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« on: March 12, 2020, 08:11:23 AM »

https://deadline.com/2020/03/good-vibes-only-dramedy-the-beach-boys-music-john-stamos-steve-jim-armogida-kapital-hbo-max-1202879430/

‘Good Vibes Only’ Dramedy With The Beach Boys Music From John Stamos, Steve & Jim Armogida And Kapital In Works At HBO Max
March 11, 2020 3:16pm

EXCLUSIVE: HBO Max is developing Good Vibes Only, a dramedy from John Stamos, School Of Rock developers/exec producers Steve & Jim Armogida and Aaron Kaplan’s Kapital Entertainment.

Created by Stamos and Steve & Jim Armogida and written by the Armogidas, Good Vibes Only is a coming of age story set to the timeless music of The Beach Boys. It is a show about a blended group of misfit foster kids who form a secret band to escape the challenges of school and the drudgery of their dead-end town, and end up becoming Insta-famous. Along the way, they become more than a band, they become what they always really wanted — a true family.

Stamos, Steve & Jim Armogida executive produce with Kapital’s Aaron Kaplan and Dana Honor and Stamos’ producing partner  Bret Slater.

Stamos has a long history with The Beach Boys. Members appeared on Stamos’ first sitcom, You Again?, and, famously, in a 1988 episode of Full House. He regularly performs with the band, executive produced the 2000 TV miniseries The Beach Boys: An American Family and also developed a feature musical centered around the music of the Beach Boys.

‘Good Vibes Only is a pet project of mine that I’ve been working on for a long time,” Stamos said “It’s been my mission to introduce a younger generation to the Beach Boys songs. Their music and message is needed now more than ever and this series is a perfect vehicle.”

Good Vibes Only reunites Stamos with HBO Max’s head of comedy Suzanna Makkos who was head of comedy at Fox when he headlined and executive produced the network’s comedy series Grandfathered.

“I’ve also been trying to find something to do with Suzanna Makkos since we did Grandfathered together, and Good Vibes Only is a perfect match,” Stamos added. “Then I took this to Aaron Kaplan because he is truly the best at setting up shows and getting them on the air and I think HBO Max is the perfect platform for our show.”

Two-time Emmy nominee Stamos toplines the new Disney+ dramedy series Big Shot, from David E. Kelley. He recently played Chef Louis in ABC’s popular Wonderful World of Disney Presents The Little Mermaid Live!, and co-stars on the hit Netflix drama You, which recently was renewed for a second season.

Full House alum Stamos recently executive produced sequel series Fuller House for Netflix, on which he also reprised his Full House character in a recurring role. He is repped by Brillstein Entertainment Partners, ICM Partners and attorney Bill Sobel.

Brothers Steve & Jim Armogida developed the TV series adaptation of School of Rock and executive produced the series for its three-season run on Nickelodeon. They recently wrote the pilot for Peacock’s Punky Brewster sequel, which was picked up to series with them executive producing.
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« Reply #1 on: March 12, 2020, 09:43:20 AM »

I appreciate that Stamos is a big fan of the band, and I think he means well. That said, I still think his ongoing association with the band just makes people associate the brand with cornball lameness, because Stamos has pretty much only done lame, cornball content as an actor. (I admit to watching and liking Full House when I was a kid).

Whoever made the comparison to if The Rolling Stones kept endlessly associating the brand with David Hasselhoff was a great analogy.

I hope this doesn't suck.

I'm still completely baffled why Mike & Bruce didn't appear as "The Beach Boys" on Fuller House. That cornball fluff seems like the perfect vehicle for M&B. There must be a reason, but I sure don't know it.
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« Reply #2 on: March 12, 2020, 10:15:42 AM »

FYI - If you haven't seen the clips of the show "You Again?" as mentioned in the press release above, here are the clips featuring The Beach Boys (with Brian) on the episode "The Audition" first aired in October 1986. This was right before Stamos landed the Full House gig. Jack Klugman played John's father on the show, and John's character "Matt" auditions on drums for the Beach Boys in this episode. Notably Carl is missing from the first audition scene yet he is there for the later concert and rehearsal scenes. Pretty interesting to see all of them acting and playing circa 1986.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCHPlAwBVZE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY49qsNMlp0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHaU5_RCdbY
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« Reply #3 on: March 12, 2020, 12:54:08 PM »

I appreciate that Stamos is a big fan of the band, and I think he means well. That said, I still think his ongoing association with the band just makes people associate the brand with cornball lameness, because Stamos has pretty much only done lame, cornball content as an actor. (I admit to watching and liking Full House when I was a kid).

