I wrote about this show earlier in the year and now it’s set to make its debut. The Sundance Channel will premiere this music and talk series on Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 9:00pm e/p. The show, originally conceived in Canada will also air on CTV in Canada and Channel 4 in the U.K. (Times and dates for those locations have not yet been announced.)
Spectacle: Elvis Costello With... fuses the best elements of talk and music television and invites viewers to enjoy an intimate conversation between host Costello and his guests, punctuated by rare musical performances by Costello, his guests and a wide variety of musicians. Among the confirmed guests for the 13-part series are Sir Elton John, Tony Bennett, Lou Reed, artist-director Julian Schnabel, Diana Krall, Jenny Lewis and President Bill Clinton. (Click here for the full schedule.)
I have high hopes for this venture based on Costello’s well known acerbic wit and encyclopedic knowledge of music.