Dillon Francis’ ‘Like and Subscribe’ series is finally coming to fruition

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Dillon Francis is moving forward with the launch of his very own show, Like & Subscribe, airing Nov 13, after experiencing some minor setbacks. Francis, who produced and stars in the series, initially set the project for a July 9 kick-off, but according to the Like & Subscribe official Twitter page, the team experienced some “small difficulties,” as their network was shut down indefinitely. Fittingly and quite fortuitously, Funny Or Die picked up the original series last minute, much to Francis fans’ delight.

The series, which follows a cast of parody internet stars or “influencers,” gained media attention in June after a private mural for people with over 20,000 followers on Twitter materialized in West Hollywood. The mural was guarded by a hefty security staff and hidden from public view, a stark promotional troll, especially considering how unremarkable the work turned out to be. Since then, the artists of Melrose Avenue have covered up the street art starting with Twitter’s fiercely sought-after “verified” check mark.

Despite this deafening whoosh soaring over the media’s head, the innermost themes of the show are relevant as ever: the ways in which people interact with fame, artistry, and pervasive online influence––all of which side-split into its superb absurdity.

Photo Credit: BBC

Dillon Francis’ ‘Like and Subscribe’ series is finally coming to fruition

This post was originally published on this site

Dillon Francis’ ‘Like and Subscribe’ series is finally coming to fruitionDillon Francis 1

Dillon Francis is moving forward with the launch of his very own show, Like & Subscribe, airing Nov 13, after experiencing some minor setbacks. Francis, who produced and stars in the series, initially set the project for a July 9 kick-off, but according to the Like & Subscribe official Twitter page, the team experienced some “small difficulties,” as their network was shut down indefinitely. Fittingly and quite fortuitously, Funny Or Die picked up the original series last minute, much to Francis fans’ delight.

The series, which follows a cast of parody internet stars or “influencers,” gained media attention in June after a private mural for people with over 20,000 followers on Twitter materialized in West Hollywood. The mural was guarded by a hefty security staff and hidden from public view, a stark promotional troll, especially considering how unremarkable the work turned out to be. Since then, the artists of Melrose Avenue have covered up the street art starting with Twitter’s fiercely sought-after “verified” check mark.

Despite this deafening whoosh soaring over the media’s head, the innermost themes of the show are relevant as ever: the ways in which people interact with fame, artistry, and pervasive online influence––all of which side-split into its superb absurdity.

Photo Credit: BBC

TRL is making its way back to MTV this fall

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Breathe deep, everyone. We are having a 90’s music moment right now. Nine Inch Nails recently put out a new project, A Tribe Called Quest just finished back-to-back headlining slots two of the top festivals in North America, and MTV is about to debut a new show called Total Request Live this fall. You read that right, MTV is expected to bring back TRL. Starting in October, TRL will debut its second run as part of network president Chris McCarthy’s ongoing push to bring live broadcasting back to MTV’s playbook. The show’s original run lasted from 1998 to 2008, and was popularly touted as one of the network’s flagship programs during its early years.

The blast from the past does come with some notable 2017 modifications, including a newly constructed state-of-the-art studio facing Times Square and a new slate of hosts suited for the Generation Z crowd, with Chicago radio host Erik Zachary and rapper-comedian DC Young Fly already locked in. MTV is also reportedly in discussions with Youtube personalities to fill the remaining host positions. Unfortunately for those basking in the nostalgia, this does mean that the new and improved TRL will leave Carson Daly in retirement.

MTV has recorded two months of back-to-back growth for the first time in four years, and with programming underway geared at refined attention to their core demographics, it could signal a new chapter for the network in today’s televised music landscape.

H/T: The New York Times

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‘What Would Diplo Do?’ coming to Viceland on August 3

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James Van Der Beek will reprise his role as a caricaturized version of Diplo, in Viceland’s first-ever scripted television series What Would Diplo Do?Described as a collection of parables, the tongue-in-cheek new series will take a glimpse into the life of the superstar DJ, with Van Der Beek acting as an executive producer alongside Diplo himself.

Viceland has commissioned six episodes, based on a premise originally explored in a short promo video for last year’s Mad Decent Block Party directed by Brandon Dermer. Though mildly absurd, the promo video went viral, reaping a positive response from its viewers, who applauded the Dawson’s Creek alum for his grade A impersonation.

What Would Diplo Do? will premiere on August 3 at 10pm on Viceland.

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