Whoever made the comparison to if The Rolling Stones kept endlessly associating the brand with David Hasselhoff was a great analogy.

I hope this doesn't suck.

I'm still completely baffled why Mike & Bruce didn't appear as "The Beach Boys" on Fuller House. That cornball fluff seems like the perfect vehicle for M&B. There must be a reason, but I sure don't know it.

I completely agree.  I understand that he loves them, and I really do believe that he does deeply love the band.  But I wish he would just leave them alone.  It's not up to him to keep their legacy alive.  The music of the BB will live forever, and not because John Stamos uses it on some HBO show.  If he were just an ordinary guy and not a celebrity, this would be called "obsession". 
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« Reply #4 on: March 12, 2020, 01:19:37 PM »

Getting regular, continuous placement of BB music into a TV show is not a bad thing at all as a general rule; this sort of placement is one of the only ways the BB’s music *is* going to be exposed to more people/younger/newer generations, etc.

The BBs and their representatives have generally not done enough in recent years to give this stuff exposure. There are people working behind the scenes trying, and we’ve seen Dennis Wilson and David Marks stuff appear in some TV shows and a movie trailer here and there.

The question at hand is what this Stamos show is, on both a macro and micro level. In other words, is this a crappy show? If the show outside of the music stinks, it’s not as big of a prestige moment for the BBs. Also, how will the music be presented, and more importantly, *what* music will be presented?

The idea behind the coolness of a Dennis track appearing a TV show in recent years is that it’s a case of getting a deeper cut some exposure.

So if Stamos plans for the show to barf out tracks from “Sounds of Summer”, then, while not a *bad* thing for the BB brand’s exposure, it’s not nearly as effective as a GOOD show showcasing DEEP cuts.

The downside in this “Peak TV” era is that there are approximately SIX THOUSAND new TV shows across network, cable, and 87 different streaming services. I fear a mediocre Stamos show will get lost in the shuffle. It sounds a little like it might be very slightly a “Stranger Things” rip off, with “making a band” replacing the sci-fi element.

Is this band going to be playing BB music in some alternate universe where BB music didn’t already exist? I’m guessing a ragtag group of young kids is more likely to be portrayed playing “Shut Down” than “Look”, “Child is Father of the Man”, and “Steamboat.”
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« Reply #5 on: March 12, 2020, 01:24:29 PM »

I *will* say that this is at least *closer* to what I’ve been saying for years Stamos should be doing as a “famous fan.” Rather than being a wannabe rockstar on the summer tour, he should be using his industry connections and fame/money to further the BB cause.

Now, I wish he’d *not* still do this by working the angle of giving *himself* another industry gig in the process first and foremost. What I wish he’d do is help lobby for and maybe even fund a documentary on the band, or archival releases, or something like that.

I wish he was going to HBO and trying to get them to fund a longform BB documentary, as opposed to scripted stuff.

I also wonder, as this thing is in “development”, whether it will definitely happen. Most BB music ain’t cheap to license, and this press release doesn’t indicate that BRI is on board as a production partner or anything. Ironically, licensing compositions from the 70s would probably be cheaper.
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« Reply #6 on: March 12, 2020, 02:14:40 PM »

Why? Just....fucking whyHuh
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« Reply #7 on: March 12, 2020, 03:10:31 PM »

FYI - If you haven't seen the clips of the show "You Again?" as mentioned in the press release above, here are the clips featuring The Beach Boys (with Brian) on the episode "The Audition" first aired in October 1986. This was right before Stamos landed the Full House gig. Jack Klugman played John's father on the show, and John's character "Matt" auditions on drums for the Beach Boys in this episode. Notably Carl is missing from the first audition scene yet he is there for the later concert and rehearsal scenes. Pretty interesting to see all of them acting and playing circa 1986.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCHPlAwBVZE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY49qsNMlp0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHaU5_RCdbY

Hey, thanks for those links.  I've never seen or heard of this before. 

As for my hopes for Stamos' latest BB project, well, it's pretty much along the lines of Carl's reaction to his drumming in part 3 of that episode... thumbs down.  LOL
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« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2020, 04:17:48 PM »

..Along the way, they become more than a band, they become what they always really wanted — a true family...

Pass the bucket. Sounds hideous.  Razz
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« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2020, 04:26:25 PM »

I'd give it a chance, though. While I am no fan of what Stamos did when he exec produced the 2000 BBs TV movie, this could be a different animal entirely. Who knows.

