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Review of "Tales from the Tour Bus" 10/27/17 by Suzanne
Airs Fridays, 10pm on Cinemax.

This is a really interesting series from Mike Judge (creator of "Beavis and Butthead" and "King of the Hill"). It's not a comedy, although there are funny moments. It's a biographical series about country western singers. Judge narrates and uses animation, interspered with real footage, to describe country singers from the past, and interview their friends and family members. It's riveting and well done. The first episode, which you can check out on YouTube, was about Johnny Paycheck, who's most famous for his hit "Take This Job and Shove It." It's too bad that it's on Cinemax, where most people won't see it. It's well worth watching.

At first I wondered, "Why is he using animation for this?" Then I realized, he uses animation because there isn't much film footage of the times and places that he's referring to, such as when the singers are younger or getting in trouble for doing illegal things, etc.. The animation helps us envision what's going on. It's a great way to do it.

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"MIKE JUDGE PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS," ANIMATED SERIES CHRONICLING SOME OF COUNTRY MUSIC'S MOST ECCENTRIC CHARACTERS, DEBUTS SEPT. 22 ON CINEMAX

MIKE JUDGE PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS chronicles the tales of some of country music's most legendary artists when the series begins its eight-episode season FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on CINEMAX, followed by other half-hour episodes on subsequent Fridays at the same time.

Marking a return to his roots in animation and as a musician, Judge ("King of the Hill"; "Beavis and Butt-Head"; Emmy(R) nominee for HBO's "Silicon Valley") co-created, narrates and serves as an executive producer on the series, which recounts the raucous adventures of these musicians, as told by those who knew them best. TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS kicks off with an episode devoted to Johnny Paycheck, followed by episodes about Jerry Lee Lewis, George Jones and Tammy Wynette (two parts), Billy Joe Shaver, Waylon Jennings (two parts) and Blaze Foley.

TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS features animated interviews with former bandmates, friends and other erstwhile associates, who share uncensored anecdotes about the exploits of these artists, brought to life by animated reenactments, woven together with live-action archival performance footage and photos.

Upcoming episodes:

Episode #1: "Johnny Paycheck"

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 22 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)

In addition to selling 40 million records and producing chart-topping hits like "She's All I Got" and "Take This Job and Shove It," country music outlaw Johnny Paycheck became notorious for living the part. He was known for his music, grand theft auto, drug binges and stints in jail. At the height of Paycheck's fame, he shot a man over a turtle soup recipe, which led to a high-profile trial, a prison sentence and one of his greatest hits, "Old Violin."

Written by Mike Judge, Dub Cornett, Richard Mullins, Jeff Feuerzeig, Julien Nitzberg; directed by Mike Judge.

Episode #2: "Jerry Lee Lewis"

Debut: FRIDAY, SEPT. 29 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)

One of the pioneers of rock'n'roll, Jerry Lee Lewis also happened to be a country music singer who liked to call himself "The Killer." He made a name for himself not just as a magnetic piano-playing singer, but also as an impulsive, gun-wielding wild man, who stoked epic rivalries with the likes of Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley. The Killer also notoriously married his 13-year-old second cousin, setting off an epic worldwide scandal.

Written by Mike Judge, Mark Monroe; directed by Mike Judge.

Episode #3: "George Jones and Tammy Wynette (Part One)"

Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 6 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)

He was a poor boy from a bootleggers' town in the Texas backwoods. She was a cotton-picking Mississippi girl dreaming of stardom in Nashville. Together, George Jones and Tammy Wynette became the first power couple in country music. They were perfect in the public eye, but their tumultuous relationship was punctuated by George's alcohol-fueled escapades and his paranoia over Tammy's romantic past. She tried to keep the marriage from turning toxic, singing "Stand By Your Man," her greatest hit, onstage with her husband every night.

Written by Mike Judge, Mark Monroe, Jeff Feuerzeig, Julien Nitzberg; directed by Mike Judge.

Episode #4: "George Jones and Tammy Wynette (Part Two)"

Debut: FRIDAY, OCT. 13 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)

Collaborating on 33 hit songs and nine studio albums, George Jones and Tammy Wynette projected an image of marital bliss. Backstage, real life was more of a mess, highlighted by actual gunplay, an accusation of poisoning and ingenious disappearing acts in the name of alcohol. The marriage was ultimately sacrificed, but the music survived. Despite George's split personalities and Tammy's endless string of men, the two maintained an artistic partnership that stood the test of time and gave them one of their greatest hits, "Golden Rings," about love and marriage.

Written by Mike Judge, Mark Monroe, Jeff Feuerzeig, Julien Nitzberg; directed by Mike Judge.

MIKE JUDGE PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS was created by Mike Judge, Richard Mullins and Dub Cornett; executive produced by Mike Judge, Glen Zipper, Sean Stuart and Dub Cornett; producer, Richard Mullins; composer, John Frizzell.


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