By DONNA BALANCIA
The television series Live From Daryl’s House appears to be in production limbo, as there is no word on new episodes and no updates, a spokesman said.
BMG said it acquired the rights to the complete 82-episode collection of the Daryl Hall music show last July. At that time BMG announced new episodes would start filming in in the fall. That never happened and last fall, a spokesman said new production was pushed to December.
But no new episodes of the popular show have materialized. When asked about the status of the show recently, a spokesman told CaliforniaRocker.com: “We don’t have any announcements to make at this time, unfortunately.”
Past episodes of Live from Daryl’s House have featured a mix of well-known performers like Smokey Robinson, The Doors’ Robby Krieger and the late Ray Manzarek.
Daryl Hall started Live From Daryl’s House, the free monthly web show, in late 2007, after having the idea of “playing with my friends and putting it up on the Internet.”
The show’s production, which was slated to begin last fall, was to be executive produced by Good Cop Bad Cop Productions’ Daryl Hall and Jonathan Wolfson, and Joe Thomas and Bob Frank for BMG. Sound Off Productions’ Domenic Cotter will continue as the show’s producer.
BMG administers a considerable portion of the legendary Daryl Hall & John Oates’ publishing catalogue, including hits “Maneater,” “I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do),” “You Make My Dreams (Come True),” “Out Of Touch,” “Every Time You Go Away,” “One On One,” and “Say It Isn’t So,” among many others. Recently, BMG released the duo’s first new single, recorded with Train, in over a decade, “Philly Forget Me Not.”
The agreement includes worldwide rights to the complete 82-episode collection filmed from 2007-2016.
Created by Hall, Live From Daryl’s House began as a web series in late 2007. Filmed on location and at Hall’s former home in Millerton, NY and current venue Daryl’s House in Pawling, NY, the show features candid interviews, cooking segments, and Hall performing with guest artists.
The show aired on MTV Live until 2017. Past episodes have featured a mix of well-known performers including Nick Lowe, K.T. Tunstall, Todd Rundgren, Dave Stewart, Toots and the Maytals, Joe Walsh, Sammy Hagar, Aaron Neville, alongside then-newcomers Fitz and the Tantrums, Mayer Hawthorne, Jason Mraz, Gavin DeGraw, Amos Lee, Brett Dennen, Elle King and Aloe Blacc.
“I’m really excited to announce that LFDH is coming back,” Hall said in July of 2018. “We have a new production partner with BMG, who are enthusiastic about taking this show to the next level with me. Fans have been asking me when we are returning, so I am pleased to say that we are headed into production in the fall.”
Information obtained last July indicated the deal was part of BMG’s push into the audiovisual market.
“This new joint venture with Live From Daryl’s House is yet another example of BMG’s growth in the audiovisual market,” Joe Thomas, SVP Audiovisual, BMG US, said at the time in a press release. “The show is an absolute television treasure full of musical landmarks.”
BMG television assets include Soundstage, a legendary television music series broadcast on PBS. BMG also produces Berlin Live, a live concert series created by BMG and Europe’s leading cultural broadcaster Arte. Berlin Live hosts some of the world’s most accomplished musicians performing, reading, and storytelling. The concerts are broadcast to over 165 million households and licensed throughout the world.
BMG’s first move into film yielded the feature-length documentary “Bad Reputation,” a film on Joan Jett, which made its world premiere at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. The film was acquired by Magnolia Pictures. BMG also produced the documentary on the life and times of David Crosby, “David Crosby: Remember My Name.”