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Posted Thursday 9/20/18 at 4:08PM EDT
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross to compose music for HBO's Watchmen
The Oscar-winning Nine Inch Nails duo have been enlisted to write original music for the DC Comics graphic novel-based series. Reznor and Ross shared an Oscar for their score on the 2010 movie The Social Network.
Posted Tuesday 9/18/18 at 10:47PM EDT
Murphy Brown's season premiere will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin
Franklin’s music was a huge part of the original Murphy Brown, which used "Respect" in the pilot episode.
Posted Thursday 8/30/18 at 1:33AM EDT
Sharp Objects' music supervisor explains the Easter egg in the opening credits
Source: Harper's Bazaar
"If you watch all of the opening title sequences, it’s the same piece of music re-interpreted in a different genre every time, always starting with the record player," says music supervisor Susan Jacobs. "We start off in Episode 1 with an old 1950s melody from Alan’s music, which is a piece called 'Dance and Angela.' In subsequent episodes there’s a solo piano version, a dance version, a hip hop version, but they are all interpretations of the same basic melody."
Posted Thursday 8/23/18 at 10:35PM EDT
Donald Glover had to speak to Stevie Wonder to use a song on Atlanta's "Teddy Perkins" episode
“Donald had to get on the phone with Stevie and we were all very intrigued about what went on on that phone call,” says co-music supervisor Jen Malone of the Stevie Wonder song used over a particularly disturbing scene. “But we ended up getting the song and it was just such a perfect musical moment.”
Posted Wednesday 8/22/18 at 1:56PM EDT
Inaugural Adult Swim Festival to feature the first-ever Rick and Morty "Musical Ricksperience"
Composer Ryan Elder will perform his Rick and Morty music live as part of the first "Musical Ricksperience," featuring special surprise guests. The Adult Swim Festival will take place in downtown Los Angeles from Oct. 5 to 7. ALSO: Watch Adult Swim's Rick And Morty anime makeover.
Posted Tuesday 8/14/18 at 5:01PM EDT
Conan will cut music performances when switching to a 30-minute format in January
Music booker Roey Hershkovitz, who has worked for Conan O'Brien's various talk shows since 1999, will depart as part of the change. But he might work on music-related content that involves Conan's show and Team Coco digital platform.
Posted Monday 8/13/18 at 9:39PM EDT
How Sharp Objects landed four Led Zeppelin songs
Showrunner Jean-Marc Vallée was rejected by the legendary band for the use of one song for his 2011 movie Café de Flore. So when he approached Jimmy Page and Robert Plant for Sharp Objects, "we went for four tracks, and we sold the idea to them that they will be the sound of this series, so of course that was something special and different.... We sent the script and very specific descriptions of how we’re using their music, and the in-scape element coming from Alice. And it worked." Vallée also admits having a backup plan to go with another rock band. ALSO: Vallée and music supervisor Susan Jacobs explain the clues in the soundtrack.
Posted Saturday 8/11/18 at 4:53AM EDT
Patrick Williams, who composed background music for many iconic TV shows, dies at 79
Source: The New York Times
"Anyone who watched television from the 1970s through the early 2000s had a fair chance of encountering Mr. Williams’s work," writes Daniel E. Slotnik. "He wrote music for The Bob Newhart Show, The Streets of San Francisco, The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, The Simpsons and Monk, among others, and for more than 100 television movies. He was nominated for 22 Emmys and won four. His background music for the Mary Tyler Moore Show spinoff Lou Grant won him the Emmy for outstanding music composition for a series; he also wrote the show’s title theme."
Posted Tuesday 8/07/18 at 10:55PM EDT
Plain White T's No. 1 hit song "Hey There Delilah" is set to become a TV series
Source: The Hollywood Reporter
A romantic dramedy about a long-distance relationship based on the 2006 song is in the works, with the band on board. In fact, frontman and songwriter Tom Higgenson will help pitch the potential series to networks.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
HBO's Succession score is one of the show's biggest characters
Source: The Ringer
Nicholas Britell, who is in charge of Succession's score, is “more than just a composer," says executive producer Adam McKay. That's because Brittell was once a very successful currency trader. Thanks to his background, Britell has created a score that is so essential it feels like another lead character. ALSO: The pros and cons of Succession.