I'm a tad curious, but I'll certainly watch it sans high expectations.
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« Reply #10 on: March 13, 2020, 01:26:31 AM »

If only I knew about this I would have LOVED to audition for this show...
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« Reply #11 on: March 13, 2020, 09:41:17 AM »

FYI - If you haven't seen the clips of the show "You Again?" as mentioned in the press release above, here are the clips featuring The Beach Boys (with Brian) on the episode "The Audition" first aired in October 1986. This was right before Stamos landed the Full House gig. Jack Klugman played John's father on the show, and John's character "Matt" auditions on drums for the Beach Boys in this episode. Notably Carl is missing from the first audition scene yet he is there for the later concert and rehearsal scenes. Pretty interesting to see all of them acting and playing circa 1986.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCHPlAwBVZE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YY49qsNMlp0

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sHaU5_RCdbY

Hey, thanks for those links.  I've never seen or heard of this before. 

As for my hopes for Stamos' latest BB project, well, it's pretty much along the lines of Carl's reaction to his drumming in part 3 of that episode... thumbs down.  LOL

It's a pretty interesting curio from '86 that really doesn't get much discussion or notice, as the sitcom itself disappeared into obscurity. Thanks to the people who made it available! You really don't see this or hear about it near as much as other BB appearances, and this one has the full band with Brian too! Note how they played the current single, California Dreamin', and also how Al in one scene is playing one of those 80's pointy neon metal/shred guitars that were all the rage lol.
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« Reply #12 on: March 13, 2020, 09:49:52 AM »

It seems pretty harmless on paper, geared toward kids and young teens, and if it does get that demographic into the Beach Boys music and gets them listening to the original records, it's a good deal I suppose.

Honestly I'm still not over the hatchet-job Stamos did as exec producer on that ABC "American Family" debacle. I've already expelled enough bile about it through the years, and it comes down to a great quote from a magazine article where that film was described as "Love propaganda". That's exactly what it was, and it's a shame millions of viewers may still believe the crap shown on TV about Brian and Van Dyke (and the whole 66-67 period) which was slanderous.

One reservation I have about this project is the possibility the show will be used as a back-door way to get either Mike's original material in the licensing/royalty/soundtrack/sales pipeline, or even worse (IMO) to get Mike's numerous remakes, reworkings, and soundalikes of the original Beach Boys records into the pipeline versus the original records from the 60's. It would really, really be a shame if some kids watching this show with their family hear one of the many classics Mike re-recorded and thinks that was the real Beach Boys, or even worse somehow buys it thinking it's the real Beach Boys music.

Ya know, legacy/respect and all that stuff...
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One reservation I have about this project is the possibility the show will be used as a back-door way to get either Mike's original material in the licensing/royalty/soundtrack/sales pipeline, or even worse (IMO) to get Mike's numerous remakes, reworkings, and soundalikes of the original Beach Boys records into the pipeline versus the original records from the 60's. It would really, really be a shame if some kids watching this show with their family hear one of the many classics Mike re-recorded and thinks that was the real Beach Boys, or even worse somehow buys it thinking it's the real Beach Boys music.

Ya know, legacy/respect and all that stuff...

Yikes. Good point  Undecided I'd hope the music supervisors would have enough brains to realize that the drek like the wretched Autotuned Help Me, Rhonda remake would make viewers tune out, like immediately, never to return.
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One reservation I have about this project is the possibility the show will be used as a back-door way to get either Mike's original material in the licensing/royalty/soundtrack/sales pipeline, or even worse (IMO) to get Mike's numerous remakes, reworkings, and soundalikes of the original Beach Boys records into the pipeline versus the original records from the 60's. It would really, really be a shame if some kids watching this show with their family hear one of the many classics Mike re-recorded and thinks that was the real Beach Boys, or even worse somehow buys it thinking it's the real Beach Boys music.

Ya know, legacy/respect and all that stuff...

Yikes. Good point  Undecided I'd hope the music supervisors would have enough brains to realize that the drek like the wretched Autotuned Help Me, Rhonda remake would make viewers tune out, like immediately, never to return.

I was joking with some people that this show would use Unleash the Love Disc 2 tracks, but the more I think about it the more I can totally see that happening.
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One reservation I have about this project is the possibility the show will be used as a back-door way to get either Mike's original material in the licensing/royalty/soundtrack/sales pipeline, or even worse (IMO) to get Mike's numerous remakes, reworkings, and soundalikes of the original Beach Boys records into the pipeline versus the original records from the 60's. It would really, really be a shame if some kids watching this show with their family hear one of the many classics Mike re-recorded and thinks that was the real Beach Boys, or even worse somehow buys it thinking it's the real Beach Boys music.

