Miller is no longer involved, but it is pretty close to the vision Glass had nearly eight years ago (he as
even used almost the same language in some of the many interviews he's done recently):
...if it happens, would have the same form as the radio show: We'd choose a theme, do 4 or 5 stories on that theme. Each story would be filmed in a different visual style. It would look like nothing on TV. The idea is that the stories on the TV program would be the kinds of narratives that we try to do on the radio show: Characters and conflict are introduced fast, and you keep listening because you want to find out what happens. Our hope is that the narratives will be so fiercely compelling that we can be less traditional in the way the visuals work. In many stories they'd be more impressionistic, more like a great rock video, more like Errol Morris, than anything on the TV newsmagazine and documentary programs. The visuals would work the way the background music works on our radio show--to intensify the feeling in the stories.
I've seen the the second episode (which will be on starting March 29), My Way, and it is good. One difference from radio Glass said is that they could have just had Frank Sinatra singing My Way because there is a blanket music liscense for public radio. For the tv show, even a cover would have been way too expensive.
I do wish they had been able to stick with their original plan to do an hour show instead of 30 minutes. Some of the best TAL radio shows devoted an hour to a single subject including Sinatra, an aircraft carrier, school reform, and Harold Washington. Hopefully, the first season will do well, and they'll have the freedom to devote an hour (or more) to a subject if it needs it.
I also wish it was on PBS, so more people could see it. Maybe CBS (which is part of the same company as Showtime) will be daring and run it on Saturdays. I think it will be available for purchase on itunes and there will be DVDs.
The radio show continues (though their offices moved to New York City to do the tv show). It is now a free podcast (if you subscribe, you'll get the most recent show and most past episodes are a buck or you can stream them).
Originally posted on tigerbeat.vox.com