December 5, 2013 Leave a comment
Video remade the radio star: AHTV to debut on Christmas Day
Those loveable dissidents over at American Heathen (theamericanheathen.com) recently wrapped production on the first episode of their new American Heathen Television (AHTV) show. And, while I am not privy to it, I am one of the privileged few who have gotten a glimpse of what is to come.
Just this morning I was treated to a super sneak preview of the show’s opener, and I have to say I was not prepared for the top-notch production value, originality and just plain coolness of it. While I have been sworn to secrecy on a stack of biology textbooks (not the ones from Texas), I can say that—if the show is anywhere near as well-produced and thoughtful as its intro—American Heathen TV is going to be a hit.
I shouldn’t have been so shocked. After all, as a fan of old-time radio and modern socio-political talk shows, I was a big fan of the American Heathen radio show and was quite sad to see it go. It was as well-produced as any national radio program I’ve listened to … and I have listened to them all, from Old El Rushbo to A Prairie Home Companion to Howard Stern.
But, onto bigger, better and newer things, namely the American Heathen TV program.
According to the show’s site, cast and crew—including associate producer Neil Viker from Los Angeles, Calif.—had an “amazing” and “productive” time of it.
American Heathen brand creator RJ Evans stated, “I can assure you that it’s something you don’t want to miss. In fact, it is so good I had to write and record a brand new show theme! Inspiration sometimes comes in the form of seeds planted by other talented artists. This case was no exception!”
Having ceased seven years of production on the American Heathen radio show earlier this year, the planned AHTV web series debut on Christmas Day is no accident. The American Heathen radio show was also born on Christmas Day, but back in 2005.
Evans recently stated that this first episode will be a great Christmas present for what he calls the “Religious Reich.” No doubt, when people tune in to AHTV’s blip.tv they will get doses of boisterous blasphemy and plenty of subversive humor.
“AHTV is the most blasphemous, offensive, outrageously twisted assault on religion and politics ever seen on web television I’m sending them straight to hell!!”
—God, Deity Monthly
The new monthly web TV series is expected to run between 30 and 40 minutes per episode, and will be available approximately every 30 days, 10 months of the year.
According to an AHTV press release, the 10-episode web TV season will be considerably different from the former weekly radio broadcast, “focusing very heavily on humor and satire, and promoting its mantra of ‘Freedom and Liberty for all.’”
“The show will be very adult in nature … and will be unrelenting in its attacks on religion and politics in America,” AHTV stated in the release. “Hence the tagline, ‘The show that asks the question: How far is too far?’ … and then goes there!”
“Plot Outline – Follow the antics of the AHTV cast and crew, as they wrestle with the insanity of putting together a not-so-ready-for-prime-time television talk show! The cast has gone totally nuts, but are impossibly better informed, more reasoned and sane, than the mainstream media, politicians, clergy, and the douche bag redneck next door, all put together! And, the AHTV cast and crew are always ready to ask, “How far is too far?”… and then GO THERE!”
According to AHTV officials, the show’s set is a sendup of late-night TV talk shows—but that is where the similarities end.
“Hosted on-set by RJ Evans and co-hosted by Chuck Doswell, the American Heathen cast will be outrageous caricatures of characters that they created for the original radio show, and extremely offensive and scandalous humor will be the flavors to expect,” AHTV stated in the release. “From dark to light-hearted; from sophisticated to juvenile; The AHTV cast is gearing up to deliver an unforgettable, entertaining and enlightening experience for secular America, and one that religious America will undoubtedly take serious offense!”
The show’s official website is AHTVOnline.com
And, AHTV will assume the current FaceBook page of American Heathen – RJ Evans