Ya know, legacy/respect and all that stuff...

Yikes. Good point  Undecided I'd hope the music supervisors would have enough brains to realize that the drek like the wretched Autotuned Help Me, Rhonda remake would make viewers tune out, like immediately, never to return.

I was joking with some people that this show would use Unleash the Love Disc 2 tracks, but the more I think about it the more I can totally see that happening.

Please. God. No.

I could theoretically see it happening too, but they'd be really, really dumb to think they can get away with that.

Especially with the revulsion that fans had when shows like The Wonder Years or WKRP in Cincinnati tried to hoodwink viewers by pulling some music replacement nonsense on early DVD/VHS releases, before they got wise and realized that fans won't stand for that, especially informed fans in the online era. Original music or none at all.

The producers of The Wonder Years DVDs eventually got wise, and treated their customers with respect by being fully transparent about what music they were able to license (something like 95% of what was on the show originally), and fully admitting and listing the specific songs which they were unable to license, which were replaced tastefully by similar music of the era.  Much respect for that transparency. Treating the fans like they aren't morons, what a novel idea!

If this show tries to use some truly (and I mean truly) godawful Autotuned Unleash the Trouser Snake Disc 2 versions of BBs songs, it's gonna be a major embarrassment, and it'd truly be an insult to fans' intelligence for them to think they could pull that sh*t and get away with it.

It'd be a Cats-esque debacle. The UTL Disc 2 tracks are about the level of awful as the CG in the Cats movie.
Actually, maybe even worse.

Let's hope they don't try it, but who knows.
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« Reply #16 on: March 13, 2020, 03:54:46 PM »

My first impulse is that this sounds terrible.
But if HBO has already give it the green light, their standards for quality are pretty high-- so that's a good sign.

But..... this is for HBO MAX, HBO's answer to Netflix. They need a lot of content to compete so maybe the standards will slip just a bit.
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« Reply #17 on: March 14, 2020, 12:30:04 AM »

I appreciate that Stamos is a big fan of the band, and I think he means well. That said, I still think his ongoing association with the band just makes people associate the brand with cornball lameness, because Stamos has pretty much only done lame, cornball content as an actor. (I admit to watching and liking Full House when I was a kid).

Whoever made the comparison to if The Rolling Stones kept endlessly associating the brand with David Hasselhoff was a great analogy.

I hope this doesn't suck.

I'm still completely baffled why Mike & Bruce didn't appear as "The Beach Boys" on Fuller House. That cornball fluff seems like the perfect vehicle for M&B. There must be a reason, but I sure don't know it.

1. Not everything Stamos has done has been cornball. Does no one remember that he did 3 seasons on ER? Call me crazy, but I still think he has a “Travolta In Pulp Fiction” in him somewhere.

2. Fuller House focuses on Candace Cameron’s, Jodie Sweetin’s, and Andrea Barber’s characters.  The Beach Boys weren’t from their generation (Fuller House’s equivalent to what the BB were to Full House? New Kids On The Block).
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« Reply #18 on: March 14, 2020, 08:37:06 AM »

If only I knew about this I would have LOVED to audition for this show...

If it's just now in development, I don't think any casting would have been done yet, except maybe getting commitments for the leads. It sounds like it hasn't even been committed to by HBO as a series yet.
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« Reply #19 on: March 14, 2020, 05:49:05 PM »

I appreciate that Stamos is a big fan of the band, and I think he means well. That said, I still think his ongoing association with the band just makes people associate the brand with cornball lameness, because Stamos has pretty much only done lame, cornball content as an actor. (I admit to watching and liking Full House when I was a kid).

Whoever made the comparison to if The Rolling Stones kept endlessly associating the brand with David Hasselhoff was a great analogy.

I hope this doesn't suck.

I'm still completely baffled why Mike & Bruce didn't appear as "The Beach Boys" on Fuller House. That cornball fluff seems like the perfect vehicle for M&B. There must be a reason, but I sure don't know it.

1. Not everything Stamos has done has been cornball. Does no one remember that he did 3 seasons on ER? Call me crazy, but I still think he has a “Travolta In Pulp Fiction” in him somewhere.

