In this season’s behind-the-scenes episode, Falcon (Ken Marino) holds an Art Show showcasing his photography on the Childrens Hospital set.
I was brought on to this episode pretty early on during editing because we were having some difficulty figuring out what the style the score should be in. Previous “behind-the-scenes” episodes were each scored differently. The original “Newsreaders” had a 60-minutes type news score, “Behind the Scenes” was mostly dry with score for a couple dramatic scenes, and “My Friend Falcon” was scored like a documentary. For this episode, we decided to take a light drama, indie-film, small ensemble approach to add some life and energy to the scenes without adding TOO much dramatic weight while still being able to take dramatic shifts and accents when story called for it.
The episode is scored fairly wall-to-wall in this style, with one of the more dramatic moments arriving when it’s revealed that Rory Spindell (Rob Corddry) has an absorbed twin’s face growing out of his back. A slightly creepy, but still playful cue underscores this scene and takes a sad turn as Rory is shunned by his cast mates.
S7:E5 “The Show You Watch”
Did you know “Childrens Hospital” started as a sketch in a 50’s era variety show? No? Ok, neither did I, but this fluid take on time and reality is one of the reasons I love this show. The highlight of this episode started way back during shooting when I was asked to write a variety show song. I was given some old variety show references to study and lyrics by screenwriter Meghan Amram to write “A Real Pickle Lover.”
Performed by Ken Marino and Megan Mullaly, with choreography by Kathryn Burns and processed to sound “old-timey” by our sound mixer Brent Keiser.
The score itself required more of an era-specific pit orchestra, so I went with smaller strings samples, piano, winds, saxes, drum kit and an upright bass.
It’s the Doctor of the Year Awards! Blake, Glenn and Lola are all nominated this year so they hop in Chet’s ambulance to head to Vegas with Owen tagging along. This episode was scored in our “regular” score style but it gave me the opportunity to flush out longer variations of themes.
S7:E3 “Sy’s Tenure”
Owen’s a DJ, Chief is trapped, and Sy decides to spend his hospital tenure building a jetpack! From a score standpoint, this episode is pretty straightforward with variations on transitional cues I’ve written for the show over the years. However the finale, when Sy straps on his jetpack to search the hospital for the lost Chief needed a big action/adventure moment!
S7:E4 “Dr Beth”
A spiritual sequel to last season’s “Fan Fiction,” “Dr Beth” delves into Nurse Beth’s origin from living in the hospital’s nurses quarters, and subbasement hellhole, to briefly being promoted to a doctor after saving the life a famous child star (played by Samm Levine) and then subsequently demoted back down to nurse.
S7:E1 “Kids Hospital”
After being fired by Blake in last season’s finale, Cat, Lola and Owen find themselves working at Kids Hospital, a derelict clinic in the seedy part of Brazil run by Dr Kids and Kahn who welcome the new doctors by running them through an orientation that includes a hostage situation and a bear attack.
S7:E2 “One Million Saved”
Jon Hamm returns as Derrick Childrens, Valerie Flame’s alter ego. Lola joins Derrick in a search for a hidden cure buried years ago by his father, Dr Arthur Childrens. The haunting “Hidden Cure” theme runs through the episode as they search for clues. In the end, after Derrick discovers that he himself is the cure he decides to leave Childrens Hospital for good. Throughout the run of the show, I’ve focused more on situational themes for the score as plots change so dramatically from episode to episode, and so there aren’t too many character themes, but Valerie’s theme is one of them. I used it for her introduction and subsequent reveal to be Derrick Childrens in disguise way back in season 2, so it seemed only fitting to return to that theme again when he leaves.
Now in it’s seventh season, the craziness is back on Adult Swim, 11pm ET. I had a lot of fun scoring this season (as usual), and will be posting score samples from each episode after it airs. Enjoy!
Watch the Season 7 trailer!
In the season six finale, Blake (Rob Corddry) has had enough of the rest of the hospital staff treating him like… well.. a clown. Daily cobras in his locker and kick me signs have pushed him over the edge just as a new head surgeon position opens. Seeing his time to strike back, Blake sabotages the other’s chances for the job and finally gets his revenge.
Working on Childrens Hospital is the highlight of my year and I’m always a little bummed when it’s over, but season seven is shooting now!