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My Guide To Becoming A Rock Star aired from March 14-21, 2002 on FOX.
In this bizarre sitcom, which must have been inspired by either the movie Spinal Trap or by a bad dream, Jace Darnell ( Oliver Hudson) was the tall, cocky, lead singer of the stuggling rock band SlipDog. Jace just knew he would become rich and famous in the music business, despite the band's troubles and the lack of support from his father Eric ( Michael Des Barres), an over-the-hill former heavy-metal rock star who still sported shaggy hair and tight pants. ( actor Des Barres was an authenic former rocker , having been in bands including Silverfish and Detective in the 1970's and 1980's. Jace's mother Gina was played by former adult film star Shannon Tweed.) Other members of SlipDog were Doc ( Kevin Rankin), a spaced-out guitarist who made his living as a panhandling " blind" priest, punky bassist Joe ( Lauren Hodges), who worked as a guide at a local Seattle science museum, and dumb-jock drummer Danny( James DeBello).
In the premiere episode, Jace made a deal with thuggish junkyard owner Doyle( Rick Overton) to be their manager. Jace who had been living on unemployment insurance for 18 months, also offered Sarah ( Emmanuelle Vaugier), the sexy lady from the unemployment office, a job with SlipDog as a DJ and keyboard player.
In the second episode Danny was killed in a bizarre touch-football accident-he drowned in a mud puddle-and was replaced with baby-faced, Gay Lucas (Kris Lemche). Jace provided enthusiastic and frenetic narration.
Based on the popular British comedy created by Bryan Elsley. Although 12 half-hour episodes were produced, The WB pulled the plug after only 5 had aired.
A Review from Variety
March 13, 2002 7:39PM PT
My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star
By Phil Gallo
The point of view supplied by Oliver Hudson’s character, Jace Darnell, in “My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star” is one of arrogance and naivete with an overbearing dose of “I’m too sexy for my shirt.” Darnell is the cocksure singer stuck lip-synching to Duran Duran in his bedroom, rehearsing with his band SlipDog at a junkyard and playing to three people in a club — stardom is clearly a distant reach. But it will be up to Hudson, who is omnipresent in this early-teen-targeted comedy, to attract an audience, something that will require more than the observation — supplied in the pilot by a Girl Scout troop as well as unemployment office wonks — that he has a “nice ass.”
This Brit import has been relocated to the fictional wilds of Becker, Wash., where Darnell lives with mom (Shannon Tweed) and dad (Michael Des Barres); latter is, bizarrely, the only one in the family with a British accent. Seemingly, pops had something of a career in the hard-rock world, and Jace’s taste for modern pop is driving him batty. Jace is oblivious to anything except chatting with women and rounding up band mates; like “Spinal Tap,” SlipDog has a hard time holding onto drummers.
Through constant voiceover, Darnell sets up the band thusly: Guitarist Doc (Kevin Rankin) is a nut who lives alone in a roach-infested dump but possesses the necessary vapid stare and is infinitely less attractive than the lead singer; Joe Delamo (Lauren Hodges) is the horny bass player; and Danny (James DeBello) is the dopey drummer.
Darnell hits payday when his sexy unemployment officer Sarah Nelson (Emmanuelle Vaugier) turns out to be a hot club DJ. She criticizes the band’s demo and then appears to be hitting on him — whether this turns out to be lust or a working relationship certainly will play out in upcoming episodes.
SlipDog plays a variation on mid-1990s hard rock meets Matchbox Twenty, so it’s doubtful “Rock Star” will build an aud of music fans. Hudson, Kate’s brother and Goldie Hawn’s son, has a winning presence, as does most of the cast, who underplay their characters well. Pilot’s cinematography and direction, from Henry Lebo and Rodman Flender, respectively, overcome the lightweight nature of the story.
My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star
WB; Thurs., March 14; 8 p.m.
Production: Taped in Vancouver, B.C., by Company Pictures in association with Tiny Hat and Warner Bros. Executive producers, John Riggi, Bryan Elsley; producer, Perry Husman; director, Rodman Flender; writers, Riggi, Elsley.
Crew: Director of photography, Henry Lebo; production designer, Eric Nolan; editor, Norman Buckley; music, Chad Fischer; casting, Patrick J. Rush, Sharon Klein. 30 MIN.
