By Alison Willmore | Indiewire December 6, 2013 at 9:58AM
Joseph Gordon-Levitt will debut his new television show "HitRecord on TV" at Sundance this year. The first three episodes of the reimagined variety show will premiere in the New Frontier sidebar, where Gordon-Levitt has previously screened work from HitRecord, the crowdsourced multimedia production company he founded. This marks a second incursion of TV into the festival, after Jane Campion's miniseries "Top of the Lake" played last year.
"HitRecord on TV" will play Sundance on January 17th and will premiere on Pivot, the cable network launched by Participant Media earlier this year, on January 18th with two back-to-back episodes. The season consists of eight episodes overall. "I can't think of a better way to celebrate the premiere of 'HitRecord on TV' than by a screening at Sundance -- a place that means a great deal to me personally," said Gordon-Levitt. "We launched hitRECord as a production company at Sundance back in 2010 at New Frontier and have been very fortunate to be invited back for screenings and events ever since. I'm so grateful for the continuous support Sundance has provided to HITRECORD through the years. It'll be exciting to share our show with Park City audiences before it premieres on Pivot in January!"
Gordon-Levitt will host the series, which he created and directed, with Jared Geller and Brian Graden executive producing. The show will pull together work from the HitRecord global community, including short films, live performances, music, animation, conversation and more, with each episode focused on a different theme. Here's the "Looper" star introducing the show in its first trailer.
And here are descriptions of the first three episodes:
“RE: THE NUMBER ONE” - (Premiere Episode) Airs Saturday, January 18 at 10pm ET/PT
It's no coincidence that the theme of the very first episode of “HITRECORD ON TV” is regarding “THE NUMBER ONE" — there's a first time for everything and you never get a second chance at making a first impression. Through a series of short films, animation, music, conversation (and, of course, more) host Joseph Gordon-Levitt and thousands of contributors from around the world bring you stories of first times, unity and solitude.
What better way to kick off the second “HITRECORD ON TV” episode regarding FANTASY than with a big old fashioned musical number? Host Joseph Gordon-Levitt and guest Tony Danza lead a fanciful kick line to celebrate this week's fantastical theme. The episode continues with an exploration into the neuroscience of fantasy and includes an animated musical twist on the familiar fairy tale, "Beauty and the Beast."
Punk, junk and guilty pleasures are just a few words to describe the “HITRECORD ON TV” episode regarding TRASH. Host Joseph Gordon-Levitt kicks off the show with a raucous rock song saluting all you freaks and geeks. The show continues with the so-called "Pope of Trash" and filmmaker John Waters offering up his unique taste for the trashy. And, of course, there's a pulpy short film about a trash collector abducted by aliens. (Obviously.)