I’m excited to announce that “Filthy Preppy Teen$”, the new comedy series I scored, is now streaming on Fullsreen.com and the Fullscreen app! Originally done as an extra episode for the third season of NTSF:SD:SUV as a parody of shows like “Pretty Little Liars” and “Gossip Girl,” the new eight episode season picks up in the same vein by playing on the teen drama tropes while playing with parodies of even more genres.
Each episode is packed wall-to-wall with music with a number of licensed songs, our core score which is a blend of electro/pop/trap elements and orchestra, and a number of score parodies that were a lot of fun to do.
“Filthy Preppy Teen$” starring hannah Kasulka and Max Carver is produced by Paul Scheer, Jonathan Stern, Curtis Gwinn, Abominable Pictures and is now streaming on Fullscreen.
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.
“Up at 5” is the annual behind-the-scenes episode for this season where the cast appears on a morning talk show to promote a Kickstarter for there upcoming “Childrens Hospital” movie. There wasn’t a lot of score in this episode but the real fun was scoring the movie clip that airs at the end of an episode, a Mad Max-esque end of the world style action piece with our doctors imprisoned and fighting for their lives.
“Fan Fiction” is one of my personal favorite episodes of Childrens Hospital so far. When scoring, a composer will watch scenes hundreds of times, but this episode always makes me laugh no matter how many times I’ve seen it.
Like a good portion of episodes, “Fan Fiction” is a parody episode which means I get to stray from the typical score to do a sound-a-like of whatever we’re parodying to help sell the joke. In this case, it’s “Twilight.” I love doing these parodies as it gives me a chance to try to figure out how a particular composer does what they do, and I always learn something new. Plus, it’s just a ton of fun.
The “Previously On” in the sixth season premiere of Childrens Hospital finds the staff wrapping up their time in Japan from last season and just as they’re getting ready to head back to Brazil, Owen is arrested for betting on surgeries, a crime he was framed by Chief. Our “Previously On” cues this season are fairly short and sweet, but this gave me the chance to use the long form version to setup a sense of accomplishment for the staff before pulling the rug out when Owen gets arrested.
We then jump 5 years ahead when Owen gets out of prison. One of the fun things about scoring Childrens Hospital, is that since the show has a loose continuity, I frequently get to come up with new themes and play them as if they had been a part of the story all along. In this case, it’s Owen and Cat’s love theme introduced here in “Owen’s Back” as Owen sees Cat, Cat reveals she’s pregnant, and Owen drops the bomb that it’s not his baby.
The episode concludes with an epic showdown between Owen, Chief, and Owen’s former cellmate, Dr. Ron Pippen.
As always, this was an immensely fun episode to score, and the season just gets crazier from here!