Cast: Jace Darnell - Oliver Hudson
Doc - Kevin Rankin
Josephine Delamo - Lauren Hodges
Danny Whitaker - James DeBello
Lucas Zank - Kris Lemche
Owen - Brian Dietzen
Sarah Nelson - Emmanuelle Vaugier
Doyle Greyson - Rick Overton
Eric Darnell - Michael Des Barres
Mom - Shannon Tweed
A Review From The Michigan Daily
'My Guide' shows life in the music industry
By Ryan Blay, TV/New Media Editor
It may not be "This is Spinal Tap," the ultimate guidebook to making a mockumentary about a band with revolving drummers. But the WB Network's new comedy, "My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star," is still a charming show about the music industry.
Based on the long-titled British series "The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star," "My Guide" stars Oliver Hudson (brother of actress Kate Hudson, son of Goldie Hawn) as 22-year-old Jace Darnell, frontman for the young band SlipDog. Hudson is charismatic as Jace, the creator/energy center/surprisingly decent singer of the band. Unfortunately, the rest of the band, including the large, sleazy manager often retracts into stereotypical backup musicians. There's the no-nonsense female, reminding viewers that they're not watching "Josie and the Pussycats." Then, of course, there's the constant stream of new drummers. This definitely needs to stop to increase the band's dynamics with one another.
Rather than create hour-long episodes of the new series, the WB has instead decided to show two half-hour episodes each Thursday. This keeps with the often frenetic pace of the show. While one episode might deal with "the Yoko factor," another might delve into the band's constantly depleted funds to record a demo and sign with a record label.
Though the humor occasionally falls flat, the charming presence of Hudson and the creative idea of the show does give this freshman comedy a chance to succeed. Refining the idea to focus on the band members themselves is vital to the future. With a bit of retooling, the network could have another cult hit on its hands.
A Review from the New York Daily News
WANNA-BE COMEDY: ALMOST INFAMOUS
BY David Bianculli
NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Thursday, March 14, 2002, 12:00 AM
MY GUIDE TO BECOMING A ROCK STAR. Tonight at 8, WB. 1 Stars Kate Hudson, the Goldie Hawn daughter who played a rock-star-adoring "Band Aid" in "Almost Famous," has a brother following in her footsteps. Tonight at 8 on the WB's new comedy series "My Guide to Becoming a Rockstar," Oliver Hudson stars as Jace Darnell, an aspiring singer-songwriter for a fledgling band named SlipDog. It's the latest U.S. TV series to be inspired by a popular show from overseas. "My Guide" is based on Britain's "The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star" and features the comedy style so thoroughly in vogue that it has become tiresome: single camera, flippant narration, superimposed subheads and witticisms, and larger-than-life characters. "My Guide" also tries hard - too hard - to be naughty. Two episodes are shown tonight. In the first, a grade-school girl sets the tone by looking at Darnell's posterior and saying, "Nice ass.
" In the second, a young fan sticks his head out the car window and screams, "You s---!
" Back in 1990, the CBS sitcom "Uncle Buck" became infamous (and was quickly canceled) for similar crudities from out the mouths of babes. "My Guide" won't raise as many eyebrows. The concept of following a wanna-be rock band is a good one. Last year, in a reality-TV version, it worked fine for the same network with "Popstars.
" In the 1970s, it worked brilliantly in the dramatic miniseries "Rock Follies.
" In the 1960s, it worked best of all, with the creation and launching of "The Monkees.
" Will SlipDog benefit from corporate synergy and achieve musical stardom? Not likely, based on the music in the first two episodes. Nor is Hudson a good bet to be able to use "My Guide" as a prominent steppingstone. The show is too bland, the realization of the concept too pedestrian. In two episodes, only one scene bubbles up as being entertainingly clever. At a funeral for a drummer (give "This Is Spinal Tap!" its due), the mourners sing an impromptu, a cappella version of Queen's "We Will Rock You.
" Otherwise, only the female players in "My Guide" give the comedy any life. Lauren Hodges, as sassy bass player Joe, throws off enough sparks to earn a bigger and better role elsewhere. So does Emmanuelle Vaugier as Sarah, the newest and most self-assured band member. The cast members most worthy of note, though, are the ones playing Jace's parents, and only because they're such unexpected choices. Ex-rocker Michael des Barres plays his dad, and ex-Playmate of the Year Shannon Tweed plays his mom. Like almost everything else about "My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star," the question is "Why?"
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For a Review of My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star go to http://www.entertainyourbrain.com/myguiderev.htm
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