Wednesday, January 31, 2018

TV and awards consideration billboards in L.A.'s January 2018 skies...

With entertainment industry awards shows like the Golden Globes and SAG Awards held in January, the skies of L.A. were not only filled with new and returning TV shows this month, but also a variety of awards hopefuls vying for your attention, mostly from Netflix.

Awards consideration billboards
GLOW 2018 SAG Awards nominations billboard
The streaming service's 1980s women's wrestling comedy GLOW was really stand out in the city skyline, even if it didn't take home any trophies.
Ozark season 1 Award nominations billboard
Jason Bateman and Laura Linney's drama Ozark was also in the running for accolades and got some outdoor support.
Jeff Daniels Godless SAG Award nominee billboard
Plus Jeff Daniels was in the spotlight for his Screen Actors Guild nomination for his Godless mini-series role.
House of Cards season 5 Robin Wright SAG Award billboard
And even though Kevin Spacey has ruined House of Cards for many people after reports of his predatory sexual behavior emerged and his subsequent firing from the show's sixth season, it was nice to see Robin Wright being support by Netflix for her fifth season performance in the city skyline.

TV billboards
Black Lightning series premiere billboard
In the land of new shows it may be another year, but that also means another superhero show to join the ranks in the form of The CW's DC superhero, Black Lightning.
American Crime Story Assassination Gianni Versace billboard
FX's true crime anthology series American Crime Story was back for a sophomore season with this striking medusa-theme key art, this time focusing on The Assassination of Gianni Versace.
Baskets season 3 billboard
Plus clown comedy Baskets returned for a third season with this wonderfully absurd special extension cut-out billboard.
Bellevue series launch billboard
And another extension cut-out turning heads this month was for WGN America's mystery thriller Bellevue starring Anna Paquin, although this series seems to have slipped under the radar and hasn't received much support beyond this blood spattered white picket fence billboard.
Electric Dreams series premiere billboard
Amazon Prime was debuting its answer to Netflix's dark sci-fi anthology series, Black Mirror, with Electric Dreams inspired by Philip K. Dick stories.
Chi series premiere billboard
This month Showtime was launching a gritty new drama set in Chicago's South Side called The Chi.
Trade series premiere billboard
Plus a documentary series, The Trade, which focuses on the U.S. opioid crisis through the eyes of the growers, addicts, cartel bosses and law enforcement.
Unsolved series premiere billboard
And USA Network was giving some super-sized support along the Sunset Strip for its new scripted crime series about the unsolved deaths of iconic rappers Tupac and Biggie Smalls.
Counterpart series premiere billboard
Over on Starz J.K. Simmons was headlining a new parallel dimension drama called Counterpart, which means we get to see twice as much of the Oscar-winning actor as he plays multiple versions of himself.
Resident series premiere billboard
The Good Wife's Matt Czuchry was leaving behind law this January for his new medical drama on Fox, The Resident.
Alienist series launch billboard
Plus The Alienist limited series was making its debut, and the colour choice of this billboard give it a contemporary feel along with the name for a period thriller, although it proved incredibly hard to photograph.
Mosaic series billboard
And speaking of great colour combinations, Sharon Stone returned to TV for HBO's murder mystery Mosaic.
Here and Now series premiere billboard
Plus another new HBO offering filling the New Year skies was Here and Now, a drama about a multi-racial family written by Alan Ball.
Divorce season 2 billboard
HBO's dark separation comedy Divorce was getting super-sized for its second season this month.
Real Time Bill Maher season 16 billboard
Plus Real Time with Bill Maher was returning for its sixteenth season and boy do Americans need to do more than talk in this current political climate, they need to vote out the corruption in Washington, D.C. and the White House.
Giant 2 Dope Queens comedy special billboard
Plus Jessica Williams and Phoebe Robinson were bringing some much needed levity with four comedy specials based on their podcast, 2 Dope Queens.
Will Grace season 9 so good billboard
And speaking of comedy, the Will & Grace sitcom revival is back with all-new episodes and just as funny as the previous incarnation from all those years ago.
Lets Get Physical series premiere billboard
Pop was also finding the funny in the New Year's health and fitness resolutions with their new comedy, Let's Get Physical.
Schitt's Creek season 4 billboard
Plus riches-to-rags comedy Schitt's Creek was back for a fourth season, getting some extra stand out with this family portrait cut-out billboard.
Path season 3 billboard
And over on Hulu, The Path returned for a third season of the cult drama with Aaron Paul taking the reins for these all-new episodes.
Americas Next Top Model Tyra Banks s24 billboard
America's Next Top Model was back for a twenty-fourth cycle, but more importantly the boss, Tyra Banks, was also back to judge VH1's revival of the reality modeling competition.
Corporate series launch billboard
And from the cutthroat fashion industry to the tedium of the corporate business world, as Comedy Central was launching its new dark satire of conglomerate office life.
Another Period season 3 billboard
Plus Another Period also returned to poke fun at the turn-of-the-20th century high society socialites for a third season.

