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Staying “Forever Young” Parenthood on CD!

“PARENTHOOD” SOUNDTRACK ROCKS THE FALL

ARRIVAL RECORDS/SCION MUSIC GROUP TO RELEASE THE SOUNDTRACK TO NBC’S TOP RATED TELEVISION SHOW “PARENTHOOD”

Forever Young! Oh, how I want to be forever young with Parenthood, NBC’s wonderful Tuesday night drama and today we get to savory the music it features.

The Soundtrack for the show is now available with songs like the perfect theme, Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young,” the smooth Corrine Bailey Rae and more. In terms of TV soundtracks this one is right up my alley, with calming and folky tunes to keep me interested for hours, go out and get this, everywhere.

Set for Aug 31, 2010 Digital Release and In Stores Oct. 5, 2010

Soundtrack Features Top Artists Bob Dylan, Wilco, Brett Dennen, The Avett Brothers, Corrine Bailey Rae, John Doe & Lucy Schwartz, Ray LaMontagne, among others

New Season Premiers on NBC Sept. 14

August 2010 – Bob Dylan, Wilco, Brett Dennen and others are featured on the soundtrack of the fall – “Parenthood” – set to rock into online retailers on Aug. 31 (to coincide with season one’s DVD release on Universal Studios Home Entertainment) and in stores on Oct. 5 by Arrival Records/Scion Music Group (distributed by Fontana Distribution a subsidiary of Universal Music Group).

The album features 12 tracks all of which are featured or will be featured on the show, including the much talked about theme song – Bob Dylan’s “Forever Young. ”  The physical CD also includes an exclusive version of that song sung by the iconic John Doe and rising star Lucy Schwartz as well as Schwartz’s “When We Were Young,” which is the international theme song for the show.

The talented artists who contributed to the soundtrack include: Bob Dylan, Brett Dennen, Amos Lee, The Avett Brothers, Corrine Bailey Rae, The Eels, Josh Ritter, Lucy Schwartz, The Swell Season, Wilco, Ray LaMontagne and John Doe & Lucy Schwartz.  Liza Richardson is the show’s music supervisor and soundtrack co-producer and music supervisor for the series along with Jonathan Platt, Jonathan Miller and Jonathan McHugh.  The soundtrack is licensed through NBC Universal television, DVD, music and consumer products group.

Commenting on the album, Liza Richardson says: “Working on “Parenthood” is a music supervisor’s dream. I’m working with extremely creative pros.  These are people who love music and understand how to put the right song in the right scene and effectively help tell a story.  The editors, the writers, the execs all make a huge contribution to the way the show sounds.”

Adds Jason Katims: “I am tremendously proud of the caliber of artists who’ve lent their voices to “Parenthood,” and to this amazing soundtrack.”

Season two of “Parenthood” will premier on NBC on Tues., Sept. 14. The show, which was number one in its time slot last season, is produced by Oscar-winning producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (“A Beautiful Mind,” “Frost”/”Nixon”) and show runner Jason Katims (“Friday Night Lights”). A comedic yet heartfelt and thought-provoking series, “Parenthood” follows four grown siblings of the far-from-perfect Braverman clan as they try to balance kids and careers, dreams and commitments and romance…or a total lack thereof.

For more information please visit www.parenthoodtvsoundtrack.com

The Parenthood soundtrack track list is as follows:

1.      Forever Young – Bob Dylan
2.      Darlin’ Do Not Fear – Brett Dennen
3.      Colors – Amos Lee
4.      Kick Drum Heart – The Avett Brothers
5.      Put Your Records On – Corrine Bailey Rae
6.      In My Dreams – Eels
7.      Change of Time – Josh Ritter
8.      When We Were Young – Lucy Schwartz
9.      In These Arms – The Swell Season
10.     Solitaire – Wilco
11.     Let It Be Me – Ray LaMontagne
12.     Forever Young – John Doe & Lucy Schwartz

Fall TV 2010: Law and Order invades LA with the Stars

Those iconic noises are moving coasts, the Law & Order franchise lost its mothership this year but NBC was not without an addition. Law and Order: Los Angeles joins the franchise tonight at 10/9c (we call it LOLA for short), and it welcomes some big names.

