A Pledge Drive Treat

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The Sound of Young America: TV Pilot from Jesse Thorn on Vimeo.

Here's a pledge drive treat.

Last year, I made a pilot for Current. They were planning an expansion into half hour programming, and were looking for an interview show that spoke to months their demographic. They were willing to do something without claiming any ownership of my IP, and really respected and got what I was up to. It was a great fit.

We put together this pilot (Mark Rinehart produced, ably), but by the time we'd finished, there'd been an administration change at Current, and they ended up with a very different prime-time programming plan. So we had this pilot, but there was nothing they could do with it. The parting was amicable.

We taped two radio interviews -- one with Patton Oswalt, then some later one with Ben Karlin. A few months after that, we wrote and taped some interstitial pieces in a day here in LA, including a mini-interview with the one and only Maria Bamford. I actually think the show came out pretty neat. Enjoy!
You can download the show directly with this link.

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I think as a regular

I think as a regular therapist there was probably nothing too wrong with him, despite the fact that he got his degree from, like, Oral Roberts school of medicine. However if you want to hear vehemence, just ask any neuroscientist if you can tell anything about the brain by looking at areas of alleged blood flow.Beer of the Month Club

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I think as a regular therapist there was probably nothing too wrong with him, despite the fact that he got his degree from, like, Oral Roberts school of medicine. However if you want to hear vehemence, just ask any neuroscientist if you can tell anything about the brain by looking at areas of alleged blood flow. Then ask them if people should be able to diagnose and 'treat' serious illness that way....
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I think it needs to be all of our mission to see Morrissey do a stand-up gig. free games
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Enjoyable, but man is that

Enjoyable, but man is that soundmix off or what? Sometimes, I wasn't even able to hear the people clearly, the music was that loud... free online games

Really nice job. too bad it

Really nice job. too bad it didn't make it on air. Seems like alot of things turn out like this. You get out there and swing the bat, but you never really know what or how something will turn out. Either way, you'll do great and great things are to come! loans for people with bad credit

Not too shabby sir.

Hey Jesse, I liked this. Pilot production issues aside, this would be something I'd watch and not just because it's your deal. I like how you make your neighborhood part of the show. If you did more, maybe take people out for some Kim Chee or a massage. Wonder if KQED or something would be interested? You're a media mogul!

-beach

Unfortunately...

funding a public TV show is a byzantine nightmare of which I want no part.

Great!

Jesse,

I was having a terrible day until I noticed this video in my iPod's play list. Approximately 3 seconds in, I was feelin' fine.

I would say that show came out pretty DANG neat.

Nice

I hope that you can shop this around and get it on the air.

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I hope that you can shop this around and get it on the air.
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Well done guys!

Overall I liked it a lot. I appreciate the addition of the visual element to Jesse's tried-and-true interview style. I just hope the interview remains the central and most prevalent element. Additional info text and clips that don't rely on their sound could probably be displayed as the interview continues. I feel like a few more sentences from Patton is worth skipping a chunk of the King of Queens theme song.

Best of luck and no matter what happens with the TV show, I and the rest of us will continue our cult-like adoration of the radio show/podcast.

Awesome Pilot

I love how the interstitial bits capture that personal nature that The Sound always has, the wonderful "out of my apartment," personal-without-being-amateur nature of it all.

Also, I totally get why you didn't use it, considering this was for TV, but hearing "Jesse Thorn" and not "America's Radio Sweetheart" was like going up a staircase and tripping because you thought there was one more step, in my head.

Also also, loved those opening credits.

Also, I totally get why you

Also, I totally get why you didn't use it, considering this was for TV, but hearing "Jesse Thorn" and not "America's Radio Sweetheart" was like going up a staircase and tripping because you thought there was one more step, in my head. Psychology accreditation | Masters Degree Accreditation | Doctorate Degree Accreditation capture that personal nature that The Sound always has, the wonderful "out of my apartment," personal-without-being-amateur nature of it all.

Great show

I'm surprised it ended on a football analogy and not a baseball analogy.

I love the "thorn in my side" segment. And the inclusion of snippets from The Daily Show and the Colbert Report during the interview was fun.

Too bad it didn't fit in.

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Did your swing-arm mic stand used to be an Ikea desk lamp? I think I have the same one (a TERTIAL, I believe).

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Loved the show. It was great to see this happen, even if it wasn't picked up. Although, with all the stuff that makes it to TV, I can't believe that this show couldn't find a home SOMEWHERE.

Keep it up, Sound of Young America television show.

Also, I'm glad I finally got to catch a glimpse of Coco's octo.

Nice, bad sound

Enjoyable, but man is that soundmix off or what? Sometimes, I wasn't even able to hear the people clearly, the music was that loud...

- Jeff

I think it needs to be all of

I think it needs to be all of our mission to see Morrissey do a stand-up gig.

Re: Morrissey

Agreed, its on my bucket list. I once heard laughter is the best medicine & from a psychological standpoint that could be very well true. -Sam @ family counseling upland

I really enjoyed it, although

I really enjoyed it, although the audio mixing was a little weird. Randomly switching from centered to panned to the left or right (mostly to the right). Oh, and they spelled "commercial" wrong each time.
Despite those things (clearly neither was Jesse's fault) it definitely should have become a real show. Jesse makes television warm and fuzzy :)

Yeah, the sound's weird.

Again, it never made it to air, so I don't think there was ever a final sound mix.

Most of the good ideas came from Mark Rinehart, the producer, who did a great job, especially for someone who was sort of randomly paired with me.

Nice work

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Nice visual honesty but distracting background music

I love that Jordan lurked :)
I can see the tv pitch man who dreams big but makes no sense trying to remake this and/or JJ Go into a Dr. Katz, or maybe even live action but with you and interviewee in completely different locations on bluetooth headsets going about mundane tasks.

Actually that last one might be interesting...

Jordan wasn't around for any

Jordan wasn't around for any of this... you must be seeing someone else.