The Get Down Goes Down

“In some ways, Empire is where The Get Down leads to— a corporate culture of rap music. Where The Get Down was about the rise of Rap Music, Empire is the capitalistic result.”

I was hooked. When “Books” Ezekiel Figuero read a poem with his emotionally-charged voice, it was poetry, rap and suddenly, I started to understand something about a culture that had evaded me. With the final episode now aired, we can speak to the merits and trials of this great experiment in television.
It was flawed, to be sure: A lot of storylines, a very weak gay tangent that was never realized, too much production, cartooning and cliches all spun on the head of a needle that could never decide where it wanted to go, but the ride was energetic, thrilling and if you were there, essentially the truth.
The last episode “Only From Exile Can We Come Home” was all the series wrapped into one big conclusion. but with such a delightful silliness ( imagine MX Justin Vivian Bond meets Jobriath tryout meets pop impresario, Robert Stigwood, at the Chelsea Hotel, of course!) that the show should conclude with one over-the-top last community rap, potential demise of our beloved little gay character, the bad guys turning good, it was all simply as Bette Davis once said: too much.
And it will be missed.
There are odd parallels to the other TV series, Empire, which in its third season has managed to stay afloat despite its deflated and contrived storylines — and a cast that feels exhausted. In some ways, Empire is where The Get Down leads to— a corporate culture of rap music. Where The Get Down was about the rise of Rap Music, Empire is the capitalistic result.
Empire lives while the Get Down, the most expensive Netflix series, $120 million to produce, goes to the place where great TV shows fade away.

PaleyFest Presents: SCANDAL – Celebrating Episode 100!

PaleyFest Presents: SCANDAL – Celebrating Episode 100!

In celebration of SCANDAL’s 100th episode, SoCal Magazine would like to highlight our coverage of this phenomenal series from last month’s PaleyFest Los Angeles.  The entire cast of Shonda Rhimes’ hit show was in attendance and they all shared very unique stories from the set of Scandal along with their bonds off-screen and insight into what to expect from episode 100.

Bellamy Young and Kerry Washington both created emotional moments at Paley Fest when they spoke of the friendship that the cast mates have all built with one another.

 

“The 100th episode is insane, and you can think of it as the ‘What if…’ episode.  It’s an altered reality if things hadn’t gone they way they went.  It informs in a really unique way your understanding of all our characters.”  – Tony Goldwyn

Kerry Washington and Tony Goldwyn shared one of their most memorable moments on Scandal was when they touched the Constitution the same night that Obama was re-elected into office.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCANDAL airs Thursdays at 9|8c on ABC.  Check out the gallery below.

Kerry Washington, “Olivia Pope”; Tony Goldwyn, “President Fitzgerald ‘Fitz’ Grant”; Scott Foley, “Jake Ballard”; Guillermo Diaz, “Huck”; Darby Stanchfield, “Abby Whelan”; Bellamy Young, “Mellie Grant”; Katie Lowes, “Quinn Perkins”; Joshua Malina, “David Rosen”;  Jeff Perry, “Cyrus Beene”; Cornelius Smith Jr., “Marcus Walker”; Joe Morton, “Rowan Pope”; and George Newborn, “Charlie” celebrated 100 episodes of the hit ABC series.  Good Morning America’s Jesse Palmer moderated the panel.

PaleyFest Presents:  Bob’s Burgers

PaleyFest Presents: Bob’s Burgers

Cast and Creators of Fox’s Hit Animated Series, Bob’s Burgers, Share Upcoming Exclusives for Fans at PaleyFest L.A.

The Belcher family for Season Six of Emmy Award-winning Bob’s Burgers airing Sundays on FOX. © 2017 TCFFC All Rights Reserved.

The second weekend of PaleyFest L.A. saw fans of the hit animated series, Bob’s Burgers, gather at The Dolby Theater in Hollywood to see exclusive clips and never before seen footage of upcoming episodes along with a live Q&A and table read with the cast and creators of the show.

There was no shortage of laughter in the theater that evening as most fans of Bob’s would come to expect from the comedic personalities that the fans have come to love.

Moderating the panel that evening was Bob’s Burgers creator, Loren Bouchard, who went on to explain that what makes the show so unique and captivating is that the core of the Belcher Family is optimism.  The cast collectively agreed that optimism is certainly an underlying theme between the Belchers as that’s what ultimately glues the family together no matter what obstacles are thrown at them.  “In terms of the show itself, a companion to optimism is acceptance and inclusiveness.  This show is supportive of anyone and everyone and so non-judgmental and that’s in large part because of you (the fans).” – Executive Producer, Jim Dauterive.