LOLA will be more L&O than SVU or CI, using the structure of half-cop, half-prosecuter story in California’s most famous locale. Skeet Ulrich and Corey Stoll are the two cops, who along with their captain (new addition Rachel Ticotin, who is first seen in episode three) fight the bad guys, which cases will be taken from the headlines.

On the other side, we have many characters. Each week, we will trade-off prosecuting teams with one led by Alfred Molina and Regina Hall while the other led by Terrance Howard, who moves TV and Megan Boone. One of my favorites, Peter Coyote will recur as the DA of LA County.

Nobody has seen the pilot as it went into production late and has led to some re-shoots but with the star-power I hope we can get some gritty and compelling stories. Check out a behind-the-scenes preview below…

Fall TV 2010: NBC Week 2 Preview

The Event

NBC had a mix bag last week in terms of success stories and I am going to break it down night by night and tell you what looks good coming up.

MONDAY

Chuck was fun, and as always it never makes a ratings impact on Monday nights, the good news is that is sustained last years numbers and creatively, it is still finding ways to change-up the formal (Beckman rocks!). This week, the Old Spice guy is new the Greta, and we see Sarah kick some ass.

The Event was NBC’s big winner last week gaining great demo numbers and over 12 million viewers. Plus with the encore airings, even more eyes saw the plane disappear but I can tell you that is not “The Event.” The next two episodes which I have seen, including tonight’s, are chock full of answers, from who is Sophia, where is the plane, what happened, and where do our characters ly. I must admit, I had my extreme hesitations but this one is one to watch because both the next two hours, are VERY strong. Chase, with guest star Robert Knepper (Prison Break), continues to fit the baddies, and in the ratings did very respectable, nothing to talk about, but if it keeps it up, NBC will have a solid hour.

TUESDAY

The Biggest Loser is the stablest of shows on NBC’s slate but Parenthood, is showing varying signs. First the bad news, the ratings are anything but stellar, but the demos are constant and continue to perform well in the crowed timeslot, but the real test will be against CBS’s The Good Wife this week. Speaking of this week, the episode is a great showcase for Lauren Graham’s Sarah who has great banter with Billy Baldwin.

WEDNESDAY

I am not going to go to in-depth with Wednesday as look for a feature this week, but Undercovers under-delivered, and SVU continues to get those emotions rocking. How great were Henry Ian Cusiak and Joan Cusack?! This week, Jennifer Love Hewitt guests in a case that also brings Detective Benson to LA, to lead off the premiere of Law and Order: LA. Check back later for more.

THURSDAY

Community, Community, let’s make it happen people. The NBC comedies came in stronger than ever, creatively that is, but in the ratings, this night is no longer must-see TV for a lot of America. 30 Rock did good in its new earlier time-slot, but how funny was that premiere, hilarious, and Community kept its season 1 numbers which I guess is good. The Office delivered a fun episode but is not what is use to be, and America what is wrong with you? Why are you watching Outsourced? Stop, NOW.

FRIDAY

Wasteland! Outlaw did not even make a dent in its regular slot against CBS with the premiere of Blue Bloods, but coming on the 15th the new feel-good reality School Pride, that I am certainly excited for.

Fall TV 2010: Thursday Night Battles, Comedies, and Fringe

Thursdays = the biggest night for my DVR and the most night shows get pushed to Hulu and OnDemand. Here are some returning highlights for Thursday premiere night.

The Big Bang Theory – 8/7c on CBS

Thursday nights are here to stay for The Big Bang Theory, now the second most popular comedy on TV, it will no doubt find a large audience and create a brand new comedy night for CBS. The premiere of the geek ensemble is one of the strongest episodes since season one. The half-hour finds Sheldon going on a date with his new friend Amy (Mayim Bialik) but we all know he can’t drive so Penny has to stay for the long haul. Also, Wolowitz (Simon Helberg) gets a big episode when he is stuck in an awkward situation with a robot.