If you like this witty and timely ad creative, be sure to also check out these other fun season three billboards for Another Period.
This is not Happening season 4 billboard
This Is Not Happening also returned to the skies for its fourth season of comedians telling tall tales, this time hosted by Roy Wood Jr.
Somebody Feed Phil series premiere billboard
These days it seems like Netflix on its own could fill the skies of L.A. every month with all its pantheon of billboards, including this example for Somebody Feed Phil, where the creator of Everybody Loves Raymond, Phil Rosenthal, travels the world sampling local cuisines.
Disjointed season 1 part 2 billboard
Kathy Bates pot comedy Disjointed also returned to the streets this month, just in time for the legalization of cannabis in California, with all-new episodes from the second half of the first season.
Grace and Frankie season 4 billboard
Plus Grace and Frankie returned for a fourth season of Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda living co-independently.
One Day At A Time season 2 billboard
The streaming giant's comedy kept coming this month with the sophomore season of the rebooted One Day at a Time sitcom.
Altered Carbon series premiere billboard
Plus for sci-fi fans Richard K. Morgan's 2002 cyberpunk novel Altered Carbon is being adapted for the small screen with Joel Kinnaman as the hardboiled mercenary 'Takeshi Kovacs'.
Portlandia final season billboard
Meanwhile Portlandia was kicking off its final, eighth season of sketches and spoofs based in Portland, Oregon.
Ultimate Expedition YouTube Red billboard
And YouTube Red was giving some super-sized support for its Ultimate Expedition original online series.
Ultimate Expedition YouTube Red billboard
In the show, nine mountain climber newcomers take on a 20,000-foot challenge in Peru.
Critical Role TV billboard
Critical Role was also getting some exposure in the city skyline this month for the Geek and Sundry show about Dungeons & Dragons game adventures.
Eastsiders season 3 billboard
Plus web series Eastsiders was back for a third season of relationships, sex, lies and Silver Lake living.
Katt Williams Great America billboard
Plus in the world of stand-up comedy, Katt Williams was finding the laughs in Great America in his new Netflix special.
Todd Glass Act Happy billboard
And comic Todd Glass was trying to Act Happy in his new comedy special on the streaming platform.
Laff Mobb Laff Tracks billboard
Whilst on TruTV the LaffMobb were delivering Laff Tracks with a new generation of comedians bringing their hilarious personal stories to life.

Book billboards
Tiffany Haddish Last Black Unicorn billboard
And finally, after all those sitcoms, comedies and stand-up specials this seems to be the perfect place for this book billboard for comedian and breakout star of Girls Trip, Tiffany Haddish, The Last Black Unicorn.

These days there's never a slow month for what to watch on TV, whether its broadcast, on cable, streamed, or online.

Be sure to check out all the TV billboards from last January and come back soon for more end of month roundups of billboards from around the sprawling streets and skies of La La Land...

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Movie, awards consideration and music billboards filling L.A.'s January 2018 skies...

The beginning of the year is always a bit slow on the big screen, but I always love this time of year as it's awards season when all the Oscar hopefuls also battle it out in the city skyline to get voters attention. Here's a collection of the new theatrical releases, awards consideration, new films streaming and music billboards trying to turn heads around the streets of L.A. this January 2018.