Fans were treated to a sneak peek of the upcoming Easter episode that sees Bob and Linda get competitive over who hides their Easter eggs better.  Things take a turn when the couple accidentally gets very drunk on a mysterious bottle of cheap wine.  Loren also revealed the news that Bob’s Burgers will finally release a complete soundtrack album this year with the most memorable musical numbers that were written and produced for the show.  The official release for the Bob’s Burgers musical album is May 12th, 2017.  Fans also learned that a new character will be introduced before this season is over.  The biggest reveal was right after the live table read when Loren confirmed that the first episode of the next season will be completely drawn by the fans.  Bob’s Burgers has begun promoting a contest through their social media to get fans excited to submit work and be selected to create a full episode.

Make sure to tune in to Bob’s Burgers Sunday nights on FOX.

   

                    

PaleyFest LA 2017 honoring Bob’s Burgers, presented by The Paley Center for Media, at the DOLBY THEATRE on March 24, 2017 in Hollywood, California. © Imeh Bryant for the Paley Center

Panelists included:  Jon Benjamin, “Bob Belcher”; John Roberts, “Linda Belcher”; Kristen Schaal, “Louise Belcher”; Eugene Mirman, “Gene Belcher”; Dan Mintz, “Tina Belcher”; Larry Murphy, “Uncle Teddy”; Loren Bouchard, Creator, Executive Producer, Writer; Jim Dauterive,Executive Producer; Paul F. Tompkins, Special Guest; John Early, Special Guest; Brian Gattas, Special Guest; Lindsey Stoddart, Special Guest; and Jennifer Smedley, Special Guest

The Paley Center for Media Presents the 34th Annual Paleyfest Los Angeles

The Paley Center for Media Presents the 34th Annual Paleyfest Los Angeles

This weekend kicks off The Paley Center for Media’s 34th Annual Paleyfest in Los Angeles, and this year’s lineup of talent sees some of the most prominent television stars come together to meet fans and media alike.  Paleyfest Los Angeles is “Hollywood’s ultimate TV fan festival” and will be taking place March 17-26, at the DOLBY THEATRE in Hollywood.  PaleyFest LA 2017 will celebrate television’s most acclaimed series and grant fans access to special screenings, exclusive conversations, and behind-the-scenes scoops and breaking news from the stars and creative minds behind their favorite shows.

“We’re thrilled with the stellar lineup of talent participating in this year’s PaleyFest,” said Maureen J. Reidy, the Paley Center’s President & CEO. “Each year PaleyFest gives fans the rare opportunity to interact with the stars of their favorite shows and this year’s lineup features not only stars from perennial favorites but from the some of this year’s hottest new shows as well.”

The Paley Center for Media’s PaleyFest, with annual festivals in both Los Angeles and New York City, has become a destination event for the worldwide community of television fans. The Festival benefits the Paley Center’s preservation and archival digitization efforts, and its ongoing mission to explore the significant impact of media on our culture and society. The Paley Center is home the to nation’s foremost publicly accessible archives of television and radio content, over 160,000 programs spanning the history of media including the recently launched African-American, Hispanic, and LGBT collections.

As official media sponsor of PaleyFest, Hulu will be the exclusive streaming home to a selection of clips and the full-length discussions from the festival. Subscribers can view footage from the event by visiting hulu.com/paleyfest.

Citi returns as the official card of PaleyFest, offering its card members special pre-sale access to tickets. To purchase tickets, please visit paleyfest.org or download the Paley App at paley.me/app.

*Panelists to appear schedule permitting. All events and panelists are subject to change. Please visit paleyfest.org for updates.

Wrecked

wrecked TBS

The Shipley brothers’ ship has come in! Actually their ship was more like a plane, and it didn’t come in, it crash-landed with a mighty explosion on a beach in Puerto Rico. Meet brothers, Justin and Jordan Shipley, the writers and executive producers behind the new TBS TV series “Wrecked”.

Premiering on June 14th 2016 at 10pm, Wrecked is a comedy show that TBS describes as “a bunch of nobodies who get stranded on a desert island after their plane goes down and all hell breaks loose.”

Shipley Brothers

Jordan and Justin Shipley

Hailing from Kansas, the Shipley brothers are polite, articulate, witty, and have a sweetness to them that is wholly endearing. Maybe it’s because they’re still unspoiled by Tinsel Town, this being their first show.