Community – 8/7c on NBC

Unfortunately, the Big Bang Theory‘s growing success is going to hurt NBC’s stellar sophomore comedy Community. With already low ratings, a big comedy powerhouse can’t help but we can only hope new viewers will see the Joel Mchale-led ensemble. The premiere also brings out the big guns, and yes I mean, Betty White. She plays a new professor at Glendale that really gets the gang going. I  really hope you tune in and DVR Big Bang, because we need to give this show all the eyes it can get.

Fringe – 9/8c on FOX

I. Love. Fringe. It never has been the must-see TV on Thursday, it should be but it is now. After seeing both of this season’s premiere, yes there is too, it showed it can be a new force in science fiction, and delivered two of the best hours of the series. The first premiere takes place “Over There,” where our original Olivia Dunham was stuck in the season finale, played by Emmy-contender Anna Torv, she is stuck and Waternate (John Noble) has no interested in helping her out. The premiere showcases Torv’s versatility, especially when you see her alternate version next week in an equal strong episode. This one you should be watching, stat.

Outsourced – 9:30/8:30c on NBC

New show, comedy, set in India, could not be that bad right in NBC’s workplace comedy block? Well, you would be very, very wrong, in my book Outsourced takes the cake by a landslide for this season’s worst new show. It is offense, un-fanny, and childish, it takes Indian stereotypes to an unnecessary extreme that should not even be on TV. Do yourself a favor, and tune way out. Sorry but lets bring back Parks and Recreation!

Fall TV 2010: My Review of NBC’s Undercovers

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, JJ Abrams is known for his amazing pilots, but for one his newest entry is getting no attention, should it be…

What NBC Says:

Acclaimed writer/producer/director J.J. Abrams (“Star Trek,” “Fringe,” “Lost,” “Alias”) serves as co-writer, executive producer – and also directs – his first direction of a TV series pilot since “Lost” in “Undercovers” with executive producer/writer Josh Reims (“Brothers and Sisters”). “Undercovers” is a sexy, fun, action-packed spy drama that proves once and for all that marriage is still the world’s most dangerous partnership. Outwardly, Steven Bloom (Boris Kodjoe, “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Family Reunion,” “Soul Food,” “Resident Evil: Afterlife”) and his wife, Samantha (Gugu Mbatha-Raw, “Doctor Who,” “Bonekickers”), are a typical married couple who own a small catering company in Los Angeles and are helped by Samantha’s easily frazzled younger sister, Lizzy (Mekia Cox). Secretly, the duo were two of the CIA’s best spies until they fell in love on the job five years ago and retired. When fellow spy and friend Nash (Carter MacIntyre, “American Heiress”) goes missing while on thetrail of a Russian arms dealer, the Blooms are reinstated by boss Carlton Shaw (Gerald McRaney, “Deadwood”) to locate and rescue Nash. The pair is thrust back into the world of espionage as they follow leads that span the globe — and Steven and Samantha realize that this supercharged, undercover lifestyle provides the excitement and romance that their marriage has been missing. Also starring is Ben Schwartz (NBC’s “Parks and Recreation”).

Tune In: When you think J.J Abrams, what comes to mind? Is it Alias, is it Lost, is it Fringe, is it his movies, or is it his amazing first episode creations? Well, Undercovers is going under that Abrams banner. Along with Josh Reims, he has created almost Mr and Mrs Smith after the movie. Undercovers is a undeniably solid pilot, it contains action, romance, the usual spy side job and sidekick, and I love all that stuff but Undercovers is not what I expected.

When I think of spy and Abrams, I think slight mythology, dark action, and piercing romance, however, Undercovers gives us lighter fare, more of a Chuck model of spy-work that is commendable but also unexpected. The one obvious downside to the hour is the way they handle the two gorgeous leads played by Boris Kodjoe and Gugu Mbatha-Raw, who have instant chemistry, is their home life. I hope in later episodes the catering company and her sister can grow into something more than filler.

