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February 12, 2016

by Rob Sperry-Fromm

photo: Dr. Dre at Coachella in 2012 (more by David Andrako)

Coming on the heels of the producing the very successful Straight Outta ComptonDr. Dre is producing and starring in a new semi-autobiographical TV series. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the new show is called Vital Signs, has already starting shooting, and also holds the distinction of being the first original show ever produced by Apple (Apple and Dre, you might remember, have a longstanding relationship), and will probably be distributed via Apple Music.

The show, which is currently set for six episodes, has an interesting purported structure; each episode will be about a different emotion and how Dre deals with said emotion. It also apparently involves a large orgy scene in the first episode, which, as we know from True Detective, is very important if you want to make a show sufficiently dark. Vital Signs also involves Sam Rockwell, which is good news.

Check out a video of Dr. Dre and Tyrese celebrating the fact that they just sold Beats to Apple for $3 billion below.

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by Bill Pearis

'Roadies' cast

Cameron Crowe is delving into TV, co-creating the new series Roadies for Showtime. It's a world he knows well, having spent a lot of time on the road with rock bands as a teenaged reporter for Rolling Stone, experiences he later turned into his 2000 autobiographical film Almost Famous. This new series, co-created by Winnie Holzman (My So-Called Life, Wicked), is set in the present day and will follow the exploits of the crew behind fictional group Staton-House Band. Here's the official synopsis:

Roadies gives an insider's look at the reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives of a committed group of "roadies" who live for music and the de facto family they've formed along the way. The music-infused ensemble comedy series chronicles the rock world through the eyes of music's unsung heroes and puts the spotlight on the backstage workers who put the show on the road while touring the United States for a successful arena-level band.
Luke Wilson, Carla Gugino Imogen Poots, Keisha Castle-Hughes, and Luis Guzman are amongst the show's cast. Cameron Crowe has been in a creative/ commercial funk since Almost Famous with a string of duds (Elizabethtown, We Bought a Zoo, Aloha) but him returning to a place near and dear to his heart, not to mention working with the creator of My So-Called Life, sounds promising. J.J. Abrams is producing.

Roadies doesn't premiere until June 26 but you can watch a trailer for the series below.

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February 11, 2016

by Bill Pearis

Grant-Lee Phillips

News of casting for Netflix's Gilmore Girls revival have been flying as the show's dialogue ever since the official announcement came two weeks ago. Most pertinent to this blog is Grant-Lee Phillips will return as the town troubadour (who was last seen leaving Stars Hollow to tour with Neil Young at the end of Season 6). He talked with Salon about the show's impact:

When I first started appearing on that show, I couldn't really get a sense of how it would impact my notoriety, my profile. But what I have experienced is there's a younger crowd especially--and this exists all over the world where I tour--they have discovered me through the "Gilmore Girls." They show up to my gig in Hamburg with their "Gilmore" DVDs. I think it's quite amazing. I don't know how else they would have discovered me otherwise, because this particular generation would've been too young to have seen the videos on MTV or heard the band on the radio. I mean, they might hear me on the radio now, but I feel like my career kind of exists despite the state of radio. It's not really what it's all about for me, these days. I'm very grateful for "Gilmore Girls," and the fact it's turned on a whole new generation to my stuff.
Watch a compilation of Grant-Lee Phillips' appearances on Gilmore Girls, below.

Meanwhile, Phillips, who just played NYC last weekend, has a new album, The Narrows, which will be out March 18 via Yep-Roc. Recorded at Dan Auerbach's Easy Eye Studio in Nashville, this is the first album Phillips has made since moving from his native Los Angeles to Music City in 2013. Check out "Cry Cry" from the album, and peruse a list of his tour dates, below.

The other major music player on Gilmore Girls was Sebastian Bach who played Gil, a member of local band Hep Alien, for the show's last four seasons. There's been no word on whether he'll return, but when asked on Twitter he replied "You're right. It would just be #moreGirls without Gil." We shall see.

