry and Iain Armitage in Young Sheldon

Throughout May, a number of CBS series and seasons will be coming to a close. Jim Parsons and Mayim Bialik make a poignant return as “Sheldon” and “Amy” for the series finale of Young Sheldon while Bob and Abishola reflect on how far they’ve come over the last six years. From NCIS to SURVIVOR to the new top series, Tracker and Elsbeth, the finales will be packed with memorable, can’t-miss moments.


5/1: Behind the Music Season 2 premiere
Behind the Music returns with new, remastered episodes updated for today’s audiences featuring new artist interviews and a reimagined visual style.

5/7: Kiss The Future premiere
An American aid worker asks U2 to help raise awareness about the siege of Sarajevo, Bosnia. The band immediately begins a series of live satellite interviews with local Sarajaevans during their 1993 ZOO TV Tour to highlight the dire situation.

5/10: The Chi Season 6 new episodes
This coming-of-age drama series centers on a group of residents who become linked by coincidence but bonded by the need for connection and redemption.

5/14: Pillowcase Murders premiere
This three-part documentary series exposes one of the deadliest serial killers you’ve never heard of who preyed upon one of our most vulnerable populations: the elderly.

5/17: Mourning in Lod premiere
This film follows the fates of three Israeli and Palestinian families intertwined by an intense cycle of violence in the city of Lod, Israel while imagining a brighter dawn for the region.

5/17: RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars Season 9 premiere
RuPaul's royalty sashay back onto the runway for a chance at snatching the All Stars crown and nabbing a spot in the Drag Race Hall of Fame.

5/17: RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars: Untucked Season 6 premiere
From the catfights to the backstage battles, find out what happens behind the scenes of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars.

5/21: LOLLA: The Story of Lollapalooza premiere
In the summer of '91, the Lollapalooza music festival was born. What started as a farewell tour for the band Jane's Addiction rose from the underground to launch a cultural movement and change music forever.

5/23: Evil final season premiere
A psychologist joins a priest-in-training and a contractor as they investigate unexplained mysteries.

5/30: Pyramid Game premiere
After being voted the least popular student and becoming the target of school violence, Su-ji sets out to secure a spot at the top of the rank.


May 1

Charles: The New King
PAW Patrol (Season 9)
PAW Patrol: Dino Rescue
PAW Patrol: Rescue Knights
The Mightiest (Season 1)

May 8

Teen Mom: The Next Chapter Season 1

May 15

Love & Hip Hop: Miami (Season 5)

May 22

Aerial Adventures Season 1

May 29

CMT Giants (2022)
CMT Storytellers Seasons 1-2
CMT Summer Camp Seasons (2022-2023)
CMT Summer Sessions (Season 2)


All About the Benjamins
Anything for Fame*
Before the Devil Knows You're Dead
Belly 2: Millionaire Boyz Club*
Big Jake
Big Night
Black Lotus*
Boogie Nights
Days of Heaven
Double Jeopardy
Ella Enchanted
Everybody Wants Some!!
Fire In The Sky
Flight Of The Intruder
Four Brothers
Harriet The Spy
Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth
Hellraiser IV: Bloodline
Hellraiser V: Inferno
Hellraiser VI: Hellseeker
Hellraiser VII: Deader
Hellraiser VIII: Hellworld
How She Move*
I Know What You Did Last Summer*
I Still Know What You Did Last Summer*
I'll See You in My Dreams*
Imagine That
In the Cut
Indecent Proposal
Jack Reacher: Never Go Back
Joy Ride
Kelly & Cal*
Kinky Boots*
Maid in Manhattan*
Margot At The Wedding*
Marvin's Room*
Mommie Dearest*
No Country for Old Men
Once Upon A Time In The West
Point Break
Revolutionary Road*
Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
Shall We Dance?*
Stand By Me*
Terms of Endearment
The Accused
The Back-up Plan
The Gift*
The Golden Child
The Guilt Trip
The Hateful Eight*
The Haunting
The Joy Luck Club
The Longest Yard
The Mechanic
The Original Kings of Comedy*
The Prince Of Tides
The Terminal
True Grit
True Grit
Vantage Point
What's Eating Gilbert Grape*
What's Your Number?
Zoolander 2

May 15

The Boss Baby 2: Family Business

May 18


May 25

National Lampoon's Van Wilder - The Rise of Taj*

May 28

3 Generations*

May 31

Black Christmas*


5/1: UEFA Champions League Semifinal – Borussia Dortmund vs. PSG
5/2: UEFA Europa League Semifinals
5/2: UEFA Europa Conference League Semifinals
5/4: Beyond Limits* 
5/4: Course Record with Michael Breed*
5/4-5/5: PGA Tour – THE CJ CUP Byron Nelson (Third and Final Round Coverage)*
5/5: Barclays Women’s Super League – Chelsea vs. Bristol City
5/5: NWSL – Houston Dash vs. Kansas City Current*
5/7: UEFA Champions League Semifinal – PSG vs. Borussia Dortmund
5/8: UEFA Champions League Semifinal – Real Madrid vs. Bayern Munich
5/9: UEFA Europa League Semifinals
5/9: UEFA Europa Conference League Semifinals
5/11: Apex Group Bermuda Sail Grand Prix*
5/11: AFC Champions League Final Leg 1
5/11-5/12: PGA Tour – Wells Fargo Championship (Third and Final Round Coverage)*
5/12: Course Record with Michael Breed*
5/12: PGA Championship Preview*
5/15: Barclays Women’s Super League – Tottenham vs. Chelsea
5/18-5/19: PGA Tour – PGA Championship (Third and Final Round Coverage)*
5/19: PBR – Professional Bull Riders Arlington*
5/25: WNBA – New York Liberty @ Minnesota Lynx*
5/25: AFC Champions League Final Leg 2
5/25-5/26: PGA Tour – Charles Schwab Challenge (Third and Final Round Coverage)*
5/26: PBR – Kid Rock’s Rock N Rodeo*
5/26: Course Record with Michael Breed*
5/26: PGA TOUR Originals: One Shot Away*
Throughout May: Italian Serie A competition
Throughout May: Scottish Professional Football League competition
Throughout May: Barclays Women’s Super League competition
Throughout May: Argentina Liga Profesional de Fútbol 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.