Movie billboards
Proud Mary movie billboard
First up is this magnificent hair-raising special extension cut-out for Taraji P. Henson's new assassin action movie, Proud Mary (which comes in a variety of colours).
Black Panther movie billboard
Next is one of my, and many people's, most highly anticipated films of the year, the solo Black Panther movie from Marvel Studios.
commuter movie billboard
Meanwhile Liam Neeson was back in action this January in his new thriller, The Commuter, where as you guess the excitement takes place on a train.
First We Take Brooklyn movie billboard
And Harvey Keitel was in the skies of the Sunset Strip for new crime movie, First We Take Brooklyn, about a Russian mob turf war.
Den of Thieves movie billboard
Gerard Butler was starring in heist movie Den of Thieves which saw an elite L.A. police task force take on an infamous bank robbery team.
12 Strong movie billboard
The action kept coming at the start of the year with war movie 12 Strong, starring Chris Hemsworth, and based on Doug Stanton's 2009 non-fiction book Horse Soldiers which takes place in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks.
12 Strong movie billboard
January certainly seems to be the perfect time for patriotic military movies these past few years, with the likes of American Sniper, Lone Survivor and 13 Hours all released around the same time.
1517 to Paris movie billboard
Meanwhile Clint Eastwood also directs The 15:17 to Paris this February, a drama about three real-life American heroes (who star as themselves in the movie) who stopped a terrorist attack on a French train in 2015.
Hostiles movie billboard
And if Westerns are more your cup of tea, then Hostiles starring Rosamund Pike, Christian Bale and Wes Studi was on wide release and in the skies this January.
Annihilation movie billboard
It wasn't only men brandishing weapons around the streets of L.A. this month though, as Natalie Portman and her female cast mates were armed to the teeth for the new sci-fi movie from Alex Garland, Annihilation.
Fifty Shades Freed film billboard
Fans of the Fifty Shades of Grey film franchise could also rejoice this month with the third installment, Fifty Shades Freed, bringing the final climax.
Peter Rabbit movie billboard
On a lighter note, Beatrix Potter's rebellious bunny Peter Rabbit was making an impact with these vibrant outdoor ads for his cinematic debut.
Paddington 2 movie billboard
And Michael Bond's marmalade-loving creation, Paddington Bear, was back for his big screen encore this month in the U.S. 
Polka King movie billboard
Meanwhile streaming giant Netflix had more than a few original movies and documentaries to offer this month, including Jack Black in Ponzi scheme comedy, The Polka King.
Step Sisters movie billboard
In Step Sisters a black sorority girl (Megalyn Echikunwoke) agrees to teach a disgraced white sorority house step dance in order to restore their drunken reputation and secure her place at Harvard.
Futile Stupid Gesture movie billboard
Whilst in A Futile and Stupid Gesture Will Forte plays one of the founders of the National Lampoon comedy empire during its rise and fall in the 1970s and 80s.
Seeing Allred documentary billboard
And in the world of documentaries and this time of powerful initiatives like #metoo and Time's Up, Netflix brings us the new documentary about high-profile women's rights lawyer Gloria Allred.

Awards consideration and cause-related billboards
Consider Get Out film billboard
January the skies are always filled with lots of billboards for industry awards consideration, be it be for the Golden Globes, the SAG Awards or Oscars, like this arresting giant-sized ad creative of Daniel Kaluuya for Jordan Peele's directorial debut, Get Out.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing Missouri FYC billboard
The Oscars may be a bit boring this year as it looks like the stars of Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri may be taking home some of the top honors, as Frances McDormand seems a dead cert for Best Actress at this stage.
The Post awards consideration billboard
Even though it stars Oscar-nominated Meryl Streep and is up for Best Picture, Steven Spielberg's historical and political free press drama The Post has been mainly overlooked this awards season.
All the Money in the World FYC billboard
The same can be said for All the Money in the World, although Kevin Spacey's last-minute replacement, Christopher Plummer, is nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
Mudbound FYC billboard
Meanwhile Netflix's original film and Post World War II racial drama Mudbound is nominated for four Oscars.
One of Us documentary FYC billboard
Netflix was also supporting its documentaries this month, like One Of Us about New York's Hasidic community.
Consider Icarus documentary billboard
That documentary may not have received an Oscar nomination, but Icarus about Russia's Olympic doping scandal did, so congratulations.
Coco movie FYC billboard
In the world of animation, Disney/Pixar's Coco took home the Golden Globe and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Animated Feature.
Times Up movie billboard
Meanwhile whilst some studios were campaigning for accolades, Hollywood's women were uniting to declare Time's Up on sexual harassment and predatory behavior, not only in the entertainment industry, but in all walks of life.
(we) believe (in) women Lifetime billboard
And with a predominantly female audience, Lifetime was supporting women and encouraging others to listen with these cool billboards this January.

Music billboards
60th Grammys Prince billboard
In the world of music it was time for the industry's biggest awards night with the 60th Grammy Awards.
2018 Grammy nominees billboard
Be sure to check out all the Grammy billboards in the skies of L.A. this New Year, featuring the likes of Lady Gaga, Jimi Hendrix, Jay-Z and more.
Nils Frahm All Melody billboard
Germany's Nils Frahm was showing off his new album combining classical and electronic music, All Melody.
Apple Music A-List billboard
Plus Apple Music was bringing some vibrant colour to the rocking Sunset Strip and drawing attention to its music streaming offering.
Kim Petras Rise Spotify billboard
This January music streaming service Spotify continued to fill the skies with billboards, including supporting new talent like Kim Petras.
Camila Spotify billboard
Plus shine a spotlight of hot newcomers like Camila Cabello and her debut solo album after hits like Havana.
Justin Timberlake Man of Woods billboard
And Justin Timberlake was losing the suit and tie, getting super-sized and becoming the Man of the Woods for his new and fifth studio album.

As you can see from this selection, the skies are just as busy as ever. be sure to compare this January with last year's movie and music billboards, and stick around in the coming days for all the new TV billboards making the skyline even more crowded.

Stay tuned...

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