2. Fuller House focuses on Candace Cameron’s, Jodie Sweetin’s, and Andrea Barber’s characters.  The Beach Boys weren’t from their generation (Fuller House’s equivalent to what the BB were to Full House? New Kids On The Block).

Yeah but Candace Cameron’s character won the tickets to see the BB in Full House?  Wink
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« Reply #20 on: March 14, 2020, 09:00:50 PM »

I appreciate that Stamos is a big fan of the band, and I think he means well. That said, I still think his ongoing association with the band just makes people associate the brand with cornball lameness, because Stamos has pretty much only done lame, cornball content as an actor. (I admit to watching and liking Full House when I was a kid).

Whoever made the comparison to if The Rolling Stones kept endlessly associating the brand with David Hasselhoff was a great analogy.

I hope this doesn't suck.

I'm still completely baffled why Mike & Bruce didn't appear as "The Beach Boys" on Fuller House. That cornball fluff seems like the perfect vehicle for M&B. There must be a reason, but I sure don't know it.

1. Not everything Stamos has done has been cornball. Does no one remember that he did 3 seasons on ER? Call me crazy, but I still think he has a “Travolta In Pulp Fiction” in him somewhere.

2. Fuller House focuses on Candace Cameron’s, Jodie Sweetin’s, and Andrea Barber’s characters.  The Beach Boys weren’t from their generation (Fuller House’s equivalent to what the BB were to Full House? New Kids On The Block).

Yeah but Candace Cameron’s character won the tickets to see the BB in Full House?  Wink

Right. And in a show that runs five seasons, even if the reference is a bit dated, there's still quite a bit of connection of the band to the show. Especially with John Stamos working on the show behind the scenes, one would think that Mike and Bruce would've been thrown a bone.

I have no feelings about it, it matters to me not one bit whether they are on this new show or not, but I find it surprising, very much so, that they aren't in it whatsoever. And I wonder what the reason is, unless it was thought that them being on would be confusing to the demographic of viewers, or somehow harm the show. It's pretty weird that they didn't at least make a tiny cameo. Maybe they will this season. I can't believe Mike - who jumps at any bandwagon opportunity for promo - wouldn't have asked John Stamos to hook him up with a cameo, even a brief one, or a mention.
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« Reply #21 on: March 15, 2020, 03:17:20 AM »

I appreciate that Stamos is a big fan of the band, and I think he means well. That said, I still think his ongoing association with the band just makes people associate the brand with cornball lameness, because Stamos has pretty much only done lame, cornball content as an actor. (I admit to watching and liking Full House when I was a kid).

Whoever made the comparison to if The Rolling Stones kept endlessly associating the brand with David Hasselhoff was a great analogy.

I hope this doesn't suck.

I'm still completely baffled why Mike & Bruce didn't appear as "The Beach Boys" on Fuller House. That cornball fluff seems like the perfect vehicle for M&B. There must be a reason, but I sure don't know it.

1. Not everything Stamos has done has been cornball. Does no one remember that he did 3 seasons on ER? Call me crazy, but I still think he has a “Travolta In Pulp Fiction” in him somewhere.

2. Fuller House focuses on Candace Cameron’s, Jodie Sweetin’s, and Andrea Barber’s characters.  The Beach Boys weren’t from their generation (Fuller House’s equivalent to what the BB were to Full House? New Kids On The Block).

Yeah but Candace Cameron’s character won the tickets to see the BB in Full House?  Wink

Right. And in a show that runs five seasons, even if the reference is a bit dated, there's still quite a bit of connection of the band to the show. Especially with John Stamos working on the show behind the scenes, one would think that Mike and Bruce would've been thrown a bone.

I have no feelings about it, it matters to me not one bit whether they are on this new show or not, but I find it surprising, very much so, that they aren't in it whatsoever. And I wonder what the reason is, unless it was thought that them being on would be confusing to the demographic of viewers, or somehow harm the show. It's pretty weird that they didn't at least make a tiny cameo. Maybe they will this season. I can't believe Mike - who jumps at any bandwagon opportunity for promo - wouldn't have asked John Stamos to hook him up with a cameo, even a brief one, or a mention.

In the Fuller House pilot, Jesse reunites with the Rippers and performed “Forever”. I think that about as much of a BB reference as that show will do.

https://youtu.be/dEGSQTREe8c

Also, in an 2 part episode where the Fullers go to Japan, they see a Japan-only commercial that Jesse did for a cologne called “Forever”.
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« Reply #22 on: March 15, 2020, 05:40:12 AM »

During the performance of Forever, looks like Randell Kirsche playing the acoustic bass!
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