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Weekend: "Sunny" Team Goes To Apple; Maria Bamford; Alex Newell's Unique Voice and more




Maria Bamford's latest special is titled “Weakness Is The Brand.”
Maria Bamford's latest special is titled “Weakness Is The Brand.”
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MYTHIC QUEST: THE TV SHOW

The creators of "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia" have made a popular show out of unlikeable characters for 15 years. Now they've turned their brand of humor into a new Apple Plus TV show "Mythic Quest." Rob McElhenney and Megan Ganz (two of the co-creators) spoke with The Frame's John Horn about finding comedy inside the world of making videogames.

AFTER WEINSTEIN, WHAT'S NEXT?

Lawyer Debra Katz talks with John Horn about the meaning of the Weinstein verdict. Katz repped Christine Blasey Ford in the Kavanaugh hearings and she a Weinstein exec who tried to be  whistle-blower.

ALEX NEWELL'S POWERFUL VOICE: FROM "GLEE" TO "ZOEY'S EXTRAORDINARY PLAYLIST"

Like a lot of singers, Alex Newell got his start performing in church, but his way into the industry takes a pretty unique turn from there. His first big break came from a reality TV competition he entered when he was just 18 years old. While he didn't come in first place in "The Glee Project," a consolation prize of an appearance on two episodes of "Glee" turned into a role as a series regular. Newell played Unique, a transgender high school student and star vocalist, for four seasons. He's gone on to roles on Broadway (including playing a historically female role in the Tony-winning revival of "Once on This Island"), and now is in the new NBC show, "Zoey's Extraordinary Playlist," playing a religious, gender nonconforming character named Mo. Newell spoke with The Frame about what the role means to him and how he hopes it inspires a new generation of kids who don't fit into ideas of traditional gender roles. 

POSTCARD FROM EUROPE'S VERSION OF SXSW

Every year, tens of thousands of people descend on the northern Netherlands for the Eurosonic music festival. It’s Europe’s version of South by Southwest, featuring about 350 musical acts that represent everywhere from the UK to Ukraine. And if you’re a fan of world music, then this is the place to be. The Frame contributor Sonia Narang visited the festival and filed this report.

THE UNIQUE VOICE OF MARIA BAMFORD

The comedian, Maria Bamford is an impersonator extraordinaire. Her latest comedy special is called “Weakness Is The Brand.” She also has a web series called “What’s Your Ailment?,” in which she interviews actors and comedians about their mental health struggles. She spoke with The Frame’s John Horn in studio about her latest projects, her dogs and her knack for impressions.

BENH ZEITLIN'S LONG-AWAITED MOVIE IS HERE

"Wendy" is a radically reimagined Peter Pan movie from Benh Zeitlin, director of “Beasts Of The Southern Wild." He and his sister, Eliza Zeilin, with whom he wrote the screenplay, talk with John Horn about how this is the movie they’ve always wanted to make. 

REVISITING THE "ABBEY ROAD" GRAMMY WIN

Fifty years ago, at the 1970 Grammy Awards, The Beatles’ "Abbey Road" was up for Album of the Year. It had been the number one album for 17 weeks in the UK, and 11 weeks in the U.S. It became their best-selling studio album and many critics have said it was the band’s best ever. But it didn’t win Album of the Year. That went to Blood, Sweat & Tears. The only Grammy for "Abbey Road" was for engineering. The Frame contributor Tim Greiving recently  paid a visit to the assistant engineer on those sessions, John Kurlander, who — incredibly — was only 18 at the time.