Obscure sitcom from maverick creators
In 1992, after Twin Peaks finished, David Lynch and Mark Frost were commissioned for a sitcom. The resulting series was On the Air. Set in 1950’s Manhattan at a fictional television station ZBC, the show follows the network as they put on The Lester Guy Show.
Seven episodes were made, but only three were ever shown, in the US. As with other Lynch productions Angelo Badalamenti was in charge of the music. While the music ever gets as kooky as his other scores, it isn’t a score by numbers. It’s full of Badalmenti’s usual charm and motifs.
While On the Air never hits the level of perfection that Twin Peaks hits, it’s better than it was given credit for, at the time. As Twin Peaks has been re-commissioned let’s hope that it hidden gem gets a an official release.