Most people first heard of Jemaine Clement and Bret McKenzie after their robot-overlord song "The Humans Are Dead" became an internet sensation. And their HBO show "Flight of the Conchords" was almost a scifi epic - with dinosaurs and astronauts!
Fresh off his hilarious role as the cheesy epic fantasy writer Ronald Chevalier in Gentlemen Broncos, Clement talked to Sarah Kuhn about what his TV series might have been in an alternate universe.
After being approached by HBO to develop a series, Clement said he and McKenzie were "sick of" singing. He continued:
We'd been playing our live show for a month, like, 30 nights in a row, and we'd been writing the month before that. So we were sick of that, and we were like, "It's going to be science fiction; there's no songs. It's set in 1970." They were like, "Where did the songs go?" [Laughs.] Different people had different ideas-we talked to lots of writers . . . Some ideas other writers pitched to us were, like, "You're a band and you play from town to town and you play those real-life gigs and then you go and save people in the town." Or, one of my favorites was, "Every episode's different. In one episode, you're racecar drivers and it's a musical about racecar drivers. And then the next time, you're astronauts. And the next time, you're dinosaur hunters." I really liked that one.
We really like that one too! Please let the next Clement/McKenzie joint be a swashbuckling musical series set in space with dinosaurs who race cars.