Meanwhile, just about every character is set to return, including all three of Rory's major love interests (Jared "Dean" Padalecki, Milo "Jess" Ventimiglia, and Matt "Logan" Czurchy), Paris (Liz Wiel), Doyle (Danny Strong), Rory's dad Christopher (David Suttcliffe), and Dragonfly Inn concierge Michel (Yanic Truesdale). The biggest question-mark remains Melissa McCarthy, who played chef Sookie, and whose career has blown up considerably since Gilmore Girls went off the air. It's also been announced that Sutton Foster, who starred on Gilmore Girls' creator Amy Sherman-Palladino's very Gilmore-esque Bunheads (and is now the star of Younger), will be on the new Gilmore Girls as well.

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by Bill Pearis

Bobby Canavale and other 'Vinyl' cast

HBO's ambitious new series Vinyl debuts on Sunday (2/14) with a two-hour premiere directed by series co-creator Martin Scorsese. As mentioned, the first of a few Vinyl soundtracks will be out on Friday (2/13) and it features the show's theme song by Sturgill Simpson. "Sugar Daddy" is a bluesy, Zeppelin-type rocker which fits in well with the show's 1973 NYC music biz setting. You can stream it below.

As for the show itself, it's been getting mostly good reviews. New York Magazine's Matt Zoller Seitz loved the pilot:

Beyond its bleak humor and aspirations to cultural commentary, the best thing about the Vinyl pilot is its sprightly "Let's try anything" attitude. It harks back to that period in the '80s when Scorsese was directing medium-budget features that were handsomely produced and had peerless casts but didn't feel entombed by Importance. At Vinyl's best, it feels not like a movie about 1973 but a film from 1973. Scorsese has stripped off the tuxedo and is directing in a dirty undershirt and jeans again, and it's glorious.
Hitfix's Alan Sepinwall was less impressed:
Vinyl feels less like the next step in TV drama's evolution than a greatest hits collection. Richie Finestra wants to expose something new to the world when the show he's at the center of -- particularly in its nearly two-hour pilot episode -- is more of a dinosaur rock album. It's capable of great moments -- even on 1973's middling Stones release Goats Head Soup, Jagger and his mates were able to lay down a track like "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" -- but through its first five episodes, it's playing variations on tunes you already know by heart.
Watch the most recent Vinyl trailer and a couple making-of videos (including one with co-creator Mick Jagger) below...

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February 10, 2016

by Bill Pearis

Beat Bugs

Netflix has just announced they'll be producing children's series Beat Bugs which will feature 50+ Beatles songs covered by contemporary artists. The show, created by Australian Josh Wakely, focuses on the backyard adventures of five cute insects. Each 11-minute episode will tie in with the Beatles song that's used in the episode. Artists doing covers include The Shins ("The Word"), Chris Cornell ("Drive My Car"), Regina Spektor ("And Your Bird Can Sing"), Of Monsters and Men ("Eleanor Rigby"), Sia ("Blackbird") and more. You can hear Eddie Vedder's straightforward take on "Magical Mystery Tour" in the show's teaser trailer, below.

This is not the first time The Beatles have been involved in a kids cartoon series -- they had their own crudely animated series at the height of '60s Beatlemania. Beat Bugs is set to premiere in August on Netflix.

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by Bill Pearis

Broad City

Broad City has just released the first good look at the upcoming new season, which debuts February 17 on Comedy Central. The Season 3 trailer doesn't feature guest star Hilary Clinton, but I did spot Cynthia Nixon and Tony Danza, not to mention regular players Chris Gethard and Hannibal Buress. As you may have heard, Comedy Central has already renewed Broad City for two more seasons. Watch the S3 trailer, and their Roots Picnic announcement video, below.

As we briefly mentioned in January, Fusion has renewed The Chris Gethard Show for a 10-episode second season. For season two the shows will now be an hour long, too. Season 2 of TCGS will begin in March and you can watch a video of Chris announcing it below.

