Let’s get this party started!
For months now, I’ve wanted show you all of my TV episodes.
Over the last year, the team at ZPZ (the production company behind Anthony Bourdain) and Turner Broadcasting have helped me capture incredible footage and characters all over the country. I’m thrilled with every episode.
Alas, for reasons I won’t bore you with, the TV broadcasting puzzle piece is taking ages to sort out. I’ve been fighting hard behind the scenes, and it’s been a sumnabitch process for an impatient Long Island boy (me).
The waiting has driven me absolutely insane. I’ve felt a lot like this:
But…no más waiting already!
Enough. While the entertainment folks are sussing out cable details, I’d like to give you everything — and I mean EVERYTHING — digitally.
Turner’s all for it. This world is a changin’, and distribution is changing with it.
ON MAY 27, ALL 13 EPISODES WILL BE RELEASED ON ITUNES SIMULTANEOUSLY.
In each episode, I team up with world-class teachers to “hack” a different skill….then I get thrown through a gauntlet of tests. Sometimes I do well, othertimes I face-plant and decimate myself. You get to see all the struggles, nervous breakdowns, and little breakthroughs. It ain’t always pretty, but it’s real.
Here are some of the topics I jump into:
- Music and drumming
- Rally car racing
- Language learning
- Brazilian jiu-jitsu (and chess) — ouch.
- Parkour — super, double ouch.
- High-stakes poker (with real money)
- Tactical gun fighting
- Dating and the pick-up game
- Building a business in one week (I co-teach a student)
- Long-distance swimming (I co-teach a student)
- And the mysterious finale episode…
And another thing…
One of the things that bugs me most about TV is that five days of shooting gets cut down to 30 minutes. In reality, it’s around 21:30 after subtracting commercials. Whaaaa?! “Isn’t that a waste?” you ask. Yes, it’s a maddening amount of great footage that ends up on the cutting room floor.
I want to give you more.
If you’ve bought — or buy — an iTunes season pass (click “View in iTunes” here to purchase), more good news: you’ll get a ton of bonus footage. Current estimates are 10+ minutes of extras per episode, and I’m fighting to release much more footage into the wild, hopefully hours and hours.
If you can’t use iTunes or can’t afford to pay, here’s the solution: Each week after the May 27th launch, one episode will be released on YouTube for free viewing. It won’t contain bonus footage, and you’ll have to wait 3+ months to see the whole season, but you’ll be able to see them all.
If you’d like a sneak peek, the first episode can be watched here for free.
Much more coming soon, and thank you for your patience! It’s been a long road for everyone. Phew.
Posted on: March 24, 2014.