Mike Judge’s animated show about the darker and more risque side of country music is coming back for a second season.
But this time, it won’t focus on country music, Deadline reports.
"Mike Judge Presents: Tales From The Tour Bus," Cinemax’s first foray into original animated programming, debuted in September 2017 with an episode about Johnny Paycheck. It featured seven other episodes about country icons such as Waylon Jennings, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, Jerry Lee Lewis, Billy Joe Shaver and Blaze Foley.
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The half-hour animated comedy functions kind of like an animated "Drunk History." It chronicles the exploits of musicians as told by the artist’s inner circle: former bandmates, friends and others who narrate animated re-enactments of each story. Live action photos and archival live performance footage are used as supplementary material.
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Reviews of the first season called the show "both exactly what it sounds like and so much more"; "a kind of ensemble cousin to ‘Drunk History’"; a "wholly engaging series that even non-country fans should love" and "unlike anything else on TV."
Now, according to Deadline, the second season will get funky. Specifically, Parliament-Funkadelic funky.
Legendary funk artist George Clinton will serve as a consulting producer for Season 2. He, along with his P-Funk bassist Bootsy Collins, will also be featured in the new season.
James Brown is also said to be a focus of the new season.
All signs are pointing to this being a music genre anthology show, which is an interesting premise. What could a possible Season 3 explore? 1980s metal? The birth of hip-hop? The end of grunge? The first season managed to find stories that even hardcore fans might not have known, so who knows what stories Judge might unearth in other genres.
The first season is not available on any streaming sites, but can be viewed with a cable subscription at Cinemax.com.
A release date has not been set yet for Season 2, but will presumably be sometime this year.