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Childrens Hospital S7:E3 & S7:E4

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.

Childrens Hospital S7:E1 & S7:E2

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.

A look back at Childrens Hospital and NTSF:SD:SUV::

“… there’s no doubt this remains one of the most innovative, brilliant comedies on TV.”  – from A.V. Club’s review of “Eulogy,” the 4th season finale of Childrens Hospital.

Last week’s season finale of (the now Emmy-winning) Childrens Hospital closed out what I believe to be the strongest season of the show yet.  As usual, this season brought many unique score challenges such as coming up with a new theme and palette for Chief’s back-story, parodying such incredible scores like “Contagion” and “Pink Panther,” scoring large chunks of moments for an episode that was nearly non-stop music, and trying to figure out what the “British” version of the show’s score should sound like.

This year, I also took over scoring on another Adult Swim / Abominable Pictures show, NTSF:SD:SUV for their second season which allowed me to do some more fun parodies like “Tron: Legacy,” “Die Hard” and Kung Fu movie scores in addition to developing my own take on the procedural genre.

I am immensely grateful to be a part of two great, hilarious, and original shows as well as getting to work with Rob Corddry, David Wain, Paul Scheer, Curtis Gwinn, Jonathan Stern and the rest of the crew at Abominable Pictures.

Can’t wait until next season!