Television

‘Genius’ Illuminates Einstein’s Musical Mind

‘Genius’ Illuminates Einstein’s Musical Mind

Albert Einstein’s passion for music is today a little-known side of the brilliant theoretical physicist, but thanks to the new series Genius, starring Geoffrey Rush, the importance of music in the life of this seminal 20th century figure is getting new emphasis. Promos for the scripted anthology series, which premiered April 25 on the National […]

The Noteworthy Reign of PBS’s ‘Victoria’

The Noteworthy Reign of PBS’s ‘Victoria’

Queen Victoria is on a campaign — for Emmys! Music is foremost among the deserving categories for this UK production from Mammoth Screen for ITV  and PBS Masterpiece. The original compositions by Martin Phipps and Ruth Barrett every bit hold their own with classics from the likes of Beethoven, Schubert and Chopin that highlight each episode. In January Dubois […]

Jay Z Explores ‘Race’ for Nat Geo

Jay Z Explores ‘Race’ for Nat Geo

Race (W.T.) is the first series from Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter’s production venture with the Weinstein Company. The six-episode series promises “a stark and provocative look into systemic injustices in America.”It will air globally on the National Geographic Channel in 171 countries and 45 languages, and in January 2 018 National Geographic Magazine will devote an entire […]

‘Saul’ Soundtrack Has a Nice Ring

‘Saul’ Soundtrack Has a Nice Ring

Dave Porter’s music for the first two seasons of AMC’s Better Call Saul will be released by Madison Gate Records and Sony Classical on April 7, available digitally and on CD. Porter, who also scored Better Call Saul’s predecessor, AMC’s Breaking Bad, said his Saul sound was inspired by that earlier show, but stands its own with […]

Grammy Showstopper Adele

Grammy Showstopper Adele

The 59th Grammy Awards were pretty much all about Adele, who took home five top honors for “Hello” and the album 25. But David Bowie and his Blackstar album managed some serious time in the awards spotlight, amassing four statuettes, including Best Rock Performance for Blackstar. During  his lifetime Bowie only won one Grammy, Best Video […]

She Knows How to Make an Entrance

She Knows How to Make an Entrance

Lady Gaga descended into more viewer households than the game itself, spiking the FOX sport program from a 48.8 household rating to a 50.0, which seems to indicate that sponsor Pepsi Zero Sugar succeeded in whetting the thirst of curiosity seekers with its two weeks of teaser ads counting down the days, then hours, to the […]

Ludwig Scores NFL Touchdown

Ludwig Scores NFL Touchdown

Pop funk just got a jazzy update courtesy of Spencer Ludwig, the very original 26-year-old trumpeter and singer chosen to provide the soundtrack for “NFL Honors,”a TV special airing Saturday, February 4, the night before Super Bowl 51. Ludwig was signed by Warner Bros. Records in 2015, and had been releasing a steady stream of singles, preparatory to his […]