Posted Friday 7/13/18 at 11:36PM EDT
The Handmaid's Tale sabotaged itself with its Season 2 finale song choice
The song choice for the Season 2 finale closing credits sequence "is the show’s worst music cue, and ... it sabotages what had been a relentlessly dire season in which unyielding oppression seemed to be a harsh lesson that was also precisely the point," says Kathryn VanArendonk. The song choice was "hilariously unsubtle," she says, adding that the song "attempts to build a new character out of June in the short space of a musical hook, reversing everything we knew about who she is and what she wants." She adds: "The Handmaid’s Tale has a mixed record of music choices. Some of its needle drops feel almost unbearably on the nose, in a way that can come off as either too much or exactly the right amount of painful."
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Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
TV shows need to quit with the solemn musical sequences: "I’m here to watch a show, not listen to your Spotify favorites"
Source: The Concourse
"I cannot watch any TV show anymore without having to sit through a music video no one asked for," says Drew Magary, pointing as his prime example the two solemn extended montages on The Americans series finale. "This is horsesh*t," he says. "I’m here to watch a show, not listen to your Spotify favorites. Television shows have been burning airtime for YEARS now by overstuffing episodes with endless, maudlin sequences set to the Coldplay imitator of your choice," like Snow Patrol. Magary adds: "I say this as someone who enjoys music. Why, sometimes I even enjoy music and television together. But when you allocate a significant portion of your show to a solemn dirge from some coffeehouse gremlin, it starts to feel like a very big crutch. Even worse, it’s wholly unnecessary for a drama like The Americans, which already does such a good job establishing suspense and unease on its own. The music, which is meant to raise the emotional stakes, often ends up taking me out of the story instead."
Posted Thursday 6/07/18 at 12:59AM EDT
From Andy Cohen to Kat Dennings: Here are 31 celebrities you might have forgotten were on Sex and the City
Sarah Michelle Gellar, Will Arnett, Tony Hale, Matthew Morrison and Timothy Olyphant also made cameos on the HBO comedy. ALSO: Looking back at SATC's perfectly corny music.
Posted Thursday 5/31/18 at 1:46PM EDT
Why The Americans' use of a Dire Straits song was perfect for the series finale
The song "Brothers in Arms" is an "elegiac slow burn, of the kind you might expect to close an episode rather than carry its middle section," says Sam Adams. "(Indeed, that’s exactly how it was used in The West Wing’s 'Two Cathedrals,' which found President Jed Bartlet facing storms both literal and metaphorical with a smile on his face.) But The Americans’ home stretch was a tribute to the power, and sometimes the frustration, of taking it slow, letting conflicts simmer like the unresolved organ chords and thundering rumbles that fade in on the soundtrack as Philip, Elizabeth, and Paige face what is left of the rest of their lives. Although it was released at a time when the threat of nuclear war between the U.S. and the Soviet Union—as chronicled in Season 4’s 'The Day After'—still seemed acute, 'Brothers in Arms' is steeped in sorrow instead of anxiety, sung from the perspective of an old soldier who’s come to the end of a war he wishes he’d never had to fight."
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Posted Monday 5/07/18 at 5:09PM EDT
Prestige TV keeps co-opting and repurposing pop music
Source: The Ringer
Westworld and The Handmaid’s Tale are the latest offenders, says Rob Harvilla. "What’s frustrating is that as we’re bombarded with more and more allegedly top-tier shows, they’re forced to bombard us with more and more bygone musical splendor, all clamoring for the right combination of sentimental nostalgia and modern internet-breaking audacity. It’s an arms race we are all bound to lose," he says. "There is simply too much TV dredging up too much of the music we love in a usually vain quest to steal some of that love for itself. The results can be appalling, sometimes intentionally so."