Chicago, IL (June 18, 2007)– The Show, a six-part series on hi-def network Mojo In-Demand that follows six rookies on their quest for major league baseball glory, features 15 pieces of original music by Comma, including the main theme. Hosted by Joe Mantegna, the filmic, documentary-style series debuted May 30.
“There are so many emotions and moods in this series, from dumb fun to energetic and hopeful moments, dejection, elation, and more,” marveled director/producer Sam Ciaramitaio, which is why Comma employed a wide range of musical styles in scoring The Show.
“There were a lot of guitar-oriented tracks and a few ambient pieces of a more poignant nature; it really spanned the spectrum,” said Comma creative director/composer Bryan Rheude, who, along with Comma creative director/composer Larry Pecorella, Justin Hori, and Pete Schmidt, composed original music for the series. The mix and audio post were done by Comma’s sister company, Particle.
“There is music over more than 50 percent of the series,” said Ciaramitaio, who described The Show as documentary television. “We don’t want to confuse this project with reality shows, which are formulaic contests,” he said. “Only three percent of the candidates ever get to the majors, and the sacrifices are real sacrifices. This isn’t about 15 minutes of fame.” Another distinction is that while reality programs use music beds, Comma post-scored The Show.
Ciaramitaio said that the music in the series helps convey the substance through mood. “These guys are not cocksure, Tom Cruise-Top Gun characters; they second-guess themselves,” he said of the players, who include Carlos Quentin (now a starting right fielder for the Arizona Diamonbacks), Chris Young (starting centerfielder for that team), and LA Dodgers left fielder Luis “Gonzo” Gonzalez. “It’s not about technique or the art of game; it’s about the human story, which is why I went to Comma.”