Jordan is the younger and more reserved brother, and confesses that he has been struggling to overcome his shyness. Working on the show has forced Jordan to step outside of his comfort zone. At first during big meetings, Jordan would whisper his ideas to Justin, who would then voice the ideas to the group. As the mouthpiece for the two, Justin, of course, got all the credit for the ideas. But, Justin is quick to add, he also had to take the fall for a few clunkers. Working on Wrecked has further taught the brothers to make rapid decisions. As Justin says: “We weren’t very decisive beforehand, but on set you have to make a million decisions. Now we settle things promptly.”

During the interview it comes to light that Justin and Jordan didn’t write Wrecked with the aim to sell it – they merely needed a writing sample to hopefully get them in the door to write for other TV shows. Their manager, Jesse Hara, suggested that they write something unproducible; something big and crazy. And along came Wrecked.

SoCal magazine sat done with the Shipley brothers for an interview:

Did you always know you wanted to write?wrecked TBS

Justin: Yes, I did. I knew I wanted to write comedy for TV and film.

Jordan: (laughs) I still don’t know if I want to write. I did a degree in journalism, but I always knew I wanted to do something under the umbrella of comedy.

When did you two first write together – and what did you write?

Justin: I convinced Jordan to come and write with me.

Jordan: And Wrecked is the first thing we’ve written together.

(The brothers agree that having a writing partner is better because you have someone to bounce things off, and writing becomes active instead of being passive. Plus, there is someone to get angry at other than yourself.)

What has been the best experience while shooting Wrecked?

Jordan: Seeing our vision come to life… watching the plane crash on the beach, and things exploding- it was completely surreal.

Justin: Yes! Our manager had told us “don’t worry about production details or budget, just write”. We never thought our crazy ideas would actually be made, and even once we had the green light, we thought we’d have to tome down the action. But TBS was really supportive of the script. They let us crash a plane, light someone on fire, and crush a man.

What has been the worst experience?

Justin: The lack of sleep. During production, you work 7 days a week, 15 hours a day.

Jordan: And it was stressful. Being first time creators, we didn’t know anything. We were basically learning how to write a TV show while writing a TV show.

What was the most unexpected thing?

Jordan: How much the story changes through each phase, from script to production to post to finish. You think it’s done but then you rewrite in 3 different ways.

Justin: Also, we wrote a lot of animals into Season 1. For example, one of the stranded passengers befriends a little boar, and although the tiny pig was cute as anything, we didn’t realize what a headache that would be. Future seasons will have way fewer animals in. (They both laugh)

Which TV shows do you guys like to watch?

Justin & Jordan: Game of Thrones, Veep, Happy Valley, Catastrophe, Peep Show and Silicone Valley.

Is there a show/scene that you wish you had written?

Justin: There’s a scene in the 2010 film, MacGruber, where a van explodes (both brothers start laughing immediately). That scene is comedic gold. Also, South Park, Tropic Thunder and Team America.

Jordan: Or anything by writer/director Edgar Wright – Shaun of the Dead; Hot Fuzz.

Do you guys argue?

Jordan: Yes – a resounding yes! (Again, they both laugh immediately)

What have you found is the best method for writing together?

Justin: We have to be in the same room but with enough separation – so a big room. Jordan: We write every line together. We write on Google docs so we can see each other’s work instantly.

Do you call each other at odd times of the night with “ah-ha moments”?

Justin: We text each other all the time with thoughts and ideas. Like I’ll text Jordan at night; “Hey! I’ve cracked it, you can relax” – but in the morning it’s more like: “Uh…never mind”.

How has writing Wrecked changed your lives?

Justin: Our income improved, but for me it’s more about the validation. That’s huge – that we are good enough to be doing this.

Jordan: Before Wrecked I was working at Trader Joe’s and barely able to pay my rent. I was borrowing money from Justin every month. He had a better paying job than me.

Justin: We are very aware how fortunate and lucky we are. We know that it’s fairly unique to sell your first writings right off the bat.

Jordan: Yes, we may not have paid our dues – (he laughs) – but I paid Justin.

What does the future hold for the Shipley Brothers?

Justin: We’ve signed a first look deal with TBS, meaning any TV show we develop in the next 2 years, TBS has the option to make it.

Jordan: And hopefully there will be a Season 2 of Wrecked

 

 

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