Watch, Record, Skip: I don’t really know what I was expecting, but this Undercovers is not what I expected. It is to be determined whether that is good or bad, but the pilot is fun spy-action, and lets just hope it grows into something, worth staying with. Undercovers goes on a mission Wednesday at 8/7c on NBC.


Fall TV 2010: My Review of NBC’s The Apprentice

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, after years of Joan Rivers, Piers Morgan and more, we get back to real people in tough times…

What NBC Says:

NBC, Donald Trump and Mark Burnett offer 16 economically challenged candidates the opportunity to compete for the ultimate second chance at reviving their careers when the boardroom reopens for a 2-hour premiere on Thursday, September 16 (9-11 p.m. ET). This group of uniquely talented and fiercely competitive candidates will compete over 13 weeks to become “The Apprentice.” Each of these 16 candidates is deserving of a fresh start and will have to battle it out with each other as they fight to prove they have the guts and determination to confront the toughness of each challenge and survive Donald Trump’s final judgment. Among the candidates – all of whom have been adversely affected by the economic downturn – include the unemployed, struggling business owners and recent college graduates.

Tune In: The Apprentice is back, and without the trashiness of all those C-List celebs. That is a welcome change, on my part, because I did not need more two hours a week but this cycle seems to not be what I was looking for either.

Tune Out: After seeing the premiere, nothing sparked and the message of the “recession” really was driven home a little too much. I also wish they had taken some initiative of changing the format some. Do we really need more men vs. woman teams, have Ivanka go with the woman, or change-up the type of challenges. The first episode features the teams developing office space, please, something more original.

Watch, Record, Skip: This cycle is nothing to get excited about but if you have liked past originals, you might want to DVR the two-hour premiere tonight at 9/8c (the series will air at 10/9c on Thursday at NBC after that), but if you are not, no need a tuning in.

Fall TV 2010: My Review of NBC’s Outlaw

With the new fall season starting, new TV is bring us the good, the bad, and the mediocre, but how do you sort out the good and the bad? Here is what to watch this fall, so you can see the best new friendships, new loves, new action, and new heart. Now, I wish this show was about the Santos Administration, but is Jimmy Smits return to NBC a good thing…..

What NBC Says:

Starring Emmy Award winner Jimmy Smits (“NYPD Blue,” “The West Wing”), “Outlaw” is a new drama from executive producer John Eisendrath (“Alias,” “Felicity,” “Playmakers”). Cyrus Garza (Smits) is a U.S. Supreme Court justice who abruptly quits the high-level position. A playboy and a gambler, Garza had always adhered to a strict interpretation of the law until he realized the system he believed in was flawed. Now that he’s quit the bench and returned to private practice, he’s determined to represent “the little guy” and use his inside knowledge of the justice system to take on today’s biggest legal cases — and he’s making plenty of powerful people unhappy along the way. Jesse Bradford (“The West Wing”), Carly Pope (“24”), Ellen Woglom (“Californication”) and David Ramsey (“Dexter”) also star. “

Tune In: Jimmy Smits is a fine actor, most notably seen by my eyes in the final seasons of The West Wing, but in Outlaw he is not playing Santos in Washington, instead a Washington justice looking for, well, justice.

Tune Out: Outlaw, however, though the pilot shows nothing that could draw in the viewer, it is painfully slow and uninteresting which is in part to no character development on the part of the supporting players which would certainly help as some seem to have a interesting backstory such as Carly Pope’s PI. Smits’ Garza also is also quite unrealistic. A United States Supreme Court Justice would never lead that post which takes presidential appointment, Senate confirmation, and a ton of hurdles, and it is hard to get over the unrealistic nature.

Watch, Record, Skip: After seeing the pilot, I have really no choice but to say skip this one because it offers nothing to draw me in as a viewer, although I love Jimmy Smits this just is not the right fit. Outlaw sneak peeks tomorrow at 10/9c on NBC, but airs regularly Fridays at 10/9c.