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The Era With No Name

The Era With No Name

I used to spend a lot of my time directing a TV show called The Show With No Name. I worked on it for about two years and have come back to direct episodes here and there when they needed a hand. The current full-time director is Bryan Poyser (who has since directed festival hit Dear Pillow). The show has been through a lot in its nearly eight-year run on the air. It’s been banned and then renewed, there has been major media interest as well as major production interest. There have been some famous, and some not-so-famous guests on the show.

In the end, it’s just an opportunity to see some rare clips of pop culture history: CNN outtakes, legendary talk show appearances, celebrity sex tapes, student films of now-famous filmmakers, the kind of stuff you see once and think “Wow, I wish I had recorded that.”

The show’s hosts, Charlie Sotelo and Cinco Barnes, have a wonderful chemistry and they compliment each other nicely. Charlie plays ringmaster and programmer, diligently selecting a great sequence of clips to air. Cinco is the foil, Charlie’s sometimes sidekick but often the one who steals the show from underneath us all. Cinco is truly one of the funniest people I’ve ever met. His day job? He designs video games, like those role-playing Star Wars releases making so much noise right now…

I bring this all up because The Show With No Name comes to an end on Sunday. The show will forever go dark, after a successful (and sometimes unpredictable) run. If you’re in Austin, check out the final episode. It’s on Cable Channel 10, at 10:00 p.m. Sunday night. It’s the end of an era with no name.

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