Scoop: Coming Up This December On MIKE JUDGE PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS

Scoop: Coming Up This December On MIKE JUDGE PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS

Episode #14 (season 2, episode 6): "James Brown (Part 2)"

Debut date: FRIDAY, DEC. 7 (10:00-10:30 p.m. ET/PT)

At the height of his fame, James Brown reigned supreme as the king of funk, the first voice and innovator of a brand-new musical genre. Behind the scenes, he was a taskmaster, feuding with rivals as well as members of his own band. By the 1980s, the work ethic that propelled him to superstardom began to take its toll. Compromised by his own bad decisions, Brown was eclipsed by a new generation of stars trying to follow in his footsteps. But despite falling off the Billboard charts, the king of funk never lost the showmanship that made him a legend.

Written by Mark Monroe and Mike Judge; directed by Mike Judge.



Episode #15 (season 2, episode 7): "Morris Day and The Time"

Debut date: FRIDAY, DEC. 14 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)

One of the biggest characters in funk history, Morris Day was an aspiring drummer who became the embodiment of cool. The iconic frontman might have had a different life altogether, if not for childhood friend Prince Rogers Nelson, but he made a Faustian bargain with the future superstar, and the result was Morris Day and The Time. Though the band skyrocketed to the top with hits like "Jungle Love," resentment festered and the rivalry between the two singers reached a breaking point. Years later, a reunion show at Prince's Minnesota mansion brought The Time back to the stage, allowing Day and Prince to make peace before the latter's untimely death.

Written by Mark Monroe and Mike Judge; directed by Mike Judge.



Episode #16 (season 2, episode 8): "Betty Davis" (season finale)

Debut date: FRIDAY, DEC. 21 (10:00-10:30 p.m.)

The queen of funk, Betty Davis should have been a superstar. A small-town southern girl, she exploded onto the music scene in the early '70s after launching a career in New York as a fashion model and playing muse to Miles Davis. Her brief marriage to the jazz legend helped launch her career as a performer. Betty Davis' uninhibited sexuality, marked by a raunchy stage presence and suggestive lyrics, made her brand of funk unforgettable, but she disappeared from music after being boycotted by religious groups, black political leaders and the NAACP.

Written by Mark Monroe; directed by Mike Judge.



MIKE JUDGE PRESENTS: TALES FROM THE TOUR BUS was created by Mike Judge, Richard Mullins and Dub Cornett; executive produced by Mike Judge, Glen Zipper and Sean Stuart; composer, John Frizzell.

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