Chris just did one of his "Career Suicide" shows on Tuesday night (2/9) at UCB Chelsea and he's going to take them on the road for a couple shows in March: Philadelphia on March 11 at Philly MOCA with Tim Dillon, and then New Brunswick, NJ's In the West on March 12 with Mikey Erg.

You can also hear Chris talk about his extremely shortlived 2010 Comedy Central sitcom Big Lake on this week's edition of the Hollywood Handbook podcast, below.

Hannibal, meanwhile, has a new Netflix comedy special

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February 3, 2016

Hannibal Buress Comedy Camisado

Hannibal Buress' new Netflix comedy special, "Comedy Camisado," debuts on Friday (2/5), but people in NYC can see it early when he'll host a free screening at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Thursday (2/4). That's also Hannibal's birthday. Here's more, straight from Hannibal:

Hey it's Hannibal, I'm doing a special screening of my new Netflix special "Comedy Camisado." If you can't come to this event, it'll be streaming on Netflix February 5th. I also turn the weird age of 33. They're will be some music by DJ Yamez following the screening. We might have a special musical guest. There will be no hors d'oeuvres. It's not that type of party. Yes I had to google how to spell hors d'oeuvres.
Doors at 7 PM and things start at 8 PM. It's 18+. Who do you think the special musical guest could be?

It's a busy month for Hannibal, with Season 3 of Broad City debuting in a couple weeks, he's got a new Spotify show (just like us), and you may have heard him talking with Joey Bada$$ on Pitchfork Radio yesterday live from Men's Fashion Week.

If you need more Hannibal Buress to watch, he made a pilot for Comedy Central titled Unemployable that didn't get picked up. He's shared the whole thing though -- watch it, along with a trailer for "Comedy Camisado," below.

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February 2, 2016

UPDATE: The Flaming Lips and Florence + the Machine too

Kurt Vile

As Kurt Vile just revealed on his Instagram, he was an answer on the Jeopardy! College Championship tonight. (Seriously.) Apparently, none of them got it right:

UPDATE: The Flaming Lips were too. It said: "In 2015 Miley Cyrus toured with these indie darlings who sound like their mouths are on fire." See Wayne Coyne's Instagram of it below. Florence + the Machine were too (but we haven't seen the question yet).

It wouldn't be the first time indie rock was on Jeopardy!.

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(photo via Lady Gaga's Facebook)
David Bowie Lady Gaga

The 2016 Grammy Awards are almost upon us and if you were wondering whether there would be a tribute to the late David Bowie, there will, and it's being performed by... Lady Gaga. Nile Rodgers, who produced Bowie's 1983 album Let's Dance, will be musical director of the "experiential" piece. From the press release:

Affording audiences a chance to experience Bowie's music once again, the tribute will be a multisensory testament to the icon's incredible artistry and a reflection of his limitless creativity.
Maybe the audience at the awards will get to experience senses beyond sound and vision. Taste? Smell? Lady Gaga was already scheduled to perform at the Grammys but the direction of what she was doing changed with the news of Bowie's death. Adds Grammys executive producer Ken Ehrlich:
We immediately spoke and agreed that she should be the one to honor David. She's perfect for it. So I reached out to Nile and, before long, we were on our way to creating what we believe will not only make a great GRAMMY Moment, but one befitting of David.
Also performing at the Grammys: Kendrick Lamar, the Weeknd, Adele, Ellie Goulding, Lionel Richie, and more. The 2016 Grammy Awards will air live on Monday, February 15 at 8 PM EST on CBS.

January 31, 2016

photo: Sleater Kinney @ Austin City Limits (more by Tim Griffin)

The Sleater-Kinney episode of Austin City Limits, which taped back in April 2015, finally aired last night (1/30) on PBS. You can watch the program, featuring seven songs (edited down from the 22 they actually played), below...

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