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The Bravo cable network will see whether its "Inside the Actors Studio" interview format translates to the world of music with "Musicians," an hour long music-themed interview show to launch next yearThe Bravo cable network will see whether its "Inside the Actors Studio" interview format translates to the world of music with "Musicians," an hour long music-themed interview show to launch next year. The show will be hosted by Rolling Stone senior editor David Wild, according to network officials.
Bravo has ordered an initial batch of six episodes of "Musicians," the brainchild of Bravo's programming team. The show will feature Wild interviewing one musical performer per episode before a live audience in an intimate nightclub setting, along with a live performance by the artist. The series will air Mondays at 10 p.m. ET starting Feb. 4.
Musical guests signed so far include Alanis Morissette and Sheryl Crow. Bravo has signed Volkswagen and Tower Records as show sponsors.
"It seemed like a fantastic forum to invite pop and rock musicians to talk about their craft," Bravo senior VP/programming Frances Berwick said.
"Musicians" is to be co-produced by Frank Garritano and Michele Beffey for Line by Line Prods. and Jon Bendis for Another Diversion Inc. Garritano and Beffey were part of the New York production team that put together "America: A Tribute to Heroes," the special musical fund-raiser that was simulcast Sept. 21 on multiple networks.
Only once has Bravo's "Inside the Actors Studio" veered into music, as host James Lipton broke from interviewing actors to sit with Billy Joel for an episode of the series. The three-hour interview and performance taping was whittled down into a one-hour segment that was broadcast in 1999.