With Chris Isaak‘s birthday coming up next week (June 26 1956), I was reminded of his old television show “The Chris Isaak Show” that aired on Showtime from 2001 to 2004. Now, I’ve never actually had Showtime, so the only time I could see the show was when Showtime was running a “free weekend” or something like that. I’m not even sure how many episodes I’ve actually seen, probably not all of them.
The series featured Isaak and his band, Silvertone, portraying themselves. Except for actor Jed Rees who portrayed Isaak’s keyboardist. The storyline was mostly fictional, though Chris and his band were playing themselves… A rock & roll band in San Francisco. The show had many cameo appearances and guest stars. Additionally, many musicians would guest star on the show and usually perform at least one song with Isaak and his band.
Without question, The Chris Isaak Show was one of the funniest shows on TV at the time. Especially considering that Isaak and his band were really just playing themselves. It’s just a shame that more people didn’t get to see it since Showtime is not available everywhere. Even more heartbreaking, though, is the fact that, to the best of my knowledge, the show has not to this day been released on DVD. And, will not likely ever be. I’m sure the clearances/licenses necessary for all of the music that was included in the show are what’s preventing any kind of DVD release. Additionally, I just read that the rights to the show are no longer with Showtime but with Viacom. Which would also explain why there aren’t many clips of the show on youtube.